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Bosch Series 2 HMT84M461B Microwave Review
The Bosch Series 2 HMT84M461B solo microwave combines excellent build quality, lots of useful features, great performance and high user satisfaction to make it one of the very best options on the market.
Bosch Series 2 HMT84M461B Review
The Bosch Series 2 HMT84M461B is a solo microwave (meaning there’s no oven or grill) and it does the job perfectly. This model would be best for those that need to mostly heat and defrost their food as well as cook items such as rice and potatoes.
Coming in black and white options, it may not have the glitzy colours of some other models but what you get is powerful and reliable machine from a world-renowned German engineering brand.
With a 25Litre capacity it has a fairly generous capacity whilst a 315mm turntable means you can get large plates and dishes into the microwave. These features make it a great fit for families as well those looking for a solo microwave that’s larger than the average size.
The Bosch Series 2 HMT84M461B is a powerful unit coming in at 900W which comes in handy when you need to quickly heat your food. It has 5 power levels which are easy to select with 5 clearly labelled corresponding buttons on the control panel (90, 180, 360, 600, 900 Watts). This gives you a great range in cooking flexibility from a low 90W which is recommended for defrosting delicate items to a blistering 900 W best for heating up liquids.
In fact the simplicity of the control panel is one of the best features of the Bosch Series 2 HMT84M461B. You can tell it has been designed with making life as simple as possible. It comes with a pull-out rotary dial for making your selections.
The control panel makes life easy if you’re just looking for a quick re-heat option but also has 7 pre-set automatic programmes. These include options for cooking rice, potatoes and vegetables as well as defrosting meat, poultry and bread.
The microwave is also equipped with an option that allows you to select the weight of your food and let the machine do the rest.
Quite helpfully it also comes with a timer which can run up to 99 minutes which can be handy for dishes that need to be slow cooked. The long countdown is a nice feature as a lot of models only give you around 30 minutes.
A nice added bonus for the settings is the fact this model has a memory function that will allow you to create your own program. This is particularly useful if you have one dish you tend to cook or heat up regularly.
The control panel is equipped with an LED display which is clearly visible from meters away. It can also be used as a clock when not in use which can be surprisingly handy in the kitchen.
The great visibility also goes for the internal light which makes it easy for you to keep an eye on your food whilst it is cooking.
Another great benefit with this unit is the fact it comes with ample information and cooking guides to help you find the best ways to make the most of the power you are getting.
Something else you don’t often see is the possibility of changing the duration of the beeping when the timer comes to an end. You can choose a short duration of 3 beeps or a much longer duration of 30 beeps.
One thing to bear in mind for where you place the microwave on your kitchen counter is that it needs a minimum of 30cm clearance above the unit.
Overall the Bosch Series 2 HMT84M461B is one of the most highly rated solo microwaves on the market and when you look closely it’s easy to see why. If you’re looking for microwave that does everything well, is built to a high standard and won’t cost you too much, look no further.
|Easy to use control panel||?|
|900W of power for fast and efficient heating and cooking||?|
|Good cooking capacity (25L) and large width for big plates||?|
|Dimensions: D40.8 cm x W51.3cm x H30.5cm||?|