Product Type: Indesit cookers
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Indesit IS50E1X Cooker Electric Single Oven Stainless Steel
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Indesit IS50E1X Cooker Electric Single Oven Stainless Steel
Advantages: Great features, stylish looking appliance.
Disadvantages: No wire rack included for grilling, only one shelf included
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!
Summary: Perfect for my needs
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