Electrolux SteamCrisp 700 Series EOC6P50X built-in oven review - It has it all

Electrolux SteamCrisp 700 Series EOC6P50X built-in oven review – It has it all

Editor rating: 4 out of 5

convenience of use

If there is a point where the SteamCrisp Series 700 EOC6P50X does not stand out, it is in its design. Electrolux didn’t take any chances, and thus we find a largely black façade with a few touches of silver here and there, at the bottom of the door and around the control panel.

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We have met more original…

This control panel, precisely, consists of two knobs (also silver and retractable) that surround a digital display with segments, similar to those that equip our beat-up radio clocks. Three sensitive keys are located below. Even without carefully reviewing the instruction manual, you can guess pretty quickly what these different items will be used for. The wheel on the far left is used to define the cooking mode to be used. Good point, the ideograms clearly specify which elements will be used during cooking (resistors, fan, etc.), which means that you will never get lost when setting up the cooking. It is also thanks to this rotary button that the pyrolysis or rapid preheating is activated.

Once this first step is complete, you can move on to adjusting the temperature. Good point, Electrolux has definitely put aside the often inaccurate mechanical settings and therefore the SteamCrisp Series 700 EOC6P50X is equipped with electronic settings, accurate to within 5°C, from 30°C to 300°C maximum. The chosen temperature is indicated on the digital display and once again clarity is essential. Finally, a cooking time can be set, accompanied —or not— by a start time for a delayed completion of the preparation, always with the electronic display to inform the user.

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The control panel is the most intuitive.

However, we will make a small warning about the automatic start of cooking. In fact, it starts as soon as the cooking mode is selected, which may require the user to rush to the end of the programming. A “home” button would have been appreciated for a more serene setting.

While some built-in ovens with steam functions give you some wiggle room to use this feature, the SteamCrisp Series 700 EOC6P50X is still extremely basic in this area. First of all, there is only one cooking mode that actually uses steam. Therefore, you cannot choose a specific way of cooking and add a little steam to it to improve the result. We are certainly getting into extensive use of a steam oven here, but some very fussy chefs might feel limited in their ambitions.

Likewise, it is not planned to be able to modify the intensity of the steam jets or the quantity delivered. Again, this shouldn’t be a problem for everyday use, but those who want to go further in using Steam’s features will be at your expense.

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The tank opens with a push-pull system

Fortunately, not everything is to throw away and filling the tank is extremely simple as the hole is hidden behind a push-pull system, located on the far right of the control panel. In addition, a bar system keeps the user informed of the volume of water remaining in the tank. Of course, Electrolux has thought of emptying and “simply” connects a hose (included) in the appropriate place to start the operation. Unfortunately, not everything is precisely that simple, since the hole is very poorly placed, below the enclosure. We also find the tubing to be rather poorly designed, not stiff enough to easily hold it in place, but too stiff to be easily routed into the container that will collect the excess water. Add to that the small size of the tube (32 cm), the impossibility of passing it under the door, and you will understand that the emptying of the tank did not convince us.

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The drainage system could have been more practical.

Far from being the most advanced model on the market, the SteamCrisp Series 700 EOC6P50X does not include a cooking probe, but Electrolux is still generous. It comes with two drip trays, a rack and a pair of telescoping rails, this handy accessory for safely handling heavy or bulky dishes.

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Telescopic rails can be placed at any level.

Editor Rating: 3 out of 5

modes and functions

We said it, the Electrolux SteamCrisp 700 Series EOC6P50X is a pretty simple wall oven. Therefore, you do not benefit from any cooking assistant (this algorithm that is based on the type of dish to be cooked and the quantity to automatically set the oven by choosing the cooking mode, the temperature and the duration of the process).

In manual mode, the cooking modes offered are not numerous as there are only 8: rotating heat (the fan and the ring element heat up), pizza function (the single element, the ring element and the fan work together to cook preparation and dry the dough), top/bottom heating, single cook (only the bottom heating element is used), defrost, moist convection heat (which serves as eco mode), turbo grill and finally convection heat + steam.

The SteamCrisp Series 700 EOC6P50X could perhaps have accommodated other, more specific cooking modes, but as it stands, we feel it’s ready to deal with all the situations anyone can find in the kitchen.

Editor rating: 5 out of 5

Cooking

Used in static heat mode, the SteamCrisp 700 Series EOC6P50X is quite slow to heat up. It then takes 9 min 30 s to raise the temperature in the chamber from 25 °C to 185 °C. This performance can be improved by choosing the pulsed heat mode (it only needs 6 min 55 sec), but especially by activating the fast preheat. This time, 185°C is reached in 4 min 45 s.

The curves show that, in pulsed heat mode (both at 200°C and 250°C), the temperatures inside the muffle vary between 6 and 8°C between the underfiring and overfiring phases. It is also observed that these oscillations are quite regular. Certainly in everyday use this should not affect the cooking results. But finicky chefs will no doubt have some a priori when it’s time to bake your last white truffle soufflé.

Electrolux SteamCrisp Series 700 EOC6P50X temperature curve in forced air mode at 200°C.

Electrolux SteamCrisp Series 700 EOC6P50X temperature curve in forced air mode at 200°C.

Temperatures in static heat mode are a bit more stable, but we’ve seen better. Here again, there are phases of overcooking and undercooking, but for slightly longer periods. Again, pizzas, Sunday chicken, or gratin dauphinois shouldn’t suffer from this, but more demanding preparations will need to be carefully supervised. This observation can be made at 200°C as well as at 250°C.

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Electrolux SteamCrisp Series 700 EOC6P50X temperature curve in static heat mode at 250°C.

Finally, to completely complete this topic, let us specify that temperature stabilization is faster at 200°C than at 250°C.

If the stability of the temperatures could have been better, the homogeneity of the heat inside the muffle is exemplary, and this, whatever the chosen firing mode and temperature. In fact, the eight curves, which symbolize the temperature recorded at various places in the cavity, are very close to each other. In effect, this means that all the cookies in a pan will cook the same way, whether they are placed near the door, at the bottom of the muffle, on the sides, or right in the middle of the cavity.

Of course, we start cooking using eco mode (or moist heat) at 200°C. As is often the case, stability is not assured. Therefore, we will use this mode for the most basic cooking, such as a frozen lasagna dish.

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Electrolux SteamCrisp Series 700 EOC6P50X temperature curve in eco heat mode at 200°C.

Strengths

  • Irreproachable temperature homogeneity.

  • Easy to master.

  • Contained energy needs.

Weak points

  • It starts heating as soon as the cooking mode is selected.

  • Emptying of the deposit to check.

conclusion

5 stars by LesNumériques.com
world brand

Editor rating: 5 out of 5

How does the rating work?

The Electrolux SteamCrisp Series 700 EOC6P50X may not provide the most stable temperature on the market and some of its competitors may be more glamorous or have a lot of extra options, however, it does its main job seriously, while also containing your electricity needs. It is true that the steam functions could have been better used or better thought out (one thinks of emptying the tank), but they have the merit of existing in this model with an excellent performance/price ratio.

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