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Is Bosch, is good ... but it's not perfect!
Because I have a 40yo Bosch drill, I've always associated Bosch with Quality, Reliablity and Durability, so when it came to replacing our 20yo St. George Oven/Grill naturally I thought "Bosch". BUT, as with many new products, there were a few surprises! 1st, I was pleasantly surprised how easy it was to install in the cavity of our old unit. 2nd I liked the recessed knobs, as it's easy to clean the control panel. 3rd I liked how "rapidly" it heated up (5min to 180C), that a frozen meat pie, after defrosting in mwave, would be ready in 15mins! B...UT, I couldn't believe that the "grill tray" was no longer provided with this version (/01). The clock I found easy to set and the timer less so (it beeps only 10 times anyway) that we now use a small kitchen timer instead. AND it took me 1hr to figure out how to remove the oven doors for cleaning because the manual's pic was inaccurate and YT videos even worse! My biggest concern was the hot air it pushed out the front of the oven and continues to do so when turned off until cooled. I was worried that the air intake was from the back of the oven (sucking in "dirty" air) but was assured by Bosch that it didn't. On closer inspection the air comes from an inlet inside the door (at the top), it flows through the oven door glass and is sucked in at the bottom of each door. Bosch should explain how this works as other manufacturers say it "provides flow through oven door cooling"... which is an important feature (that's why the glass stays cool). Finally when I mentioned that the Bosch website says that the grill tray is included, they sent me a "free" one. After all even the cheapest double oven provides a "grill insert" and some provide "telescopic rails" for this price... something I've had to order separately from Bosch. Anyway full points to Appliances On Line (AOL) and Bosch for the service they provide and "if" this Bosch double oven lasts as long as our old unit it will work out at a mere $80 per year!
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