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Alan Lu

Alan Lu is currently external communications manager at Vodafone UK and has a background in corporate communications and media writing. An alumnus of The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), he has previously served as reviews editor for IT Pro and Computeractive.

Recent articles by Alan Lu

Sharp R82STMA microwave review

Easy to use with even results but it's a tad slow; still a good buy but there are slightly better options around

£122 inc VAT (as of 12th of July)
Sage by Heston Blumenthal Risotto Plus

Not the most refined rice cooker by any stretch, but the Risotto Plus is far more versatile than its name suggests

£90 inc VAT
Zojirushi NS-YSQ10: Expensive, but a brilliant rice cooker
Home appliances

Not everyone will want to spend this kind of money, but for perfect rice every time there's nothing better

Zojirushi NS-TSQ10: The best rice cooker to buy
Home appliances

If you want the best rice cooker there is, then the Zojirushi NS-TSQ10 is difficult to beat

Samsung MG23K3575 review

There's a lot to like about this quiet and quick microwave if you're happy to take manual control

£140 inc VAT (RRP, yet to go on sale)
Hotpoint Ultimate Collection MWH33343B microwave review

A big microwave, inside and out, with some good results but defrosting was slow and the controls are a bit fiddly

£249 inc VAT (as of 12th of July)
Panasonic NN-CS894 review

A great-looking microwave with lots of features but it struggled with some of our tests which isn't on at this price

£449 inc VAT (as of 12th of June)
Daewoo KOC9Q1T Combination Microwave Oven review

The controls could be clearer but the Daewoo KOC9Q1T delivered a good all-round performance at a low price

£89 inc VAT (as of 3rd of July)
Russell Hobbs RHM2361GCG Digital Microwave review

The RHM2361GCG isn't the cheapest but it looks smart and excelled in all our tests

£110 inc VAT (as of 2nd of July)
Sage by Heston Blumenthal The Quick Touch Crisp review

Despite its gastronomic patronage, The Quick Touch Crisp is simple and straightforward to use, plus it's highly effective

£349 inc VAT (as of 1st of July)