Oven reviews - $850 to $1900

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03.Product profiles

Profiles - what to buy

Chef EOC644S

Chef EOC644S Price $899

Good points

  • Excellent grill and oven performance.
  • Relatively cheap.
  • Moulded shelf supports are easy to clean.

Bad Points

  • No catalytic liners available for this model.

Smeg SA504X  (A)

Smeg SA504X 
Price $1490

Good points

  • Excellent grill performance.
  • Very good oven performance.
  • Catalytic liners on back and sides of walls with good coverage.
  • Pull-out grill element shield.

Bad Points

  • Grill rack can be fiddly to clean.
  • Scored only 55% for cooking custard tart.
  • Shelves tilt when pulled out, allowing dishes to slide.

Miele H 4212 B

Miele H 4212 B Price $1699

Good points

  • Excellent grill performance.
  • Very good oven performance.

Bad Points

  • No grill rack supplied.
  • Manufacturer recommends using the shelf with the oven tray positioned below which is difficult to clean.
  • An extra wire shelf and grill tray insert to minimise flare ups and drain to the grill tray beneath is available but will cost extra.
  • Only one shelf supplied by manufacturer.
  • Catalytic liner on back wall only.
  • Front of grill element is slightly exposed.
  • Poor result for custard tart.

Westinghouse POP668S

Westinghouse POP668S Price $1379

Good points

  • Best for ease of use in this test.
  • Excellent result for cooking sponge cake, meringues and pizza.
  • Smokeless grill tray.
  • Catalytic liners on back and sides of walls with good coverage.

Bad Points

  • Scored only 50% for roasting chicken.
  • Shelves tilt when pulled, allowing dishes to slide.

Profiles - the rest

Bosch HBN430551A  (A)

Bosch HBN430551A Price $1949

Good points

  • Very good grill performance.
  • Excellent result for grilling sausages, cooking scones and sponge cake.
  • Catalytic liners on back, top and sides of walls with good coverage.
  • Smokeless grill tray.

Bad Points

  • No stopper to prevent grill tray being pulled out of the shelf supports.
  • Poor result for cooking custard tart, which means the oven didn’t cope well with cooking a combination food.

Electrolux EOEE62AS

Electrolux EOEE62AS Price $1959

Good points

  • Excellent result for cooking pizza.
  • Very good result for grilling toast, cooking scones, sponge cake.
  • Smokeless grill tray.
  • Catalytic liners on back, top and sides of walls with good coverage.
  • Function display is written with set temperature guides that can be adjusted.

Bad Points

  • Digital control panel display is not very bright.
  • Borderline result for roasting chicken.
  • Shelves tilt when pulled out can cause dishes to slide.

Whirlpool 6AKZ4521X

Whirlpool 6AKZ4521X Price $1469

Good points

  • Very good oven performance.
  • Excellent result for cooking sponge cake and meringues.

Bad Points

  • Catalytic liners on sides and back wall does not give full coverage.
  • Limited access to back of grill tray, can make it difficult to move the food around.
  • Grill tray sits on shelf can slide easily.
  • Shelves tilt when pulled out can cause dishes to slide.

Fisher & Paykel OB60SCEXI  (A)

Fisher & Paykel OB60SCEXI Price $1299

Good points

  • Very good oven performance.
  • Excellent result for cooking pizza.

Bad Points

  • Grill rack is fiddly to clean.
  • Front of grill element is exposed slightly.
  • A lot of holes and crevices on back wall that can trap grease.
  • Shelves do not pull out smoothly.
  • Very poor result for grilling toast.
  • Shelves tilt when pulled out can cause dishes to slide.

Blanco BOSE67X

Blanco BOSE67X Price $1600

Good points

  • Excellent result for grilling sausages, roasting chicken and cooking pizza.
  • Oven beeps when preheated.

Bad Points

  • Grill rack can be fiddly to clean.
  • No stopper to prevent grill tray being pulled out of the shelf supports.
  • Grill element cannot be lowered to clean above.
  • Very poor result for grilling toast.
  • Poor result for cooking custard tart, which means the oven didn’t cope well with cooking a combination food.

Glem GF69PI (A)

Glem GF69PI Price $1899

Good points

  • Excellent result for cooking scones and sponge cake.
  • Pyrolytic cleaning system.
  • Moulded shelf supports easier to clean.

Bad Points

  • Limited access to back of grill tray, can make it difficult to move food around.
  • No stopper to prevent grill tray being pulled out of the shelf supports.
  • Small viewing area.

(A) Discontinued, but may still be available in some stores.

 

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