“ The Russell Hobbs RHM1707B Microwave is surprisingly more affordable than it looks. Coming in a sleek, minimal design - the looks are unique, it is very easy to operate and works great. „
I finally chucked out my microwave last year after the inside started to rust. I went to Asda to find a replacement as I find them good for these sort of things. I decided on a budget of about £40 and Asda had a few choices, this particular microwave being only £35. It was supposed to be £45 but had a tenner off so I bought it.
It looked very stylish and compact so I bought it for looks alone- despite being manual (I've never had a microwave with dials before but find it so much easier to use) and only being 700 watts. It doesn't look or feel at all cheap.
As I say it looks very stylish, the microwave is finished in shiny 'piano' black, the handle also in black isn't a push button sort but a bar from top to bottom of the door which you just pull on to open. It's easy to open, I don't have to hold the microwave to stop the whole thing moving forward, it doesn't stick. The 2 dials look good and are easy peasy to use, there's no fiddling about with programmes and nonsense just turn the dial to the required heat level and go- same goes for the timer. This timer only goes up to 30 minutes but I don't think I've ever cooked anything in a microwave for this amount of time, if I did I would just add more minutes manually. The numbers etc are in white so contrast well making them easy to see. There are vents on the top and side. The interior has a light and is white so good for cleaning and it has a removable glass plate with removable spinny three legged thingy that it rests on it's all easy to clean. Any food stuck on comes off with a cup of water cooked for a few minutes. The casing does show up finger prints but this comes off with a quick wipe down.
Whilst instore I thought it looked quite small so I 'borrowed' a dinner plate off the shelf to see if it fitted, it's surprising roomy in there, and plenty big for my needs. Although it seems smaller than my old microwave the interior size is about the same.
It's dimensions as follows:
17 Litre cavity
5 power levels
30 minute timer
Dimensions (HxWxD) 262mm x 452mm x 360mm
The heat settings are just low, defrost, medium low all the way up to high. I mostly use high but have used the lower settings. I never get on well with defrost functions on microwaves but as long as I don't defrost for too long this feature works fine.
My last microwave was 800 watts so I thought there wouldn't be much difference in power between them, there is a little. I need to add about 30 seconds or a minute to my cooking time. Of course instructions on foods tell you what length of time you need depending on your microwave wattage, even so I still need to add a about minute to the times, my 3 minute pizza takes 3 and a half.........When it's finished it gives one ping to tell you, and not that annoying constant bleeping that my old one used to do. It's quieter than my other one while cooking too.
I've used this microwave everyday if not twice a day for the past year or so, so far I've had no problems with it at all and would happily recommend it and would buy it again.
5 stars from me.
I bought this Russell Hobbs microwave before Christmas and it cost me just £40 and, to date, has served me well. Ideally I would have liked an all-singing, all-dancing one which grills and browns but due to lack of funds opted for this one. I now live alone so I just needed microwave to basically heat up food because I am stuck with an electric cooker which takes so long to heat up and therefore expensive to use.
My kitchen has a black and white theme so I decided to look for a black microwave and was surprised at how many brands are available and the variation in price. This RH one seemed to be the best value and I am very pleased with it.
It is 700w and has 5 power levels including defrost. The display dials are a good size so it could not be more simple to use. There is an instruction manual included which is useful although I have not got round to studying it yet. It looks stylish and just the right size for my small kitchen although I would not recommend this particular model for a household with lots of people because it is quite compact and because of its wattage.
I find cleaning the microwave is easy enough although I have to remind myself to always use the handle otherwise I find the front is full of fingermarks. I usually clean inside by mirowaving leftover orange or lemon peel which lifts any stubborn food but generally I just wipe it down and it still looks like new.
The only problem I found was that the feet at the bottom tended to move when I opened the door but I have popped some sticky foam pads on them now which means it stays firmly on my worktop yet can easily be moved when I am cleaning my kitchen.
I used to have a larger microwave which was way more expensive but it was quite noisy but this RH one is fairly quiet when in use but loud enough for me to hear when it beeps when I am in another room.
