Ease of use
If there’s one point where the SteamCrisp Series 700 EOC6P50X doesn’t stand out, it’s the design. Electrolux took no risks and we find a mostly black facade with a few silver accents here and there, at the bottom of the door and around the control panel.
This control panel consists exactly of two buttons (also silver-colored and retractable) that surround a digital display with segments, similar to those on our dilapidated clock radios. Three sensitive keys are located below. Even without going through the instructions for use carefully, you can pretty quickly guess what these various elements 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 indicate which elements will be used during cooking (resistors, fan, etc.), meaning you’ll never get lost setting up the cooking. It is also thanks to this rotary knob that pyrolysis or rapid preheating is activated.
Once this first step is complete, you can proceed to adjust the temperature. Good point, Electrolux has certainly put aside the often inaccurate mechanical settings and the SteamCrisp Series 700 EOC6P50X is therefore equipped with electronic settings accurate to 5°C, from 30°C to a maximum of 300°C. The selected temperature is indicated on the digital display and clarity is essential here too. Finally, you can set a cooking time, whether or not accompanied by a start time for a delayed end of cooking, always using the electronic display to inform the user.
However, we will make a small caveat about the automatic start of cooking. Indeed, it starts as soon as the cooking mode is selected, which may require the user to rush to reach the end of programming. A “start” button would have been appreciated for a more serene environment.
While some built-in ovens with steam functions offer some leeway in using this function, the SteamCrisp Series 700 EOC6P50X remains extremely simple in this area. First of all, there is only one cooking mode that actually uses steam. So you can’t choose a specific way of cooking and add a little steam to it to improve the result. Sure, we’re going to make extensive use of a steam oven here, but some very picky chefs may feel limited in their ambitions.
In the same vein, it is not the intention to be able to change the intensity of the steam jets or the amount delivered. Again, this shouldn’t be a problem for everyday use, but those who want to go further in using the steam features will be at their expense.
Fortunately, not everything has to be thrown away and filling the tank is extremely easy as the opening is hidden behind a push-pull system, on the far right of the control panel. In addition, a bar system keeps the user informed of the remaining water volume in the tank. Electrolux has of course thought of emptying and you “just” connect a hose (included) in the right place to start the operation. Unfortunately, everything is not so simple exactly, because the opening is very poorly placed, under the housing. The pipe also seems rather poorly designed to us, not stiff enough to hold it in place easily, but too stiff to be guided without any problem to the container that will collect the excess water. Add to this 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 failed to convince us.
Far from being the most advanced model on the market, the SteamCrisp Series 700 EOC6P50X doesn’t include a cooking probe, but Electrolux is still generous. Supplied with two drip trays, a grid and a pair of telescopic rails, this practical accessory for safely handling heavy or bulky dishes.
Modes and Functions
As we said before, the Electrolux SteamCrisp 700 Series EOC6P50X is a fairly simple built-in oven. Therefore, it does not benefit from a cooking assistant (this algorithm that depends on the type of dish to be cooked and the amount to set the oven automatically by choosing the cooking mode, temperature and duration of the process).
In manual mode, the cooking modes offered are not many, as there are only 8: rotating heat (the fan and the ring resistance heat up), the pizza function (the only resistance, the ring resistance and the fan work together to cook the cooking and drying dough), top/bottom heat, sole cooking (only the lower heating element is used), defrosting, moist convection heat (serving as eco mode), turbo grill and finally convection heat + steam.
The SteamCrisp Series 700 EOC6P50X might have accommodated other more specific cooking modes, but as it stands, we think it’s ready to handle all the situations anyone can face in the kitchen.
Used in static heating 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 room from 25°C to 185°C. This performance can be improved by choosing the pulsed heating mode (it only takes 6 min 55 s), but above all by turning on the fast preheating. This time 185°C is reached in 4 min 45 s.
The curves show that in the pulsed heat mode (both at 200°C and 250°C), the temperatures in the muffle vary by 6 to 8°C between the underfire and overfire phases. It is also noted that these oscillations are quite regular. In daily use, this should certainly not affect the cooking result. But the pickiest cooks will undoubtedly have some a priori when it’s time to bake their last white truffle soufflé.
Static heating mode temperatures are a little more stable, but we’ve seen better. Here too there are over- and under-heating phases, but over slightly longer periods. Again, pizzas, Sunday chicken or gratin dauphinois should not suffer from this, but heavier preparations will need to be carefully controlled. This observation can be made at both 200°C and 250°C.
Finally, for the sake of completeness on this subject, let us specify that the 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 in the muffle is exemplary, regardless of the chosen cooking mode and the temperature. Indeed, the eight curves – symbolizing the temperature recorded in different places of the cavity – are very close to each other. This basically means that all cookies on a sheet are baked in the same way, whether placed near the door, on the bottom of the muffle, on the sides or right in the center of the cavity.
Of course we started cooking in eco mode (or moist heat) at 200°C. As so often, stability is not guaranteed. We will therefore use this mode for the most basic preparations, such as a frozen lasagna dish.
Impeccable temperature homogeneity.
Easy to master.
Enclosed energy requirement.
Starts heating once cooking mode is selected.
Draining the tank should be reviewed.
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The Electrolux SteamCrisp Series 700 EOC6P50X may not offer the most stable temperature on the market and some of its competitors may be more glamorous or have many extra options, but it seriously does its main job while limiting its electricity needs. Admittedly, the steam functions could have been better exploited or thought out (one thinks about emptying the tank), but they have the merit of being on this model with an excellent price-performance ratio.