“ Brand: Whirlpool / Oven Type: Single / Energy Source: Electric / Oven Functionality: Bake / Oven Functionality: Broil / Self Cleaning: With Self Cleaning / Number of Racks: 1 / Overall Height: 23.43 in. / Overall Width: 23.43 in. / Overall Depth: 22.20 in. „
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There is a design fault in the glass doors, as I found out when it shattered after just 2 or so years of using the oven, also the element has gone twice in 12months. Terrible ovens wouldnt buy one. It was already built into the kitchen when i bought my brand new house 4 an a half years ago.
Same as member Gmac - I'd just popped a meatloaf into the oven, sat down at the kitchen table to surf some more web and BANG! the oven outer door shattered all over the kitchen floor. This is also a new estate, and the oven had only been in use for just under two years. The replacement part is a stonking two hundred quid. The gas fitter who inspected our boiler earlier this year also found a leak on the Whirlpool hob - admittedly very minor, but on a virtually new fitting? I'm now looking at pushing the boat out a little and getting something of superior quality installed. Bosch, probably - it'll go with my power tools ...
Anyway, apart from that, it's pretty versatile, having a bunch of modes of operation: fan oven, warm oven, grill, fan plus grill (for pizzas - nice) and just the light for when the wife's - sorry, for when I'm - cleaning it. Two shelves, four positions, covering all the usable space. The oven thermostat is useless but if you haven't got an oven thermometer then you've no business being in the kitchen anyway. It showed a marked reluctance to get to the higher temperatures, however (> 200 C). Lowest temperature is 50 C, which is useful for melting your best mate's priceless vinyl records but not much else. The oven temperature seemed pretty stable, though, and my cakes and roasts generally came out the way I expected them to. If left on for more than a couple of hours, it turns itself off, which is nice from a safety perspective but didn't do a lot for my rice puddings.
The inside gets about as mucky as you'd expect and the self-cleaning sides are a bit less self-cleaning than I'd like, although they do come out fairly easily for manual cleaning. The oven floor would benefit from the use of a liner as it's NOT self-cleaning and doesn't come out (it's essentially integral) - use a sheet of aluminium foil, folded over, or a separate liner (Lakeland sell them).
I can't speak for the longevity of the thing, I'm afraid, but it shows no signs of deterioration apart from the vacant space where the outer glass door use to be. I'm awarding a low mark for quality purely on that basis, but otherwise think I'd be safe giving it three stars.
UPDATE: I've just spoken to our neighbour who had the same problem and she mentioned that Barratts have an arrangement to provide an automatic 2-year guarantee for the appliances they install. We're just inside that limit, and the engineer is calling on Monday. Woot! This is the Big Society at work! I'll now be saving up for a Bosch instead of buying one straight away. The Whirlpool service centre contact didn't actually confirm that this is a common problem, but her tone of voice gave me the impression it was - perhaps we could all start a club? Of course, if they've fixed the problem on their doors, I'll happily continue to use it for ever and a day. I'm also aware that around the first anniversary of our guarantee registration, Whirlpool sent us a letter offering extended warranty insurance. Taking that up would have meant we'd have paid for something we had no need of. I wonder if Whirlpool's business model is less about selling appliances than it is about selling insurance and replacement parts. I'm just saying.
Had this item for two years after moving into a new house. It was rarely used and looked stylish until the front glass door shattered after being closed, after checking on the internet the glass door appears to be a common problem. Being a new housing development some of our neighbours have also had the front glass door shatter, at first I though it was my wife being unusally heavy handed but on closer inspection I discovered the metal handle was screwed from behind and through the glass into the metal handle. This direct metal to glass contact has no rubber cushioning that causes the glass to stress and eventually shatter.
Called up Whirlpool for replacement was told that the glass would cost £208 and £ 84 for an engineer to fit it only marginally less than it would be to replace the whole unit!. Other Whirlpool parts websites had the same item for £125-130.
Will be looking for a replacement cooker where the handle does not attach directly to the glass.
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