The Iris Ohyama Convection Oven — アイリスオーヤマ コンベクションオーブン — is a popular and sought after oven. For the price and performance, it’s also one of the best deals in its class. If you’re looking to get back to semi descent oven cooking and home baking in Japan, this oven is a good choice. It’s often priced well below ¥10 000 and is fairly spacious. It doesn’t look very sleek nor contemporary. However, three knob controls for the timer, oven, and temperature, make it easy and straightforward to use:
- Very affordable
- Good value for the price
- Easy to use
Iris Ohyama Convection Oven Specs – スペック
The Iris Ohyama Convection Oven [ アイリスオーヤマ コンベクションオーブン ] is a one rack baking oven. It has three rack positions so you get the most out of the space. It can do convection and non-convection baking, but you can’t use convection with the grill.
As such, it has oven only convection [下上コンベクションオーブン], meaning both the upper and lower elements used together. This Iris Oyama is a great oven for any kind of baking and roasting, including air fry for chicken and potatoes fries.
It’s versatile in that you can use the lower elements [下ヒーター] or upper elements [上ヒーター] separately. This makes it good for traditional fish grilling. Just using the bottom element is ideal for slow cooking, stews, nabes, or other watery dishes.
- Single racking baking
- 3 rack positions
- Independent elements
- Oven only convection
- No convection grilling
Iris Ohyama Convection Oven Accessories – 付属品
This Iris Ohyama Convection Oven PFC-D15A comes with a mesh rack, which is ideal for toasting, and an enameled baking tray. The manual is only in Japanese.
There are a couple of other models of this oven. The PFC-D15B, and upgrade to the PFC-D15A, includes a place at the bottom for a small included steam dish. This helps to moisten the interior which can get dry from the convection heat. You can do the same trick with any heat-proof porcelain dish you may have.
The FVC-D15A is actually the latest model (available from Iris Plaza) and comes with an included pizza plate. The FVC-D15B is the steam toaster version with no pizza plate. For this PFC-D15A reviewed model you should use aluminum foil [ アルミホイル ] for messy cook ups, or you can purchase a pizza plate from the Iris Plaza homepage.
User Tips for the Iris Oyama Convection Oven – 使い方
The wire mesh is reversible. It can also sit on top of the baking tray for toasting on one side, making yaki mochi, or grilling fish. This is quite a handy feature for other types of messy foods.
Convection always uses the lower/upper elements together [上下ヒーター]. By placing the wire mesh [焼き網] in the middle position you can actually do convection toasting both sides together. It takes about 8 to 10 min from frozen bread to toast.
For frozen pizza [冷凍品], it’s recommended to use the lower rack slot with the pizza plate (or aluminum foil) on the wire mesh. Refrigerated pizza [冷蔵品] is the same, but you cook for a minute extra. For home baked pizza, you can use the middle rack on convection for an extra crispy crust.
For frozen potato fries, they recommend the baking tray in the middle position. If you want to grill fish, you should use the static oven with no convection and the mesh on top of the baking tray set on the upper rack position.
If you’re cooking delicate dishes like meringue pie, you should cover the top with foil to prevent burning. A tip for cookies is to cook on the lower rack and then move to the top to brown and finish off.
What You Can Fit Inside – 大きさ
The internal dimensions [庫内寸法] of the Iris Ohyama Convection Oven are: W29 x D27 x H19.5 cm. You can’t therefore fit a 30 cm diameter pizza. At best, you should aim for nothing larger than a 25 to 26 cm pizza. For toasting you can easily fit 4 large shokupan slices.
From bottom to top the height is 19.5 cm, and seasoned cooks find they can bake a 17 cm chiffon cake. A whole chicken or similar roast should be covered in cooking foil to avoid the top getting burnt. The oven can easily handle a 1 kg or 2.2 pound chicken.
Limitations – デメリット
Similar competitive ovens in the same class will also give you 60 min on the timer, and this Iris Ohyama has no timer override. This is sufficient for most cooking needs, and small convection ovens do get pretty hot.
The low temperature of 60℃ means that this isn’t a proofing oven and not for yoghurt making. It also means that it’s not for low temperature cooking [低温調理 ]. The 1 hour limited timer also means it’s not ideal for food dehydration. However, 60℃ is the lowest minimum temperature to keep food warm safely.
