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Why this Cooker
Six months on from moving into my new home I've finally reached the stage where I can say that everything I needed to buy to set me up has been bought. For 5 of those 6 months I've been making do with a microwave, toaster and George Forman grill when its come to making a hot meal as I didn't want the expense of forking out for a brand new cooker when I've had a hundred and one other things that I needed to buy which were higher up my priority list. My kitchen has had a gap where a cooker should stand and admittedly I missed being able to make a fully home cooked meal so assaulting my savings for the final time I went on the look out for something suitable for me which would finally finish off my kitchen.
I live alone now so knew that I didn't have to buy something that was too flashy or expensive, I wanted a basic electric cooker that had hot plates and an oven but didn't want to spend too much money. The brand name wasn't important although I was hoping to find something from a company I'd heard of so when I saw the cooker under review here, Indesit's IS50EW on offer at Comet for £179.99 I made the snap decision to buy it as it was within my budget and was from a company I knew. Paying extra for installation and only having a few days to wait for delivery my cooker arrived and was installed within no time and I could finally tick the last thing off my 'must-have' list.
As shown in the supplied picture here this is a basic, white electric cooker. It measures 50cm in width, 60cm in depth and 90cm in height and features a single, conventional oven with 4 hot plates. The internal cooker capacity is 58 litres and has a B rating for energy efficiency. The temperature control dials are quite chunky in design and run along the upper front of the cooker and feel of good quality making audible clicks as they are turned. Internally there is a light which comes on automatically when the oven is switched on and a red indicator light on the front lets you know when the oven has reached the temperature you want to cook your food at. Visually there's nothing outstanding about the cooker, it's best described as basic but functional and whilst it doesn't have a cheap look to it I don't think you'd ever mistake for being anything too upper-end.
You are supplied with a drip tray and single wire rack and inside the oven itself are 5 grooves which allow you to choose the position you want to cook your food at, as it heats from both the top and bottom I tend to use the middle of the oven as I find that's the best place to cook my food evenly although you can use the upper level as a grill and just have the oven heat from the top only. Because I already own a separate grill and toaster I have no need to use the grill setting on the oven itself so my experience with it is just with the oven and the hot plates when I'm boiling a pan of water or cooking vegetables through.
There is some handy storage space at the base of the cooker which I tend to have my oven trays and dishes kept in when they're not in use and this is of decent size that you can fit quite a few items in without them falling out or pushing against the door. The oven window too is a nice size allowing you full visual access to your food and the internal light is a nice feature that lets you keep an eye on things as they cook. Because this is an electric conventional oven you will notice that the temperature indicator light will keep turning on and off as it keeps an consistent heat throughout the cooking process and I've found that it is very reliable and does exactly what it's supposed to do. There are 2 large hot plates and 2 small ones on the top of the cooker and again these heat up quickly and are slightly ridged in their design which seem to hold my plans firmly in place without much in the way of movement. When you're cooking with 2 or 3 pans on the go at the same time it's quite reassuring to know that they're not going to slip and I do think that this is quite a nice feature worth mentioning here.
In use the cooker is absolutely perfect, my food cooks evenly in the oven and my pans heat up and boil without any problems whatsoever, as already stated this is more of a functional cooker than anything too flashy but it's reliable and serves my needs without concern. I do think it's probably best suited to someone who lives alone or as a couple as it's not massive and I do think you'd struggle if you wanted to cook more than a couple of things at once in the oven itself, a larger family would find this too small really I think and it lacks the bells and whistles of higher priced models that offer more features. There's no timer for example which isn't a problem for me as I bought a cheap magnetized one that I have stuck to my fridge and there isn't a grill pan either which I realise would be a problem for some if they don't have a toaster or separate grill, the single wire rack restricts how much you can cook at any one time and the oven capacity is relatively small when compared to other models. That said if you're just looking for something that can cook and heat up food and you don't have a huge budget to spend then I think you'd find very few faults with this cooker from Indesit and I'm more than happy with mine and what it gives me.
A 1 year guarantee is included in the purchase price and there's a form which you will need to complete to activate it, this can be done easily online though and only takes a few minutes to fill out. Being an electric cooker it does have to be hard-wired to your electricity supply and I would strongly suggest that you get someone who knows what they're doing to fit this for you, I paid the additional £49.99 that Comet charge for them to do this for me as it is something that a professional should do and I now have the reassurance that it has been correctly installed by a fully trained electrician.
All in all there's plenty to admire with this cooker from Indesit, for the price it retails for I don't think you could expect anything more from it as it does exactly what it's supposed to do without any problems. It's not the best looking cooker in the world but it's stylish in its design and for me its ideal.
Five stars as a rating even with its obvious limitations and recommended. Thanks for reading my review.
Short name: Indesit IS50EW