Jan 262016
 

Looking for that ideal cooker that will meet all your needs – or at least most, here is introducing the Hotpoint HUI62TP hotpoint free standing cooker. This cooker comes with a four zone induction hob and two ovens. The main oven features catalytic linings which makes cleaning easier. It also comes with touch controls and a lot of wonderful programs. You want to find out about this product and what it is like when it comes to basic cooking? Let’s go ahead and find out.

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Pros

When it comes to simmering, this product is a preferred choice. It also offers a degree of accuracy and is easy when it comes to cleaning.

Cons

When it comes to distributing heat across the oven evenly, this product is really poor.

This is one cooker that comes with a hob that is excellent at simmering and easily gets liquid heated up, however, when it comes to frying – poor. Other than taking too much time to heat up your foods, it is considered accurate in other areas. This is one product that is worth the buy.

What do I get with product?

This freestanding cooker features two electric ovens, plus a four cooking zone induction hob. It comes in different colors (I think it’s majorly white and black), so you can go for whatever colors suits your fancy, however we preferred to get the white one. It is 60com wide, which is a standard width for any freestanding cooker. The main oven features a catalytic lining on its back and side and a fan too. On the other hand, the smaller top oven features that grill pan and element.

What is great about it?

We have tested a lot of induction hobs, but this one stands out amongst them all -its simmering is excellent. This means that you don’t need to worry about finding brown bits at the bottom of your dishes, especially delicate ones like rice pudding. Another thing this product is great at is in its heating functions. It is really quick at heating and in just say, five minutes; it can raise the temperature of the pan to 90oC from 15oC. This is so great compared to other hobs that I have come across that you have to wait for more than twice this time for it to heat up the same content.

One thing that is guaranteed about this cooker is it temperature. Whatever temperature is set on the dial is that same inside the oven. Even if it drifts, it will be about a few degrees off.

One thing we discovered is that it distributes heat evenly across the oven, and this has made our cake always rise well. When it comes to cleaning, it is so easy. It has enough room to accommodate a whole range of items inside it – whether on the top or main oven.

What you should watch out for

 One of the problems that is usually encountered with this hob its frying. The heat distribution across the pan is very poor and varies a lot. This goes on to mean that in order to ensure that your food is evenly browned you will have to keep moving it around a bit.

What else is there to know?

It takes as much as 12 minutes for this cooker to reach 180oC and this means that you will have to wait for a very long time for the oven to heat up. The grill is nothing to write home about, covering just a part of the grill pan.

The good thing to know is that Hotpoint spares and parts are readily available

It is worth the buy?

Other than the mentioned down points with the cover, it works really good. Plus it is a little pricey.

Hotpoint HAG60K

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The Hotpoint HAG60K is another cooker one would want to consider. It comes with two ovens. It also comes with a catalytic lining that is to assist you in cleaning and a wonderful hob for your frying. One thing you get with this cooker is a reliable main oven and grill below is a full review of the product.

Pros

It is great at simmering without

Cons

This is one ideal hob when it comes to frying and also simmering. However, you should not think of relying on the main as it does not stay fixed to the temperature it is usually set.

What is in it?

This product is made up of two ovens and four burners making up the hob. The smaller top oven is where the grill is found, while main oven which is larger houses the gas oven. It features catalytic lining on its sides (and this helps in effective cleaning) and is fan assisted. It comes in variety of colors, but for us we got a black one – you can go for white if that’s your color.

What is it great at?

I have come across a lot of hobs and one thing I have found is that this is works better than them all when it comes to distributing heat across the pan. As a result, any time you are doing some frying, you don’t need too much of moving around in order to get your food evenly browned.

This is one cooker that is easy to use and offers excellent simmering too.

One thing I also like about it is that, its main oven is spacious enough to accommodate a lot of things like a good sized turkeys and a tray of roasted potatoes. For any overspill, you can make use of the top oven.

What to watch out for

One of the complaints associated with this product is the inaccuracy of its main oven to stick closely to whatever temperature it is set at. This inaccuracy can cause you a lot, like your food being undercooked. It is that bad – like when you set it at 80oC, it can actually be functioning for 137oC. This will mean you putting your food in for long hours than usual.

What else you need to know

This cooker’s oven takes about 9minutes to get to 180oC, and its hob also takes dame amount of time to get a pan full of water heated up to room temperature to its boiling temperature. Its performance is on an average level.

According to our experience with a sponge cake, it was well baked, although it was not that great.

It has catalytic linings on the side wall and this means that your food will be burnt each the oven is used at anything over 220oC. When this happens, you just sweep out the ash.

Is it worth the buy?

We may not whole heartedly recommend this product. This is because, other than its grill and hob which are reasonably good, the oven temperature is really poor. This is really difficult to recommend.

The Hotpoint HUG52P

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The Hotpoint HUG52P freestanding gas cooker is suitable for a kitchen that does not have much space as it is just 0.5m wide. It comes with two gas ovens and four-burner gas zones. The gas zones or hob is splendid when using it to cook your delicate meals, but how well will the oven roast your Sunday dishes? We put it under close observation to find out.

Pros

Comes with double oven space, stay clean lining interior, convenient to use and quickly heats up.

Cons

An Ineffective grill and inaccurate heating in the oven.

What is it?

This is a 0.5m wide cooker hence it is not as spacious as the larger models. You can conveniently fit in a full roast chicken plus a tray of potatoes but it would be difficult to put something as large as a Christmas turkey roast.

What is it great at?

It is very easy to use and is quick in heating up. However you should not forget that the cooker comes with some noticeable problems

Is there anything i should watch out for?

The grill is not efficient enough to distribute amount of heat to the grill pan. The white bread we used in our test only got brown in two oval shapes leaving the remaining part untouched by the heat.

Is there anything else I should know?

The ovens are easily cleaned and maintained because of the presence of the catalytic stay-clean lining interiors

It is worth the buy?

No- It is unable to heat efficiently and also set consistent temperature, plus the poor grill performance make the Hotpoint cooker difficult to cook with.

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