Friday, 18 November 2016

De'Longhi EO2435 SfornaTutto Midi Oven

The excellent De'Longhi EO2435 SfornaTutto
The De'Longhi EO2435, another one of those mini ovens that looks like an old retro television. Lot's of the De'Longhi's are like this. That's a good thing. We need more old school in our lives! With mocking the appearance out the way, this is an excellent mini oven. It's capacity is 24 Litres so is considered as a "Midi" oven.

One thing to be aware of is that this model is quite hard to find being sold in the UK. This one actually ships from Italy. As a result it will have a European two pin mains plug, so you will need to buy a UK adaptor (Shaving plug) in order to use it. They are very cheap.

The EO2435 is an 1800 Watt, medium sized workhorse that's very versatile and noted for it's reliability. It the little brother of the SfornaTutto Maxi (32 Litre). Yes, it does cost considerably more than a lot of the other brands of similar size that crowd this market place, but it's a better built product and it is worth the extra money. There is not many left for sale. Be quick.

Making the most of the available space, the De'Longhi EO2435 SfornaTutto is not only an oven, it also has a grill, making it much more convenient. And, you'll be happy to hear, it's an excellent one. Different temperature settings, 2 hour timer, various cooking modes, inner light, great build quality and a review score that most other mini oven manufacturers would love to have, make this a great purchase. It can do it all.

On this website I pull no punches. If there are any issues reported with a product I will mention them. But with this one, there is just nothing bad to say! De'Longhi build a great product. You need look no further than the customer reviews for confirmation of this. Five stars all the way!

Monday, 5 September 2016

Severin (2058) 42L Worktop Mini Oven

The Severin (2058) 42L Worktop Mini Oven
Looking at the Severin (2058) 42L Mini Oven for the first time you would be forgiven for thinking that it was actually a microwave oven. Don't worry, it's not. It's an electric toaster oven. The Severin (2058) is one of the more expensive mini ovens out there, but also one that has a large 42 Litre capacity, great build quality, and a fairly good track record. Very popular in the UK.

Having a bigger capacity and more levels (4 in total) it can cook multiple meals at the same time (more baking shelves may be required). Great for adding as an additional cooking option to go alongside your normal cooker if you need to cook for a bigger audience, and perfect for single people (or couples) where space and running costs are of high concern. Saying that, this model is 1800 Watts so it's not exactly the most energy efficient.

The Severin TO 2058 has a manual temperature control dial and uses double heating elements that are then fan assited to make sure that the food gets blasted from every angle and is cooked evenly thoughout. It also has a grill option and the ability to use heating elements only. The cooking duration timer has a maximum setting of 1 ½ hours (noise when time has expired), and this model even has the rotisserie function, which is basically a spit roast. So all in all, it's a great toaster oven that can bake, grill and roast basically anything that your full-size oven can. 
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This toaster oven comes with some excellent, useful accessories, including a pizza stone / cooking stand, rotisserie attachment, grill and baking shelf. The TO 2058 also comes with a two year warranty, which is always a welcome addition that gives some peace of mind when spending a decent amount of money on a product. One thing to be aware of with this model is that some reviewers have said that at times it can be a little on the noisey side. And the temperature is not 100% accurate according to some (a few) buyers / users.

Thursday, 5 May 2016

Andrew James 12L Halogen Oven Cooker

The Andrew James 12L Halogen Oven

Take oven cooking to a whole new level with this Andrew James 12L Halogen Digital Mini Oven. This takes "Cookers" to new heights in many ways. Due to it's smaller size it requires absolutely no warm up time (Well, maybe 1 minute), and uses a fraction of the power that a normal, full sized oven would generally use to cook the same foods. That means less waiting around for you, and extremely low running costs. Add to that, because of how compact it is, food is ready to eat a lot faster too.

It's such a versatile, energy efficient mini oven. With multiple heating settings, including a simmer style temperatures, right up to a top temperature of 250°C, It has the ability to roast, bake, grill, defrost, reheat, fry and even steam. And you may also be surprised to find out that it can actually clean itself.. It has a clean yourself I can't be bothered setting. Although you still have to add some water and suds, it can't grab those things by itself!

But even if it didn't have the self-clean option, because its made of glass it's very easy to clean anyway. Much easier than a normal oven. Some people are saying this oven is better for you. Not just on saving you some time, and keeping some extra money in your pocket, but also healthier due to it requiring such small amounts of oil to cook certain foods. They have a point. Less fatty, greasy oil = healthier meals = healthier you. So they have a good point.

