The problem with the hob – apart from being fiendish to clean – is that the gas supply comes from a buried tank in the garden and apparently this is the reason why it is so difficult to get a low, simmering flame (plus there is only one place for small pans).
The problem with the (Smeg) oven, which I bought five years ago in a hurry when its predecessor died two weeks before a family Christmas, is simply that it is awful. The list of faults is long, and many of the failings were because it was excessively digital and ‘clever’. It has – or had – the most ridiculous incomprehensible controls (all touch screen) meaning that to set the oven to be, say, a convection oven at a temperature of 180 degrees involved over six taps on different knobs. And even then you were not quite sure that the oven really was 180 degrees. I suppose I should see if it is reparable, but, egged on by Kate, I’m taking the plunge and replacing it.
The deed is done. Today I have ordered (online) a Samsung oven. I took the precaution of looking at youtube movies to ensure it was relatively simple to use! The reviews in both Which and its French equivalent Que Choisir are good. So, fingers crossed.
I have chosen the induction hob I want – a Siemens hob with two rings on the right and a continuous zone (for oddly shaped or large pans) on the left. I’m getting that tomorrow from the store in Ganges and the friend who installed my kitchen is going to run a new cable from the kitchen to the fusebox.
Choosing where to buy has been a nightmare prices can vary up to 300 euros between different suppliers! In the end I am paying 588€ for the oven and 549€ for the hob. If I had paid the list prices quoted in various shops this would have been 899€ and 769€ ! Plus, apart from internet suppliers, the only shop which will deliver here is the one in Ganges, where the price markup is often very high.
Now if I lived in London I could have simply gone to John Lewis, tried out and bought their oven (top in the Which report). The penalties of living in rural France.