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Having recently moved house the only thing we found ourselves needing after dragging our possessions out of storage was an electric cooker.
Being on quite a strict budget of £200 we were expecting to have to shop around a bit to get the most for our money. However this turned out not to be the case as we found very few cookers falling into the less than £200 range that companies actually had in stock at the time.
The product we eventually settled for was the NewWorld ES50W, free-standing single electric cooker. The price was well within budget at £169.97 + £18.50 delivery from Tesco.com which also allowed us to select our delivery date. The price in honesty quite surprised us as we were not expecting a well known brand name cooker such as this for prices we were willing to pay.
When the cooker was delivered it was undamaged and was exactly what we had been expecting. A basic white four hob cooker with a single oven with grill feature. The cooker has a glass panel in the door, this is not removable as with some ovens but is easy to clean as it is flush with its surrounding.
The door opens downwards rather than swinging open which could be an inconvenience in smaller spaces, but was not something that influenced our purchasing decision.
The dials to operate the oven and hobs are on the front above the oven section, they are big and clear enough to be understood and operate with ease. The only problem here is that the dials are made from grey plastic which looks cheap and is the only bit that really shows this cooker as a budget item.
The dials are not all that solid and wobble about a little in directions they are not meant to move in, however they do not give the feeling they are going to fall off within a week just that they are just about up to the job.
There is one dial for each individual hob all numbered 1-6, one to control the oven/grill temperature and another to select the mode of the oven. The options here are top heat only, bottom heat only, or conventional oven using both the top and bottom elements. This control also allows the user to select the grill function using a separate top element. The oven and grill can be heated to a maximum of 250 degrees.
Inside the cooker we were supplied with a grill tray with a removable handle and a wire food tray insert, then another wire shelf for general use.
We hired a qualified electrician to fit our cooker, and as he was a friend of a friend we managed to pay just £30 for this luxury. Everywhere else we had spoken to wanted £70 plus which is definitely something to bear in mind when trying to get a cooker cheaply. The job was done in a little less than half hour and the electrician said it was just a standard fitment requiring no modification to wire in.
One thing we were advised to do when having the cooker installed was to fit the safety chains that attach to the wall behind the cooker and stop it from tipping if the door is opened too quickly. Again this was a minor chore for such a cheap cooker and is unlikely to tip anyway because the feet are adjustable allowing the cooker to sit flat on our uneven kitchen floor.
The cooker is an A-rated appliance meaning it isn't going to cost us the earth to run, which I considered another great bonus for such a cheap cooker. It has a 48 litre capacity, that didn't mean much to me on paper but is easily big enough for items such as big pizzas, swallows up large whole chickens with no problem what-so-ever, and would probably just about do a half decent size turkey.
The external measurements of the oven are as follows:-
Width: - 500mm
Depth: - 600mm
Height:- 900mm - 930mm (depending on feet adjustment)
The maximum power usage is 7000W at any one time meaning all of the rings can be used on the maximum heat setting at once along with either the grill or the oven on at the same time.
The oven usually heats within 10 minutes and there is a red light on the front that extinguishes once the oven is up to temperature. Being a conventional oven rather than a fan oven I have found this to cook food quite well with no obvious signs of hot-spots etc.
The grill is perfectly functional and also gets up to temperature quite quickly however has the usual problem of element grills and unfortunately doesn't work quite as well as the oven in preventing hotspots directly below the grill element meaning food needs to be shifted about a fair bit whilst cooking.
The hobs are quick to heat also and are easy to clean once cool with just a little elbow grease required. The only problem here is as with most electric ovens the hobs are not quick enough to lose heat when turned down whilst cooking, for example when trying to keep something at a simmer it is difficult to stop it just boiling.
The instruction booklet provided with this cooker was also pretty comprehensive giving a chart with cooking instructions for such things as pastry, cakes biscuits and also a guide to calculating roasting times for joints of meat and poultry etc. This has come in most handy as these guides are specific to the cooker and as most of us know no two cookers are the same.
Overall I have been very impressed with this cooker, especially as it came at such a cheap price. As previously mentioned the dials could do with being a bit sturdier to the touch. This is the only thing I feel that lets this excellent quality cooker show its cheapness.
I would not hesitate to recommend this cooker to anybody looking for a cheap, and so far proving to be reliable means of cooking.
A stylish model that is spacious and easy to use the New World E50S Single Cavity Freestanding Electric Cooker has a 55 litre conventional oven capacity including grill / This model has been A rated for its energy efficiency / The ES50S includes 4 solid hotplate cooking zones with adjustable temperature rotary controls on the front fascia panel / The oven interior walls have been coated with wipe clean enamel liners for easy cleaning and include two adjustable wire shelves. / Short name: New World ES50W