I brought it from the Littlewoods catalogue for three reasons at £159.99 it was the cheapest available, it was silver and was available on buy it now pay for it next year. There is also a white model but white looks so utilitarian. I bought the oven with an extended warranty for three years another £100 which was a total waste of money as it has never gone wrong.
Installation is very easy but it sat for a week in the box before I had the courage to install it on my own. As electricians are so expensive nowadays I had little choice. But it does not come with a wire so I had to buy a length of wire and screw the wires onto the back of the cooker and then into the socket hoping they were in the right way around.
The cooker is narrow at 58 cm so quite a small cooker but the same height as my standard size work surface. The oven space is over 40 litres so a big chicken will fit in and some potatoes. However it only has one shelf included in the price. If you want another shelf you will have to buy another one but it does have the slots so another shelf will fit in.
There is also a grill combined with the oven it is at the at the top of the oven. This is good for chips pork chops etc.
The four hot plats on top have independent controls for each of them. There are two for large pans and the other two are for smaller pans. They are good to use but look very dirty and well used after over three years of use. I have tried hob restorer on them but it soon burns off and then they go back to the well used look. The same happens with the oven door. It can not be cleaned up very well not so all the dirt goes away as the dirt is all baked on and so hard even specialist cleaner and scrubber will not take the dirt off.
Having cleaned the oven bottom out a few times it was quite easy to do. The sides are self cleaning and the top will burn off any dirt off when you switch the grill on after using the oven.
Having moved since it was bought and now having a fitted kitchen I have space for a larger cooker in it. It is to small for the space so a bigger cooker is then needed. But really only the hob unit is wanted as I have discovered the wonders of halogen cooking and that means this type of cooker is on the way out for a single man like me.
We brought this cooker from argos over 12 months ago now, at the time it was retailing at £159.99 and was available in a choice of white or silver, i chose the white as all my other apliances were white and i wanted it to match them.
It is an electric cooker so instalation was very easy, just unscrew the wires to the old one and attach the new ones, job done and ready to go. It has a very long piece of wire on the back which is great for being able to pull the cooker out and clean behind it.
The cooker it self is quite a small cooker not very wide and the same height as a standard work surface would be, having said this though the oven space is quite big, over 40 litres, i can fit a decent sized roasting dish in the oven with no problems at all, the shelf in the oven has two settings so can be adjusted easily by just sliding it out of one grip in the metal and into the other, it is a tight fit which is a good thing as you can pull it part way out to get your food out without the risk of it slipping out.
The oven and grill are combined, the grill is situated in the top of the oven and when switched on looks like a rather big kettle element all glowing red, this to start with was fine but because the element is encased behind metal plates with holes in them you cant get to them to clean them and after cooking a meat like lamb that spits a lot you do have to allow the fat to burn off the elements otherwise after a while it will start to build up and smoke when you use the grill. Also after using the grill with the door open the knobs on the cooker do get quite hot so be careful if using the grill for more than 15 minutes at a time.
In a previous review of this cooker it is stated that the bottom section of the cooker is to store pans in, i dont know if there were two different types of model of this cooker made but on mine there is no storage in the bottom just a detachable plate that has some wires under neith and the floor.
The hobs on the top work very well and heat up quite quickly, the paint around mine has lasted very well with no peeling from the heat like i have experienced with other cookers and it cleans up nicely, there are two clips on the back to allow you to attach a lid if you wanted one to cover the cooker when not in use but we dont have one of these.
My main gripe with this cooker is the glass in the door, it is in two pieces, one on the out side and one on the inside like a double glazed unit, mine has become dirty inside from the food cooked inside the oven but it isnt possible to take them out to clan inside it so looks a bit unsightly now it has a brown tinge to it.
Over all it is a decent cooker for the bottom of the range price it falls into.
This New World is about the cheapest most simple electric cooker of New World.
I bought one for £165.
It is a single oven with space at the bottom for pots and pans; two large and two smaller hobs.
This cooker amazingly has a grill, altho it is built into the top half of the oven, so it's a space saver, but not a good idea to use both at the same time.
This is ideal for a flat or small house with a small family or if you are on your own.
Pros: Small cooker, fits into smaller gaps. Space saving grill, built into the oven with seperate control. The front controls are easy to use and very easry to turn, so no pressure on the knobs.
Cons: The grill shares the same space as the oven. The oven is not the best at holding heat, so the frame near the oven gets quite hot, as it is fairly think as well.
I think that this cooker is good, but not if you have a larger family or to entertain. Great to get you by tho.
Short name: New World 50ESOWH