Russell Hobbs RHM1714B 17L Black Microwave Review

Russell Hobbs RHM1714B 17L Black Microwave Review

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The Russell Hobbs RHM1714B black microwave is a sleek, modern model that’ll look great in almost any kitchen. But does it provide enough interior space to be useful beyond basic reheating? And is it worth the money? Keep reading to find out.

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Russell Hobbs RHM1714B Black Microwave    
Russell Hobbs RHM1714B

Russell Hobbs RHM1714B Black Microwave Oven Features

Let’s start with the power rating of 700W. While we recommend 800W for cooking large meals with a microwave, most people can get by with a 700W model. Just be aware that food can take a bit longer to cook.

The 17L interior also makes the microwave unsuitable for big plates or large meals. It can, however, handle a normal size dinner plate comfortably. The RHM1714B is built to be a practical and relatively small microwave – but it isn’t a good option for large families.

Even so, the microwave does have a range of useful features. These include an Auto Cook function, weight defrost setting, digital clock and five power levels. The RHM1714B also comes with a glass turntable that’s specifically built to be easy to clean. Considering the low price of the RHM1714B – you can often find it for under £50 – we think that it has a generous selection of features (although it doesn’t’ include any of the advanced settings found on pricier models).

The design of the RHM1714B isn’t going to make anyone go “wow!” But it’s certainly not ugly either. Russell Hobbs has designed the microwave with a sleek, modern exterior along with a curved handle and rounded buttons. The understated design means that it matches almost any modern kitchen – which can’t be said for some of the crazier microwaves on the market!

Overview of RHM1714B features:

  • Modern design with a curved handle and black colour scheme.
  • 17L microwave that’s perfect for one or two-person households.
  • Five different power levels for precise cooking.
  • Automatic cook menus for foods such as popcorn, fish and pizza reheating.
  • Auto-defrost function – just enter the food weight and let the microwave decide the ideal time.
  • 700W power for faster cooking than many compact models (which are often only 600W).
  • 24.5cm glass turntable that’s quick to clean.

Russell Hobbs RHM1714B Reviews

Reviewers have awarded the RHM1714B a relatively high average rating. Most appear to be happy with both the functions and value for money of the RHM1714B.

Some positive comments include that it’s a reliable, easy-to-use microwave that does exactly what you’d expect from a model in this price range. Reviewers also mention that it looks great and provides excellent value considering the low price.

Several reviewers mention that it can take a few tries to get used to the different commands and settings. While we would have liked to see a clearer instruction manual, once you’ve learned how to use it reviewers write that it’s a fast and convenient microwave.

Another downside is that the model can move around when opening the door. This is, unfortunately, a common problem amongst smaller microwaves and isn’t easily avoided.

Russell Hobbs RHM1714B Rating and Conclusion

The RHM1714B is a solid microwave that we’ve awarded four stars. It’s a good option if you have a small kitchen but don’t want to be restricted by a compact 14L microwave. The microwave also comes with a surprisingly large array of features considering the low price, making it easy for us to recommend.

Review Summary

Product: Russell Hobbs RHM1714B Microwave
Written by: MicrowaveReview.co.uk
Date Published: 09/07/2015
4.0 / 5 stars
Russell Hobbs RHM1714B
Russell Hobbs RHM1714B Black Microwave    
Russell Hobbs RHM1714B

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