Cooker & Oven Guide
Are you searching for a new oven or cooker? We understand that deciding on the perfect appliance can become confusing when you don’t know what you are looking for. We are here to help, by providing you with a step-by-step guide on how to pick the perfect cooker or oven for you.
The first thing, when it comes to purchasing an oven, is deciding what size will suit your needs best. Are you looking for a compact oven, single oven, smart oven, or a double oven?
Single ovens usually have a cooking capacity of 64 litres as the standard, however, can be as large as 115 litres. Most single ovens will come with a grill component, fan component as well as a conventional oven.
Double ovens have two cavities that you can heat to different temperatures and use at the same time. This is ideal when you are cooking up a feast and all items need to be heated to a slightly different temperature. The bottom cavity is usually larger and has a capacity of 50-75L whereas the top cavity is smaller and will usually have a capacity of 35-60L. Similarly, to single ovens, double ovens come with a grill component, fan setting as well as the conventional oven.
Smart ovens work in the same way as any other smart appliances in your home. Your Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connect to your oven and can be controlled by an app on your phone. So, whether you forgot to lower the temperature before you went out or you would like to receive a mobile notification when your food is ready, a smart oven may be the one for you.
What fuel type?
The type of fuel you will need will depend on the type of cooking you do.
Electric cookers and ovens are the more modern choice and are ideal for those who do not want to use a gas supply. Their modern smooth surface allows for an easy clean and will give an even cook due to the placement of their ceramic rings. They heat up fast, however, not as fast as gas hobs.
More traditional cookers are gas-fuelled and usually have around five burners on the hob. The reason most people will opt for a gas cooker is due to the responsiveness of the gas, the flame ignites straight away and will allow you to make instant heat changes. Similarly, gas ovens heat up quickly giving you instant heat, as well as being slightly cheaper.
Dual fuel range cookers will allow you to have the best of both worlds. You will be able to have the responsiveness of a gas hob burner with the even distribution of cooking from an electric cooker. However, they tend to be the more expensive option compared to their gas and electric counterparts.
Convection, conventional or multifunctional ovens?
Conventional ovens use the top and the bottom heating elements, this creates hotspots within the oven. these ovens are good for cooking food at varying temperatures, for example, slow cooking or baking.
Convection ovens work in the same way however, they have a fan that evenly distributes the heat around which is ideal when you want to cook items at the same temperature.
Multifunctional ovens will allow you to switch between both methods mentioned above. They will have the added fan function that will allow for fast and even results. In addition to this many multifunctional ovens will have a grill setting as well as some other functions that will allow you to cook any way you wish.
Some added extras you may have to think about when searching for an oven:
- Self-cleaning – cleaning an oven is never at the top of anyone’s list, some ovens come with the life-saving feature of oven cleaning that will save you from that dreaded task.
- Defrost- defrosting food will not only save you money but also time. A setting that allows you to defrost your food in minutes will allow you to eat those frozen leftovers within minutes.
- Dough proving – are you an avid bread maker? This setting will allow you to prove your dough at the correct temperature.
- Slow cooking – the last thing you’ll want to do after a long day is to cook your family dinner, a slow cooker will do all the work for you, just place all the ingredients in a pot and pop it in the oven to slow cook throughout the day.
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