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I have had this lovely little thing for nearly 5 months now. I brought it online from Argos's website for £84.99. This great product is an electric mini oven with 2 hobs attached to the top and is affordable for people on low budgets, like myself, and works just like a normal/bigger oven but just costs about £200 less! It is easy to keep clean, includes a big cooking tray and a handle to take out the tray. It has a glass door which I have to be careful with just incase I slam it too hard. The highest temperature goes up to 230 degrees and also has a grill option. The 2 hobs on the top are brilliant and easy to use and have different temperature settings.
The 2 hobs are electric as well, obviously, and work like electric cooker rings. I find that they take some time to warm up and to cool down, but they're as good as any other electric hotplates in my limited experience, and certainly adequate. The size of the hobs are a reasonably good size, with 1 big hob and 1 smaller one and I have brought big pots, pans and frying pans which have fitted comfortably on top of the oven and have covered all of the bigger hob.
There is also a grill and it doesn't burn anything for me. :) I am completely confident that I will be able to make my cheese on toast whenever I want. I just let it do what it needs to do and can rely on it. The grill doubles as the top heater element for the oven, if you choose to have both top and bottom elements on. It's worth experimenting with that depending on what you're cooking.
In my opinion, it cooks food to the same standard and quality compared to a bigger electric oven. Food doesn't take longer than normal to cook. It is done in the same amount of time as a bigger oven.
There is also a user's manual included and I think it is clearly written and helpful. It explains all your need to know about the product in a detailed booklet.
The heat outside mini oven for me isn't that bad. The glass door does get very hot but that is expected too. The actual handle to open the mini oven doesn't get hot though so you can take out food safely. When you're deciding where to place the item in the kitchen, I would consider thinking about the 2 hotplates. With mine I was going to have it under my kitchen cupboards but then my partner pointed out that if you use the 2 hotplates all the smokes would go up to the cupboards and it could be dangerous so it is next to the sink by the window so all the smoke goes outside and so it isn't below anything. Also when cooking/frying on the hobs, be careful to keep the handles of pots and pans in a position where you won't knock it over, causing the food or water to go all over you or over anywhere.
Here are some of it's features that make it what it is:
-1500 watt oven, 800 watt small hotplate and 1050 - 1300 watt large hotplate
- Temperature on the oven goes up to 230°C°C.
- Different hob temperatures
- Fan assisted oven with a main light and grill function
- Shelf rack is removable
- Inside capacity of 28 litres
- 60 minute timer
- Size H41, W58, D47.5cm.
The food is cooked excellently and to the standard that I would expect so I would definitely recommend this money saver to everyone. Unfortunately I haven't yet done any kind of baking, yet, in the mini oven. I have cooked normal dinners in it so far. It is very energy efficient, I have hardly seen a dent in the electric meter. An excellent buy and value for money and has saved a lot of money compared to if I would of brought a bigger oven. It is a good size and doesn't take up much room in the kitchen. :)