Looking for a new oven, we went for a Which? best buy and found it at the best price from Jual Domestics at £284. Very pleased with the purchase.
Easy to install though it didn't come with a mains cable for some reason. We bought the shiny chrome model and it looks great. Simple controls, brightly lit oven and a large clear door, clear red digit clock display and built-in pinger. It looks great.
My frustration with other electric ovens has been the inordinate time they take to heat up and thinking about the electricity meter going into overdrive before it even reaches the desired temperature, also the adjoining kitchen units getting cheerfully warm at my expense. This oven is very different, it heats up exceptionally quickly and there is no heat out the sides and even the oven door stays at a safe temperature. With the large glass door it looks big and it certainly is big enough for a family.
Controls are really simple, nothing fancy, one knob for the setting, one for the temperature with two indicator lights, one for oven on and the other only on when it is heating and maintaining set temperature.
The choice of settings are Light Only, Convection Oven, Defrost Setting and Grill
The grill actually works, experience of grills inside other ovens has always been disappointing but this is really good. You can actually finish off your cooked dishes with the melted cheese on top, toast bread and buns etc and grill bacon and it actually works, this is a bit of a revelation. What's more setting the temperature to the highest setting and the other knob to Grill, it is heated and ready to go within a couple of minutes and the elements are close enough to evenly grill really well. The oven door should be shut when grilling, bit different from some ovens.
The defrost function; I don't know if anyone would use this. I suppose if you forget to take something out the freezer but I imagine I would rather use the microwave or cook whatever from frozen. The gives examples like defrost 1Kg of chicken takes 30mins, the microwave would probably take 10minutes.
Overall the manual is very detailed and clearly written with useful guidance on temperatures and times, cleaning etc etc.
The oven comes with two shelves and a roasting pan and you have rails for five shelf positions so it is quite flexible. Starting off with good intentions the oven should be easy to keep clean, wiping over the oven and specially the inside of the oven door after every use with a warm sponge and a drop of washing up liquid as recommended. The oven rails at the sides unhook fairly easily so you have no excuse not to keep them shiny new, same as the oven shelves. The grill elements can be folded down to clean the oven roof when required which is novel. Apparently the whole oven door can be taken off to give it a though clean should you have neglected it for too long. Alternatively just the inner glass panel can be removed for cleaning. The outside will look good with a wipe over with a sponge and towel dried to polish. The internal 25W lamp looks easy enough to replace, I shall keep the heatproof glass cover clean to keep the oven light bright.
The clock is bright and clear, nice to have a permanent display of current in the kitchen. Clock functions as both countdown timer, cooking time, start and stop time.
The pinger ie countdown timer max time is 2hr 30min and emits a suitably annoying beep to persuade you to check the oven and turn it off.
You can set the oven to turn itself off after a set time eg 1hr; alternatively if oven already on you can set it to turn off at eg 2pm. Additionally you can set both end time and cooking time so for eg could set to turn off at 3pm and cook for 1hr 30min so it would turn itself on at 1.30pm. As the oven heats up so quickly I may even use this. In my old oven that took about 20min to heat up I never wanted to risk creating a bacteriological breeding ground in my casserole before it got round to heating it at the proper temperature!
So it is proving to be an excellent buy.
The Electrolux EOB53000X oven is a basic affordable oven that cooks food evenly and quickly. The oven has a main fan assisted cooking section, an adjustable grill, a defrost feature and a lamp mode for cleaning.
The temperature range is up to a maximum of 250 oC (275 oC for grilling) which is ideal for completing all home cooking tasks.
The oven is very easy to clean, with the removable racks, side bars, front door and top element.
To complete cooking tasks there are some simple features which are designed to ensure you do not burn your food such as: an alarm which sounds a warning after a given time, an automatic end time which enable you to choose a finish time for the cooking (such as 3.00pm) and finally an auto shut off after a given time period (such as turning the oven off after thirty minutes). My favourite feature is the alarm as this alerts me when my cooking is expected to be completed but leaves the oven on if I require the food cooking for a little longer.
This integrated ELECTROLUX EOB53000X electric stainless steel single electric oven comes complete with a 1 year manufacturers guarantee. The single electric oven's dimensions are (H)59.4cm x (W)59.4cm x (D)56.7cm. The main cavity has a 58 litre capacity, featuring an efficiency rating of A-20%.