Russell Hobbs Stainless Steel 25L Microwave - £54.99 Half Price Deal @ Sainsburys (was £109.99)
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Russell Hobbs Stainless Steel 25L Microwave - £54.99 Half Price Deal @ Sainsburys (was £109.99)

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Found 14th Apr 2010
Looks like a good quality microwave with decent spec for the price. Offer available until 28th April. Details as follows:

This Russell Hobbs microwave features a stainless steel mirror finish, 25 Litre capacity and maximum output is 900W. Five power levels, 8 auto-cook menus with express cooking, multi-stage cooking and auto defrost settings mean that it can perform a host of useful functions.

The controls are simple and easy to use via the digital jog control knob, while a door lock stops inquisitive little people from inadvertently opening the door. There's no turntable, so the 25L capacity is all usable space.

Product features:
Product name/number=Russell Hobbs RHM2502 Stainless Steel 25L Microwave
Wattage= 900W
Colour and finish=Stainless steel with mirror finish door
Number of power levels=5
Control style=Easitronic jog control
Defrost=Auto defrost
Auto cook=8 auto cook menus
Child lock=Yes
Turntable=Glass turntable
Clock=24 hour digital clock
Timer=60 minute digital timer

Delivery:
Standard delivery in 3-5 working days£3.95
Next, Named or Saturday delivery£4.95

Not sure whether this deal is available in store. If anybody knows any discount codes, free delivery etc please share :-)

12 Comments

Anyone know much about this model?

Original Poster

Rubix78;8361430

Anyone know much about this model?



Not me, but I am in the market for one for our new kitchen and this one looks like it ticks all the boxes. I was going to swing past my local Sainsburys on the way home this eve to see whether they are offering the same deal in store (will update the post later to confirm).

Looking for info on it, it strikes me as if this has been a Sainsbury's only model (like a lot of manufacturers do for other retailers, so it makes it hard to compare or get reviews!)

Going to cost a total of 59 quid... inc delivery to store, so seems to me a very ordinary microwave, from a very crappy maker for that. (Russell Hobbs is a long time away from when it was a good make!)
I would be expecting a grill to be honest, or more - eg this combi type for 60 quid (a pound dearer) argos.co.uk/sta…htm

but if you must have a "name" then there is plenty of choice at or near the price this is-
eg.argos.co.uk/sta…htm for under 50 quid

That's just Argos! Without looking at any other retailers!

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nihcaj;8361787

Looking for info on it, it strikes me as if this has been a Sainsbury's … Looking for info on it, it strikes me as if this has been a Sainsbury's only model (like a lot of manufacturers do for other retailers, so it makes it hard to compare or get reviews!)Going to cost a total of 59 quid... inc delivery to store, so seems to me a very ordinary microwave, from a very crappy maker for that. (Russell Hobbs is a long time away from when it was a good make!) I would be expecting a grill to be honest, or more - eg this combi type for 60 quid (a pound dearer) http://www.argos.co.uk/static/Product/partNumber/4007322/Trail/searchtext%3EMICROWAVE.htmbut if you must have a "name" then there is plenty of choice at or near the price this is-eg.http://www.argos.co.uk/static/Product/partNumber/4006873/Trail/searchtext%3EMICROWAVE.htm for under 50 quidThat's just Argos! Without looking at any other retailers!



Useful info, although I would consider Morphy Richards to be in the same catergory as Russell Hobbs (in terms of brand quality). Re the Cookworks link - £59 seems just a trifle expensive for an Argos own product (Cookworks isn't exactly cutting edge, is it? )

As for wanting a microwave/grill combination, fine if that is what you are after. I myself am looking for a nice looking conventional microwave with a decent capacity and power rating, and this model looks like it meets that criteria. Horses for courses at the end of the day :thumbsup:

Tesco have a "Tesco brand" stainless steel model in at the moment. I was looking at it yesterday, side by side against the Sharp equivalent. I can to the conclusion that it was the same machine, with different display (the Sharp is wipe-clean flat, the Tesco has a dial). £45 vs £65. Both St Steel (not "silver").

I took Sharp as a benchmark, as I am replacing my Sharp of 16 years, which is pretty good going in my book!!!

The above looks nice though, although I'd echo comments on R.H. in general.

EDIT: the Tesco model is Micro / Grill combo
EDIT EDIT: The offer finishes on 19th /4, original price £60 IIRC

I notice the description on this says there's no turntable inside. How does that work then?

