Oven Buying Guide
There are a few different types of ovens, these are:
Requires a mains gas connection. If your gas oven does not have a fan you may need to rotate your food as gas ovens tend to heat more at the top. Gas ovens are typically cheaper to run. Typically Gas Ovens retain more moisture in food meaning they are perfect for roasts and baking.
Can often be cheaper then gas. They typically offer more variety with functions and layouts. Electric ovens also pre-heat faster than gas ovens however they can cost more to run as electricity tends to be more expensive then gas.
These ovens are typically the freestanding type as the device will typically use electricity for the oven elements while using gas for the cooktop elements. If you prefer the benefits of an electric oven and the benefits of a gas cooktop these ovens are great for you. However, they can tend to cost more and ranges are more limited.
c) Dual Fuel
If you are replacing an existing oven, make sure you measure up the space you have. Common sizes are 60cm and 90cm in width. But keep in mind the height and depth to ensure it fits into existing cabinetry. As with most large appliances measure, measure and measure again.
There are two common styles of oven, these are built in and freestanding. Freestanding ovens have a cooktop and oven in one, often referred to as stoves. While built in ovens are oven only units they sit inside cabinetry. The three most common styles are:
These units are built in double ovens. They are physically built into your kitchen cabinetry. However, these units are larger, having 2 separate compartments. This means you can use two functions at the same time and allows for cooking large meals.
a) Built-In Double
b) Built-In Single
These units are built in single ovens. They are physically built into your kitchen cabinetry. They are smaller, many have grills, however being a single means you cannot use the grill and oven functions at the same time.
These units are freestanding which means they are not built into your kitchen. They can be placed anywhere you have the required space. They typically also come with a cooktop which makes them ideal for an all in one unit.
4. Size/ Capacity
Oven size or capacity is measured in litres. Therefore, the larger the oven capacity the more litres. Typically built in double ovens and freestanding ovens are larger than single built in ovens. The size tends to be dictated by the available space your kitchen has. As mentioned above most ovens at 60cm in width, which should be enough for most families, however if you require more cooking space larger ovens come in at 90cm width sizes.
5. Self-Cleaning – Pyrolytic Ovens
A newer fantastic feature many ovens are coming with is self-cleaning. This will save you many hours of cleaning and come in two different variations.
These ovens have a cleaning cycle that heat the oven up to extreme temperatures (often 500 degrees or more) and burns all the leftovers in the oven to ash, which you can simply just wipe off with no fuss. They tend to use lots of energy when doing the process.
Catalytic Oven Liners
These ovens have special oven liners that absorb fats and food particles. These liners break down the leftovers making it easier to clean. Once the process is done they need to be wiped by a damp cloth. These liners also require replacing over a period of time.
Oven doors are often overlooked. When looking at buying an oven be sure to look for models with a large glass window to allow you check on food while its cooking. Also check for doors that have multiple glass layers. This will keep the door cooler to touch which can be important when it comes to children.
Ovens can come with different control methods. Simple and cheaper ovens will have just dial controls with limited features. While more expensive and advanced ovens will come with electronic touch controls. Some programs to be aware of and save you thinking are:
- Upper or lower elements
- Cook from frozen
Most ovens come with a grill. However, these can be internal or external. Internal grills will take up less space, meaning a smaller oven for the same capacity. But these grills cannot operate at the same time as the oven itself. While external grills take up more space can be used at the same time as your oven. You can grill and bake at the same time.
Ovens require a licenced professional when installing, these are not install yourself products.