There is no pre-heating mode of this oven. In other words, it will not beep at any temperature to let you know the oven is ready. For a preheating estimate, it takes about 5 min to reach 190℃
Like other small ovens, it does get quite hot, so you have to be selective where you put it. Generally these ovens need a clearance of 25 cm on either side 40 cm at the back. This oven does have a high residual heat so you should have at least 70 cm above if there is a cabinet. It also takes a while to cool down.
User Comments and Reviews
カスタマーレビュー / 口コミ
There’s not too much to complain about with this oven in terms of cost performance value. It’s a good and affordable oven for beginner cooks, or those who just want to do a bit of home baking. Pro cooks who need better temperature management, more on the timer, and preheating control, The Delonghi Pangourmet is a better choice.
The maximum temperature reaches is generally around 200℃, after which heating cycles up and down a little. For more expert baking results, it’s best to buy an oven thermometer. For heavy dishes, you have to be careful because the rack is light and doesn’t slide out with the door, nor does it have telescopic hinges.
- 60℃ to 250℃
- Can keep warm
- Top and/or bottom element
- 3 rack positions
- Spacious interior
- 60 min timer
- Adaptable bake tray
- 1 hr / ¥30-¥35
- Only oven convection
- No preheat mode
- Quite hot to touch
- Time to cool down
- No proofing
- Not ideal for dehydrating
Iris Ohyama Convection Oven Comparisons – 競争
If you’re wondering what other choices you have for a quality convection countertop oven or oven toaster, here are a few horses in the race.
Iris Ohyama vs TwinBird Convection Oven
In terms of price and capability, the TwinBird Convection Oven is pretty much the neck to neck competition. The key differences are the TwinBird has a low temperature of 100℃, there are only two rack positions, but the convection fan can be run independently with the flip of a switch.
TwinBird has more of a robust and defining look, and comes in black and white. It’s outer dimensions are a fair bit larger than the Iris Oyama, but the inner room doesn’t offer much more space. It comes with a better quality included pizza pan and a nicer recipe book.
Iris Oyama PFC-D15A
60℃ – 250℃
100℃ – 250℃
Iris Oyama vs Delonghi Pangourmet
アイリスオーヤマ 対 デロンギ パングルメ
In many ways, the Delonghi Pangourmet sits in a class of its own. It’s a 20 L oven whereas the Iris Ohyama Convection Oven is only 15 L. Apart from being slightly larger inside, it has a manual as well as integrated digital interface.
The English manual is also available online — but there may be a few slight differences with the Japanese model.
The Delonghi, as the name Pangourmet suggest, is actually designed to be an automatic bread machine together with an independent convection oven. This means it will kneed your dough for you and you can choose crusting levels, different bread presets, and a fully automatic mode just like a Japanese bread machine.
The Delonghi, though, is a much more powerful, sturdier, and reliable oven. It has a preheating mode, keep warm, and maintains a better temperature. The timer can run up to 2 hrs and the cord is a full 2 meters long.
The inner dimensions are W32 x D31.5 x H20 cm, so compared to the Iris, it’s just a little roomier. On the countertop, it sits quite a bit larger, but it doesn’t get as hot to touch as the Iris Oyama Convection Oven.
Price wise, the Delonghi Pangourmet can set you back about 4 to 5 times the price.
Iris Oyama PFC-D15A
Iris Ohyama vs Iris Ohyama – Convection and Steam Oven
Iris Ohyama has another convection oven in the running which is its steam convection oven. It is more of an oven toaster rather than a larger type of countertop oven like the Twin Bird or the Delonghi Pangourmet.
The length and depth are very similar, so it can also do 4 slices of toast at a time. However, the height is considerably less. Therefore, it’s more of a grilling, toasting, and heating oven, and not really a roasting oven or one for making sizable loaves of bread.
It uses a special ceramic porcelain brick biscuit to release steam into the oven, but this is mainly for making delectable steamed toast. The key feature of this midway oven is its low temperature range.
With a unique low of 35 ℃ to 95 ℃ you can deploy the oven and convection fan for up to 4 hrs. This means you can use this oven for low temperature and slow cooking, as well as proofing, yoghurt making, and small scale food dehydration. In many ways, this is very unique for a small oven.
The price point is really not that much different from the standard Iris Ohyama Convection Oven.
Iris Oyama PFC-D15A
Iris Oyama CMOT-S040
4 hrs / 35-95 ℃
60℃ – 250℃
35℃ – 250℃