- iQ700 HM876G2B6A (with microwave)
- Verified purchase
It's an oven...it cooks things.
Seriously...there is really not much to say about the functionality of an oven. We bought it (along with its steam version sibling) as part of a kitchen renovation. It does everything its supposed to and is controlled by a large rotary knob that is used to select the myriad types of cooking you will be doing. With this control, heat can be directed around your cooking in numerous ways including whether fan force is required. I have certainly never found an issue with how it cooks. There are even settings for “Plate Warming” and “Pizza” along wi...th all the others. It has a pyrolytic function for cleaning but being only a few moths old, I haven't found the need to use it (any messy cooking is contained in oven bags). It has a quality feeling build (as it should for the price), soft touch closing door and comes with a confidence inspiring five year warranty. It has pleasant audible tones when starting and completing cooking and (as the title says), “It cooks things”. There is really not much more to say about it except.... There are two somewhat annoying issues that are going to cause me to drop it from a five star rating to a four. Annoying issue 1. It's a WiFi enabled oven....except it's not. Not in this country. When we attempted to enable its WiFi capabilities (we are a “techy” household), we found it required a phone app. However, the phone app is only available in certain regions and Australia is (at time of writing) not one of them. No app....no WiFi capability. I contacted Bosch (who handle Siemens in Australia). The customer support rep I spoke to wasn't even aware any of their ovens had WiFi ability. (The related steam oven we bought also has the WifI enabled sticker on it.) After being referred elsewhere, a Bosch representative confirmed that there would be no app available in 2019 and no plans at this stage for introduction anytime. I have referred this to our local consumer organisation as they agreed customers should be informed before purchase. It's not a deal breaker for us but it's not right to be selling an item with feature that cannot be used in this country. Annoying issue 2. We get power blackouts which require you to reset date and time on the oven. Date resetting isn't too bad but to reset the time requires you to turn the knob constantly as you progress in one minute increments. This can require around three or more minutes of constant knob twirling. First world problem I hear you say? Yes...but wait to you have to do it each time the power resets. How much harder would it have been for Siemens to make it so it goes to five or more minute intervals like every other device with a similar system?
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