Uneven baking results-HSL (38 cm) combi steam oven
I bought the oven in Feb 2018. The oven does not give an even result for baking biscuits, bread etc. And also when I use it for grilling chicken wings with steam oven function at 230 degrees. I contacted VZUG more than 3 weeks ago, and emailed relevant details to VZUG as requested. I haven't heard anything back from VZUG. This oven is still under warranty and VZUG said they would send a technician to adjust it. So far, this oven is an extremely expensive piece of steamer!! because its oven function for baking is poor in quality.
I will never use a microwave again
I cannot believe how beautifully this oven cooks everything and usually all at once ! Veal schnitzel and vegetables that taste like they are the freshest produce with flavour enhanced. Everything tastes like a restaurant meal with less salt, less preparation. I haven't cooked so much nor had so much fun in the kitchen in years. The Vzug is paying for itself by not wanting to eat out ! Easier to eat fresh and wholesome food as this oven encourages fresh whole food cooking by its simplicity. Personally I never want to use a microwave again. Just wish I had bought the larger one !!! I
really really love this appliance.
we can't live without it now
Excellent oven. we do some many cooking with it. the steam/combi function is particularly useful for Asian cooking. we use it for almost every meal. we had it for almost 3 years now. The quality is excellent too, haven't had any major issue.
Every kitchen should have it. Highly recommended.
Vzug are great!
My wife is the cook, not I. But using the auto cook functions (roast veggies in the combined steam and meat in the SEP conventional oven) I make a fantastic roast! Just pop it in, set the finish time and relax :)
It does reheat really well, even making 3 day old drying out chicken curry pieces taste moist and edible again (for Master 10yo super fussy).
Remembering, you can cook with steam OR conventional heat OR both!
We love it. Expensive, yes, but you get what you pay for. We no longer use the microwave (except for Milo and 3 day old pizza when I am in a real hurry). Reheating family dinners is actually faster, and WAY more Convienient. Pop dinner in, program a finish time and your done.
Amazing piece of kit
We purchased the Combi-Steam XSL and the Miwell Combi XSL a few months ago.
These are expensive ovens but truly amazing.
Due to our renovation schedule, we had the Miwell Combi XSL (convection oven/microwave) in use for a week before the Combi (since we went with fixed water connection).
The Miwell Combi has some great automatic features - it's really good and has some useful melt & plate warming functions too.
Go to a demo to see the Combi-Steam - stands apart from other steam ovens.
Purchased in January 2017.
The VZUG Combi-Steam XSL and the Combair XSL are simply "Brilliant"
We have had our Combi-Steam and Combair for two years now and I LOVE them! All our friends are so jealous they want one when they see what we produce at dinner parties or lunches. I can steam a whole snapper (simply wrapped in baking paper with ginger, coriander, mint, lemon chilli and spring onions) for 18 minutes at 100 C and with a sauce made from sesame oil, soy sauce, fish sauce and sesame seeds, it's restaurant-quality. The guesswork is all taken out of baking - it's all pre-programmed - or you can program your own recipe into the oven!...Yes, ideally you need the two ovens - one for baking or roasting your meat and the other to steam your veggies and make dessert while meat is cooking. So that the meat doesn't come out looking grey I simply sear mine before placing the probe in. I used to hate it when I'd put a huge piece of fillet of beef into my OLD oven and it would finish up being well done on the ends and less well done in the middle - and it would shrink 1/3 of its size. With the VZUG Combair (or the VZUG Combi-Steam oven) you simply insert the probe and select the pre-programmed recipe: fillet of veal, topside of veal thick end; loin of veal; shoulder of veal; veal neck; fillet of beef; sirloin of beef, roast beef; chuck of beef; shoulder of beef; topside of beef; middle loin of pork; chump end of loin of pork; neck of pork; leg of lamb. How good is that?!!! Then you get to choose if you'd like it cooked rare or medium! And the whole piece of meat comes out that way - rare all the way through or medium all the way through - and it doesn't shrink!! Steamed veggies can be done to your liking - al dente or softer, simply adjust the time. And the piece de resistance - baked icecream!!! How good is that. We get very, very professional results every time we cook - ie every night! Have I mentioned that I LOVE my VZUG?!!!
The best Combi Steam I have ever used!
I found this Combi -Steam very easy to use and I can cook anything I want and get the perfect result every time. I love the Easy Cooking Guides function which takes all the guesswork out of what I need to cook it on especially when there are over 116 guides. I also love the soft roasting option and bakeomatic. I highly recommend this oven to anyone whether they are a chef or have no idea of what they are doing.
