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- Samsung Flex Duo FE710DRS/XXA
Samsung FE710DRS/XXA Flex Duo Electric Oven Review$1,699.00
The Samsung Flex Duo FE710DRS/XXA could very well seem like a gimmick, marketing itself as an cooking instrument of compromise between dual oven and single oven systems. In many cases, something this ambitious might have resulted in that corollary that often follows multifunction products of compromise: jack of all trades, master of none.
In this case, the Flex Duo breaks that paradigm. As a single oven, with the divider safely secured in the storage/warming drawer, the Flex Duo FE710DRS/XXA shows incredible temperature consistency in addition to the fast preheat. With the divider in place, the smaller cavities heat up even more quickly, and we found the temperature regulation quite impressive. There are no compromises in the oven.
The range, while less praiseworthy, performed well in our tests, quickly boiling water on all of its burners, even the back burners designed more for simmering. The power of the front left burner did leave us a little nervous, but regardless of how excessive the temperature might be, no one should be leaving a stove unattended.
Besides the overloaded front burner, we only found a few pockmarks on this machine's report card. When the oven preheats, it often blows past its target temperature and past the normal upper bound of variance. So while the preheat times are short, it might be a good idea to let the oven simmer down for a minute or two longer to let it get into its rhythm. Additionally, if you're someone who frequently uses the broiler and expects a lot from the oven's hottest element, this may disappoint. While the it's probably good enough for most people's needs, its slow heat-up times might make you think twice.
In spite of these hiccups, we recommend this oven as a fine compromise for people who want the flexibility of size and multiple ovens, without sacrificing performance. If it's in your price range, we expect it to satisfy.