I purchased this electric convection oven and five element radiant heat range and feel lukewarm about it.
Recommend this product?
I don't understand why in the USA there are no good features that one gets on basic electrical equipment. I was looking for a warming drawer, dual ovens of reasonable size, and a grill feature, but unless I get a total makeover kitchen with separate purchases for each feature that I'm looking for, I'm just out of luck. And I just needed to replace an old range.
So, this range has five radiant elements--I wanted six--and two aren't the least bit practical. One is so large that you need a 9-inch in diameter pot/pan to cook on it. If I lived with a football team, that would be a practical feature, but since I only live with two other people and prepare small meals daily, I rarely use this element and so it is a waste of space. The other small element of the five elements is simply for "warming". Isn't that what low does on all of the elements? I was completely disgusted to discover that I couldn't use all five elements at once to prepare a multi-course meal because two are completely impractical. I mean, really!
What convinced me to buy this product is the oven is a little larger than normal. It is a self-cleaning oven and it works efficiently. I have not had any problems broiling or baking in it. I do not use the convection feature at all. I bought it for this feature, as well, and assumed that I would use it to bake cookies and brownies, but I don't. I did the convection feature once and didn't discern a difference.
The timer works well and will keep buzzing until you turn it off. I like that feature although it does get annoying, but at least the timer won't go off and if you are in another room and don't hear it you won't forget that you are cooking something.
I have been cooking with this range for two years now and have not had one issue with it. The legs adjust to whatever counter height is required. It's a free-standing model and it's quite attractive. I have it in black.
Of course it is hard to clean, as most radiant heat ranges are, if you leave spills or have cooked spills. It arrived with a 4 oz bottle of stove top cleaner and plastic scrubber and if you use them regularly, your range top will shine. I use Windex to get the grease and grime off of it first and then I use the cleaner to buff out encrusted areas. I was so happy that I didn't have to rush out and purchase cleaning products after it was installed because I wouldn't have had a clue as to what to buy. After two years and I still have the original bottle of cleaner as a little bit goes a long way.
I don't recommend this annoying range because two of the five elements are not practical/functional--if you only need to use three elements simultaneously, then purchase this. That is my only gripe with the range because I have not experienced any electrical malfunctions. The self-cleaning feature works well. It does what it was created to do efficiently.
I just wish that the US would have reasonably priced electric ranges with grills, warming trays, and good sized double ovens and six element range tops rolled into one unit--like they have in England, for example. And I wish they sold them at Sears and Best Buy in Maryland.
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