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This is a standard sized cooker, being 60 cm wide and deep, and 90cm (adjustable using the feet), white in colour. It sports 4 rings on the top, two larger and more powerful, and two smaller ones. Then there are two ovens, a small one at the top which contains the grill, and a larger fan oven occupying most of the volume of the machine. The door of the top oven folds down, the main oven open door sideways, both being made of tinted glass. It is an all electric oven and needs to be connected to a proper 50A cooker socket, not an ordinary 13A one, or it will probably blow a fuse if you use more than one part of it at once.
The hob is made of a ceramic material, with the elements underneath. These can be seen glowing red under the dark surface when they are switched on. The four rings are controlled by knobs which have 6 positions plus off. This isn't quite as flexible as a continuously variable control, and sometimes you would like to be able to choose something between number 2 and 3, for example, but generally the system works ok once you're used to it. The rings heat up quite quickly so you don't have to think about it in advance.
The main oven is also controlled using a knob, but as you would expect has rather more options, including defrost and just turning on the internal light, as well as a temperature control from 80 - 240C. It is a fan oven, so you have to get used to converting downwards from the temperatures given in cookery books by 10-20C at least. I've found it to be pretty 'keen', so usually reduce the cooking temperature by even more than this to make sure things don't cook too quickly or burn. In spite of the fan it doesn't cook particularly evenly, and there are noticeable hotspots.
The top oven can be used either as an oven or as a grill, all controlled using one knob. The grill settings are rather inflexible, as there are only three choices, and the only way of grilling at exactly the temperature you want is to alter the position of the shelf. The grill pan is well constructed, with the handle sliding on from one side so that you have to take it off deliberately - it can't just fall off as has happened to me with other such pans. This means that whilst the grill pan is under the element you can't close the oven door, which is the correct way to use it. So that is a good safeety feature. There's a cooling fan in the top oven which leaps into life a few minutes after the grill has been switched off, which is slightly unnerving the first few times but you soon get used to it.
Both control knobs will only turn one way; this doesn't matter much for the main oven, but is annoying for the top oven as your instinct is to turn off the grill by moving it one step clockwise rather than all the way back round the other way. On th plus side, the knobs are well made and so far have shown no tendency to come off, chip or break.
There are three shelves, which can be distributed between the two ovens as you like, and a reasonable number of different levels to put them in at. At least, we'ev never had any problems in fitting in dishes and pots of different heights.
The top is reasonably easy to clean, ordinary jif and a dishcloth does it fine. The hob does quickly become scarred where pots have been moved around, but whilst this doesn't look great it doesn't affec the performance at all. The inside of the oven is harder to do and some bits will get baked on if you don't remember to do them as soon as the oven cools down.
This cooker has an A efficiency rating so it should be fairly economical; it certainly seems to retain its heat well enough, and gets up to temperature quickly. The fan runs quite quietly. Our machine rattles a bit but that's because the floor is very uneven, and quite smooth, so the fan's vibration tends to walk it a little so that it isn't quite even after a while. I imagine that this wouldn't be a problem for most people. It's easy enough to push it back into position every so often, anyway.
Overall, a good cooker, which has served well for a shade over two years so far. I see no reason why it won't have plenty more years left in it. It cost about £380 when we bought it, average for this size of cooker, and apart from a few niggles does a good job.
Belling FSE60DO Double Oven 60cm Electric Cooker / Colour: White / Main CavityFanned ovenDefrost functionRear light / 2 oven shelves / 5 shelf positionsEasy clean enamelA energy ratingTop Cavity / Conventional oven with variable / Electric grill / A energy rating / Hob Features: 4 ceramic elementsRotary control / 6 heat settings / Dimensions (mm): Height 900, Width 600, Depth 600Made in Britain / Short name: Belling FSE60DO