“ Brand: Bush / Fuel Type: Electric „
Well this is only my second cooker (that I have actually owned) and I did not actually pick this, it was gifted to me via another source. Ususally I opt for the cheaper models having been a nursing student for the past three years, practicality is more important than aestetics. I do not have a large kitchen and this cooker is slightly smaller than the Beko models etc. so fits into the pre-made kitchen unit gaps nicely. The only downside to the smaller size is now the cat manages to get herself down the sides and hides within the gap at the back of the cooker (somewhat worrying).
Bush is a British company which is owned by Home Retail Group, now their products are exclusively sold within Argos. Originally they were created in 1932 as Bush Radio in Shepheard's Bush hence the ever popular and well known name. In the 1980's this brand seemed to disappear from our stores and after being bought by Alba began productions again and now are producing a whole range of electricals.
The cooker itself looks fab being a matt chrome finish with black buttons and black hob top, this fits fantastically with most colours such as white, black and red. The two shelf internal system allows for the roasting and baking of more items at once making meal times much more efficient.
The wiring up of the cooker is actually quite reasonable being easier than the last cooker that I owned. The only trouble comes where the house wiring is in the old style so I had to research which colours matched just so I did not electricute myself or set fire to the house!
The negatives are the down opening door which means having to lean further over the cooker to get food in an out; not only this but I constantly risk second degree burns on a daily basis. Another down point are the hobs, they are so difficult to clean and any slight spill or moisture on the bottom of the pans result in stains which do not budge regardless of cleaner or equipment. My Tefal pans are less than impressed with their ritual sanding upon each use and this has resulted in their redness suddenly becoming more of a sanded silver.
Cook times are a little unpredicatable. I daren't leave anything in the cooker and nip out of the house even for five minutes as the uneven cooking results in some burnt edges and some raw parts - regular turning is a must. Furthermore, cookers with a light can cause a little bit of a logistical nightmare ezpecially when the cat bed is directly in the spotlight. I have had to invest in a tea towel curtain just to save my poor cat from the suffering.
All in all the cooker is very nice and stylish for anyone on a budget; allowing for the efficient cooking of a christmas dinner (just keep watching) and a fast baking of cookies or muffins. Bush products are only available from the Home Retail Group which is Argos and Homebase unless the item can be picked up second hand from other areas such as Ebay. Currently retailing for £189.99 at Argos minus the P&P costs which are usually around £9.
General information: EAN/MPN/UPC/ISBN: 5060234041694 / Needs to be hardwired into a cooker point on the wall and on its own circuit / Size H90, W50, D60cm / Grill: Grill pan included / Separate grill / Full width variable grill / Hob: 4 cooking zones / Solid plate hob / Main oven: Energy consumption 0.89kWh/year / Main oven energy efficiency rating B / 53 litre capacity / Conventional oven with 2 shelves / Oven lights / Double glazed viewing windows / Easy clean interior / This item includes our Installation and FREE Delivery and Recycle Service / We will disconnect, collect your old appliance and recycle it for your convenience / By Bush / Short name: Bush AE56SS