When my cooker decided to start misbehaving after 9 years of faithful service by not allowing me to have more than one hob on at a time without blowing the fuse box, I decided it was time to get a new one . I had a basic idea of what I wanted - I still wanted it to be an electric cooker, I wanted solid rings as ceramic hobs always look too fragile to me, a clear door I could see through, and I wanted a silver or stainless steel finish rather than the white I'd previously had.
After some browsing, I found this cooker, H90 D60 W50cm, which seemed to tick off all my boxes, was the right size for the space I had available, and was well within my budget, at £219, plus an additional £49.99 for installation and £9.99 for recycling of my old appliance from Comet. I can't comment on ease of installation - since electric cookers have to be hardwired in, I left that to the delivery guy, but he didn't seem to have any problems. And, after sticking it on for an hour to burn off any residues inside, I was ready to rock and roll.
Appearance wise, this is quite nice. Four black red dot solid hobs, two large and two small, a rather nice brushed steel finish, with some black accents on the knobs and handles. The knobs themselves are quite solid and easy to turn, and on most of them the functions are clear and need no explanation. The timer is self explanatory, you just twist it to the number of minutes you need. Similarly, the knobs for setting the oven temp or the temperature of the rings also are very simple to use, requiring no real explanation. However, one of the knobs, the one for setting the oven/grill function was slightly more baffling initially.
A look in the book explained the various functions all performed by this one dial - I could set the oven to just have the light on, but not actually get hot. I could set the oven to just be hot at the bottom (used for keeping food warm without drying it out), to be hot all over (for cooking), set the grill on a low heat, or a high heat, all from one knob.
The light is a nice feature - always on when the oven is in use, it enables you, through the clear glass of the oven door, to keep an eye on your food as it cooks and see how it is doing without having to keep opening the oven door and letting the heat out. Very useful if you cook a lot of Soufflé and want to make sure it isn't falling flat, but just as useful if you just want to check that the cheesy topping on your lasagne is melting and browning nicely.
The handle on the door is nicely sized and easy to use, enabling my to open the oven door whilst already wearing oven gloves, and the door opens by folding down at a 90 degree angle. The hinges all seem nice and tight and secure, and I have no fear that the door is going to bang down if I open it and then let go. I also like that although the glass is see through when the light is on, when the oven is not in use it has a rather attractive mirror finish, which has provided great amusement for my cats who seem rather startled to see new animals in their home! It's a very sleek and polished look.
Beneath the oven door is another compartment for storing trays and shelves. The oven comes with one adjustable shelf, with six shelf positions, and one large black enamelled tray, which is the full width of the oven cavity and can be slotted into any of the shelf positions . I was a little disappointed that it didn't come with any kind of wire rack I could use within the tray when using the grill, for example, although this problem was soon overcome by simply using the wire shelf, and placing the tray underneath. This does however mean that, if I want to make cheese and toast, I have to wash both the tray and the shelf afterwards.
The fan assisted oven heats up quickly, and I have to say I have had excellent results cooking with this oven, many of those as a result of simply having a timer, a feature which my last oven lacked. The timer is easy to set with time increments clearly marked, and ticks down, making a brief buzz at the end of the time . It has to be said that while the buzz is loud enough for me to hear if I am in the kitchen or in the living room with the kitchen door open, it is not loud enough for me to hear if, for example, I want to pop some food in and go and have a bath upstairs while it is cooking. It does mean that if I do wish to use the timer I do have to remain downstairs to have any chance of hearing it . I have also found that with this oven being fan-assisted, it takes less time to preheat and that food tends to cook a little better if I reduce the heat by 20°C. This took a little getting used to, as my older appliance did take a while to heat up, and initially I slightly overcooked a few items.
The oven is very easy to clean - the oven itself (as well as the cooking tray) have an enamel lining, making it easy to wipe off fresh spills as they happen, and cooled on spills simply require laying a damp warm cloth on top for a few minutes before wiping. The hob is also easy to clean, using the same methods. I do find that if I use a little too much soap on my cloth the steel finish can look a little dull, but a quick buff with a dry cloth removes any soap or watermarks, and a wipe round with just the tiniest dab of baby oil provides a wonderful shine. The double glazed oven door glass can be easily kept clean with a little newspaper and brown vinegar.
