Brilliant 80% of the time
The oven in our newly purchased house is broken and as we will evenyually reno the kitchen I decided on the easy cook as a temporary fix. Had it 2 weeks and as a handy appliance for cooking marinated and baked chicken, heating oven fries and cooking veggies it is awesome. However if you bake a lot it may not be for you. I did try making a packet brownie mix in it and it looked cooked on the outside but inside it was lava cake more than brownie. However that may have resulted from my lack of experience with the machine, than a fault of the ...machine itself. Also heating pies and croissants I have found it really dries out the pastry. With pies I heat them to warm in the easy cook then zap them in the microwave to get them hot but not long enough to make the pastry soggy. So a bit of a compromise when baking but that may improve with experience. However, for cooking roasts, veggies, frozen chips I have found it better than an oven so overall am very satisfied with it.
- Deluxe 727
- Verified purchase
I can't live without it!
Eversince I bought the EasyCook 747 electronic, I haven't used my built in oven for a long time! I gradually learnt how to use the EasyCook, from toasting at breakfast, baking a chiffon cake, roasting pork, lamb and chicken! It's doing everything for me, so easily. My boys cook pizzas and meat pies using it. It gets used all the time in my kitchen!
we've had a turbo oven for over 10 years now and loved it until it eventually died so decided to replace it but the one we wanted was out of stock. The salesperson recommended the Easy Cook 727 deluxe at a price of $199 so home we go and for dinner we popped in a whole chicken to roast...we put it on the recommended setting and waited...waited...waited for the chicken to start to go a crispy brown colour BUT nothing. 2 hours later, the chicken didn't change colour and wasn't cooked right through so I turned up the setting to the HIGHEST 250 d...egrees and not much changed. Last night we popped 6 chicken drummies in and the same thing happened. Almost 1 1/2 hours later at the ROAST setting and we still had pale partly cooked chicken. I could not recommend this product and will be seeking a refund from The Good Guys where we purchased it....but what a bugga having to take time out of our day to drive 35 minutes back to the shop!!
Not browning very well
I had a turbo oven for 25+ years from when they first came out, it was absolutely wonderful, everything crisped up and cooked really well, unfortunately it died. I thought I will spend a bit more than the ave $70 on a turbo oven and get another good one so I bought the EasyCook 11L Deluxe 727 Turbo, and much to my disappointment it just does not brown very well. My pork crackling was hard as rock and inedible, the chicken did not brown either on the suggested temperatures. I am left to cook on the highest temperature to get a nice colour or pork crackling. Not very impressed.
- Deluxe 727
- Verified purchase
Try many this is the best
Try many but this is the best for quality, noise level, vibration, and cooking. It is easy to use and heats up quick enough. Came with air dry dish which is faster for cooking small portions. Easy to clean have not had it for long but already is far ahead of the competition.
So far, so good...
Very early days - bought a Turbo 727 today. Roast shoulder pork for dinner tonight - moist meat, with lovely crisp crackling. Roast potatoes and pumpkin - perfect. Forgot to add the apple slices with the potatoes - am sure they'd cook well though. Even managed gravy in the bottom, utilising the meat juices, with added plain flour and the cooking water from peas and carrots that were cooked on the cook-top, so the nutrients in that were not lost down the sink. Hoping it continues to perform as well with all other dishes. we bought it mainly to use in the caravan, but I think it'll have a good workout in the kitchen at home as well.
Nice salesman job!
On mine the timer stopped working after about 6 months. Otherwise it seems OK. Sometimes the food gets a burnt plastic smell/taste too. I paid $30 extra for the worthless warranty. I recommend this cooker. Pizzas have to be heated in a frying pan first otherwise the bottom gets soggy with this device.
I inherited mine and honestly, did not think much of it until I used it.
