Tips for choosing an oven

There are two things to consider when choosing an oven: design and efficiency.
Tips for choosing an oven

Last update: 15 November, 2018

In order to give your kitchen character, it is vital that these two features go hand-in-hand, so it’s useful to bear the following oven tips in mind.

Ovens are a key requirement for every kitchen. As our tastes in food have developed, so have the ovens’ features and, as a result, the quality of cooking has improved.

The design of ovens today is simple, yet elegant. They are not meant to take center stage, but rather go together with the other furniture in your kitchen to give a sense of togetherness. In other words, the focus should be on creating a balance within your kitchen as a whole.

Here we will highlight a couple of things to consider when choosing your oven.

Design and color

Developments in technology and interior decoration mean that ovens are now available in a variety of different finishes. White or black ovens are usually the most popular, as both options complement other kitchen furniture perfectly.

There are other, bolder design and colors that would stand out in your kitchen, of course. However, the general trend is still to use white or black ovens, mainly because these are simple, neutral colors.

Ovens are usually built in so as to not take up space and to ensure the door opens easily.

High ovens are more convenient to use. There are other models that can only be reached by bending down, which does make them more difficult to access. As a result, these models are less common these days.

The material in the design of your oven is another important element to consider. Stainless steel being the most commonly-used option. The durability and staying power of this material mean it is the most popular option in the manufacture of ovens.

Mid and top range

Multifunction ovens use four heating elements to provide the optimum cooking performance:

  • One element at the top of the oven
  • One at the bottom
  • One at the back
  • A grill element

These ovens normally use a Hydroclean system for internal cleaning. All you need to do is apply a little water, and the oven will do the rest for you. Could life be any easier?

Another essential feature of these ovens is their automatic settings. The cooking temperature, timings, the intensity of the setting, as well as any setting changes required during the cooking process, can all be automatically set.

In addition to the above, another feature to consider is the gas ventilation system used in multifunction ovens. In many traditional ovens, there is no way to remove the air from inside the oven without opening the door. This is not the case with multifunction ovens.

These ovens remove any internal gases that would spoil the taste of your food completely. By using a ventilation system, multifunction ovens not only ensure your food is cooked to perfection, but they also allow you to easily see into your oven from the outside.

Perfect cooking results in using the best electrical appliances. In the long run, these ovens are really worthwhile, offering both quality and durability.

If you would prefer not to spend all your time in the kitchen, you could opt for an oven that doubles as a microwave. These ovens provide multiple cooking options, as with a conventional oven, but in half the time.

Using this type of oven does not spoil the taste of your food. In fact, it has the exact opposite effect. Advances in technology ensure that these ovens adapt to your daily needs.

But what if you don’t have time to clean your oven? We have already mentioned one type of self-cleaning oven. However, it’s worth considering pyrolytic ovens, which also provide a cleaning function.

These ovens clean away dirt when set to a high temperature, at which the pyrolytic feature is enabled. You would only need to use this function every so often, and certainly not every time you use your oven. The dirt becomes ash, which can then be collected with a cloth.

Steam ovens are another trend that is breaking new ground. These ovens are becoming increasingly popular and provide a healthy method for cooking food by eliminating fat.

An oven that adapts to your needs

Anyone who wants to make the most of their kitchen and cook wonderful food in the shortest time possible should choose the oven that is best for their needs.

It’s important to base your decision on the features of each oven. Some are not as easy to use as others and some are not as technologically advanced.

One thing is clear – many people do still prefer conventional ovens that can whip up any dish you fancy. However, these ovens do still have their cons when it comes to cleaning or preparing the finest food. 

Without a doubt, the best tip we can give you when choosing the right oven for you is to be sure of which type of cooking you will use it for. The amount of time you have available for cooking and the convenience you want are equally important factors to consider.