Is your old oven not working like it used to? Or do you simply want to upgrade from the one you have now? Here are some questions to ask yourself before buying one of your most important kitchen appliances.
Is Convection Necessary?
The convection feature some ovens offer might seem unnecessary, but convection ovens are convenient for your cooking as well as your bank account. Convection ovens use a fan to circulate air and evenly distribute heat. This means your food will cook more evenly and in less time at a lower temperature than it will when using a standard conventional oven. Less time cooking means less energy being used, which will effectively save you money.
Is Warming Worth It?
What if you have the time to cook earlier in the day for a meal that won’t be served until later? Or you’ve ordered takeout, but are waiting to dine with your significant other who’s working the late shift? An oven that offers a warming feature can absolutely help you in a pinch. Sometimes it doesn’t make sense to take something out of the oven, only to refrigerate it and then heat it back up again in a small amount of time. Also, depending on the food, this quick and drastic change in temperature can alter its taste and texture. If your oven has a “hold” or “warm” option, your food can be kept warm for an extended period of time.
Go for Double?
If you’re a cook who loves to entertain, you understand the frustration of cooking multiple things at multiple temperatures and only having one oven to do all of that work. This is where a double oven comes to save the day. When hosting Thanksgiving or throwing a large party, you’ll need more than one dish to serve to your guests. Not every dish cooks at the same temperature or for the same amount of time. When hosting guests, it can feel impossible to balance entertaining with timing and setting different temperatures. Using more than one oven allows to you cook everything you need all at once and not miss a beat at your own party.
Gas or Electric?
This may be the biggest question you come to when looking at new ovens, and there are many pros and cons to weigh for each option. What it comes down to is a matter of preference. While gas ovens can be initially expensive, people who cook often claim that they cook much better and faster than electric ovens. Electric ovens cook at a slower rate than their gas counterparts, but are easier to use and clean and can also be more stylish than many gas options.
Freestanding or Built-In?
Your kitchen is probably the most highly trafficked room of your house, so you want to make sure it reflects your personal style and taste. Choosing between a freestanding or built-in oven is another matter of preference. When buying a new oven, most people decide to go with whichever was previously installed. Since neither style is better-performing than the other, it comes down to a matter of cost and style preference.
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