SMEG C30GGRU Review – Mediocre Performance Hiding Underneath a Classy Design

At first glance, the SMEG C30GGRU has a design that is out of the ordinary, especially when we’re talking about an oven here. To put it simply, it’s cute. It is compact in size, with a fire-engine red motif. Its design comes as a pleasant surprise, especially if you’re used to seeing steel ovens just about everywhere. Its Italian design, plus its hefty price tag, will give anyone high hopes with regards to its performance. However, don’t expect too much for this kitchen appliance as you may be left with much disappointment.

SMEG C30GGRU Review - Mediocre Performance Hiding Underneath a Classy Design

The SMEG C30GGRU Feels Like Opening a Bag of Chips Only to See Come With Mediocre Contents

But not all about the SMEG C30GGRU is bad; it delivers a pretty decent job at boiling water as well as holding a steady temperature when cooking certain kinds of soup while on low heat. However, these features are not enough to redeem the other areas that clearly need more work to be done.

But looking at it from a design standpoint, it upholds the brand’s dedication to creating products with a classy design. The freestanding range is made out of stainless steel, and its front and sides are covered with that cute, cherry-red coating.

Another thing that comes as a surprise is its size – it’s petite. The SMEG C30GGRU Oven has about 3.5-cubic foot capacity. This automatically makes it one of the smallest single oven cavity that you can find in today’s market. Furthermore, it is only 31-inches or 78-75-centimeters in height, but it comes with four adjustable feet that do add about 4 to 6-inches to the unit.

While there are many oven’s of today that are vying for the more modern approach by applying LED displays and smarter controls, SMEG’s cute kitchen appliance has only knobs for its controls. However, these knobs are your first experience when it comes to the notion of “don’t judge a book by its cover.” To put it short, they are problematic. Baking temperatures were not marked on the oven knob you have to rely on good-faith effort to gauge the temperature. Hence, cooking becomes somewhat of a hit-or-miss.

Aside from the knobs, the overall performance of the SMEG C30GGRU is also left much to be desired. Baking was vastly different when cooking food. For instance, biscuits will come out inconsistent in the level of browning from the top to the bottom row. As such, even if it does a pretty good job in terms of visual appeal, it fails in its cooking aspect.


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