I would recommend having a look at this model if you want a compact, stylish, basic microwave which is easy to clean and does not cost a huge amount. However, may not suit larger households where a higher wattage and larger size would be more appropriate.
Got this for £49.99 which i considered a good buy. My two main reasons for buying this were the colour /look, fitted perfectly and added a bit extra to my new kitchen plus the Russell Hobbs brand being excellent(already have a 3year old toaster). This has microwave has a 700watts microwave power and you now get microwaves with 900watts(maximum in UK/Europe is 800w), only difference is that 650 or 700w will take a little bit more time to heat food. Its 17l so most plates fit it, heats food evenly and defrosts perfectly. Honestly, it serves all the purposes of a standard microwave. The pull handle door is an easy open one so the whole microwave would not move. Turn table is removable which is ideal for getting all the stuck on food remnants. Possibly the only downside is that its analog but regardless its an excellent product and did i mention the 1year guarantee?
Finally after three and a half years of living back with my parents after a relationship breakdown and selling my house, I moved out in to my own place back in August. A very exciting and momentous occasion indeed; one for which, you'd think I'd have prepared for during those three and a half years. However, I hadn't and when we found our new place, we didn't have much more than the TV from my bedroom and a rather large stash of candles...
My partner's Mum offered to buy us something for the new place and suggested a Microwave. We had a built in oven so I didn't really see this as a necessity over, say knives and forks, but you don't look a gift horse in the mouth. My partner went with her to Asda and they returned with the Russell Hobbs RHM1707B Microwave in Piano Black. It cost £30 in a one off sale at the store (it is now £49.96) and was actually cheaper than their own brand model. It was quite heavy in the box, maybe I am a bit of a weakling, but I had to get some help to carry it in from the car and lift it out of the box on to the worktop. It's not particularly large either - just standard microwave sized (Ok, you got me, I'm more Olive Oil than Popeye!).
Our kitchen is steel blue, black and white, so the microwave looks excellent - we have stainless steel and black accessories. It's shiny and sleek and really does look like 'piano' black - looks wise, I was very satisfied. The microwave has two dials rather than digital controls, so it's a case of setting the mode dial first - high, medium high, medium, low or defrost - then setting the time, from 0-30 minutes. Couldn't be simpler! Plus, the dials are reasonably easy to grip and read, so perfect for older people or those with arthritis in their hands. Inside the microwave, there's the usual turning plate - it's frosted glass so it's easy to grip and it it's also easy to remove for cleaning in case of spillages, etc. It's ready to go straight from the box, with a fitted, fused 3 pin plug and instructions for usage, including some recommendations on cooking times.
One comment I must make here is that the microwave is actually difficult to keep clean on the outside (not the inside, the instruction booklet even contains handy cleaning hints). Because of the shiny surface, every single finger print shows up and I can't seem to get it cleaned back to its original state - any tips would be very much appreciated! That said, the rest of the microwave is very simple to keep clean and it even has four little feet underneath it so that you can sweep out any crumbs or dirt from under it, without having to lift it up.
The microwave is 700W, which is ok, I got quite a shock the first time I used it as we had a 900W at my parents' house, so things take a little bit longer. However, that's fine, just means I've had to re-educate myself on my microwave cooking times... I've been using it for over a month now and it has been fantastic, I really rate it and am totally used the timings now, in fact, just this morning I made a lovely spinach and chilli omelette in it for my breakfast in just 1m 30s, yum! Overall, for the price, simplicity, performance and look, I would definitely recommend this microwave, even at the full price of £49.96 - but if you can get it on sale (like us, or bought for you!) then even better. It's a lovely looking product and would complement any kitchen where black is a key part of the colour scheme!
Recently my micowave which had served me well for the last three years, stopped working. Now I believe there's never a good time for something to stop working, but this came at a financially 'busy' time for me and also the previous day my hedge trimmer had stopped working too. I just couldn't spare the funds to immediately go out and replace both items and so decided to prioritise and buying a new hedge trimmer came first. I figured I could use my oven and live without a microwave for a little while, but a hedge trimmer was something I couldn't do without at this time of year.
