When looking for a new cooker for our kitchen, I found it to be a minefield so long story short, I ended up buying the same one my Mum had in black rather than white as I knew how to use it. We paid around £300-£350 from memory about two and a half years ago, but they are now closer to £500. We found ours cheapest in Boots Kitchen Appliances of all places! The cooker is made by Cannon and as I say, I had had previous good experiences with Cannon so decided to buy my own. This cooker is gas only.
The cooker is a standard 60cm in width so will fit into most kitchen plans nicely. The colour is black and as you can see from the photo on DooYoo, there are two silver bars which open the two ovens and the knobs to ignite the gas rings are also silver. The top of the cooker including the rings and grills are black and there is a lid which is a smokey black glass. In my opinion,this cooker looks really nice in our kitchen which is black and cream and provides a nice focal point against the cream cupboards and matches the black work surfaces really nicely. The kitchen has a country feel to it and short of splurging on an Aga, this doesn't look too modern against the cream and black but equally could look really modern if put in a high gloss or stainless steel kitchen so looks wise it is really flexible. I'm not sure if the white or a light colour is the same but the black is a pain and constantly needs cleaning (same for the worktops if you are thinking of being mad and getting black worktops!). I have found that Flash with Shine spray works well and doesn't leave streaks like other cleaners!
There are two front burners and two back burners, both the front and back have a small ring and a large ring so you can have the option of where to put your pans. All of the bits and bobs on the gas burners come off and can be washed which is really handy as food can get underneath them so it is a bonus to be able to take them off and wash them properly in the sink. Equally, the silver knobs to switch the gas rings on and off come off so that you can wash them.
There are two ovens. The top one is just a small oven and works just as well at cooking food as the large oven but I find it isn't as good for baking cakes (found out the hard way!). The top oven also doubles as a grill, there is a knob on the right hand side to control the top oven and grill, you turn it one way for oven, one way for grill. Make sure you get it right and don't end up closing the oven door when the grill is on. My Dad did this and ended up grilling a pizza with the door shut (thinking it was the oven) and informing my Mum that the pizza had burnt to a crisp in less than three minutes and he didn't know why! :)
The bottom oven is brilliant, it has two shelves and bakes my cakes much more evenly than the top oven. In both the top and bottom oven you can move the shelves to accommodate your needs and move the shelves higher or lower as necessary, they come out easily and also can be washed easily.
This little cooker managed Christmas dinner for 15 last year and having the two ovens really helped to keep the food hot before it was dished out. I don't often use the two ovens except for parties and Christmas but it is nice to have the option and the fact that the top oven doubles as a grill (with a grill pan that comes with it) is a nice touch and doesn't take up any more room in the kitchen.
As I've mentioned, the top oven isn't as good for baking as the bottom oven. The bottom oven has been fine for baking as long as you get the shelves in the right place and keep an eye on your cakes regularly. I much prefer gas than electric or fan assisted, I just can't get used to them and know and understand how to cook with gas so I can't imagine me ever switching to electric or dual fuel.
So far I haven't had a problem *touch wood* with the cooker. I do think that occasionally it can seem as though the bottom over takes a wee while for the gas to ignite but I've found if I open the door and let the oxygen get to the flame it ignites immediately, it isn't a problem but it is a bit of a quirk.
The cooker is still looking brand new, I do wipe it and clean it regularly but all the bits and bobs still look new and feel sturdy, nothing feels like it is going to break off and all the added bits are not flimsy.
For the price we paid, I feel like we have got a decent cooker than works well and cooks the food evenly and to a good standard. I would definitely buy another Cannon. My Mum's cooker is 8 years old and mine is 2 and a half and we have both been pleased with the quality of the product.
If you have any specific questions, please ask and I'll update the review to reflect the answers. Thanks for reading :)
Cannon CH60GCIK Black Double Gas Cooker -Install/Del/Recycle / Short name: Cannon CH60GCIK