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I purchased this Zanussi electric cooker from Currys about 5 or 6 years ago in black and it's still going strong! The only problem I had with it was about 2 months ago and the heating element went in the bottom oven, but paid for a new element on a spares website which only cost £20 including delivery, and my boyfriend could easily repair it and he's not a DIY man!
Depth: 60 cm
height: 90 cm
Width: 50 cm
Weight: 25.4 kg
~ The features
freestanding double oven
0.79kWh energy consumption
37 litre top oven usable capacities
58 litre bottom oven
Ceramic hobs: 2 x18cm, 2 x15cm which is 4 hobs altogether
Both top and bottom ovens are fan assisted
glass doors which are easily cleanable
Cooking features Convection / Defrost / Fan cooking / Grill
Cooking in this oven is so easy, I pretty much cook everything with this from cakes to roast dinners. With cake's they always turn out fine and evenly cooked. This oven preheats very quickly so you don't have to wait ages for it as it has a orange light next to the clock at the top that turns of when it's fully heated to the temperature you choose. The oven can get really hot so have to set it to right temperature otherwise things would get burnt easily. I also like the fact that it is a easy to use oven with all the basic controls you need in a oven.
I don't really use the grill as much as I don't have the need to, but when I've used it it works perfectly, cooks things evenly and can get very hot.
Cleaning the ceramic hobs is easy to do as you can just wipe them down, or if I want to get the hobs sparkling I use just soap and water or you can buy special hob cleaners if desired, also the glass windows are easy to clean as well as you can just slide up to remove them and clean them however you want to and pop them back in.
Overall I'm very happy with this oven it does everything I need to in an oven, it cooks food evenly and has high temperatures in case I need to use a higher temp. I'm very pleased that it's lasted me for 5-6 years with only one problem that got fixed in 5 minutes and I'm sure it will last quite a few more years yet.
A couple of months ago I had the great good fortune of winning a guaranteed jackpot of a few hundred pounds on an online bingo game. For about 20 hours I was very excited and wondered what I could splash my cash on, then our cooker broke for the second time in a year, my question was answered and the excitement was over.
I set to the task of finding a replacement cooker with the physical constraints of it needing to be fully electric and an awkward 55cm wide, and the self-imposed constraints of wanting a fan oven, ceramic hob and a name that I'd heard of. Luckily my bingo win meant that I could go straight to the John Lewis website to investigate without having to consider the cheapo, unheard of brands on Argos and the like.
I narrowed the choice down to this Zanussi and a very similar Electrolux, both fit all the criteria above and are double ovens (top oven is not a fan and also contains grill) with both ovens A rated for energy efficiency, these were priced at £519 for the Zanussi and £515 for the Electrolux, both in white.
The next step was to find the best price for one of these cookers. I found the Electrolux to be quite consistently priced across the retailers I looked at, whereas the Zanussi varied hugely. It took a few days for me to finish my research and at one point I'd found the Zanussi for £414 on Boots Kitchen Appliances. At the time I came to actually purchase it the best price I found was £450 for the silver version at Sainsburys Kitchen Appliances with additional costs of £3.95 for delivery, £19.99 for installation and £9.99 to take the old one off our hands (I didn't have the energy to ebay a broken cooker). I have just re-checked Sainsburys and they only have it in silver for £546, the price in John Lewis for the white one has remained the same throughout. I can't imagine why the price has changed so much in such a short space of time but it definitely pays to shop around.
The cooker was delivered and installed a couple of weeks ago and is fantastic. It looks stylish, the doors are easy to see through and the buttens for the hob are angled towards the top making them easier to use than if they were straight on the front of the cooker. The door to the top oven opens downwards and to the bottom oven opens sideways which isn't obvious from the picture. Both the oven and the hobs heat up very quickly (although the hobs do not cool down quickly). My old cooker was a fan oven and pretty good (when it worked) but the Zanussi seems to cook things much more quickly and efficiently.
My criticism's of it would be from a safety point of view, the hobs glow red when turned on but when turned off the colour goes despite them still being very hot. Also the oven door gets very hot when it is in use, I didn't really expect anything different but my mother-in-law is always telling me how her oven door doesn't heat up at all and although her cooker is much more expensive than ours I thought that maybe a modern cooker would have a bit more protection. These are hardly major flaws in a cooker and don't pose a problem to me as I can pretty much be trusted to understand that a cooker might be hot, unfortunately the same can't be said for my 19 month old who has just got tall enough to open the kitchen door.
