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My parents treated us to this oven shortly after we moved into our new home together and the old (1970's!) oven was showing signs of failure. We've been using it for a few months now and are really happy with it, so I thought I'd do a review.
-- Design --
The look of this oven is sleek and contemporary. It's looks and feels great, with a nice brushed metal panel at the top and to the handles, and black glass to the doors. I think this appliance would look good in most kitchens, although it may be a bit too modern-looking for some styles.
-- Features --
Available in this appliance are a grill (half and full), top (small, non-fan) oven and bottom (larger, fan) oven. I like that the grill can just operate in half mode if required, where only 2 of the 4 elements inside heat up, e.g. if you want to grill something for one person. Turn the dial one way for half grill and keep turning to adjust the power, or turn it the other way for full grill, then turn further to adjust the heat.
The top oven is not fan, but it's very efficient and works very similar to the bottom (fan) oven. There is a single dial to turn it on and adjust the temperature up to 220 degrees, with a single shelf inside. I believe the sides of both ovens feature self-cleaning technology/surface, so they stay clean and do not get dark/dirty.
The bottom oven has room for 2 or 3 shelves and has a single dial to switch it on and then adjust the temperature up to 240 degrees.
One thing we have noticed is that the fan stays on for a long time after you finish cooking and turn the oven off. I'm guessing this is to cool it down quicker and maybe help it stay cleaner, instead of burning the inside of the oven by staying hot while empty. Sometimes the fan turns off after 10-20 minutes and then randomly comes back on again for another few minutes after a bit of a break. This can be slightly annoying and I wonder how much extra electric this is using.
The top oven door is not clear, so when you are cooking you cannot see inside, which can be a nuisance. This is not a problem when grilling, as the door must be left open during this operation.
The bottom over has a clear door and internal light, so you can see inside to check the progress of your cooking if necessary.
The fan oven is quite noisy and when it's been on for a while it's a real feeling of silence when it finally turns off! This is true for most fan ovens, though, so I won't hold it against this model.
The LED display is clear and always displays the time, unless it is in operation with the timer set. During cooking, the timer is constantly displayed, counting down as expected. This is good in some ways, as it gives you a quick indication of the remaining cooking time at a glance, but it's annoying in others, as sometimes you'll want to see the time instead (I get used to glancing at the oven for the time when in the kitchen) but you'll just see the timer instead!
To set the timer, all you need to do is press the button, adjust the timer with + and - buttons and then press the timer button again. Simples! The timer gives a loud 'beep-beep, beep-beep...' when it reaches zero.
-- Summary --
I like the Indesit double oven a lot - it's cooked everything well so far, is easy to operate and reliable. It's great being able to use both top and bottom ovens at once, for the extra space, e.g. when cooking a roast dinner! Yum :)
Indesit built-in stainless Steel Electric double oven / Short name: Indesit FIMD13IX