"The entire kitchen facility in the Elddis Accordo 120"
Before we bought the Accordo 120 we went camping in a Conway Countryman folding camper, which we had for just over six years. Compared to the Accordo 120, the Conway Countryman is exceptionally basic and not least when it comes to the kitchen/cooking area.
The kitchen in the Countryman consisted of a low powered two ring gas burner and a grill (which we never actually used because it was too small to be of any use) that never got really hot and took ages to cook with. Okay the cooking facilities in the Countryman were primitive, however we never went hungry. In fact, I would say that we ate very well, although we did need a slow cooker (crock pot) as well and never travelled without it. Without the slow cooker we would have really struggled with meals and food in general, and would have had to rely on what we could find in tins. I appreciate there are some delicious canned foods in the supermarket these days, and whilst we do indulge in them every now and then I wouldn’t want to live on the tinned ready meals.
The kitchen area in the Accordo 120 is great and has everything we need to cook whatever meal we want. The hob consists of three single ring burners and an electric hotplate. There is an oven that is plenty big enough (if not a little large) for two and a grill. Above the kitchen area there is a microwave that is better than the one we currently have in the kitchen in our home!
Considering the Accordo 120 is a “cheap” motor home (but still VERY expensive to us) the cooking facilities are top notch and I am very impressed with the quality of all of it. I would have thought the cooking facilities were one area where substantial savings could be made fitting in cheap and budget equipment, but this does not appear to be the case. Or, if Eldiss have used budget cooking equipment in the Accordo 120 the top end expensive cooking facilities must be bombproof!
The third gas hob (compared to the two in the Countryman) is a real luxury and has opened up loads of new meal options. The other thing I have noticed about the gas hob is that the heat is not only instant but also very intense and gets way hotter than the burners in our old Countryman. Cooking the dinner takes less than half the time, leaving us more time to enjoy the great outside and do what you go on holiday for – to chill out.
One thing that I am not sure about is the electric hotplate and, other than serving as an additional bit of surface when it is not on, I struggle to see what the advantage is with the electric hotplate over another gas ring. I am sure there is someone (or many people for that matter) out there who knows and will tell me, but the advantage is not that clear to me.
The oven is the ultimate in luxury for us, however I am not sure if we will use it or not. We have become so used to just having two rings and a slow cooker that we have developed a range of meals and dinners that can be cooked using just these three things. Sure, the oven means we have the option of loads of different dinners but will we actually use it? The jury’s out on this one and only time will tell.
"Oven" "3 rings and a hotplate" "Built in microwave"
I realize we can use the oven instead of the slow cooker but I am reluctant to do this. We cook a lot of spicy and fragrant food (curries, chilies etc.) in the slow cooker which we used to leave out in the awning for several hours slowly simmering away. Having the slow cooker in the awning meant the “cooking smell” didn’t make the inside of the Countryman smell. Don’t get me wrong, I love the smell of a curry whilst it is cooking but once the “dead curry smell” appears it kind of turns my stomach, and I don’t want the furnishings smelling like they have just been pulled from a curry house. I don’t want the motor home smelling like dead curry therefore, even though we have the cooking facilities inside, we will continue to use the slow cooker for our spicy and fragrant dinners.
I have to admit that we only use a microwave at home to defrost food, so it is a bit wasted on us and it basically takes up valuable cupboard/storage space. If we had the option of having the Accordo without a microwave we would have taken it and had the extra storage space, but hey ho. I am sure we will use the microwave sometimes, and who knows – we may even be persuaded to join the “Ping” chef brigade when we go away in our Accordo 120, although I wouldn’t hold your breath on that.
The oven, electric hotplate and microwave need a power supply to work, i.e. the leisure battery won’t power them. This may seem obvious to some people, but please remember I am totally new to this motor homing lark, and it didn’t seem obvious to me. I realize I was naïve thinking a leisure battery would power an oven, microwave and hotplate but there we go……….. Given that the only cooking facilities off grid consist of three gas rings perhaps it’s not such a bad thing we are going to struggle to fully utilise the oven, microwave and hotplate.
I was brought up with a “you don’t miss what you’ve never had attitude” so the luxurious kitchen in the Accordo 120 is a bit of a waste at the moment. Whether we will ever use it to its full potential (i.e. use all the cooking facilities) only time will tell. If we could replace the oven and microwave (even we need a gas hob!) with additional cupboard/storage space we would, however in time I think we will learn to fully embrace the kitchen facilities. The only problem is, we will get used to having them and when we change the Accordo 120 for another motor home (I can see ourselves owning one for many, many years to come) a microwave and oven will be the ‘must have’ on our list, and going back to primitive cooking facilities will be difficult. If you want all singing all dancing cooking facilities you will love the Elddis Accordo.
As well as kick ass cooking facilities the kitchen area boasts a large fridge that runs on electricity or gas. When we hired a Chausson Flash 514 (to see if we liked motor homing and if it was suitable for us) we really struggled with the fridge and couldn’t work out how it works. Despite being shown during pickup and having a manual with us we still struggled. The fridge in the Elddis Accordo 120 is super easy to use, intuitive and massive too. I thought the fridge in the Chausson Flash was large, but the fridge in the Accordo 120 dwarfs it, and it also has a freezer compartment you can take out and remove to make it even bigger!
Even though the Accordo is a budget motorhome the cooking facilities and kitchen area is top notch, and I have to say I am well impressed with it.