I'm about to build a new house and the builder standard is Technika. I currently have a 540mm Westinghouse Gas Upright Oven/Cooker in the house we built 13 years ago. I have hated it from the beginning. This is actually the second one. Unfortunately there was not a lot of choice when replacing it as to what would fit in the space and we knew we were moving anyway so we went with the same thing. I have never been able to cook meringue and the cleaning is a nightmare.
Just about anything will be an improvement so I was happy with the Technika but now I'm wondering if I should pay a bit extra and upgrade. I do like cooking and as a SAHM I tend to cook a lot. I want a gas cooktop and an electric oven.
I have two concerns.
*General quality for the price. I don't want to spend unnecessary money just to buy a brand but I want to have an oven I'm going to love using.
*Size - I'm now worried about how small people are saying new ovens are. My current oven isn't great but at least I can get the Christmas ham in it. I was thinking of going with a Blanco 900mm dual fuel upright cooker but I've read they are costly to run because you are heating such a big oven all the time.
Any suggestions? Would you stay away from Technika? Would you have a 900mm upright cooker? I have read the threads about ovens and know that Technika doesn't have a great rep but I thought I would see what the recent point of view is. I haven't seen much about the large upright cookers though.