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This oven was bought for us by our estate agents, and it is safe to say that there is not one redeeming feature on it. I only came across this site when looking for a spare oven shelf for it (as it cleverly only comes with one), and after seeing everyone else berate this piece of tosh, my passions for this utility were ignited (pun intended).I have to say, I am no engineer, no designer, I am a ukulele teacher, but I seriously think that I could have designed a better cooker.All the other reviewers have hit the nail on the head, and i'm not going to waste any more of my life repeating it.Put simply. Don't buy it.Don't rent it.Refuse it and send it back.
Please all my review readers, do not buy a gas oven like BEKO SG562. it is worse than my old one which was replaced by SG562. i am thinking why not to replace that old one again!!!!!! When you start the oven the room fills up with smoke, the smoke stinks like a burnt wire, heating outside....
We bought this cooker as a replacement when our old cooker passed on. Unfortunately, at that time, price was our overriding consideration and therein lies the beko`s only saving grace, it`s cheap. Having used the cursed thing for 5 months now i can honestly say that i would go for a week without eating just to save enough to get a better make/model.
It looked good straight out of the box, but as i placed it in the kitchen i realised it sat too low. now i may be on the tallish side at just over 6` but my girlfriend is 5` 10" and she also thought it was too low. Luckily i work in an engineering department and i knocked up a plinth for it to sit on, an option most people will not have.
The gas ignitor works off the mains, which means the cooker takes up a socket, i would have prefferred a battery operated affair, but thats just me. The 4 hobs are all different sizes, i guess to accomodate different size pans in an attempt to make it energy efficient, however, if you try to rest a milk pan or other small cooking vessel on the smallest hob, the pan will rock and fall through the grid because the holes are all the same size !!
The oven is probably the worst aspect of this cooker. Try cooking a sunday lunch with only one oven shelf, an additional one cost me £12. Everything i have ever learned about how ovens work has been turned on its head with the beko, because it seems to be hotter at the bottom than the top.When using both shelves we have to constantly swap cooking food from upper shelf to lower shelf and vice versa in order to get an even cook. It is also the smokiest oven i have ever used, the kitchen quickly fills with fumes if you dont have a window open.
The grill is an absolute joke. I confess i am used to eye level grills or seperates, but the arrangement of clipping a piece of metal sheet into the top of the oven door and having the door ajar whilst grilling does`nt seem right to me. My girlfriend forgot once and true to the words in the manual the cooker knobs melted. I don`t use the grill much now, not since, whilst putting in cheese on toast, the grill pan slipped off the handle and deposited my supper on the kitchen floor. I discovered that if you do not hold the pan perfectly level, and the front of the pan touches the oven shelf first, the pan slips off the handle every time !!
I have actually just used the grill to make bacon, it took 15 mins to cook the first side and about 1 min to cremate the other side. i also just discovered that only half the grill was lit and i had to blow on it to make the flame go right to the end, on both sides, how the gas didnt ignite is beyond me but it doesnt seem too safe.
In summary, i bought a cheap cooker and because of that i had fairly low expectations, but the beko failed to meet even them. After 5 months we have cracked and decided to get rid and buy something we can rely on.
This cooker (the 50cm width model) was bought for our house by our landlords when we moved in, so we have had it from new but we didn't actually buy it. I have to say that if I had bought this with my own money I would have sent it back! It was obviously chosen simply for the low price and the fact that it fit in the 53cm gap.
There are four burners in various sizes, as usual for this type of gas cooker. Two medium sized (the Front Left and Back Left), a small ring (the back Right) and a large ring (front Right). I find this layout to be a little impractical and would have preffered to have them a diferent way round.
To light the burners you hold in the corresponding knob while using the electronic spark button. You then have to continue to hold the gas on until it's hot enough. Easy enough (for me, possibly not for people who have grip/strength/dexterity problems), however, this length of time seems to be indeterminate and variable. Which is rather annoying when you have to keep relighting the burner.
The grill is located in the top of the oven, you have to have the oven door open when using it (not good with children around) and bend down a lot to look at your food. In order to use the grill you have to slot a bit of metal in place below the knobs to stop them melting, this is supplied with the cooker!
Before using the grill for the first time, the factory coating must be burned off (this also has to be done with the oven) which involves lighting it with nothing in the oven and leaving it on for 20 minutes. According to the instructions all windows and doors should be opened and you should try not to breathe in the fumes. I have to say it took a lot longer than this and we all had to sit outside for quite a while. The acrid smell lingered for a very long time.
We don't use the grill. I find it too dangerous with small children in the house so instead anything I would normally grill goes in my George Foreman (a wedding gift I actually use!).
The oven in the narrow width model is very small and only comes with one oven shelf. Several of my baking trays are actually too wide for this oven so I can't use them and I have had to buy an extra shelf so that I can cook enough to feed our smallish family.
There is no fan assistance in this oven and boy is that obvious! In fact if anything this cooker defies the laws of physics in because heat does not seem to rise in it! It is impossible to cook things like pizza or cakes without the bottoms burning before the top cooks properly. The temperature levels are a rough and inaccurate guide (and it's hotter at the bottom) so not much use if you are trying to follow a precise recipe.
On the up-side it looks fairly smart and is easy to clean.
So in conclusion, this is a great cheap cooker to have if you need a cooker but don't actually cook much.
Short name: Beko SG562