I coped well enough without a microwave but did miss the convenience of it and was looking forward to payday so I could buy another. I had looked around on Amazon, not wanting to purchase anything expensive. I only paid £39 for my last one and it lasted three years, which was around ten months longer than the one I had previous to that and had paid a lot more for. So bearing that in mind, I was determined to find a low priced microwave, but still wanted a decent make which didn't look 'cheap'. I also didn't need one with a load of functions as I'd had this before and never used them. Basically I just wanted one to heat up food.
I was in my local Morrisons shortly afterwards and as I was walking up the aisle containing electrical and garden items I noticed they had some own brand microwaves priced at £39. I paused to take a look but wasn't sure about buying one of these due to having no experience with Morrisons electrical items. I went to walk away but as I did, I spotted a £34 price ticket on the shelf to the right of the Morrisons brand microwave and noticed this Russell Hobbs microwave sitting right above it. I immediately thought these had been wrongly placed, but a closer inspection of the information on the price ticket on the shelf informed me that this Russell Hobbs microwave was indeed only £34!
There were two of these left on the shelves and it looked as if there had been more there orginally. The microwave certainly didn't look 'cheap' unlike some low price ones I have seen and also it was a nice shiny black colour. I had wanted either black or silver, to go with my kitchen and so this was an added bonus. I decided to buy one there and then in case I went back later and found them gone.
The microwave is model number RHM 1707B and is a 17 litre, 700 watt microwave. I didn't want a large microwave as it would take up too much room in my small kitchen. This one appears to be around the same size as my previous microwave and so I was happy with that. The outside dimensions are 452mm (W) x 360mm (D) x 262 mm (H) and its 17 litre capacity is enough for my needs.
The model has a slim black handle down the front right side of the door as you look at it and by pulling this the door opens. I am used to a push-in catch to open the door and so this took some getting used to, as I would be reaching for the non-existent door catch button to push in every time the microwave stopped, or when I wanted to check on progress, then remembering you need to pull the handle to open the door.
The control panel is basic and simple and more or less identical to the previous microwave I owned with two manual dials. The top dial has the settings from low to high, including defrost and the second dial underneath has the time in minutes from 0-30 minutes. It couldn't be more simple, just select the setting and then select your cooking time by turning the dials. There is nothing complicated at all about using this microwave, making it ideal for everyone to use. The elderly should be able to manage this fine and also I will mention that I support people with learning disabilities at work and they find this type of microwave with dials easy to manage too, which helps to build upon their skills and independence.
I don't think it is particularly noisy whilst in operation and may even be slightly quieter than my previous microwave. It also has a cooling fan which may continue to operate for up to a couple of minutes after the microwave has stopped. I find this usually occurs after longer cooking spells.
The microwave comes with a full instruction booklet, but it is really so easy to operate you won't need to be sat with the booklet in hand when you come to use it. It does contain some useful cleaning tips however, as well as the useful tip of placing a bowl of water with the juice and skin of one lemon added to it, inside the microwave for 3 minutes and this should eliminate any lingering food smells. I have tried this and it does work.
I find the microwave is easily kept clean if I wipe it inside and out with a damp cloth after each use and this prevents any build up of food deposits which can be difficult to remove if left. The glass turntable is also easily removed and I wash this with soapy water. You must not use any harsh detergents or abrasives when cleaning the microwave.
I have been using my microwave regularly since purchase and have experienced no problems at all either heating or defrosting food. It comes with a 12 month guarantee and I think I have got a bargain. It is a sleek and shiny black model which looks good in my kitchen and certainly looks more expensive than the money I paid for it. £34 is, I believe, a fantastic price for a Russell Hobbs microwave and I am happy to recommend this model to everyone who likes to keep it simple.
Short name: Russell Hobbs RHM1707B