It may seem simple, but there are plenty of things you need to think about before buying a new built-in oven.
There are four main types of inbuilt ovens; single gas, double gas, single electric and double electric. Follow these top tips on what to look out for.
Step 1: Measure up!
Leaving a brand spanking new oven outside in the garden because you can’t fit it inside you house is the last thing you want to do. It’s therefore very important to measure the height, width and depth of the soon-to-be oven space in your kitchen so that you know you will get an exact fit. It will be costly and time consuming if you fail to do this before buying, so measure up!
Step 2: Choose a Good Combination
When looking for a new oven it’s best to think about how you are going to use it. If you have a large family or like entertaining large groups, you may want to look for a larger capacity double oven as opposed to a smaller single oven.
As the name suggests, the double oven consists of two separate ovens, allowing you to use both ovens at the same time. However, do check the model and function of any double oven you buy, as some second cavities often only act as a grill. And don’t forget that a bigger oven will obviously need more space.
Electric single ovens are great if space is a problem in your kitchen. Electric ovens tend to keep an even temperature, so if you’re a keen baker take note! The only shortfall is that these smaller ovens with inbuilt grills can limit your cooking options: for example if you wanted to grill something while the oven was also in use.
Last but not least there are Multifunction electric ovens. As the name suggests, they have more than one way of cooking. Multifunction ovens give you the choice of: fan, grill, grill with fan, top and bottom elements or defrost for the best way of getting your cooking done. Models and functions vary.
Step 3: Make Cleaning Easy
To make life that little bit easier for you, look out for some easy-care enamel or catalytic liners when purchasing your oven. Catalytic liners absorb odours and grease and burn them off at higher cooking temperatures so you don’t need to clean the interior of your oven. Ovens with pyrolytic functions are more expensive but they incinerate food waste leaving just a pile of ash to be swept away, doing the dirty job of cleaning the oven for you.
Step 4: Get Rated
An important factor of buying an oven is to know which energy rating it has. Electric ovens are rated for energy use but gas ovens are not. The energy label lets you get the best out of your oven, as it indicates energy efficiency from A to G and energy consumption in kilowatt hours (kWh) per cycle. An A rate cooker will reduce your climate change contribution.
Step 5: Time Saving Functions
Fan assisted ovens or multifunction fan ovens speed up the cooking process by 10 minutes for every hour it’s used. If you end up cooking a lot and often, this might be well worth considering. Additional time savers on many ovens include the classic minute minder; a function that beeps when your food is cooked and ready. The programme timer is a more advanced timer that lets you set up a start and stop time so you can switch the oven on and off when required.
Step 6: Stylish Yet Practical
Something that usually gets forgotten about is the oven door. Glass doors are good because they allow you to keep an eye on your cooking without the need to open the door. For a top stylish look you might want to consider a frameless glass oven door that blends seamlessly into your existing kitchen.
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