On my way back from the hospital, I popped into Currys, to look at their microwaves, as mine has recently conked out. While there I took a look at their gas cookers, as I intend to replace my old one, now that the kitchen is done.
I’ve been looking around for a few weeks, but hadn’t seen anything outstanding. But today I saw it – a Zanussi which was the right size (55cm), has a fold-up glass surface (so increases my usable counter top) and has a dual oven – the smaller top oven being so much more economical when cooking for one. An electronic timer, nice easy controls – all in all it looked perfect.
Then I noticed that the front was stainless steel, which is a no-no for me. Walking around the display, I saw the equivalent model, in white, but it was 60cm wide.
So I caught the eye of an assistant, and asked him to check if the white version also came in 55cm.
He walked between the two cookers about 3 times… looked at me, and said “this one is 55cm, mate” (Chris grinds teeth at the “mate”, which is probably why I need an orthodontist). I pointed out that it was stainless steel, which is why I was asking him if the white version comes in 55cm. He then went off to look at his computer.
I was standing there for 15 minutes, while he looked at the screen, while chatting to two of his mates. Eventually, I walked over, and was looking over his shoulder. He didn’t like that.
“There you go, that is white and 55cm.”
“But it’s not the same model, it’s not even a Zanussi!”
“Oh” he said, and walked back to look at the two cookers again.
When I got home, five minutes with Google, and I know that ZCG551GWC is the white 55cm version of this cooker. And it is available from a number of people, but apparently not Currys.