Cook like a pro, intuitive appliance
An intelligent, good looking appliance with Swiss precision. Little cleaning, made to last. When you get the hang of the functions of each program, you will be able to cook anything to everything . Used it for 4 years. Never looked back. 'Soft Roasting' means cooking for a longer duration at a lower temperature. The end result is a perfectly cooked piece of meat done to your taste (select raw/medium/well done).. And at this lower temperature, it won't brown. Finish off on the BBQ, just before serving. Attend a few demos and ask questions. Your ...cooking style will change - life is meant to be easier with little clean ups and cooking to perfection. Cooking/baking automatically - no temperature, duration, weight, quantity needed .. How about this for convenience? Steaming fish/prawns on your dinner plate in 5-9 mins? Absolutely. Takes 4 minutes for the oven to heat up to bake my cake. Happy cooking!
Not user friendly
This oven has a lot of features which I have found are not easy to use. The soft roaster produces tender meat which is grey and pale. Not at all appetising. Also you can't roast potatoes at the same time as the meat. With some of the functions, it's not possible to set or anticipate the end of the cooking time. This is a great inconvenience when cooking for a family. V-Zug offer a demonstration of the oven and a 3 course meal included. Unfortunately, this demonstrated that it's not sufficient to have only one oven as some of the dishes had to go into another oven.
The supplied recipe book, is typically European, with lots of recipes which use cream, butter and cheeses. A 'modern Australian' adaptation would be good.
The BEST Combi Steamer ever!
This is nothing like the OLD steamers.
This Combi-steamer from V-ZUG is the only complete package, it got everything from a fan forced oven to a steamer to a baker & roaster with recipes, a slow cooker with meat probe to even a food re-heater (Regenerate, both moist and crisp) it replaces any microwave and it is simple to use, even by husbands and kids!
Questions & Answers
Hi there at V-Zug! I am just getting my thoughts together about a kitchen renovation and am starting to look at appliances. I have been to a few V-Zug demonstrations and am sold on the XSL Combi Steam oven. My only decision now is whether to go with 2 steam ovens or just 1 and have it paired with the Combair oven. It seems to me, that those people that are very familiar and comfortable with the steam oven, suggest going with the 2 of those, rather than the Combair.
I feel somewhat confused about which way to go. This is for a family of four who do not do a lot of entertaining other than Christmas and birthdays. Appreciate some guidance. Thank you.
The demo lady that sold me the XSL combi told me that she owns 2 combi ovens. It could be just a sales strategy. Is that the same with you, which have made you consider having a second one? I myself, plan to have a second oven as non combi. But that maybe because I do not know much about baking with steam. Do you?
Yes, like you I am new to cooking with steam, and therefore a little unsure about not having a conventional oven.
I am constantly being told that the steam oven can do everything and more than a conventional oven, however it doesn’t have a grill element. After talking to a few sales reps and demonstrators who are familiar with the steam ovens, they all are of the opinion that if you can afford 2 steam ovens, then that is the way to go as you can still use them as a normal dry oven without the steam. It’s a big financial investment and you just don’t want any regrets after you purchase.
Yes, definitely have to think twice because I think VZUG is overpriced. There are a lot of programmes that I don't use bc I don't like the way it does its job, for instance the baked goods, if I use the program, it will get soggy first before it is heated. And a lot of annoying problems here and there as I have mentioned in my post. It is nor that easy to clean, as I am afraid to get the chemical into the back of the oven through the holes. If you are getting another steam combi oven, would you consider another brand? AEG or Miele (unboxed at Rosehill)
Hello all, Nice to see lots of good reviews on this product. I have never heard of the brand before. I don't eat meat but lots of vegetables and sea food. Does the V-Zug combo steamer have mostly settings for pre for meat ? I have never used a steamer before and looking for one that is user friendly I was looking at the Gaggenau but am reading it may not be for the first time user and the Miele maybe easier. I notice the V-Zug has pre selected programs for cooking but I am not sure what they are.
Hi, it has some great meat pre set meals- honestly simple to use. But to really get the most out of it make sure you attend a few demonstration classes AFTER you have mastered the basics. Well worth the time. With proper knowledge and practice it almost totally replaces microwave, stovetop and oven. But attending the class later and more than one makes it easier to keep learning and build on the simple recipes
Thank you for your answer Katrina, If most of their pre programmed meals are for meat dishes that will not be much use to me. I live in a regional area so am 2 hours away from a city, so am unlikely to find a class for this product, although I may find one for Gaggenau or Meile. I found the product through a youtube and it was very informative. It really looks like a fabulous product and the price is much lower than Gaggenau. Really good cook books seem to be in short supply or nil for combo steamers :(
The oven keeps saying that you must fill the water tank even when we have. No matter what we do the same error message returns. What are we doing wrong?
Making sure you've pushed the water tank all the way in. You should feel a soft click. That's the only thing I could think of. If still doesn't work, you might have to contact vzug.
Could be as simple as you are not placing the water jug correctly back in place. Make sure it slides right up the back of the space it is placed back into. Other than that I suggest you call the appliance help line. Mine has given me that message but I reposition the jug to be pushed right back and it is fine.
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