I purchased an ATAG oven (dutch made) in 1996....double oven, both with grills and largeroven is turbo.. Works well for our needs; family of 4.. Last week the top oven stopped working..... Rang the manufacturers' helpdesk in the UK.. Allthough we bought 5+ years ago they... 1) gave us a contact number for a local repair firm. 2) asked us to describe the symtoms/faults 3) talked us through some basic checks 4) explained a few more complex checks if we were technically-minded enought to take the back off safely. One of the checks under (4) fixed the problem.. I am impressed with this level of service !! P.S. for the initial cost of the oven we had a 5 year parts warranty with none of the "hard sell" from the supplier either....
I've got a 2 year old house, but the oven that has been fitted is built into the kitchen. All of the oven guards that I've seen rely on being able to stick something onto the side of the cooker. To get around this, we use a couple of cupboard locks to tie the oven door to the adjacent cupboard door. However, this is a botch and would stop a determined toddler. What would be far better would be to have a secure toddler-proof lock built into the cooker. It wouldn't be rocket science but it would give a must-have feature for a significant proportion of the population.
I bought on aven door guard a while ago from Toys R Us because it had been reduced down to about £5.00, so I thought it'd be worth giving a go. The guard is basically made of thick plastic - there are two end bits that you put on the sides and can be extended to fit almost any over door. You then put a screw in to fix it all together, attach the sticky pad feets and stick it to the door. Easy enough, but the sticky pads don;t last at all well. I don;t know if it's the heat of the oven or the stuff they use on the sticky pads, but ours stayed in place for about 5 weeks before it started to come loose. Eventually the stickiness just wore off and it's now at the back of the cupboard until we can get some more for it. It does stop the heat coming through though, which is one good point about it. Even though it only cost me a few quid I would have liked it to last longer. We've now got a stable door on the kitchen so that the kids can't get in there but can still see us while we're in the kitchen. If anyone knows where I can get a really decent oven door protector I'd love to know!
Burns and scalds are a major cause of injury and death to small children and yet, as a Nanny, I have always been shocked to see that very few people have a safety guard fitted to their cooker or hob. However, my grandchild has just reached toddlerhood and when I went to search for a hob guard I discovered that finding one is a difficult task. Mothercare stock a very flimsy version, which appears to fit to the hob with sticky pads. I did not feel that it could be trusted to stay in place so I set off to try elsewhere. Argos and Index stock plenty of safety items but not this one. A couple of department stores had the flimsy version, as did some online shops. I tried a small specialist baby shop who told me that hob guards had never sold well and they no longer stocked them. They were however able to direct me to, of all places, Homebase. At Homebase I found what I was looking for among a quite good selection of safety items which I had never noticed there before. For £19.99 I bought a sturdy metal-framed hob guard which can be fixed with screws either to the back of the cooker or to the wall behind. It is adjustable for different sized cookers, strong and safe.