Zanussi ZCV563DW

Summary

User Score

Pros

  • Quiet, even with a fan
  • Easy to clean
  • Heats up quickly
  • Compact

Cons

  • Grill is slow
  • Main oven is small
  • Timer beep is quiet

Review Price £399.00

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Key Features: Ceramic hob; Fan oven; A-grade energy efficiency rating

Manufacturer: Zanussi

Zanussi ZCV563DW

The Zanussi ZCV563DW is an electric oven with a ceramic hob. Ceramic hobs are gaining recognition nowadays as being a good alternative to gas hobs. When a ceramic hob is heated up — and, by the way, a ceramic hob heats up very quickly — it holds its heat well and distributes it evenly which makes for a nice, even cooking experience.

On top of this speedy service, an added safety feature sees a button let you know if the hob is still hot after cooking. As an added bonus, ceramic hobs also look very nice when they’re cleaned.

Although only half a metre wide, the Zanussi ZCV563DW plays host to a double oven with the top oven doubling as a grill, which unlike many of its competitors works equally well as either a grill or oven despite being a little slow to heat up when grilling. The option of a second oven is a welcome one too, with the bottom oven being a bit small, with a large joint of meat more than capable of taking up the whole oven.

The main oven, which has two shelves that can be positioned at any of five different heights, is a fan oven. Fan ovens are much better than conventional ones because they distribute heat more evenly. As a result, food is cooked much better and much more quickly, all at a lower temperature. This is one of the reasons the Zanussi ZCV563DW has an energy efficiency rating of A — it’ll use less energy and lower your electricity bills. Although some fan ovens can be noisy, pleasingly the Zanussi ZCV563DW is actually very quiet.

The Zanussi ZCV563DW is very easy to use — none of the knobs or dials are confusing and everything is laid out in a very simple manner. The clock and timer are easy to set but make sure you listen for the beep as it’s quite quiet. It also cleans up nicely as there are few nooks and crannies for grease to get into.

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