When we first moved in to our house the first thing we noticed was the cooker. We had moved from a house which had a fan assisted electric cooker to a house with a normal conventional one. It took ages to get used to cooking without a fan and more often than not food would either be burnt or undercooked. It didn’t help the cooker didn’t fit where it was either, there was a 5cm gap either side and more often than not food was often dropped down the side. We plodded along, but we both knew we really disliked the cooker. AO recently offered to send us the opportunity to review a new cooker, a Stoves Richmond 600Ei Electric Cooker. Both Mark and I were excited at the prospect of ditching the old and having a new one.
Stoves Richmond 600Ei Electric Cooker
There are not many things in life that excite me, however a new cooker is one of those things that do! The Stoves Richmond 600Ei Electric Cooker has a top grill/conventional oven and a bottom oven with an induction hob on top. I have only cooked once on an induction hob and that was whilst Jack and I attended a cooking session at the Jamie Oliver’s Cooking School. I loved that the hob cut off whenever the pan left the hob top, it is such an important safety feature. Especially when cooking around children. However what didn’t cross our minds was the fact that our pots and pans wouldn’t work on the hob. Due to how induction hobs work it meant we had to buy a whole new set. However new saucepans was something that we most definitely needed so it gave us the kick we needed to buy some.
It amazes me how many different functions a cooker can have! The functions on the Stoves Richmond 600Ei Electric Cooker are;
- Slow Cook
- Bread proving
- Keep Warm
- Pizza Function
As well as the usual Fan, Grill, Conventional oven settings! You can also set which part of the oven you want the heat to come from; either back, top or sides. As well as this you can also connect the cooker to your mobile phone using Bluetooth. However at the time of writing this I have been having trouble connecting everything together. As soon as I have I will come back and update this part.
One of the many things we love is the Induction Hob. When we finally got around to buying suitable saucepans we were able to have a good play about with it. The hob controls are touchpad controlled and are found on the top. Each hob has it’s own individual cook zone key and display so it is really easy to navigate. I love that the hob wouldn’t turn on without having the saucepan on and connected. We also found that the saucepan was really quick to heat up too! So it is cutting down on cooking time when it comes to boiling anything saving us money on our electric bill. One of the functions you can set on the hob is the child lock, so children can’t come and amend anything.
When the saucepans/frying pans connect to the induction you hear a little buzz. As the induction uses magnets to connect everything together it is just a little signal to say that it all connected and working. After the first few times of using it we no longer really noticed it.
Suitable pans – Cast Iron, Metals with magnetic properties
Non Suitable Pans – Copper, Stainless Steel, Aluminium, glass, ceramic, terra-cotta
The oven is something of dreams! I am really excited to cook our Christmas Dinner as this year I will finally be able to fit everything in altogether. Recently Mark and I decided to utilise our slow cooker more. The Slow Cooker function means I can still do that and I don’t have to have a slow cooker sitting on my work top. The only thing stopping me so far would be that I currently do not own a suitable pot to use.
Both Mark and I are getting used to the induction hob. I think out of the whole cooker this was the part that is going to need getting used too. Our saucepans and frying pans only really fit certain hobs. The ones that don’t fit won’t connect the induction. I love that if anything was to boil over then the induction stops. The aesthetic look of the oven is gorgeous! I have had nothing but compliments on it from visiting friends and family.
*We received the Stoves Richmond cooker in exchange for an honest and open review