Buying Guide - Built In Ovens
How to choose a new oven for your home
No kitchen is complete without an oven, so it pays to spend time selecting the right appliance to suit your home and lifestyle.
Whether you're a budding chef or someone who simply wants to cook a meal from time-to-time, the right oven can make all the difference, not only to the dishes you create, but to the actual experience of cooking. If you want to prepare sumptuous feasts, you'll need to ensure your new oven has lots of functionality to allow you to cook a range of foods. If you want to put simple meals on the table every day, you'll need something which is quick to heat up and easy to use.
Furthermore, you'll need to consider the design of your new oven. Not only must it be the right size for the space you have available, it must also look good when encased within your kitchen units. There are choices to be made in terms of colour and the layout and design of functionality buttons and dials.
We've compiled this Oven Buying Guide to help you make the right choice - after all, we want you to be extremely happy when you buy an oven online from Appliance House. While we hope it contains all the information you need, don't forget that you can always get in touch with a member of our expert team on 0844 576 5000. They'll be happy to answer any questions you have an offer guidance when browsing our extensive range of hobs, built-in double ovens, built-in single ovens, built-in steam ovens and free-standing ovens.
How to Choose a New Oven
There are 6 key considerations when buying a new oven:
1. Fuel type
3. Your lifestyle
5. Design features
6. Cleaning & maintenance
The first and easiest way to narrow down your choices when buying a new oven online is to consider the type of fuel which your oven will need to use - gas or electric. In a gas oven, the top is the hottest part, the bottom the coolest and the middle is set at the temperature you will have selected. With an electric oven, there are many ways in which you can cook including conventional, fan assisted methods, steam and more, allowing for a reduced cooking time and a more even cook.
Choosing the Right Size
Next you'll need to determine what size oven you need for the space available in your kitchen. Whether you're opting for a built-in oven or a free-standing cooker you'll need to measure the width and depth of the space available and the height of your kitchen worktop or the unit your appliance has to fit in to.
When buying a new built-in oven these measurements will help determine the type of oven you can have - either a double oven (two cavities) or a single (one cavity) and whether it's best located in a tall housing unit, or positioned underneath your worktop or hob (known as a 'built-in under oven').
Single oven capacities are usually between 53/65 litres, whilst a double oven usually offers a large bottom cavity of 42/58 litres and another smaller top one of 33/53 litres.
An Oven for Your Lifestyle
Here at Appliance House we offer a wide variety of ovens to suit every lifestyle and budget. In general terms, the more you pay for your oven the more functionality it is likely to have.
If you want a simple oven, it's worth considering a 'conventional oven'. This generates heat from the bottom to the top creating varied temperatures throughout, ideal for creating a perfect roast. However, there is a disadvantage - conventional ovens don't always produce an even cook, and they can take a while to heat up. A conventional oven will feature a grill setting and perhaps just one or two other simple functions.
A multi-function oven, on the other hand, offers a wonderful array of up to 14 programmes, perfect for flexible cooking, especially if you like creating a wide range of dishes. Usual functions include: fan-assisted, which heats up the oven quickly and creates an even temperature throughout the whole oven; top heat or bottom heat only; fan assisted top and bottom cooking,; grill; defrost; rotisserie and bread baking, among others.
Think about the type of food you like to cook now, and that will help you determine how sophisticated your new oven needs to be.
You can also opt for time-saving features such as a minute minder or electronic timer, plus programme timers which allow you to set the start and end time, giving you ultimate flexibility for going out and about knowing that your dinner is going to be ready when you return home.
Cleaning & Maintenance
Few people enjoy cleaning their ovens - in fact, we're prepared to bet it's one of the jobs which gets put off for as long as possible in most households!
Fortunately, however, there are ovens which take less care and maintenance. To help make your life easier and help you clean off all the oil, fat and other food stuffs which become trapped on the lining of the of the oven, look out for the inclusion of self cleaning features such as catalytic liners and pyrolytic settings as well as Aqua Cleanse.
The catalytic liners are fitted to the side, top and back of the oven, react to the high heat during cooking and burn off anything stuck to the liners. These can be replaced over time to ensure an efficient and effective clean.
A pyrolytic oven offers the most comprehensive clean and, once activated, works by locking the oven door and heating the oven to around 500°C, turning any burnt on food or oil to ash which can be then wiped away. This is a rather inexpensive way to clean the oven with a typical cycle lasting between 2-3 hours and costing approximately 50p.
However, for those that prefer to ensure the oven is spotless and cleaned to an exact standard, look for the AquaCleanse function which requires a bowl of water be placed at the bottom of the oven and left in to steam and loosen food which can them be cleaned off with a cloth.
Your oven is a key feature of your kitchen, so its overall design is an important consideration.
Stainless steel, black and white are the most popular colour schemes and there are various layout options when it comes to the buttons and dials which you use to operate the oven.
Telescopic rails which retain their 'hold' when pulled out make basting and turning food much safer and easier. Double, triple and quadruple glazing and heat reflective glass ensures heat stays focused on cooking the food rather than escaping into your kitchen. Plus it means the exterior of the door stays at a temperature which is safe for passers-by.
With the ever changing advice on helping the environment, you will want to be safe in the knowledge that your appliances are both high quality and energy efficient. All ovens are now labelled with an energy efficiency rating ranging from an A+ (most efficient) to G (least efficient) and there is also an A-20% rating meaning an oven is 20% more energy efficient than grade As. Not only will you be helping to limit the effect of the environment but you'll also be able to reduce your energy bills.
Choose Your Perfect Oven Online Today at Appliance House
Now you know what you're looking for, please browse our large range of ovens to buy online.
- Built-in Single Ovens
- Built-in Double Ovens
- Free-Standing Cookers
- Built-Under Double Ovens
- Built-in Oven and Hob Packs
- Built-in Steam Ovens
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Free Delivery on All Ovens
Free Delivery is available on orders over £25*, so all ovens will be delivered at no cost to you. We'll also take away your old oven for recycling, upon request.
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