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Belling or Stoves 900 Dual Fuel Range Cooker? Help!


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In reply to an earlier post on 21 Sep 2013 12:42:22 BDT
Andrew longfield Hi I have had a Leisure Prof double oven for the lst 12 years, I have had so many problems with it from the outset, I think it was a bit of a Friday Lemon, but always had good service from Leisure. Once warranty which we had extended ran out we put it with all our other appliances with british gas, worst thing I ever did, not only are BG rubbish, now the parts are not available and I have no oven. I am lookng at the Stoves and I want a double oven, the Leisure fixed shelf on left hand oven was too small and annoying, the Stoves has large pull out on both which makes for better cooking. On the Leisure the facia markings rubbed off and I had to use a black marker to see which bit of the oven to use when it all almost rubbed off, I also want stainless steel not plastic covered buttons, can you point me in a good direction, doesnt have to be stoves but I like the look of them, any advice, the Leisure was Gas.

Posted on 21 Sep 2013 14:41:39 BDT
Hello. Sticking with an all gas range makes it a bit tricky, as these are limited, but Stoves is certainly a very good idea, despite the plastic knobs. At that age I believe your Leisure Professional is of the era where the brand was owned and built by Rangemaster (before they sold it to Beko), so the equivalent modern Rangemaster gas model (Professional Plus, Toledo) would definitely be an option, although these, like the Stoves, would have plastic control knobs. For parts you should be dealing with Aga-Rangemaster, not Leisure, by the way. To ascend to cookers with metal controls you would need to consider changing to dual fuel (make sure you have a 30Amp supply), and paying a little more (£2200+) for a Rangemaster Elise - the only RM model with metal controls - a Falcon or Britannia Delphi. One cheaper possibility is the new and rather smart Rangemaster Hi-Lite, which has plastic knobs but the control graphics are reverse-printed on a back-lit glass facia. One cheaper exception is the Smeg Symphony 110 does have metal controls, and is under £1500. If you like the Stoves brand and are prepared to wait I can reveal that Stoves are developing some "Deluxe" versions of their Sterling and Richmond ranges which will have enhancements including metal controls, but these will not be launched until Spring 2014, at the earliest, and are likely to be in dual fuel and perhaps induction only. I have assumed you need a 110cm range, but the options for 90cm are similar (no Hi-Lite, though). Hope that helps! See http://goo.gl/J2Ehbp for the options.

Posted on 9 Nov 2013 19:06:25 GMT
Avoid the Stoves! I bought one three years ago - big mistake. Seals around the oven failed after 6 months. Then the knobs for the hob rings seized up (we don't use the grill that much, so not that). And to ice the flippin cake tonight the door closure system broke. Save your money! These just aren't worth it.

Posted on 10 Nov 2013 10:19:22 GMT
Bearman says:
Buy a Mercury!

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Nov 2013 13:00:49 GMT
Get a mortgage first.

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Nov 2013 21:36:33 GMT
Bearman says:
I think you mean 2nd mortgage

Posted on 17 Nov 2013 11:00:52 GMT
Hi can any one tell me about kenwood now in currys It is all gas and 900 which l want. All the other makes seem a nightmare .have had an 800 smeg for years but now worn thanks.

Posted on 17 Nov 2013 11:01:53 GMT
Hi can any one tell me about kenwood now in currys It is all gas and 900 which l want. All the other makes seem a nightmare .have had an 800 smeg for years but now worn thanks.

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Nov 2013 09:50:11 GMT
Eamon6060 says:
We have a Stoves dual oven. No problem with the separate controls but the grill pan is a piece of junk - it is too light and as a result warped under the heat the first time it was used. Doesn't say a lot for their quality control!

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Nov 2013 11:43:33 GMT
Hello. The Kenwood is fine for what it is, but is very low-spec and built very much to a budget. It does come from a good Italian factory, though, and is simply branded as Kenwood for Currys. Gas ranges in this style are rare, of course, but you may also wish to consider the Caple CR9218 (http://goo.gl/NuWKhb), which is a double oven model from the same factory but with a slightly higher spec. There is something of a price difference, though.

In reply to an earlier post on 3 Dec 2013 08:31:34 GMT
Hi, how do you feel about the Richmond after a year of use? I'm in the same boat, old Rayburn (withdrawal symptoms after 30 years) and a gut feeling for the Richmond 1000ei but oh so many negative reviews! The only ones to be 'in favour' are twice the price. Perhaps Internet forums aren't the places to look for good reviews and happy owners!

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Dec 2013 10:24:04 GMT
Hi , I purchased a Belling range type cooker just over 12 months ago and to say I am dissapointed with the quality would be an understament. The control knobs had to be replaced after three months as they became damages through the heat from the fan oven . And on Christmas day the fan oven stopped working completely . I am now in discussions with Belling to try and resolve the issue.

Steve R

In reply to an earlier post on 1 Mar 2014 16:48:43 GMT
Tk Jennings says:
We have a 90CM single oven Bertazzonni. The oven element has burned out every year since we bought it. First time was repaired under guarantee, the following three times we have had to pay for. The oven takes a long time to heat up, and does not reach top temperature. So altogether very unhappy with this. Looking forward to replacing it.

