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You needn't miss out on delicious toasties if you're short on kitchen space. Read our review of the Morphy Richards MICO toastie maker: a microwavable sandwich maker.
The Morphy Richards MICO is a convenient little gadget that produces toasties with iconic grill-lines as if toasted in a counter-top sandwich press, despite being cooked in the microwave. It’s no bigger than a side plate so it’s simple and convenient to store. Plus, all elements are dishwasher-safe for quick and easy clean up.
This space-saving device is a great choice if you want to indulge your toastie cravings, but don’t have the space for a full-size sandwich maker.
Thanks to clear instructions with coloured diagrams, we worked our way around the MICO quickly. On the whole though, this toastie maker is relatively intuitive; it has easy-to-fit plates and its clear to see how everything clicks together. The instructions for cooking time should be followed. Instructions are given for making a cheese and ham toastie in a 900W microwave to achieve light, medium and dark browning.
Silicone clips secure the two plates above and below the sandwich – they stretch a little to allow extra room for fuller toasties. Once secured, the plates apply even pressure to the sandwich so there’s no risk of your filling being forced to one side.
When microwaving, you will need to stay close as the toastie needs to be turned two and half minutes into cooking. But it takes just four minutes to cook completely. And with no preheating time as with traditional sandwich makers, that’s pretty fast.
We were a little sceptical about how the bread would fare in the microwave as it has a tendency to become either soggy or dry and overcooked. But we’re happy to say that the bread remained soft and bouncy, and lightly crisped on the outside.
The instructions recommend buttering the outside of the bread, which not only helped crisp-up the toastie, but also gave it an evenly browned exterior. The cheese was fully melted and overall, the sandwich was very good.
There was just one element of the MICO’s design that let it down. The plates don’t seal the side of the bread and this, coupled with the fact that the clips are not rigid, means it’s possible to squeeze out all the hot cheese when removing it from the microwave. Not only could this be messy, not to mention annoying, it could also be dangerous, so exercise caution when removing the toastie maker from the microwave.
Both the silicone case and the plates are dishwasher-safe, but the plates themselves are non-stick, so a simple wipe down should suffice.
The Morphy Richards MICO has a small footprint, so it’s ideal for those short on kitchen space.
Toasties in the microwave? You wouldn’t have thought it was possible, but Morphy Richards have proved it is. The MICO gets almost everything right, the crisp exterior, the soft bread and the perfectly melted cheese. Just make sure you’re not too heavy handed when removing it from the microwave.
It’s simple to use and easy to store. That being said, if you’re a feeding several hungry mouths and like to make a couple at a time, this may not be the model for you. But, if you’re not looking to add another appliance to your collection and need a gadget with modest dimensions to make fuss-free toasties, the MICO is definitely worth considering.
Number of sandwiches: one
Removable plates: yes
Dishwasher proof: yes
Recipe book: no
Dimensions (cm): H: 4.6 x W: 17.4 x D: 14.4
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This review was last updated in March 2021. If you have any questions, suggestions for future reviews or spot anything that has changed in price or availability please get in touch at email@example.com