The Daewoo KOR6N7RS is special because it’s the cheapest stainless steel microwave oven available on the market. For those who have used, abused and cleaned painted-enamel microwaves, you will know that the paintwork on the inside rusts and flakes far too easily. This makes a microwave look tatty and unappealing to use – and sometimes dangerous!
The Daewoo KOR6N7RS solves this issue, and at a great price too. Shopping around in Currys/PC World and John Lewis, you will find that stainless steel microwaves will set you back at least £150. But at the recommended retail price of only £70 the Daewoo is taking the fight to the alternatives. After almost a month of use, here’s my review…
Stainless steel and only £70. That’s a big win. But, is the stainless steel interior durable? Do the buttons stick? Is it easy to operate? Does it have enough wattage to warm my glass of milk in under a minute? What is the build quality like? These are all questions I will have answered by the end of this article.
Let’s start off with the feature that made me purchase the Daewoo KOR6N7RS in the first place: Stainless Steel interior. Yes, it really is stainless steel – and yes, it can be scrubbed with foil wire without peeling off! It’s also very shiny and lightens up the inside of the microwave making using the product more pleasurable. But the real point here is that it’s really easy to clean so your microwave will look cleaner for longer!
The front panel features only six buttons and one rotating knob. Four of those buttons are shortcuts for presets such as defrosting and adjusting the power. The other two, placed conveniently close together are used to start/stop the microwave and to clear the time. The large knob is twisted to set the timer and ranges from zero seconds to one hour; beginning in increments of ten seconds and then increments of a minute.
The buttons are rather small, but well spaced out so are easy to press. They do not stick nor do they feel like they were only put there for the sake of it. They have premium feel to them and are responsive to firm presses.
Most users will only ever need to twist the knob to set the timer and then start the microwave using the start button. The microwave automatically stops when the timer reaches zero or when the door is pulled open. The user can also press the stop button to cancel the timer and stop the microwave oven.
Although generally, the controls on the Daewoo KOR6N7RS are well constructed and easy to use, the timer knob feels loser than it should be. It is very, very easy to over rotate the knob to several tens of seconds beyond the desired time – however after a few weeks of use this is something you can easily get used to. The only question that stands is whether the knob will last as long as the rest of the microwave.
Overall, the Daewoo KOR6N7RS is a very solid product. It features everything you would want from a standard microwave in a elegant design and build. It features a generous 20 Litre capacity which is ideal for families though this means it takes up slightly more space (dimensions: 47cm x 26cm x 37cm). The 800W of power is more than sufficient to heat 250ml of milk in under a minute whilst being power efficient. For those who use microwaves regularly, 700W should be the bare minimum you consider, and so 800W is sufficient, especially for a microwave sub-£100.
Given the price point of this microwave, it features best value for money for any solo microwave oven under a hundred pounds. Microwaves retailing for up to £50 feel like budget products, and at only an additional £20 the Daewoo KOR6N7RS is worth every extra penny!