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If you've read some of my recent reviews you'll know that last summer I bought a new flat. As part of my housewarming present my sister bought me a red kettle and toaster from the Accents range, which I have reviewed previously. I wanted to co-ordinate the rest of the appliances in my kitchen so I was pleased to note that Morphy Richards also had a microwave in the same range. The design appears to be exclusive to Argos and at the time retailed for £69.99.
Although I wanted the appliances in my kitchen to coordinate I was a little wary when I first bought this that there would be a lot of red on the microwave and that it could be quite garish. It didn't look like it would be in the picture but I was still a little concerned. However, I needn't have worried. The microwave is elegantly designed and for the most part is black in colour, except for a strip of red along the top and bottom of the door. In my opinion it looks quite classy and elegant and matches the other items in the range very well.
The microwave itself has a 20 litre capacity. This is fine for me as I live by myself and it is large enough to accommodate a standard sized dinner plate. However on occasions where I've had guests and wanted to heat a large quantity of food I have struggled a bit as larger bowls or serving dishes can't easily be accommodated. It's not too much of a problem for me but I would recommend going for a microwave with a larger capacity if you have a family or lots of guests visiting regularly. I also like the fact that the microwave is quite compact with a height of 26cm, a width of 43cm and a depth of 33cm, as I have quite a small kitchen and space is at a premium!
In terms of heating food this microwave has posed no problems at all. It has an 800W power output and heats up food in seconds. The panel on the side of the door has a touch menu through which you can access 10 different power levels and 6 different programmes. There is also a clock on the front panel which is handy as I don't have a clock in my kitchen. The programmes include settings for cooking the most common items including potatoes, pizza and frozen vegetables as well as a defrost option. There is also a quick start option which means that you can manually set how long you want your food to be heated for. I must admit that I haven't used the programme options too much - I have cooked potatoes a couple of times and they came out really well, but other than that I prefer to manually set how long I want my food to be in the microwave for. I've never had a problem with this heating food up -my plates always come out piping hot and in a reasonable amount of time. When in use it is a little loud in the sense that you can hear it whirring away but in my experience it's no louder than many of the other microwaves that I have used in the past.
The buttons themselves are easy to use. I often find that with touchscreens or buttons I have to press quite hard to get them to work but here this is not the case. I do have a few criticisms of the microwave though. One is that perhaps it would be nice if the buttons would light up or glow in the dark. On one occasion where my light bulb went in the kitchen in winter and I didn't have a spare to hand I did struggle a bit to get the microwave going. I have also found that when I press the button to open the door the button gets stuck so that when I want to close the door again I have to depress it to get it out before the door can be closed. When doing this the microwave does tend to slip on the surface, which is not great. Another niggle is that the inside glass window of the microwave has a white criss-crossed grid pattern on it which makes it difficult to view your food whilst it is cooking.
Overall, despite my criticisms I do really like my microwave. It looks stylish and I find it ideal for a small kitchen and for someone living by themselves. It heats my food up well and quite quickly. I do have a few niggles about the design but these are really small criticisms and this would still come with a high recommendation from me.