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Russell Hobbs RHM2361GCG Digital Microwave With Grill and Convection review

Alan Lu
2 Jul 2016
Our Rating 
Price when reviewed 
110
inc VAT (as of 2nd of July)

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

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Specifications

Type - turntable or flatbed: Turntable, Dimensions: 287x484x425mm, Stated volume: 23l, Turntable diameter: 269mm, Stated power output: 800W, Convection oven/grill: Yes/Yes

Few white goods manufacturers are as well known as the long-lived Russell Hobbs. Most British households will likely have had at least one Russell Hobbs appliance, even if it’s now tucked away in a cupboard somewhere.

The RHM2361GCG combi microwave may not have the catchiest name, but it’s surprisingly stylish and easy to use considering that it costs as little as £88. The LCD screen is almost invisible to the naked eye behind the dark frosted glass of the door until you start tapping away at the controls.

The buttons are clearly labelled while a ‘cheat sheet’ of all the auto cook programs is inlaid around the edge of the interior cavity behind the door. All this makes the controls easy to figure out, so you shouldn’t need to dig out the manual too often. The timer has a maximum setting of 95 minutes which should be plenty for preparing practically any meal.

Although the RHM2361GCG only managed an average power output of 413W (with erratic individual power output results of 440, 380 and 420W), it fared far better in our defrosting test than some of the much more expensive microwaves we’ve seen. The weight-based defrosting program took just three minutes and 40 seconds to thoroughly defrost a chicken breast - one of the shortest times we’ve seen.

It was also quick at thoroughly cooking through a fresh chicken breast, taking five minutes using the recommended auto cooking program. Although it wasn’t browned in any way, there wasn’t a hint dryness or undercooked pinkness. It also took just five minutes to brown a slice of white bread, medium thickness, with an attractive level of browning and just a touch of darkness in the middle.

The RHM2361GCG’s flaws are relatively minor. It’s slightly noisier than average, but not dramatically so at 58dB with a maximum observed level of 60dB. A jacket potato was heated a little unevenly, with the centre measured at 93 degrees celsius - 10 degrees hotter than the edges. This still compares well to other combi microwaves I’ve seen though.

If you’re keen on preparing big meals, then the RHM2361GCG might not be for you. It’s one of the more compact combi microwaves we’ve seen with an internal cavity of just 202x301x305mm - which is officially rated for just 23l. The turntable itself has a slightly smaller than usual diameter of 269mm.

Unsurprisingly for such a cheap combination microwave, the RHM2361GCG doesn’t come with many extras. There’s a grill rack, a one year warranty and that’s your lot. The only other quibble is the colour - it’s only available in black which might not suit all kitchens if you’re keen on colour coordination.

Overall then, there’s remarkably little wrong with the Russell Hobbs RHM2361GCG. It’s cheap, looks great and excelled in almost all of our tasks. It’s a great value combi microwave. Buy Now from Amazon


Hardware
Type - turntable or flatbedTurntable
Dimensions287x484x425mm
Dimensions with door open287x484x792mm
Weight15kg
Stated volume23l
Interior dimensions202x301x305mm
Turntable diameter269mm
Door hinge locationLeft
Stated power output800W
AccessoriesWire rack
Power and capacity
Convection oven/grillYes/Yes
SteamerNo
Max countdown on timer95min
Controls typeButtons
Buying information
WarrantyOne year RTB
Detailshttp://uk.russellhobbs.com
Part CodeRHM2361GCG

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