“ Manufacturer: Smeg / Range Type: Free-Standing / Fuel Type: Gas / Element Type: Burner / No. of Cooking Elements: 6 Elements / Oven Amount: Double / Exterior Finishes: Stainless Steel / Self Cleaning: With Self Cleaning / Capacity: 1.8 cu. ft. / Secondary Oven Capacity: 0.95 cu. ft. / Oven Functionality: Roast / Oven Functionality: Grill / Additional Features: Storage Drawers / Additional Features: Oven lights / Rotisserie: With Rotisserie / Exterior Color: Metallic „
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This oven was one of the reasons I was so attracted to my last flat. It simply looked amazing and I could imagine all of the great cooking I could get up to with the six hobs and two ovens! Alas, it is all style over substance.
This is brilliant. It is in sleek brushed steel, with understated gas control knobs and the range itself is very impressive.
The gas range is the most temperamental I have ever known! Quite simply, there is no ignition button so instead you have to press in a gas control knob to start the ignition. So far, so conventional. However, the good designers at Smeg managed to ensure that you need to keep the ignition in place (and the knob pushed in) for a good 5 - 10 seconds, otherwise the light will go out! Even if the gas is already lit!! How they failed to put in an automatic 10-second timer on their ignition spark is beyond me.
What's more - the gas lights go out! Fortunately it seems that the oven cuts the gas off, so that is one less worry, but if you ever turn something down to a simmer, you need to check every 10 minutes that the cooker is still, er, cooking.
The ovens themselves are electric fan-assisted. They are all right as such, but frankly my overall experience with this range has been so poor that the two ovens an not enough of a redeeming feature.
Smeg A2 100cm 'Opera' Dual Fuel Range Cooker