CHOOSING AN OVEN FOR YOUR NEW KITCHEN
With so many designs and types of ovens to choose from, deciding on the most suitable oven for your household needs can be challenging. Whether you opt for a conventional, convectional, combination, freestanding, wall or even the much smaller toaster oven, you are going to be spoilt for choice.
With conventional ovens, whether you want to go with a single or a double oven, there are plenty of them to choose from. Conventional ovens cook the food using radiant energy coming from their fuel source plus natural convection coming from the heated air that’s within the oven. They are either electric or gas-fired. Gas ovens tend to bake moister food while electric ovens are more even in their bake.
Convection fans which are in-built circulate the heat within the oven so that hot air gets dispersed more evenly such that the food bakes more evenly. Because the heat in convection heating is distributed evenly throughout your oven, placement of racks becomes less of a concern.
A combination oven employs a heating element placed within the oven (conventional heat) and a fan in circulating the hot air (convection). Combination ovens have one drawback in that the heat is not as evenly distributed like in a true convection unit. You will, therefore, need to keep watch on the food being cooked to avoid burning it.
More traditional in terms of their design, freestanding ovens can either be electric or gas units. You can choose from a double oven or a single with a built-in grill, a single oven with a separate grill, and a single that has a grill at the level of the eye.
A wall oven is a popular choice particularly if you plan on doing lots of baking. They come in several sizes and can either be electric or gas powered. A wall oven will give you more flexibility in terms of the layout of your kitchen. This type of oven can be conveniently installed to suit your height so that you will not have to bend or squat.
Also known as a benchtop oven, a toaster oven is a compact substitute to a full-sized oven. It can roast, grill, bake, and even toast. Some even come with a hotplate on the top and are available at only a fraction of what you would pay a full-sized oven, and perhaps more significantly, with much less energy consumption. It’s not only handy for small cooking jobs but very convenient if space is a concern like when living in a caravan. However, it can’t cater for your larger scale baking needs.
Searching for an oven is comparable to visiting a car dealership as opportunities for upgrading never end. Companies are becoming more proactive and some are including wireless capabilities like Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and near-field communication (NFC) into their ovens enabling you to have control of your unit with your Smartphone. Others have started connecting their ovens and other kitchen appliances with emerging smart-home products adding some level of automation as well as voice control to the kitchen.