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SHARP YC-GC52BU-B 25 Litre 900W Digital Combination Microwave Oven with 1200W Grill, 11 power levels, ECO Mode, defrost function, LED cavity light - Black

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While it doesn’t have the same range or quality of auto programmes as the more high-end models – and its grill setting is on the weak side – it offers a decent microwave and excellent convection performance, managing to fit in a good amount of food while not taking up too much of your countertop space. Design and features Convection Temperature Levels (Celsius) 230. 220, 210, 200, 190, 180, 170, 160, 150, 140, 130, 120, 110 Combination microwaves tend to be pricier than regular microwaves because they operate both as an oven and a microwave while often boasting other cooking functions and automatic programmes. The Sharp YC-GC52FU-B 25L Microwave with Grill and Convection shines as a cheaper option. Turning to Auto Cook programmes, I used the A-06 rice pre-set to cook 300g of rice with 600ml of water. This took 23mins and the rice came out perfectly cooked, requiring no extra standing time or further heating.

In addition to the 13 auto programmes for heating various foods, the YC-GC52FU-B has two Microwave + Grill (30%/70% and 55%/45%) and four Microwave + Convection (140°C, 170°C, 200°C and 230°C) settings. The microwave function has 11 power levels (from 0% to 100% in 10% intervals), while convection temperatures span 110°C to 230°C, and weight-based defrosting ranges from 100g to 2kg in 100g increments. PerformanceThe Sharp YC-GC52FU-B 25L Microwave with Grill and Convection showed a little unevenness in some tests but thrived at others. A raw, fridge-cold 350g potato took 9mins of microwaving altogether. After 6mins of initial heating (having flipped it over and rotated the plate halfway through) and standing for a further minute, the potato’s inner temperature was 98°C. However, when cut open, some harder bits became apparent. These were also visible as slightly cooler patches on my thermal camera. It took another 3mins to reach an appropriate level of softness, by which point the edges of the potato were starting to look white-hot on the thermal camera.

Helpfully, there is a little rubber rim around the base of the oven, catching some of the condensation that can gather during steamier microwaving sessions while still remaining easy to clean. The LCD is small but very clear, and having a pleasantly whirring knob for time and weight selection takes the strain out of wrists and fingers. Once the same rice was cooled to fridge temperature, I reheated 200g of it with two tablespoons of water using full microwave power. After 2mins, it measured 99°C in the middle, while there was slight unevenness around the edges, which were in the 80-90°C range. Stirring the rice and heating it for another 30 secs yielded an even result.

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