Yeah… we’ve finally bought our baking oven. Yes, this oven will be used for baking bread, cookies, cakes and whatever else that needed baking. The oven we bought is the Tefal Activys OV100030 going at $199 from Best Denki for the Hari Raya special, usual price $299.
There are a few reasons why we chose this oven. Firstly, we’ve always been looking for ovens that have more than the standard 2 heating coils on top. This oven has 4 heating coils on top and this means that it cooks better and provides more evenly distributed heat. The second good thing is that it comes with 4 heating coils on the bottom as well. Most ovens that have 4 coils on top tend to have only 2 coils below, which might result in the top being more cooked than the bottom. Thirdly, the heating coils on this oven is bend-able, so it is easy to clean. Not to mention it has self cleaning wall functions, meaning that we just have to preheat the oven and the oil stains on the walls will soften and become easier to wipe off with paper towel. It also comes with the rotisserie to grill a chicken or perhaps just some chicken wings.
The capacity is 26 litres, which makes it quite value for money. But the thing is, when we brought the oven home and unpack it, we realises that it is in fact rather big in size. Placing is beside the fridge on our dry kitchen top will take up almost 1/3 of the table space, not such a good idea. So instead, we place the oven on the washing machine. Haha… Laundry and food so close to each other, have to be extra careful when dealing with food from now on. The top of the front load washing machine is meant for placing a dryer, so I’m sure that it can withstand the weight of a small little oven. But to protect the washing from the heat of the oven, I think we’ll get a corkboard from the bookshop and place it between the bottom of the oven and the top of the washing machine.
I suppose one of the features that this oven is lacking is the internal blowing fan which is suppose to circulate the air and make the food cook better and tastier. Also, there’s not vapour action in this oven which might mean that our food will be less juicy and tender. But then, we’re just beginners when it comes to these baking and grilling stuff so I think this is a great entry oven for us. Once we know the inside outs of baking and grilling, then we’ll know exactly what kind of oven we need, and then we’ll get a really good one that suits all our criteria.
One odd thing that I’ve discovered is that, searching for this model of oven on the internet yields ‘No English results’. Hmm… So many it’s a product made for some other specific markets. But the saleslady told us that this is a new product from Tefal and that this is an introductory offer promotion. Well, this is not the first time I’ve encountered an item that cannot be found from an English speaking country. Anyway, as long as the quality control is well done, it doesn’t really matter if this oven is a parallel import or not. There’s a one year warranty so that’s good enough for us. Oh, and by the way, this oven is manufactured in China.