We got this oven from Comet last year as it was on sale for about 20% off its usual price. We didn't really do much research into it and purely bought it because of this price and the fact that it suited the kitchen style.
The design is a mirrored chrome colour mainly with chrome handles and silvery knobs for controlling temperature and the grill. All of the colours match each other very well and make the oven look very modern.
The top oven is very small and can only fit in items which do not have great height, if you do put something a little too tall in, it will hit the grilling bar at the top and probably burn the food at that point. As I just mentioned, the top oven also has a grilling bar built into it which, you guessed it, means the top oven also acts as a grill. The grill is very good as its temperature can be controlled, you can either have it on half or full power and the sides of the grill which get heated can be controlled also to tailor to your meal.
The bottom oven is a fan oven with a very large capacity which is about three times that of the top (hence why the bottom has three selves to the top's one). Despite this large area, it can heat up pretty quickly from room temperature to 220 degrees Celsius (the oven's maximum temperature) within a couple of minutes. Being a fan oven, no matter which shelf you choose to put your food on, the cooking time should be the same.
Cleaning the oven is very easy as it doesn't tend to get dirty anyway thanks to some special technology in the oven which removes the majority of food splatters whilst cooking. Extra cleaning usually just consists of a quick wipe with a wet cloth. In the year that I have owned it, I have probably used oven cleaner just once but that was only because I baked a pie where the filling decided to escape from the pastry and onto the oven floor - baking it in to the metal.
The oven has a built in timer which can either just sound a series of beeps or can actually switch off the cooking systems of the oven after the time is up - I use the regularly so that I do not have to be as worried about getting distracted whilst cooking. I often use them in conjunction with each other too to allow me to know when I need to put something else in.
I had my new Hotpoint double built under fan oven fitted when I had a new kitchen fitted by Homebase last summer. I'd been wanting a double oven for some time as the single oven was so limiting. I could use the grill or the oven but not both at the same time, so this time I decided I wanted an oven with as many functions and as much flexibility as I could afford.
The Hotpoint build under oven, as you would guess, is designed to fit under a worktop with a hob on top. I like a built in oven and hob as they make the cooking area look streamlined and neat, and there are no edges or gaps where spillages and crumbs can gather. It has mirrored finish doors, that are beautifully reflective and shiny. I wanted as many shiny reflective surfaces as possible in my kitchen to give the impression of light and space, so this oven works nicely in that respect. On the downside, it shows up smudges easily so I have to regularly give it a spray with diluted Flash and a buff with a paper towel. Each oven has a long bar handle, handy for drying damp towels on if you want to. At the top, there are three control knobs, one for the grill, one for the top oven and one for the bottom oven. There's also an LED clock and oven timer, which shows up nice and clear at a glance, even when I'm not wearing my reading glasses, so it's great for dodgy middle aged eyesight! The top oven comes with one shelf and a grill pan with handle, and the bottom oven comes with two shelves.
What it Does
The top oven is a convection oven, and variable grill, with five shelf positions. As it's a fairly small oven at 33 litres oven capacity, this is okay for fairly small joints of meat and things such as pizzas, scones, cupcakes and Yorkshire puddings. When used as a grill, the door has to be left open. As it's a variable grill, it means you can use the full grill element or just half the grill element. This is very handy for grilling items that cook at a different rate as I can then switch off half of the grill if something has finished cooking. When the grill is switched on a cooling fan emits a gentle flow of air below the control panel. It's worth noting that even when it's switched off, the top oven gets quite warm when the bottom oven is on, so it's useful for warming plates.
The bottom oven is bigger at 51 litres capacity. I can easily fit in a large chicken on one shelf and roasting potatoes on the other, and I had no problem fitting a turkey in there at Christmas. This one is a fan oven so heats up more quickly than the top oven, and cooks things at a lower temperature. As well as the normal temperatures settings it has a fan only setting which can be used for defrosting as it only circulates cool air. There is also a slow cook setting, which is handy for casseroles, and recommends a minimum of six hours cooking. The bottom oven is fitted with a safety device which means it switches off when the door is opened.
The timer can be used as a minute minder and emits a buzz when the set amount of times is up. This doesn't interrupt cooking. There is also a programmable cooking function which allows you to set the oven to switch on and off at the required time.
The power consumption is 5.2 kw/h which is higher than some double ovens, but then again this is a good sized one compared to many built under double ovens.
The ovens have Stayclean oven liners which means at temperatures of 220 degrees or above, the liners will destroy any cooking splatters. I just give them a wipe with a damp cloth to remove crumbs, and up to now it has stayed quite clean. The door glass can be taken out and put in the dishwasher, which certainly saves some scrubbing!
This oven comes with a 1 year labour guarantee and a 5 year parts guarantee, which is very reassuring.
I've been using the oven for a year now and have had no problems with it. It took some getting used to, but there's a fairly comprehensive instruction manual though, with charts showing what settings and shelf levels to use for different kinds of food, so it's very helpful. However, some of it is just trial and error. I've tried pizzas in the fan oven and find they come out fairly limp and soft. They're much better in the top oven where the edges crisp up nicely and the cheese seems to melt faster. Yorkshire puddings are also better in the top oven. They rise strangely evenly and then flatten out in the bottom oven, whereas in the top oven they rise up at the sides like they should and go nice and crispy around the edges. On the other hand, the bottom oven is great for roasting a chicken. It comes out moist and succulent, and evenly cooked. I've also had great success baking cakes and muffins in the bottom oven, so will stick to using it for baking. When using the grill I find it's ferocious when turned up high and will rapidly burn things if I'm not careful. I've never used such a powerful grill! It also throws out a lot of heat into the kitchen, in spite of the cooling fan, so I find I'd rather not grill things that are going to take a long time, as I just get way too hot and bothered. It's okay for quick things such as bacon or cheese on toast though. The defrosting function is very handy for defrosting bread straight out of the freezer if I want to make sandwiches.
Overall it's a very different cooking experience to my old single convection oven. I like being able to use the bottom oven for cooking something at one temperature whilst using the top oven for something at a different temperature. The minute minder is brilliant for reminding me when something is due to come out. I find the defrosting function useful although it doesn't do much when it comes to defrosting thick solid items such as meat. It speeds it up a bit but not a lot. I also like the variability of the grill. I've no regrets about buying this cooker, and would definitely recommend it.
Style Line Built Under Double Oven, Built Under Electric Double Oven, Conventional Cooking in Top Oven, Variable Grill In Top Oven, Circulaire Fan Cooking in Main Oven, Slow Cook Setting, Defrost Function, Electronic Programmer, Variable Oven Thermostat, Thermostat Light, Proud Controls, Oven Lights, Airflow Cooling Fan, Catalytic Liners, 1 Shelf in Top Oven, 2 Shelves in Main Oven, Top Oven C Energy Rated, Main Oven C Energy Rated / Short name: Hotpoint UY46