One more additional feature I really like with this oven is the two small warning lights - a reddy orange one that shows the oven or grill is on, and a green one that indicates a hob is on. Not only does this make it much less likely that I'll forget to turn it off after use, making it significantly safer, but it also helps me with keeping my daughter safe - when either of those lights are on, she knows to stay well away from the cooker.
I don't really have any moans about this cooker. I did initially have some confusion with the hobs. On my old appliance, when using the hobs, the dials turned clockwise from 1-6 (1 being the lowest heat). On this one, the dials turn anti-clockwise from 1-6. This did initially result in me burning my baked beans, as I simply didn't notice the change, but didn't take me too long to get to grips with.
Overall, I great little cooker - it has all the basic features you need, such as hob,oven,and grill, but also those nice additional touches (safety lights, oven light, timer, and viewing window) at a reasonable price. The manual included was simple and in plain English, it's simple to use, easy to clean, and has a B energy efficiency. I pre-pay for my electricity each week, so it's hard to keep track of exactly how much I'm saving each week, but It seems to be at least a couple of pounds - and that's with me cooking MORE.
Overall, I'm very happy. I do wish they'd included a wire rack that could fit inside the oven tray though, and an extra shelf would have been nice - so I'll be taking off one star for that!
We bought this cooker as our other one broke and we didnt have a lot of money to spend but had to get one quick. This was the nicest looking one we found within our price range with the stainless steel and black finish. We ordered it from Littlewoods for around £230. When it came I was surprised at how light it was and it was fairly easy to connect to the electric mains, there is no plug with it. There are 4 hobs on the top to do boiling and frying and then in the oven part there is a rack and driptray. You do your grilling in the oven and just change the setting. There is a handy compartment at the bottom for storing any pans. There is a light inside the oven so you can see your food cooking without opening and letting heat out which is handy and there is also a timer. Its fairly easy to clean but make sure you invest in some stainless steel cleaner (or I use baby oil) otherwise it can just look smeared. All in all it does the job and was a fair price.
The attractive stainless steel Indesit IS50E1X Electric Cooker combines a shiny finish that brings style to your kitchen with the ease and reliability of great electric cooking / The easy-to-use conventional electric oven has ample space for baking, roasting or heating and has a minute minder timer / There are 4 sealed plate electric hob elements on the top of the oven so you have space for boiling or frying your food / As well as this, there's a full width variable grill so you can grill and toast when you're not using the oven / A full-width bar handle makes opening the IS50E1X 's doors easy and fits in with the contemporary style of this cooker / The design includes a handy storage drawer where you can keep baking trays and roasting tins not in use / The oven also features an / Interior light / , large viewing window and easy-clean enamel coating, making cooking and maintenance simpler / For an oven that not only looks good but also fits into a practical kitchen, look no further than the Indesit IS50E1X Electric Cooker / Type: Freestanding / Fuel Electric / LPG option: no / Hob Electric/ Number of elements: 4 Oven Electric / Number of Cavities: 1 / Controls Programmable: no / Timer: yes / Digital/LED display: no / Touch controls: no / Retractable dials: no / Hob Griddle: no / Wok burner: no / Warming plate: no / Elements Sealed Plate Hob lid No Ovens Heat Conventional / Size Medium Capacity: 58 litres Energy rating B / Energy consumption 0.99kWh / Viewing window: yes / / Interior light / : yes / Ease of cleaning Easy Clean Enamel / Grill Separate: no / Features: Full width variable grill / Storage drawer Yes Bar handles Full width Minimum distance required 200mm / Requires hardwiring: yes / Dimensions: 900 x 500 x 600 mm (H x W x D) / Recess dimensions: 900 x 500 x 600 mm (H x W x D) Weight 45kg /