Russell Hobbs Microwave RHM1714B Review

My Review of the Russell Hobbs Microwave RHM1714B

The Russell Hobbs Microwave RHM1714B is the best selling microwave oven that is currently available on the UK marketplace. Buyers have bought this toaster in its thousands. Overall they rate it highly as a 4.2 out of 5 star product, which we will discuss in more detail later.

The RRP of this microwave is £64.99, but if you search around, you should be able to find it as cheap as £49.99.  Please note that this is a microwave only (no grill). It has a black housing with a silver mirror style finished door. It is a microwave designed for everyday use, and it has a 17 litre capacity.

How do Buyers Rate the RHM1714B Model?

It is always important to read reviews before buying anything. This Microwave is something you will use every day. That makes it even more important, so as you can know you are buying the right one for your needs.

Buyer Review Summary

We have read a lot of reviews about this Russll Hobbs model, and then summarised those below. Hopefully you will find that useful​. The first illustration shows the percentage of stars, given to the product, by actual real life buyers. They scored the product out of a maximum of 5 stars.

61 %
19 %
8 %
3 %
9 %

You can see from the above figures that 6 out of 10 buyers rate this Russell Hobbs microwave as a 5 star choice. That is of a good rating rating, and should assure you these are good quality. 80% rate it as a 4 star or higher. However with 9% giving this only a single star, it is worth finding out why. 

Russell Hobbs Digital Microwave RHM1714B

Pros & Cons of the RHM1714B Microwave

Below we have captured what buyers actually said. This includes all buyers as we like to keep our reviews balanced. Even though only 9 out of every 100 buyers rated this microwave as a 1 star product, we always like to find out why. 


  • It looks really good in appearance and is suitable for most kitchen styles
  • It is very simple to use
  • Most buyers liked the features and also thought that it did a good job for them
  • At the lower price point, the majority of buyers though this oven was very good value for money


  • Several buyers said that water gathers on the ceiling, and over time rust spots can develop on the bottom interior of the oven
  • Several buyers said that it was very loud when being used
  • Some buyers thought highly of the Russell Hobbs brand, but that this oven was not up to that standard

Those who gave this microwave a 1 star rating were simply just very disappointed. They thought it was too noisy, didn't have enough power and didn't like the amount of water that built up inside after cooking.

The majority though thought is did what is is supposed to, looked really well and was easy enough to use. It may have taken a little time to get used to the controls, but once they understood those, it was plain sailing from there.

Video Review (UK) of the Russell Hobbs Microwave

Just below I have included a video review of this popular microwave oven.

Russell Hobbs Digital Microwave Specification

  • A really nice apperance and has a digital clock and timer display
  • 17 Litre capacity
  • Can defrost frozen food
  • Uses 700 watts of power
  • Has some useful auto-cook menus
  • 5 different power levels
  • Measures 36 x 45.2 x 26.2 cm
  • Weighs 11 Kg
  • The glass turntable measures 24.5 cm in diameter

Our Verdict on the Russell Hobbs RHM1714B

The 4.2 out of 5 star buyer rating is about right for this one. It is a best seller I believe because of the great looking style, does the basics really well and has a good brand name. If you can get it closer to the price point of £50, then I think you have a good deal.

Personally at the RRP I would not buy this one, but if I could find it cheaper, then yes.

The only thing that puts us off highly recommending a product, is if we find a number of legitimate poor ratings. There were 9% of these, and we think that is probably too high. That makes us wary of making a high recommendation on this Russell Hobbs model.

As a buyer you have to make that decision. Overall this one has an 84% satisfaction rating, which is very good. You have to balance that against those buyers, who found problems with this one.

If this is not the microwave for you, then check out our top 10 list of microwave ovens by clicking here.  This one does what it says on the tin, and at the lower price does represent good value for money.

About the author 


I enjoy cooking and love using a whole variety of small kitchen appliances. On this website, I review many of the best kitchen gadgets that are fun to own, and even more fun to use.

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