When we were offered an upgrade on our existing AEG BP320300K pyrolytic oven, we were sceptical that there could be much that could be improved - the old oven did a great job cooking the types of food we like to cook. We were disappointed with the cleaning pyrolytic cleaning function, not because it didn’t work - it did, and quite well - but because it was very noisy, made the kitchen smell slightly odd due to the fumes and it always seemed to make the oven door handle work loose. Every time we used the pyrolytic function we ended up having to take the door apart in order to tighten the screws so that the handle wouldn’t fall off. And don’t get me started on the cost of electricity to run the oven for 60-90 minutes at such a high temperature...
We were therefore most keen to try out this new oven which has a nifty steam cleaning function. Before I read the manual, I thought the steam was only for cleaning but it turns out it can do a lot more than that. Our first major cooking attempt was a leg of lamb, and we tried out both the preprogrammed lamb roast/steam cooking function and the temperature probe - another feature we didn’t have on the old oven. We were delighted with the results - the lamb was beautifully succulent and cooked to our liking. The probe gave us a estimated end time, although the estimate wasn’t particularly accurate to begin with, the lamb cooking much more quickly than the probe originally suggested. Since then we have made most of our favourites, from lasagne to various cakes, all with great results. Our previous oven didn’t bake as evenly as this one so cake baking is a lot more consistent with the new one.
Comparing other functions of the oven with the old one - the new display and program selection is much clearer, the LCD display is much more modern-looking than the old red LED display and is, with one exception, very much easier to use. So the one program we had trouble with was, ironically, the one we wanted to test most - cleaning. Whenever we selected “yes” when asked if we wanted to start the cleaning function, it told us that the cleaning could only be carried out with a cold oven and to leave the door open and try again later. After we had left the door open all night and found we were still being told that, apparently, the oven was too hot, I contacted the supplier. It turned out that this was meant to be a suggestion and wasn’t intended to imply we couldn’t continue, and that we should just push the circular select button. That turned out to be the case, and the technical department agreed with me that the message was less than helpful. Hopefully this message will be changed in future.
So, overall, we are very happy with the new oven - I would definitely keep this one if we were offered the old one back. I love the steam cleaning (once we worked out how to use it) and the temperature probe. I’m looking forward to trying out some of the other steam programmes in the future.
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