Posted on 1 Mar 2014 21:22:41 GMT
Do you know, I don,t understand why anyone would want to buy a range cooker because no one has a good word to say about them. Unless your name is Bear and it,s a mercury of course. My friend has bought a rangemaster cos she thought it was posh and looked good in her " country kitchen " plus, her trendy daughters all said she should get one. Never mind that the nearest she gets to cooking is fairy buns and M & S ready meals, her admission, not my bitching, honest. She hates it, steams up her glasses every time she opens the oven door and has to get on the floor to see what,s going on inside the oven, say,s it cooks "too hot" whatever that means, as well. I think I,ll stick to my built in double oven Miele thank you. I,ve had it for 17yrs now. It,s a bIt grubby I know, even after a good clean but it suits me perfectly. It s the right height for all of my five foot one, the door opens down and acts as a shelf when the door is opened to check on progress. It has a grill in the top of the oven which is ideal and I have a smaller oven grill combo on the top of the main oven which is not fan assisted. In a perfect world I,d have a warming drawer and just for luck, a nice combi steam oven, or one of those fast ovens you get in professional kitchens...lol...oh well!!! My oven is well made and sturdy, has never let me down and I have only replaced the door seal, once, which is just as well because spares are pricey. Practical and efficient. Whatever you buy. Don,t get it because of it,s shiny new looks or it,s trendy persona, think long and hard about your cooking style and family needs. Is it easy to clean, can I get spares easily, can I buy locally so that I can go and shout at the sales person if it packs up after 6months. I have a knee replacement so crawling around on the floor to clean my oven is a no no. I do feel that most things you buy these days, unless money is no object, can dissapointed in some part, so go with your but instinct on the model which will most closely meet your needs, then pray.xxxx

In reply to an earlier post on 13 Mar 2014 18:55:33 GMT
I have actually complained to belling about their shoddy xmas cracker knobs after two on my range cooker melted within a couple of weeks. I'm still totally gob smacked by the inferior attachments to what is effectively an expensive cooker. They are made of flimsy plastic. Anyway let's see what they say. I'm prepared to take it to trading standards since these knobs are not fit for purpose. Chocolate fire guards spring to mind. I quite like the cooker although the door fell off a couple days after it arrived but they did replace it and were quite apologetic. Not overly though. I did mention the warped knobs then to the engineer who just chuckled like, well, yeah, we've heard it all before. I stopped using the grill which was clearly about to melt all the knobs. So finally I've done something about it and sent a complaint. It may help if you and others did likewise. It's like Chanel designing a suit with a plastic belt. It's Just a no no. And cheapens the brand.

In reply to an earlier post on 30 Apr 2014 21:25:39 BDT
J. C. Hobbs says:
Hi Buttercup. Did you purchase the Stoves cooker? I'm thinking of getting the 900 and keen to get some feedback on them, thanks

Posted on 4 May 2014 10:22:54 BDT
Belling nothing but trouble, knobs melted, problem with gas cut out and glass door on grill smashed last night - unbelievably awful never again !

In reply to an earlier post on 4 May 2014 10:30:13 BDT
Good gracious, that,s appalling. I would definitely get in touch with trading standards on that one, it,s downright dangerous.xx

Posted on 8 May 2014 17:04:43 BDT
The markings on my rangemaster cooker have all but rubbed off it is 3years old not good

Posted on 11 May 2014 13:20:33 BDT
L Baker says:
I have a DeLonghi steel range cooker which I purchased a few years ago.

I have found this a very good over but unfortunately all the settings and temperature numbers have disappeared!!

Please does anyone have any ideas ??

In reply to an earlier post on 11 May 2014 15:44:44 BDT
pixie says:
Contact Customer service, they may have ideas or new knos to offer you.

In reply to an earlier post on 11 May 2014 15:46:16 BDT
Hmm, if you cannot find some replacement bits with the legend on then the cheapest solution is to get an oven thermometer.

However, even these can be variable, so in addition to the simple cheap hang-it-up-in-the-oven dial type (treat with caution and check its accuracy every now and then) we also use an electronic probe which after four years regular use is still spot on (accuracy easily checked in a boiling kettle, 100C, and a fridge, 0C.)

We needed to do this after a new kitchen forced us into buying a new built-in oven which turned out to be pants. I'm still looking for one as good as the twenty-year-old AEG we scrapped. :^(

In reply to an earlier post on 11 May 2014 20:33:00 BDT
Last edited by the author on 11 May 2014 20:33:26 BDT
I had an AEG very good my old one but they,ve Linked up with Electrolux now so who knows. I,ve got a Miele double oven, a bit pricey compared to some but so worth the money. Mine is fifteen years old now and still going strong, built to last, although it,s looks, like mine, are fading a bit.lol.xxx

In reply to an earlier post on 13 May 2014 21:52:44 BDT
Julia R. says:
I've got a Techni gas with the same problem. I repaint the dots in with enamel paint but it never looks very professional. Otherwise the cooker is okay. I can't understand why they can't make the outer coating cleaner proof!

In reply to an earlier post on 14 May 2014 07:23:34 BDT
Bearman says:
You could useLetraset Rubdown Lettering Transfer A5 Sheet including burnisher - Helvetica MC - 3mm - Black. It comes in lots of different fonts and sizes. Once you have applied the new numbers/symbols, I would suggest giving it a coat of clear laquer or varnish to protect it. Heat proof varnishes are available.
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