Excellent microwave with some significant caveats
- Cooks fast and evenly
- Not loud
- Good ventilation; internal cavity dry after 15 minutes steaming vegetables
- Controls are easy to use; rotary dial can quickly dial in any time between 0 to 95 minutes in less than 2 seconds
- Good visibility inside cavity while cooking
- Nice styling; looks better at home than in photos or store lighting
- 24 hour clock with good legibility
Cons:...- Radiation level a bit disappointing; peaks of 6 microwatts/cm2 at 4 meters according to a Tenmars TM-190. I must leave the kitchen while cooking, which I didn't have to do with previous micro - Clock gains 40 seconds per week; must reset clock every 3-4 weeks. Another reviewer also reports the clock does not keep time, so I don't believe this is a fault - Electronics beneath front panel have a slight audible buzz in standby - Possible quality control issues; first unit's rotary dial was rubbing against fascia and chassis made a super annoying rattling noise when closing the door Other: - As there is no numeric pad, you cannot dial in a time to a precision of 1 second. Instead, the options you have are: 0-1min in 5sec intervals; 1-5min in 10s intervals; 5-10m in 30s; 10-30min in 1min; 30-95min in 5min. I do not consider this a con as I cannot think of a practical scenario where this would be insufficient. Also the fact that the rotary knob allows you to select a time faster than with a numeric pad makes it superior in my view
- Verified purchase
This microwave works great and has served me well for quite a while now. Its quality is impressive considering how much cheaper it is than other microwaves of similar quality. It also looks great, isn't too loud and just does its job really well!
Fantastic value for money, easy to use
The food cooked or heated does not dry out and is better than my old Microwave that was a top of line. This model is very user friendly and easy to use. The food cooks evenly and is a pleasure to use. I use it every day and have never had a problem with it. I was so happy with it I purchased one for my Son as his old one stopped working. He is very happy with this model as well.
I brought the 48 dollar contempo microwave and while cooking something it exploded burning my wife microwave now blows power to house if i try to use it my wife now has a third degree burn and are now talking to as solicitors and will be suing as my wife's burn is terrible
Very happy with my new Microwave.
Purchased my Contempo Microwave from Big W two weeks ago. It's easy and straight forward to use and is easy to clean. I had checked out on-line different sized and priced microwaves and decided on this one. It looks very smart in polished stainless steel in my kitchen. This microwave is ideal for my small family of 2 adults & 3 children. Very Happy.
Not bad for the price
We bought our microwave at big W just over one year ago. It is easy to use and looks good in our kitchen. My only complaint is that the light blew at 6 months old. Still works great just doesnt have a light in it. Still a good product and would recommend it to anyone on a budget.
Beware of Rust
I bought this Microwave and am happy at the cooking functions and the time it takes to cook.
This fits in a small space on my bench.
It is not loud.
Sadly it is rusting inside the unit so will need to be replaced in just over 1 year.
I will still buy the same as it cost $50.00 and is value for the money I paid.
- Verified purchase
Easy to use
Great little microwave I wasn’t sure about buying so cheap but I love the settings and how easy it is to use, it’s sturdy and well built, good size for our small apartment, heats well for its size. Not to loud, I suppose it’s the same as any other microwave.
good value for money
spur of the moment purchase since it's so cheap! (old one was still functional but thought it's time for an update) - functions well, defrosting doesnt take long, good value esp since its one of the cheaper ones around! buttons easy to configure doesnt need you to read the manual to find a mode.
Good for the money
We wanted a cheap yet physically attractive microwave for our kitchen. This was well priced at Big W and is metal so fits in with our other appliances. Plenty of different modes provide easy selection for your usage. The clock doesn't keep time very well but we rarely use it for this purpose. Overall very happy with it.
Great product, low cost, nice to buy
Bought it from Big W last year, as I moved new home, I need a solid and good looking microwave. The fact has proven that this microwave oven is my best choice for my tight budget. It is very easy to operate and clean, never go wrong. Really recommend buying.
Great product, great price.
Our microwave died and although we rarely use one we needed another. The prices are ridiculous upon looking online and we came across this one in our local bigw store and the price was great especially for a stainless steel one. It cooks prefect. Is not noisy. Its made sturdy and best of all it comes with 2 year warranty which is great as most come with only 12 months. Very happy.
Brought at big w on special and haven't been disappointed. The microwave is very stylish and fits perfectly into the built in slot in my kitchen. It is extremely easy to use, sturdy and very quit. It is also a breeze to clean. So far we have had no issues and it does its job very well.
Great value, good looking
Purchased from Big W the Contempo was one of the cheapest brands on the shelf, I was a little sceptical that this would be a quality product for the price but generally it is an up market looking microwave for a budget price.
Have owned and operated for 3xmonths now, no issues.
Easy to clean in and out easy to operate and effective use of modes. Recommended
OK but not amazing
Microwave is good cooks well and stuff like that my only problem with it is the fact that you can not manually punch in a time to cook the food it just goes in thirty second increments which is a little frustrating when you don’t want to have to do so.
Excellent for the price
Needed a new microwave quickly and only had access to big w and bought this brand without expecting too much. It is great, hasn't missed a beat. Much better than previous expensive microwave. Would highly recommend this if you're on a budget. Easy to use and clean, good handle on door rather than a button to open.
Very Good and reliable
Reliable and Not noisy
for only 100 from Big W
Very good and easy to clean
Good size and very good after sale service with a clear manual
Stylish with a clear clock to monitor the time
Pull handle big enough, Defrost is easy to use and I really like it
I bought the microwave a few months ago from Big W. It is a bit cheaper than others, but I am absolutely satisfied with the cooking results of this microwave. The control panel is simple and understandable, so everyone can use it without problem. This microwave works enough quiet. It looks sturdy and very stylish. I would highly recommend it to anyone.
Questions & Answers
Plugged microwave in and won’t stop.. just runs when door shut and tried everything to stop it
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