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Gaggenau’s New Thrill – The BL253 Lift Oven

January 2, 2008

Long known for innovative products and sleek design, Gaggenau’s apparently thinking outside the box again with their new Lift Oven.

Sure it looks pretty cool, and although I’m not sure that it will actually save me cabinet space like their website claims, it does have a host of other benefits.  It makes getting that roast in and out of the oven a whole lot safer (though you may want a stainless steel wall-liner to go behind it to protect from splatters.)  Additionally, they’re suggesting that heat loss from opening the oven is reduced given that heat naturally rises and stays within the cooking compartment even as the bottom is dropped out.  Wonder how that works in practice.  I shudder to think what the cabinets will look like after being exposed to the heat and mess of roasting and sizzling and sputtering baked goods, but that’s a detail showroom pictures typically don’t worry about.

Like most Gaggenau’s, you can expect to pay top dollar for the buy-in as well as for the service, but they do make some sexy appliances.  This one’s running in the $3400 range, and though I can’t tell from the descriptions, from the picture it looks like you can cook directly on the glass/ceramic base.  If there’s an additional heat source coming from the deck then there’s a wide range of possibilities that just opened up for pizzas and breads and lickety-split broiled steaks, crackers, etc.

I’ll reserve final judgment until I see one in action.  Might be time to hit up some dealers.

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  1. January 4, 2008 11:25 pm

    We have the same model displayed in our showroom. Appeals to the men for some strange reasons, the women aren’t convinced. A common complaint would be the internal oven cavity, smaller than the average models. You can actually do grilling on the infrared surface.

    I think it looks good on its own without any flanking cabinets. 🙂

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