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when my washing machine blew up in June 2012 I decided to upgrade all of my appliances to black to suit my kitchen. Living in an all electric flat I needed the oven to be of a good energy rating, and a good size to cook for a family of 4, but it had to be a single oven as I was informed we would of had to have something installed in order for us to have a double oven, and with upgrading everything else it was already turning out pretty costly. I seared and seared online for the 'perfect' oven. I dont like the look of the standard 4 ring hob, so also wanted a flat surface where the hobs were so i wasnt sure id find something for under my £400 budget, but then i saw this on sale. I purchased the oven from Appliances Direct for £330 (its currently £325).
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My living/kitchen area is opened planned, which means that while sitting on the sofa watching the TV, the oven is on the far side of the room in the kitchen area, so it was important to use that it looked nice. Aside from its stylish looks this Oven has some great features that really appealed to us, such as:
The oven comes in a black gloss (white can be purchased for slightly cheaper). Black is different, and hides marks a lot better than white does, it does show finger prints a lot more but these are easily wiped off.
It has 3 cooking areas, which is fantastic for our family of 4 if anyone wants a different meal. It has a large oven at the bottom (3 trays), a grill just above (1 tray) then 4 ceramic hobs, which means we can cater for our family and even a few friends if needed.
6 Easy to use turn dials. The 4 dials on the right control the hobs, the dial in the middle is for the grill and the dial on the far left for the oven. There is a picture by each dial to save any confusion. The dials are black to match the oven and numbers are in white (well they were before they peeled off!)
H900 X W600 D600 mm.
While the oven is a single oven it boasts a decent 65 litre capacity. So plenty of room to cook for a family. Its more than big enough for our family of 4 as we can have all 3 trays in use at 1 time. (Each tray measures 18.5 X 14.5 inches).
Fan assisted to allow for hot and even heat. Our last oven didn't have this and normally food would have to go back in for longer (especially meat)
Height adjustable feet so the feet can be adjusted to make the oven higher, (this does seem quite tricky as you need to tilt the oven back slightly so may require an extra person to help)
Easy clean ceramic and interior.
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As soon as the rings are set to number '3' a the rings will turn bright red within 4 seconds. Settings 1,2 & 3 still heat instantly but the rings won't turn red. Turning the knobs down to a lower heat you will see the circles on the hobs fading.
Towards the front of the oven is a little shape like this + in each gap is a light (so 4, meaning the 4 rings). Each gap on that symbol is linked to a ring, I.E the gap on the top left means the top left ring. These will light up after the hob has been turned off so you will know which hob is still hot! A fantastic safety feature I didn't even know existed.
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When turning the grill on after aprox 10 seconds you can hear a clicking noise, then very slowly you can feel the grill warming up, it takes aprox 30 seconds for the red lights to fully appear. The instructions in the manual clearly state to leave the door slightly open at all times during use and when cooling down.
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The light in the oven comes on as soon as you turn the oven on, then it stays on while cooking so you can see how the food is coming along through the glass door. It then soon heats to the desired temperature. Within seconds you can hear the fan working, its loud enough for you to hear but not so loud that its annoying.
* ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ My Thoughts ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ *
I was unsure buying a beko oven as no-one I knew had owned one, so i was worried It would be poor cheap quality, and since moving out I had always used Hotpoint appliances. Appearance wise its looks fantastic, and very expensive, its very strong and well built and I can see it lasting is years! Our old oven was one of the cheap brands that is sold by Argos, my mum brought it for my previous partner and I when I moved into my first flat at 16 but after 7 years the heat distribution became very poor, then slowly the hobs stopped working as well as the paint peeling from the side....hardly nice to look at it.
As soon we had it installed we tested it out, just switching it all on to see how quickly everything heats up, and we were very pleased with how quickly it heated itself up, The hob heats instantly and with the oven and grill you can feel it heating up as soon as they are switched on. They are very simple to use only having to only turn a dial.
Before purchasing the Oven we had contemplated buying a double oven, we didn't need one but our last single oven was very small on the inside, and I didn't want the same problem this time, we then decided against the double oven after finding out we would have to have something done with the electrics (something extra installed I think it was). So decided on a large sized single oven, when it arrived I was immediately impressed with the size, I didn't even have to look inside to see how big it was.
The oven contains the heat unlike my old oven where even touching any part of it you would burn yourself, no problems like that with this oven (although the grill tray does get hot in the grill if the oven is on). Also the hob still gets slightly warm when the oven is in use.
The oven claims to have a easy clean system, I cant say I find it any different from any other oven. The inside enamel is easily cleaned with any grease cleaning spray. The ceramic hob needs to be left to cool down before cleaning and no products are to be used at all while hot. I use a decent oven foam spray and it takes 1 coats to clean it. You cannot use any hard sponges (like the metal foam ones) as they will scratch off the white rings, I always use the oven foam spray and soft cloth. Then a glass cleaner for the glass.
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My only real gripe with this oven is that the numbers are already fading on the dials. The rest of the oven looks great but the numbers on the dial fading are really starting to get to me, I wear glasses when im concentrating so it really doesn't help with this problem.
The oven is cleaned after every use but its starting to look not so shiny as it did when it was new, still on the search for the right product!
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Overall id rate this oven 4/5. Id have to knock off a star due to the numbers fading from the dial. But im very happy with it, my fiancé thought we should have saved the extra money and brought all white appliances, but I like to be different and im glad I brought black. I love my oven, its great for our family and looks amazing in the kitchen. I do have extended warranty with domestic and general so im going to contact them regarding the numbers on the dial, as while its cosmetic, it is proving difficult sometimes, especially as I need glasses when concentrating.
Beko Double Cavity 60cm Electric Cooker / Colour: Black / Features: 60cm wide electric cooker with ceramic hob / Energy rating A / Fan main ovenSeparate grill in top cavity / 65 litre main oven capacity / 35 litre top cavity capacity4 zone Rapidlite ceramic hobDiamond quality Easy Clean enamel oven and grill interior / Full metal control panel / Easy grip control dials / Removable inner door glass / in top cavity / Height adjustable front and rear feet / Oven light / for main oven / Dimensions (mm): Height 900, Width 600, Depth 600 / Short name: Beko BDC643K