Original Poster

JayDubya;8362194

Tesco have a "Tesco brand" stainless steel model in at the moment. I was … Tesco have a "Tesco brand" stainless steel model in at the moment. I was looking at it yesterday, side by side against the Sharp equivalent. I can to the conclusion that it was the same machine, with different display (the Sharp is wipe-clean flat, the Tesco has a dial). £45 vs £65. Both St Steel (not "silver").I took Sharp as a benchmark, as I am replacing my Sharp of 16 years, which is pretty good going in my book!!!The above looks nice though, although I'd echo comments on R.H. in general.EDIT: the Tesco model is Micro / Grill comboEDIT EDIT: The offer finishes on 19th /4, original price £60 IIRC



I was looking at a Sharp model too, but the one I was looking at was only 20ltr. Sharp and Panasonic always used to be the brands to go for. We've had a Panasonic for the last 15 years and its been excellent. There's actually now't wrong with it either, but the missus is insisting on a new micro for the new kitchen

Yes, they were both 20ltr. Our old Sharp was actually only 17ltr! I guess the guts of these things will be pretty much the same, the real difference being in build quality. There was a noticeable difference between the Tesco and Sharp models (switches).

lord_trumpington;8362046

Useful info, although I would consider Morphy Richards to be in the same … Useful info, although I would consider Morphy Richards to be in the same catergory as Russell Hobbs (in terms of brand quality). Re the Cookworks link - £59 seems just a trifle expensive for an Argos own product (Cookworks isn't exactly cutting edge, is it? )As for wanting a microwave/grill combination, fine if that is what you are after. I myself am looking for a nice looking conventional microwave with a decent capacity and power rating, and this model looks like it meets that criteria. Horses for courses at the end of the day :thumbsup:



I would consider the Cookworks to be in exactly the same category as the others... the bottom end of the market, with only the occasional 20 quid pile-them-high models seen in supermarket special offers being the only way down!

Once you have used a microwave with full combination features, an ordinary one doesn't really cut the mustard any more. Can't imagine why, at the price they are now anyone would be without one! My current model, a Sharp was about 97 quid, last year, and rarely ever gets used as a simple microwave, except for the one real use the microwave-only settings has, thawing frozen items! With the other heat options, most food comes out like it would from a conventional oven, but with varying savings in time and fuel.

My first microwave was without turntable in about 1980, a Sanyo, and it was a fortune! It lasted years, but was dreadful! Can't say I have seen one since those days, and haven't noticed any other brands with this setup now.

Original Poster

nihcaj;8363776

I would consider the Cookworks to be in exactly the same category as the … I would consider the Cookworks to be in exactly the same category as the others... the bottom end of the market, with only the occasional 20 quid pile-them-high models seen in supermarket special offers being the only way down!Once you have used a microwave with full combination features, an ordinary one doesn't really cut the mustard any more. Can't imagine why, at the price they are now anyone would be without one! My current model, a Sharp was about 97 quid, last year, and rarely ever gets used as a simple microwave, except for the one real use the microwave-only settings has, thawing frozen items! With the other heat options, most food comes out like it would from a conventional oven, but with varying savings in time and fuel.My first microwave was without turntable in about 1980, a Sanyo, and it was a fortune! It lasted years, but was dreadful! Can't say I have seen one since those days, and haven't noticed any other brands with this setup now.



Interesting points. So, assuming RH, MR, Cookworks etc are entry level what would you consider to be the next level up? Miele, AEG, Bosch etc occupy the top end of the integrated microwave market but they market little (if any) freestanding microwaves. From what I can see, the top end of the freestanding microwave market is occupied by Panasonic and Sharp, so if RH, MR, Cookworks etc are entry level which brands occupy the middle (thinking Hotpoint, Zanussi etc in terms of white goods)?

lord_trumpington;8364431

Interesting points. So, assuming RH, MR, Cookworks etc are entry level … Interesting points. So, assuming RH, MR, Cookworks etc are entry level what would you consider to be the next level up? Miele, AEG, Bosch etc occupy the top end of the integrated microwave market but they market little (if any) freestanding microwaves. From what I can see, the top end of the freestanding microwave market is occupied by Panasonic and Sharp, so if RH, MR, Cookworks etc are entry level which brands occupy the middle (thinking Hotpoint, Zanussi etc in terms of white goods)?



More middling, I would say Sharp. I like them, but searching online I found that reliability can be a problem, and I found my last one didn't last too well to confirm that!

Panasonic probably further up, but I didn't buy one (had one before, it was good, first Convection oven model I owned, but very expensive!) when I had to replace my 1st Sharp, as it simply hadn't got the flexible grill and convection oven features the Sharp had, and was a good bit dearer than similar Sharp models - although undoubtedly not the quality of the Panasonics.

I know exactly where you are coming from as far as built in models go - they sometimes shock me how poorly featured they are, for the price, but with a bit of hunting, kits for building in some more middle priced models do exist. Worries me that it might end up with a big HOLE in the kitchen if you do build in and can't replace with a similar one! :whistling:

I would be expecting a grill to be honest, or more - eg this combi type … I would be expecting a grill to be honest, or more - eg this combi type for 60 quid (a pound dearer) http://www.argos.co.uk/static/Produc...EMICROWAVE.htmNow £79.99but if you must have a "name" then there is plenty of choice at or near the price this is-eg.http://www.argos.co.uk/static/Produc...EMICROWAVE.htm for under 50 quid



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