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Looks amazing and works wonderfully
A statement oven was on my wish list for our new home and this oven has not disappointed!! We bought it in black and it is incredible. Easy to clean both stove top and oven, cooks evenly and the gas can be low enough to simmer without needing a diffuser. I love my smeg and it hasn't skipped a beat in over a year with a family of 5 and cooking with it everyday it is fantastic. Definitely worth the money we paid!
Workhorse in disguise
Forgive me but I'm trying not to write a mini thesis on why this oven is well worth the cost and is, hands down, the best oven I have even owned (both freestanding or installed.)
I have a large family and I cook all the home meals (BLD - even lunch boxes these days require me to fire up an oven) so when my last one died on me I spent a long time shopping for an oven that first and foremost could handle being used and I mean USED, not just a meal a day type affair, but pretty much something cooking on it or in it from morning to night. Second...ly I needed a large oven as my sunday roasts require a minimal 2 roasts to feed everyone (and 2ish trays of veg to roast) and not many ovens have an even cook that allow me to do this. Lastly because of being used so much I desperately wanted an oven that was easy to clean since I've never owned one that fell in that category before (to me a "easy to clean oven" was up there with finding gold at the end of a rainbow.) By an off chance of being in Good Guys for something other than an oven I was served by a young lady who lived in a large family and we started speaking about ovens, she said her dad (who was the home cook) purchased a TRA90BL9 and now can't believe he was using any other oven. I never even considered a SMEG before, mainly because I thought it was for show only for "fancy kitchens" rather than a family oven so I went over and check it out. The thing that sealed the deal was a customer shopping in the area walked up to me and said it's the best oven their family ever used and another customer overheard her, look at me and just nodded. Super nervous at first, it required me to get an electrician out and install a new circuit/plug as the normal plugs I had in my kitchen were not the right size but that's the only hiccup I've encountered. Like all ovens you need to get use to how a new oven cooks, these come with a special seal around the door so I find more steam builds up (dream for making breads and pastry desserts) but I find it takes a little longer then normal to cook things, this is not a bad thing, just an adjustment but seriously this is truly a work horse oven, I can't believe how I've cooked before owning one. I'm able to cook multiple roasts at a time and they evenly cook (this is a dream for roasts too, the roasts are the juiciest I have ever made and I think it's because of this special seal again, just holds in moisture) it bakes bread like a pro and the best bit is nothing seems to stick to it! If a pot bubbles over in the past I'm left having to put some elbow grease into cleaning it, unsure if it's because of the black enamel but spills just wipe off and the vapor clean oven feature is a hoot to use! One of my bienenstich's spilled it's honey and butter all over the bottom of the oven and baking onto it, again in the past this would have required me to remove all the metal racks and supports in the oven and really spend time scrubbing that thing to remove it (most likely with my metal spatula because those blackened goops are just so hard to remove), even using a chemical spray if it didn't shift, not anymore!! I followed the easy directions to use the vapor cleaner and then it just required a paper towel to wipe up.... so easy So yes it's pretty and looks, sadly, out of place in my kitchen but: ● Easy to clean ✔
Works well when installed
Purchased this cooker approximately 6 months ago purely for looks and the wide oven. It works quite well and I love the wok feature which i use to boil water. As there are two burners (one within the other) it boils a pot of water really quickly. Its handy to have. My issues is that the bar going across the front is pretty useless and the drawer at the bottom doesn't even fit the oven trays that come with it. The oven cooks a little unevenly but other than that its worked well, just got to remember to turn your tray around.
Paid $5000 for it and the oven doesn't work
Put smeg in and gas hotplates work but not oven. Phoned smeg and they said it was the clock and if that doesn't work nothing else will. Serviceman replaced clock - it still doesn't work. Have to get a plumber back to disconnect copper pipe attachment so oven can be completely pulled out and back can be totally removed to see what the problem is. Phoned smeg and asked if they would pay for the plumber to return. They said no because i should have put a flexible hose at the back. Manual states that either can be used. There was enough room...with the copper pipe to get to the back to replace the clock and if a service was required. It's not my fault that the brand new smeg oven doesn't work and obviously has a major fault which requires it to be completly pulled out. I'll be requesting a new oven. Very poor and disappointing service from smeg. I hope they aren't all lemons!
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Questions & Answers
with regard to vapour clean - the instruction book gives a picture of a symbol to select on the FUNCTION dial - this symbol does not appear on my oven? the vapour clean symbol on the TEMP dial is correct. Which symbol SHOULD I select from the FUNCTION dial.
Apart from this issue - amazing oven - still waiting on some feedback about the dishwasher issue though
Hi Sabrina D,
The function to select is the one with the base element.
Hope this helps
We bought this Victoria Smeg oven and had it installed only a month or so ago. I have a question about the gas cooktop grills, which are black of course. Already some of the black appears to be coming off and exposing the silver beneath. This is mainly so on the right hand burners which we have used more often. We have cleaned gently and certainly no used anything harsh.
I hope this is not a progressive condition.
Any advice please?
Hi Rick l - thank you for your review. In order for us to assist you further, can you kindly email us with your full name, address and a contact telephone number. Could you also send us pictures of the burners so we can understand what you have mentioned. Our email address is email@example.com and please mark to the attention of Lesley. Kind Regards, Smeg Australia.
No problem but a question first please Lesley.
Are the black burner surrounds (are they called griddles?) (the 3 removable pieces) black all the way through or is this just a coating?
Hi Rick - the trivets on this model are cast iron. Thank you Lesley.
We have just found chips on the bottom of our oven.
It looks like the enamel is coming off
Is there anything we can do to fix this problem ?
Dear Chris, I am the National l Service Manager for Smeg and I would like to assist with this problem, could you please email me direct at firstname.lastname@example.org with your address and contact details and also scan me a photograph of the chips. Once I have this information I will be in a position to ascertain what to do to fix these problems. Regards, Steve Cullen
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