The Andrew James (1400 Watt) 12Litre Halogen Digital Mini Oven with hinged lid has many different settings. There are separate start and stop buttons, along with thermostat temperature settings, duration timer, (Longest duration is 2 hours), and a whole host of presets for various functions and for cooking different types of foods. Those buttons are called: "Rice", "Cupcake", "Steam", "Pizza", "Toast", "Cool Dry", "Clean", "Heat Dry", "Sterilize" and Turbo.

An excellent deal that just gets better. It comes with a 2 year warranty and lots of different add-on's. Dishes, Skewers, Racks, Trays and even a device that makes the capacity bigger, making it seventeen litres instead of 12. A spare bulb is also thrown in. This is one of the best Andrew James Halogen models for the price. The reviews are largely positive and most people are extremely happy with their oven. However, as with most products there are some negative reviews. A few points of concern are that this item is really big, a lot bigger than some people expected it to be before they bought it. And heavy to carry around.

Next up is Rust. A few reviewers have reported seeing rusted elements inside the oven. Of course, this is not a good thing to have inside a device that's preparing your dinner. However, lets not get too carried away. Rust, ohhh! Call an Ambulance! No, don't do that. Have you cleaned the inside of a normal sized oven lately? After a few months of contstant use. Seen how dirty it is? Just think.. You were cooking and then eating food out of that. Now, sooty deposits and the remnants of old food aren't the same as rust. But you get the idea. Truth be told, I can see why users would be alarmed to find rust inside their oven. And I also understand why some people are sending their oven back for this reason. It would be rather off-putting.

The other bad reviews are down to the item not working for very long. It's a good job this models comes with a 2 year warranty! One other thing worth noting is that there is no lock for the top lid, which some buyers have found quite annoying.

Friday, 8 January 2016

Cheap Mini Oven With Hob and Grill

If you want a cheap mini oven that has it all, then the Oypla (OYP3158) 26 Litre with grill and twin hobs is one you should consider buying. Of course, there are lots of mini ovens out there that are cheap to buy. But how reliable are they? Have you read some of the reviews for the cheaper models? Extremely off-putting.

Pictured to the right: One of the best deals for early 2016, the Oypla P3158 With Hob and Grill.


They may be some of the cheapest but there's a reason for that. They don't last very long. That's where the Oypla P3158 is different. It's cheap, has many features, including twin hobs at the top (see picture), but it also has a very good overall reviewer rating.

This is an all-in-one solution that has everything one would need to cook themselves, and others, a slap up meal. Two hot plates at the top, grill and oven. What more do you need. The Oypla P3158 is excellent for a big family, or anyone else who's needs a bit more cooking space to accommodate guests, special occasions etc. But its even more suited to single people who don't need, or have no room for a full sized, energy hungry oven. Can also be used for camping, motor homes etc. Great for a small flat or studio apartment.

Excellent for cooking all types of food from baked potatoes and chicken, to pies, toast, fry ups and pizza! Perfect for baking, frying, boiling and grilling.

The two hot plates are different. One is 800W and the other one 600W. The Oypla P3158 has a sixty minute cooking timer which alerts you by sounding a little alarm to tell you the timer has finished.  It also has safety protection if it gets too hot and will automatic shut itself down to prevent any accidents or damage being caused.

What do the buyers say about this model?

For such a cheap mini oven with hob and Grill combined that can do most things the much more expensive mini ovens can do, reviews are really good for the P3158. Most people are very impressed with the value for money that's achieved with this oven. The only bad thing really worth mentioning, or being aware of is that when everything is in use (the oven and hobs at the same time) the hot plates fail to operate at full power due to the energy being shared by the oven. Other than that reviews are great. Oh, and it can stay hot for a while after cooking. But most small ovens do anyway due to their small size.

Buying it to fit into a certain space? The external measurements of the Oypla P3158 are: 50.5cm Wide - 31cm In Height and 33cm Depth. One year warranty is included. Delivery: Free of charge.

Want something else to consider that within the same price range? The Andrew James Black 24 Litre Mini Oven And Grill With Double Hot Plates is also worth a look, but it doesn't have a better rating score than the P3158. It only rates 4 out of 5 stars where as the P3158 is closer to five.

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