I haven't read the instructions yet but have found everything fairly self-explanatory. We switch it off at the wall when its not in use so haven't set the time on the display but I have used the timer which was easy to work out.
The ceramic hob is very easy to keep clean, a quick wipe with some soapy water when washing up is usually sufficient and if there's still a bit of dirt on there then I use the sample of Hob Brite which handily came with the oven which does a marvellous job. I would recommend Lakeland's magic oven liner to keep the bottom of the ovens clean (see review if interested).
Just purchased this cooker for our new kitchen, and had it installed for 3 weeks. Initial impressions are extremely positive!
As two keen cooks we spend a great deal of time in the kitchen, and in the short period we have been using this we have found it to be a far better cooker than our previous one.
It gets up to full temperature in the oven very rapidly enabling time saving! I would estimate at least 7 or 8 minutes quicker than our old one! When things cook they seem to cook very evenly, and when cooking a sponge last week we noticed that it rose far more evenly than we have seen before and the browning was very even too, so very impressed with the fan assisted oven!
We have not yet used the top oven as an oven, but as a grill it has again proved to be very good - heating up fast and the heat seems to stretch well across the whole width of the grill pan - meaning you can cook more bacon in one go!
Ceramis hob heats extremely quickly and gets your pans boiling and frying pan sizzling before you know it! It also wipes clean very easily!
Overall i would rate this cooker very highly and recommend it to anyone who needs a rare 55cm cooker!
I ordered my new oven from Argos just a few months ago for the bargain price of £449.99. It is a White electric Zanussi-Electrolux ZKC5540W and it is sold as a double oven with a separate grill. This oven is also available in Silver and Stainless Steel but it does cost slightly more at a cost of around £549.99.
So why did I plump for the oven, well other than the fact it was currently on sale and I was saving myself £100 it is exactly the same Oven that my Mother-in-law has and it possesses everything that I need and it comes with a one year warranty.
There are three separate compartments to this oven, firstly we have the hob which is glass ceramic and black in colour and it has 4 fast heat separate hobs which light up red when they are switched on. To activate the hob there are four separate knobs which can be turned to different heat levels depending on what kind of heat you want. The top is easy to wipe clean after any spillages and because it is glass your pans will be much more stable than one with hobs which are slightly raised as with some ovens.
The outside of the oven is ceremaic and therefore really easy to wipe if there are any spillages.
Next we have the medium sized top oven also known as the grill which has one shelf and comes with a grill pan with a detachable handle. The door which you can view the grill through is double glazed and this means that should you place your hand on this window it doesn't burn your hand because it doesn't get hot but it also acts as a heat insulator and the handle you use to open the door on either the top or bottom oven is made of a hard plastic which also does not get hot. It can also be used as a top oven as well as a grill and performs the same function as the bottom oven.
The fan operated oven has an electronic clock and programmer so that you can set the oven to a particular time when cooking; it heats up to 210 degrees. The reason I opted for a fan oven is because the air is circulated by the fan within the oven to ensure your food is cooked faster and more evenly. You will also find with this cooker that there is a timer which can be programmed to auto start the main oven and switch off when finished and for me this is a god send, especially once the phone rings and I either forget to switch the oven on or switch it off.
Inside the oven there is a light which comes on when the oven is switched on to cook, also inside the oven you will also find two shelves which consist of two metal grates, similar to that which can be found in the grill and they can be placed in six different levels to cook your food. This oven door, like the grill is also double glazed and has a see through window, this means you can view the oven contents and check on them without opening the door and essentially causing the temperature within the oven to drop.
Now this oven is marked as Energy Class A and what that means it is the most energy efficient model that there is which equates to me using less electric and essentially my electric bills will be much lower. It uses heat to cook or in John's case burn the food.
This oven can be purchased from most kitchen appliance shops such as MFI, Comet and Dixons and as I mentioned earlier in my review the price does differ slightly between having a conventional white coloured oven and a Silver one so definitely shop around to find a price which you are happy to pay.
Short name: Zanussi ZKC5540W