Dual Cook NV7B6795JAK built-in oven test: Samsung, the boss of cooking
It’s been many years now that Samsung has interfered in the major appliance market, with some success elsewhere. Built-in ovens are one of its hobbyhorses and the Dual Cook Flex NV7B6795JAK is today its flagship.
As its name suggests, the muffle of this model, with a capacity of 76 l, can be divided into two thanks to a separation plate to cook as many different preparations, at the top and at the bottom. The temperature difference can climb up to 80°C.
An essential complement to this functionality, the Dual Door hinged in the middle equips this oven with a total power of 3950 W. There is also connectivity thanks to the SmartThings application and the steam functions that the clever bell expands.
Inevitably, the price of the Dual Cook Flex NV7B6795JAK is affected, since it was launched at 1699 €. It should be noted that it is possible to obtain it easily for 1185 €, a price much more accessible and even attractive, given the technologies offered.
Convenience of use
Since the first built-in Samsung Dual Cook ovens that we were able to test (the NV75N5671RS, in particular), the manufacturer’s design teams have made enormous progress and the NV7B6795JAK takes full advantage of it. Her black dress glossy very classy is well worth that of Guerlain and its matte wheel – in metal -, slightly offset to the right, brings a welcome originality in the sometimes a little too wise world of built-in ovens. In short, despite the Dual Door hinged door, the very sober, but very chic NV7B6795JAK will blend into any kitchen, from the most exuberant to the most classic.
We lose of course this aesthetic unity by turning on the oven since the screen lights up. Good point, you can directly access the cooking settings screen where you choose the mode, temperature, etc. To modify the various settings, it will be necessary to go through the wheel, the screen not being touch-sensitive. However, the rotary button is extremely pleasant to use thanks to discreet, but marked notches.
Ideally, we start by choosing the cooking mode. From the main screen, with the cursor fixed on the latter, pressing the dial opens the selection screen. By turning the knob, the list of possibilities scrolls: convection, classic, grill… Even if the name of the modes is displayed in full, it can be misleading. To be sure to select the right method, the cook will refer to the small (but evocative) icons placed to the left of the titles. Please note that these are sometimes too long to be shown in full on the screen.
Selection made, the choice is confirmed by pressing the knob and you move on to setting the temperature, the cooking time or the level of steam injection which more or less follows the same process: press + search + validation. Even without having consulted the instructions, you can master the Dual Cook NV7B6795JAK in a few moments.
If the manual mode is easy to dominate, the cooking assistant is just as much. Remember that this option makes programming easier by asking the user what type of dish will be cooked and how much. Once informed, the oven automatically determines the most suitable cooking mode, temperature and duration of the operation. The tree structure is logical enough not to lose too many leaders in the making, even if the title of certain categories and certain subsets could have been better chosen.
As a Dual Cook oven, the NV7B6795JAK has a divider plate to be inserted halfway up. The operation, which is similar to the use of a grid or a dripping pan, is not complex and gives the possibility of adjusting cooking in the upper cavity, the lower cavity or both. To combine the cooking, it will be necessary to concentrate a little more without it being insurmountable. Obviously, certain cooking modes are no longer available depending on the enclosure to be configured and the grill cannot be switched on in the lower part, for example.
Still on the subject of double cooking, it should be noted that the Dual Door hinged door system is very relevant. The chef can access the preparations baked in the upper part without affecting the cooking of what is simmering at the bottom. A real good idea, perfectly executed.
The NV7B6795JAK’s water tank is located behind a small hatch push pull placed at the top right of the facade. Admittedly, this system is a little less spectacular than the facade which automatically rises from the Siemens StudioLine iQ700 HN978GQB1, but it is more than enough. Good point, the small size of the tank makes it easy to handle and the opening is large enough to fill it easily.
Thanks to the steam bell (supplied), the Dual Cook NV7B6795JAK is perfectly capable of carrying out real steam cooking, which the majority of built-in ovens equipped with a generator do not allow, and whose interest is limited to maintaining the tenderness of meat or to make life easier for amateur bakers. It will suffice to connect the dish provided with its lid to an orifice placed at the bottom of the cavity.
Apart from this bell, Samsung provides a grid, a drip pan and a dish for Air-Fry cooking in order to obtain crispy fries without requiring too much oil.
Modes and functions
It’s hard to get more complete than the cooking modes available on the NV7B6795JAK built-in oven. Indeed, we find the essentials there, namely natural convection, pulsed heat, the grill… Some slightly rarer modes are added to it, such as pulsed heat combined with the heating of the floor resistance, perfect for baking quiches and pies.
In addition, Samsung has provided some more specific modes for professional cooking (very high temperature at the start of preparation and reduced gradually during the process) or reheating food stored in a vacuum. Steam also has its own dedicated cooking modes, as does the cavity separation system. In short, the Samsung Dual Cook NV7B6795JAK is ready for any eventuality even if, remember, the nomenclature adopted by Samsung is somewhat confusing.
To find the cooking assistant, you will have to scroll to the bottom of the long list of cooking modes and click on Auto cooking or Healthy cooking. The first set includes preparations such as lasagna, roasts or breads and other cakes. Dishes are divided into five main categories (breads and bakery, roasting, sides, conveniences, pizza and pasta), which are themselves broken down into multiple sub-categories. The tree structure is however logical enough not to get too lost, although it will certainly happen the first few times.
The Healthy cooking tab is made up of programs dedicated to steam cooking. So we forget the fries and the Rossini tournedos to focus on green vegetables, fish and eggs. Unlike its less healthy counterpart, there is no ranking and you will have to scroll through every conceivable option, from broccoli and egg casseroles to mussels and fish fillets, to find the ideal program.
Not content with being beautiful, the Samsung Dual Cook NV7B6795JAK demonstrates excellent cooking performance. It manages to heat up very quickly. Admittedly, in static heat mode, it takes 8 min 5 s to go from 25 to 185 ° C, but this duration can be shortened by a good two minutes in pulsed heat mode (approximately 6 min, therefore), and an additional 90 s by engaging the rapid preheating, i.e. only 4 min 30 s to reach the end of the exercise!
We notice that the temperatures in forced-air mode tend to oscillate, but the differences between the highest and the lowest are relatively contained and the transition from one to the other is quite fast. Delicate cooking should therefore not suffer.
In addition, if you want an even more stable temperature to make soufflés, for example, it is always possible to fall back on the static heat mode. As the almost straight curves of our graphs show, heat oscillations hardly exist anymore. On the other hand, it will be necessary to plan a small temperature adjustment since we are closer to 190°C than to the 200°C requested. This 5% difference is found when cooking at 250°C, and the most demanding chefs could feel it in their preparations.
At 200 or 250°C, the different curves (which represent the temperature recorded at various places in the cavity) are very close to each other, in static heat mode as well as in pulsed heat. This means that the cookies on the sheet will be baked the same whether they are near the oven door or in the back of the cavity.
Finally, the eco mode is less erratic on this Samsung Dual Cook NV7B6795JAK than on many built-in ovens that we have tested. That said, the rise in temperature is extremely slow: even after an hour of cooking, we have not reached the 200°C required.