Electrolux SteamCrisp 700 Series EOC6P50X built-in oven test: it has it all

Electrolux SteamCrisp 700 Series EOC6P50X built-in oven test: it has it all

Ease of use

If there’s one thing that makes the SteamCrisp Series 700 EOC6P50X stand out, it’s its design. Electrolux took no chances, and so we find a mostly black front with a few silver touches here and there, on the bottom of the door and around the control panel.

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We knew more original…

More precisely, this control panel consists of two knobs (also silver and retractable) that surround a digital display with segments similar to those equipped with our old clock radios. Below are three sensitive keys. Even without looking closely at the owner’s manual, you can guess pretty quickly what these various items will be used for. The wheel on the left is used to determine the cooking mode to be used. On a good note, the diagrams clearly show which items will be used during cooking (resistors, fan, etc.), so you’ll never be lost when setting up your cooking. Also thanks to this rotary knob, pyrolysis or rapid heating is started.

After completing this first step, you can move on to temperature control. Good note: Electrolux has definitely put aside the often imprecise mechanical settings, and so the SteamCrisp Series 700 EOC6P50X is equipped with electronic settings accurate to within 5°C, from 30°C to a maximum of 300°C. The selected temperature is shown on the digital display and, again, clarity is important. Finally, you can set a cooking time accompanied – or not – by a start time for a delayed end of cooking, always with an electronic display to inform the user.

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The control panel is the most intuitive.

However, we will make a small reservation about the automatic start of cooking. Indeed, it starts as soon as the cooking mode has been selected, which may require the user to hurry to reach the end of the programming. A start button would have been appreciated for a quieter environment.

While some built-in ovens with steam functions allow some freedom in using this function, the SteamCrisp Series 700 EOC6P50X stays very simple in this area. First, there is only one cooking mode that actually uses steam. So you can’t choose a certain cooking method and add a little steam to it to improve the result. Of course, we’re getting into a lot of steam here, but some very picky cooks may feel limited in their ambitions.

In the same vein, it is not planned to be able to change the intensity of the steam jets or their number. Again, this shouldn’t be a problem for day-to-day use, but those who want to go further with Steam’s features will be at their own expense.

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The tank is opened using the “push-pull” system.

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 located to the right of the control panel. In addition, the bar system informs the user about the volume of water left in the tank. Electrolux has certainly thought of emptying and you “simply” connect the hose (included) to the appropriate location to get started. Unfortunately, everything is not so simple, since the hole is very poorly located under the case. The pipe also seems rather poorly designed to us, not stiff enough to easily hold it in place, but too stiff to guide it easily 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 emptying the tank did not win us over.

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The drain system could have been more practical.

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. It comes with two trays, a rack and a pair of telescopic guides, this practical accessory for safe handling of heavy or bulky dishes.

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Telescopic guides can be placed at any level.

Editor's Rating: 3 out of 5

Modes and functions

We said that the Electrolux SteamCrisp 700 Series EOC6P50X is a pretty basic built-in oven. Therefore, it has no use for the cooking assistant (this algorithm depends on the type of dish to be cooked and the quantity to automatically set the oven, choosing the cooking mode, temperature and duration of the process).

In manual mode, there are not many cooking modes on offer, as there are only 8: rotary heat (fan and ring resistance heat up), pizza function (single resistance, ring resistance and fan work together to cook the product and dry the dough), top/bottom heat, cooking exclusive (uses only the lower heating element), defrost, moist convection heating (which serves as eco mode), turbo grill and finally convection heating + steam.

The SteamCrisp Series 700 EOC6P50X could perhaps support other, more specific cooking modes, but as it stands, we think it’s ready to handle all the situations anyone might encounter in the kitchen.

Editor's Rating: 5 out of 5

Cooking

The SteamCrisp 700 Series EOC6P50X used in static heat mode heats up quite slowly. It then takes 9 min 30 s to raise the temperature in the chamber from 25°C to 185°C. This performance can be improved by choosing the pulse heating mode (it only takes 6 minutes 55 seconds), but especially by the fast preheating. This time the temperature of 185°C is reached in 4 min 45 s.

The curves show that in the pulsed heating mode (at 200°C as well as at 250°C) the temperature inside the muffle varies by 6 to 8°C between the underfire and overfire phases. It is also noted that these fluctuations are quite regular. Of course, in everyday use, this should not affect the cooking results. But the fussiest of cooks will undoubtedly find a few a priori when it’s time to bake their last white truffle souffle.

Temperature curve of Electrolux SteamCrisp Series 700 EOC6P50X in forced air mode at 200°C.

Temperature curve of Electrolux SteamCrisp Series 700 EOC6P50X in forced air mode at 200°C.

Temperatures are a bit more consistent on static heat, but we’ve seen better. Here again there are overbaking and underbaking phases, but for slightly longer periods. Again, pizza, Sunday chicken or gratin dauphinois shouldn’t suffer, but more demanding preparations will need to be watched closely. This observation can be made at both 200°C and 250°C.

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Temperature curve of Electrolux SteamCrisp Series 700 EOC6P50X in static heating mode at 250°C.

Finally, to be completely complete on this point, let’s clarify that the temperature stabilizes faster at 200°C than at 250°C.

If the temperature stability could be better, the uniformity of heat inside the muffle would be exemplary, regardless of the selected cooking mode and temperature. Indeed, the eight curves – which symbolize the temperature recorded in different places of the cavity – are very close to each other. Essentially, this means that all the cookies on the sheet will cook the same, whether they are placed near the door, on the bottom of the muffle, on the sides, or right in the middle of the cavity.

Of course, we started cooking in eco mode (or moist heat) at 200°C. As often, stability is not guaranteed. Therefore, we will use this mode for the simplest preparation, for example, for frozen lasagna.

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Temperature curve of the Electrolux SteamCrisp Series 700 EOC6P50X in Eco mode at 200°C.

Strengths

  • Perfect uniformity of temperature.

  • Easy to learn.

  • Energy needs are contained.

Weak places

  • Starts heating as soon as the cooking mode is selected.

  • Tank drain to be checked.

Conclusion

5 stars from LesNumériques.com
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Editor's Rating: 5 out of 5

How does the assessment work?

The Electrolux SteamCrisp Series 700 EOC6P50X may not offer the most consistent temperature on the market, and some of its competitors may be fancier or have a lot of extra options, but it seriously does the job of keeping your electricity needs in check. Admittedly, the steam functions could be better used or better thought out (think about emptying the tank), but they deserve to exist in this model with an excellent performance/price ratio.

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