Combi oven review: Cleveland vs. Hobart

If you’re looking for a combination cooker that doesn’t take up a lot of space in the kitchen and has a variety of cooking modes and programmable settings, the Cleveland Convotherm combi oven OGS-6.20 and the Hobart boilerless combi oven CE10FD are two popular, fairly new models on the market.

The Hobart CE10FD was a 2009 winner of the National Restaurant Association’s Kitchen Innovation Awards. It offers convection and steam cooking, with a water injection button to easily add water for the convection mode. It also has combi modes to bake, grill/roast, proof, rethermalize, “health fry” and “Delta T” slow cook.

The CE10FD has a four-speed auto reversing fan and digital controls. The unit can be controlled manually or using up to 100 programmable recipe functions.

The optional Bluetooth-enabled barcode scanner and software system links recipes to bar codes on food packages or unique codes generated by the software.

The CE10FD has eight auto-cleaning programs and alerts including flashing door lights and an audible alarm when cooking cycles end. The unit also has an energy efficient “cool to touch” glass door to help save on energy costs.

The CE10FD holds up to twenty 12″x20″ pans or ten 18″x26″ sheet pans and comes with five wire racks.

The CE10FD comes with a one year parts and labor and a two year control board warranty. It is available in electric models only (120V, single phase).

Hobart Boilerless Combi CE10FD

The Cleveland OGS-6.20 also has a variety of cooking modes, including hot air, retherm, “Delta T” slow cook, steam, cook and hold, and a “crisp and tasty” demoisturizing function.

The OGS-6.20 has two auto reversing two-speed fans and digital, manual or programmable controls with up to 250 programmed recipe functions.

A plus with this unit is that it comes with free start-up service from Cleveland.

The cooking compartment is fully insulated for maximum energy savings and has coved corners for easy cleaning. Boilerless units can be cleaned without the use of chemicals.

The OGS-6.20 can hold up to seven 18″x26″ sheet pans or 14 12″x20″x2-1/2″ steamtable pans. It has three wire shelves.

The OGS-6.20 comes with a one year limited warranty and is available in boiler, boilerless and gas and electric models.

Cleveland Convotherm OGS-6.20

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