Has anyone else out there been watching Paul Hollywood’s Bread? It’s nothing short of soft-crust porn for anyone that likes a bit of baking, and it’s caused me to cancel all engagements so that I can spend the entire Easter break creating bloomers and Maneesh with Baba Ganoush.
I only wish I had a more substantial oven to bake it all in, like one of these new models from Britannia Living. The famous range cooker brand has thrown caution to the wind and launched an almost entirely new collection, incorporating four new families – Delphi, Fleet, Q Line and Wyre – available now.
Ok, so they may not look hugely different to you – save for the gorgeous matt finish on the Wyre (and also available on the Fleet) – but you’ll certainly notice a difference in the price. All the gas models have come down by £250, and there’s a £1,000 saving to be made if you go for induction when compared to similar offerings in the 2012 colection.
We’ll start with my personal favourite in the looks department, the mid-range, matt-finish Wyre. It’s available in 90cm and 100cm options, with a choice of gas or induction cooktops, a black or cream finish, and prices start at £1,899. Each main oven has nine functions, with Quickstart technology so they’ll reach 200°C in an impressive six minutes, and they’re A-rated for energy efficiency.
But if it’s features you’re after, you might prefer the glossy Delphi, from £2,799. In addition to the above features, the Delphi range has heavy-duty telescopic shelves that slide right out of the oven cavity without becoming unbalanced so you’re less likely to spill things, stay-clean catalytic oven liners, a soft-close storage drawer and an integral meat probe for preparing the perfect Sunday joint.
Sizes rage from 90cm to 120cm, with single and twin-oven options, and stainless steel, or red, black or cream gloss finishes.
Next we have another of the top-range options, the elegant Fleet range. This has all the features of the Delphi bar the meat probe, but makes up for that with its stunning matt finish and the twiddly handles. Again there are 90cm,100cm, 110cm and 120cm size options, and prices start at £2,799.
Finally there’s the another more affordable line, the Q Line. Sleek and contemporary, it boasts similar features to the Wyre – coming in black, cream or stainless steel finishes and 90cm or 100cm options. In the case of the former, you can have one or two ovens, and in the latter you can have twin ovens or two ovens plus an extra grill and storage compartment. Again, prices start from £1,899.
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