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The Country Chef dual-fuel range cooker from Belling has catalytic oven linings designed for easy cleaning. We tested this range cooker to see whether both of its ovens would deliver evenly-cooked food.
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Test criteria Rating
Performance
Oven preheating time How quickly the oven heats up to 150, 180 and 200 degrees C, indicated by the thermostat light turning off. An excellent fan oven heats up in less than half the time of a very poor oven. Subscribe
Oven accuracy How well the oven maintains the set temperatures of 150, 180 and 200 degrees C. An excellent fan oven is within 2 degrees C of this temperature, a very poor oven is more than 15 degrees C inaccurate Subscribe
Heat distribution How well the main oven distributes heat around the cavity. Subscribe
Baking How well the main oven continuously supplies heat over a period of time. We bake a large sponge cake to measure this and record how well it rises. This test wasn't carried out on range cookers tested prior to 2012. Subscribe
Grilling How good the grill is at browning food effectively and evenly. More than 70% of the grill area browns effectively on an excellent grill, and less than 40% on a very poor grill Subscribe
Hob performance How quickly and efficiently the hob heats up and its effectiveness at simmering Subscribe
Ease of use
Ease of using the core features How easy it is to use the core functions of the cooker, including the grill, oven and hob; opening and closing the doors; loading in out of the oven and grill; visibility of the food and clarity of the control markings. Subscribe
Ease of using the additional features The convenience of any storage compartment warming function; ease of setting any programmable features and ease of using the separate grill compartment. Subscribe
Cleaning the hob How easy it is to clean the hob and pan supports using a sponge and hot soapy water; the success of this cleaning approach and the amount of effort required to get the cooker properly clean. Subscribe
Cleaning the oven How easy it is to clean the oven using a sponge and hot soapy water; the success of this cleaning approach and the amount of effort required to get the cooker properly clean. Subscribe
Removing fingerprints How easy it is to clean off fingerprints using a sponge and hot soapy water; the success of this cleaning approach and the amount of effort required to get the cooker properly clean. Subscribe
Energy use
Energy use How much energy the main oven uses when cooking a roast chicken. The energy use test wasn't carried out on range cookers tested prior to 2012. Subscribe

Belling Country Chef 100DF

  • Launch date: Mar 2009
  • Type: Dual Fuel
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Typical price
£719.00
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