Sandstrom S25CSS11

Summary

User Score

Pros

  • Large capacity
  • Versatile
  • Powerful and efficient

Cons

  • Big footprint
  • Industrial appearance
  • Timer controls are fiddly

Review Price free/subscription

Key Features: 900W microwave cooking power; 25 litre capacity; 1400W Quartz grill

Manufacturer: None

Sandstrom S25CSS11

A combination microwave/grill/convection oven with a large 25 litre (0.88 cubic foot) capacity, the Sandstrom S25CSS11 boasts 900W of microwave power, a 1400W grill and a 2400W oven. The large capacity is reflected in the tale-of-the-tape, with external dimensions of H49.5 x W58 xD36.3cms – it’s not going to fit everyone’s kitchen. Nor is it a particularly handsome beast; the ominous large black door make it look positively industrial although the stainless steel interior is a welcome addition.

Trimmed in black and stainless steel, the Sandstrom S25CSS11’s control panel sees a number of buttons supplemented (unusually) by a jog dial and a push-button release for the door. It has five power levels and programs for auto-cook and auto-defrost features although without a weight sensor these are not quite as ‘auto’ as some other machines’. Getting to grips with the controls can be tricky at first, but with practise all becomes clear and it’s ultimately very easy to use. As always read the instructions although in this instance they’re a bit basic and (horror of horrors) contain no recipes.

The unit performs well in all cooking modes being fast and powerful with both cooking and defrosting modes producing consistent results with no cold spots or soggy bits. Taking advantage of the unit’s capabilities by combing the cooking modes will deliver impressively quick cooking times.

A fairly no-frills machine, if you’re looking for a basic, large-capacity combi oven the Sandstrom S25CSS11 might just tick all the boxes.