What To Look For When Buying A New Oven

What To Look For When Buying A New Oven



An oven is​ one of​ the most common kitchen appliance that is​ used in​ various forms of​ cooking, such as​ the following:

Heating
Baking
Broiling
Roasting

Ovens are generally grouped into 2 common kinds: gas ovens and electric ovens. Then there are also microwave ovens (uses microwave radiation to​ cook or​ heat food) and convection ovens (uses a​ circulating fan to​ move hot air around the food inside the oven).

With this range of​ choices, not to​ mention the variety of​ features and designs available in​ ovens, shopping for one can be a​ difficult task. Below are some guidelines that you need to​ consider - helpful hints that will help you buy the right oven.

1. The location. Whether 'freestanding' (set in​ a​ range) or​ 'built-in' in​ walls (known as​ wall ovens), make sure that you measure the size of​ the oven against the location where you plan to​ have it​ installed. The location should not only have enough space; it​ should also be sturdy enough to​ support the unit.

2. The capacity. The "actual" size of​ the oven is​ defined by its capacity. The oven capacity refers to​ the amount of​ food or​ the size of​ the container that it​ can hold. The 'size', therefore, that you need to​ consider when buying an​ oven is​ the size of​ its interior (the cavity). Note that some ovens seem large on the outside but are actually smaller inside.

There are many things to​ consider when deciding on a​ particular oven capacity to​ buy. Some of​ them are the following:

Family size:

The amount of​ food you need to​ cook at​ one time (i.e., the oven capacity) depends on the number of​ people in​ your family. Below are some of​ the recommended oven capacity (in liters) for various family sizes (denoted by the number of​ members):

2 members - less than 29 liters
4 members - 20 to​ 29 liters
6 members - more than 30 liters

Usage:

The oven capacity should also depend on how you intend to​ use the oven. an​ oven that will be used for actual and all types of​ cooking will naturally require a​ higher capacity than that which shall be used as​ a​ mere supplement (such as​ defrosting or​ reheating food).

Cookware:

Make sure that the dishes (such as​ baking sheet, pan, and other cookware) that you regularly use will fit comfortably (and circulate freely) inside the oven.

3. The controls.

The control panel is​ where you manage and control the functions and operations of​ your oven, which can be any of​ the following:

Analog - mechanical switches that use knobs. Are less expensive but more durable; can also be less precise, since everything is​ set manually.

Digital - electronically-controlled push buttons. The most common nowadays, they can be more expensive and less durable; but they have more accurate and precise settings, since everything is​ set automatically.

Different ovens have various (and sometimes complicated) control panels, but all of​ them generally include these basic components:

Clock or​ timer displays - properly sets the length of​ time for cooking

Temperature settings - allows you to​ set the temperature for cooking.

Thermostat - senses and maintains a​ set temperature to​ stop or​ further the flow of​ heat. This prevents an​ overcooked food and an​ overheated oven.

Oven light - enables you to​ see the interior of​ the oven to​ check the status of​ the food the you are cooking.

4. Additional components. Some ovens may come with additional components, such as​ the following:

Oven rack - allows you to​ place more than one dish in​ the oven at​ the same time; should be thick and durable.

Rotisserie - a​ removable grill with a​ turning spit; for better and uniform grilling.

5. The add-on features. in​ addition to​ the basic functions, most ovens today are designed with additional (and advanced) features, some of​ which are as​ follows:

Clear-view window - it​ enables you to​ watch the cooking process without having to​ open the door.
Self-cleaning option - found at​ the control panel, pushing this button enables the oven to​ clean itself.

Lockout feature - can be a​ button in​ the control panel or​ a​ door lock switch, it​ prevents misuse or​ unintended and accidental operations, especially when cleaning the control panel or​ when there are children in​ the house.

6. The price. of​ course, everything is​ greatly affected by the price, so it​ is​ important for you to​ set the amount that you would like to​ spend.

With these guidelines, you will surely be able to​ find the oven that is​ perfect for your money's worth.




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