I now use it instead of the oven and the grill. I forget things so the timer means no more ruined dinners. It roasts to perfection and grills T bones in 7 minutes. Nothing over cooks or dries out, it is a dream to clean. On hot days, I put it out on the patio to cook a roast - too easy. I highly recommend this machine as a labour saving device that just gets better the more I use it. I did Yorkshire puddings in it the other day. They were perfect!
Perfect alternative to a normal oven
We bought an EasyCook upon the recommendation of friends and opted for the larger size 727 after examining the entire range in the store. After using it the first time to grill steaks, we have never regretted buying it. The amount of fat which falls away into the glass bowl when grilling lamb chops had to be seen to be believed, and my husband, who is particularly health conscious, is now a firm advocate of the EasyCook. We use it now, in preference, whenever grilling or roasting meat as it delivers perfectly cooked meat without the fat. It...does a fantastic job of baking whole potatoes too, as well as wedges, and fish. We received a lower quarterly electricity bill too as we don't have to heat up the oven to cook dinner each time. And the glass bowl is super easy to clean. After a year of almost daily use, the heating element in the lid broke down. We phoned EasyCook's help line, bought and paid for a replacement lid over the phone and they delivered a sturdily packed replacement within 2 days. Can't fault EasyCook's customer service. An excellent product.
Throw away your normal oven
What a great appliance, cooks a chicken in 1/2 the time it takes in a wall oven using 1/2 the power. Have cooked a cake again in 1/2 time but you need a donut tin with a hole right through to cook it properly.
A large leg of lamb took longer than the chicken but was still quicker than cooking it in the
normal oven using less power. Will be used in place of the wall oven from now on!
Great for two people or even entertaining
low power consumption, easy clean,
Maybe the price?
Quick and easy!
Why would I buy this when I already have a wall oven? Wrong! In laws gave it to me as a Christmas present and it's been the best thing ever. No more cleaning the large wall oven. Roast chicken & pork in under one hour and wipe down the oven. Easy!
Roast chicken & pork in under one hour and wipe down the oven to clean.
Expensive. The metal plate below the element is not easy to clean.
Why didn't I find out about this oven 30 years ago
So far, it's been doing what it says it can do and does it well. I have baked, grilled, roasted and dehydrated. To then top it off it is so easy to clean the glass bowl. While other models may look similar, the luminarc bowl definitely feels sturdier.
The only negative (but they are upfront with this in the manual) is it doesn't take all your existing pans - square yes but not my rectangular ones and baking cakes requires a special tin like as kugelhof tin as it admits it does not bake cakes adequately in the normal round baking tins.
...That said they are upfront with what it can and can't do. It is great for baking or roasting small amounts for two people. It now compliments my electric oven and my weber baby Q for cooking for a crowd. Less energy use, ideal for couples or a small family
Questions & Answers
I am going to bake a chicken but want to do veges as well do i just put them around chicken and how long do they take some people say things dont brown any tricks
Yes you can Vicki. If the chicken is marinated the veggies tend to get a bit soggy. Also if it's a whole chcken the shin cooks faster than the inside. I f I'm cooking a whole chicken I cut it straight up the middle through the ribcage and flatten it out so it's like it is butterflied. I then place it on the middle height rack to cook and I turn it over a couple of times during the process. That way the chook cooks through more evenly before burning. If I want baked veggies in with it I microwave the root veggies a bit first and put them in under the rack. If you don't partly cook them first they tend not to cook as fast as the chicken. It's not as good as an oven in my opinion.
can I use my oven to keep food warm after cooking.
Is there a instruction manual available please?
The cookbook that comes with it Jan doubles as the instruction manual. They sell them for $22 on the easycook.com.au website. You can get good info for free off youtube. The 2 main things to observe with them ALWAYS however, are:
Don't leave the lid on when cooking is finished as condensation can build up on the cooking mechanism and damage it.
Never immerse the lid in water. So as you can see the lid is very difficult to clean and will start to look ordinary after heavy, regular use but there is not a lot you can do about it. :)
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