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When our previous oven died, this was what we chose as a replacement. I would have preferred a convection oven but money was an issue and so we settled on this instead. As I do most of the cooking and I am not home too much as I work as a chef with very long hours, my wife and I decided that this would be sufficient for our needs!
It is a bit basic with electric hobs on top, a grill and an oven but it does the job and that is all that is important. Used to a convection oven, I often have this turned quite high as I am used to things cooking quicker than they do in this and you have to push the grill mpan in quite far as it cooks better towards the back and things at the front of the grill take much longer! But overall, this is a not bad little appliance.
It is fairly easy to clean and simple to use asnd well worth the price you pay for it. But if you want something with a few more whistles and bells, then you will need to spend a little more!
I bought my Beko about 3 years ago from a major catalogue outfit. I believe it was about £230. This is the sole reason I bought it, it was the cheapest available.
The cooker itself is a silver colour and as you can see by the picture has a grill on the top and an oven below. I won't go into great detail on it's appearance as you can see yourself from the photo.
The rings heat evenly and quickly, leaving me no room for complaint. The grill, does heat far more to the back than front. I know this is normal for grills, but even more so with this one. The oven is fan assisted, cooks fairly evenly but a bit more on top then on bottom. The back heats a bit more than the front, again, to be expected, but the top heats as much as the bottom, making it difficult to get cookies just right, or to get a pizza base cooked without over cooking the toppings, but overall it OK. It is a bit slow to heat up as well though. It also heats the whole kitchen, which can be nice in the winter, especially when I had no radiator in the kitchen, but likely is not very nice on my electric bill.
This is not the easiest cooker to clean by a long shot. A removable bottom tray would have been helpful, the racks seem to rust slightly from being scrubbed too much, I am forever oiling and burning the rings to keep rust away, and the small ledge at the top of the grill just collects any grease or spillage in the crack between it and the cooker. The finish on this ledge is riddled with cracks from heat. On the plus side, I tend to wash the writing off many appliances and the numbers and writing are still as clear today as when I bought it. Other than the small ledge, the main finish seems pretty well indestructible and is in perfect condition as well.
I have had no problems with mine ( knock wood) and it has seen a lot of use. I do have some worries though as my neighbour had the same model and hers shorted out, taking all of her electricity out with it, and prompting an emergency call to an electrician on a Saturday night. Still I will base my review on my own cooker, which has performed well enough and award it 4 stars.
Update: This has packed it in, the electrics completely failed just as my neighbours did. The cooker is nearly four years old but I expect more then this in a cooker. Another neighbour has told me she also had the same model - also failed - dropping my rating to 1 star, there seems to be a fault in the wring of many of these.
I recently purchased this model of electric cooker after my last appliance gave up the ghost! It cost me £240 from a local retailer and is availble at major appliance stores.
The cooker should be installed by an qualified electrical appliance installer in order for your gaurentee to remain viable. Nevertheless the back panel where the mains are connected provided my installer with a bit of a challenge to break open! The cooker has adjustable legs should your floor be uneven. These are easy to manipulate.
The cooker has four hobs which vary in size and heat settings. There are two 1.5 kw hotplates, a 2.0 kw one and a 1.0 kw one. The hobs are the kind that don't light up and there is no glass cover over them as on many ovens. The controls for the hotplates are situated on the front and to the top of the cooker. There are illustrations as to which knob connects to which hotplate. There is also a small light in the corner which lights red whenever a hob is switched on. This is a great safety and energy saving feature. The knobs can be turned in either direction to control the heat settings which vary between 1 and 6 in intensity. 1 should be used for warming, whilst 2-3 is suitable for simmering and 4-6 for cooking. frying or boiling. When turned to a number the knob sticks in place.
There is a grill situated at the top of the cooker. This is quite large in space and has a wire rack and baking tray. The tray has a handle which is a bit rickety and rattley. When you hold it there is a V-shape to the handle and edge of the grill tray which means your hands are very close to the hot metal. The user guide reccomends always using an oven glove and I agree it is definately necessary. Plus if you have an unsteady hand hold with two and move carefully as the tray can shake. On the grill there is a special function button which prevents the grill from working if the door is closed. There is also a light on the knob panel which turns red when the grill is switched on. There are different shelf heights available inside the grill. The middle and bottom rack should be used for the grilling.
The cooker has a fan assisted oven which has a heat setting of up to 240 celcius. The oven comes with three wire racks which you can place at height settings of your choice. The oven has a clear glass front and when switched on the oven lights up so you can see your food cooking. It makes a slight humming noise whilst operating. The control knob has a little light nearby which also alerts you to the oven being switched on.
My previous oven was not fan assisted and I find that cooking times tend to be different now. Whilst lots of food products have cooking instructions with special rules for fan assisted ovens not all do. I recommend lessening the time needed and checking food to make sure it's not burning.
My previous cooker was dark green in colour and quite forgiving when it came to burn marks around the hobs. This white model is not as forgiving. The silver coloured rims around each hob burns bronze fairly quickly and stays that way regardless of cleaning products used. The white surface around each hob also tends to colour up brown after cooking but a strong cleaning agent can remove marks. On the whole the rest of the cooker is easy to clean with no nooks and crannies that can't be reached.
This cooker is a basic model compared with some of the cookers now on the market with digital displays and timers and all sorts of super gadgetry! However, I find that this cooker certainly gets the job done and I couldn't ask for much more!
The cooker comes with a very good user guide which details everything you need to know. This includes: installing (full guide to the electrical connections needed), how to use cooker, how to assemble and position cooker, how to clean cooker, plus details of the manufacturers gaurentee.
The Beko customer helpline for people with this model is:
Tel: 0845 600 4911
or for service under guarentee (electric cookers only) call:
Tel: 0845 600 4902
Beko 50cm Double Cavity Electric Cooker with Solid Hot Plate / Manufacturer BekoColour BlackKey featuresEnergy rating (main) AFan main ovenFull width variable grill in top cavity4 variable solid hot plates with 2 Rapidlite zonesEasy grip control knobsFull metal oven and grill doors3 wire shelves roasting tray & grill pan setDiamond quality Easy Clean enamel oven interiorHigh adjustable front & rear feetOven light in main cavityDimensions (mm)Height 900 Width 500 Depth 600 / Short name: Beko D533AK