New ovens with all the latest features aren’t just for gourmet chefs; anyone can appreciate a finely crafted appliance, and there’s no reason you shouldn’t opt into the best oven you can get if you have the resources and the space. They’re not exactly crazy new inventions, but ovens have an important impact on your home On the other hand, if you’re on a budget (like most of us), you’re going to want to find an oven that makes sense given your max price and what you expect to use it for. Whether you’re looking for the best oven money can buy or the best oven for your budget, there are factors to keep in mind that will help lead you to the oven that best fits your circumstances. This article will lay out how to think about your oven problem and what to do given the layout you discover.
One of the first and most important oven features for you to consider is also one of the simplest; do you want a dual oven? This is usually a pretty clear yes-or-no situation; big families that want to be ready to prepare Thanksgiving feasts will enjoy the delights of a dual oven; they can pop the turkey on top and pumpkin pie on the bottom and multitask their way to the perfect feast. On the other hand, a dual oven in a tiny studio apartment won’t only limit much-needed space, it will likely be totally unnecessarily. So take your space and cooking needs into consideration and you’re likely to form a clear understanding of your specific answer to this question.
Next you have to consider if you want a convection oven or a more conventional oven. Convection ovens use fans to circulate heat in an oven, leading to a more even heat distribution and generally faster cook than normal ovens, which radiate heat. That means rack placement is going to no longer be the bane of your existence if you go convection, as all areas of the oven will be approximately the same heat. There’s also trivection ovens, the “tri” referring to the tripple-threat that this oven offers any baked good; trivection ovens use convection, microwaves and thermal heating simultaneously, allowing food to be baked faster while using less energy.
Then you have to figure out if you want to opt into Sabbath Mode. If you haven’t heard of it, Sabbath Mode is a feature on some higher-end ovens that allows you to keep food warm for an extended amount of time without actually cooking it. With Sabbath Mode, you can basically have a hot lamp in your home, which is great for large gatherings.
The oven door decision is also probably going to have a high impact on your life. Some like to have glass oven doors so that they can see what’s cooking, and how much without opening the oven doors and letting the heat escape.
Finally, you may want to check out your potential dream oven’s timer and delayed start features before you decide for sure to take it home. Delayed starts can be perfect for if you want to leave the house for an hour or so and want to have dinner be just about ready right when you get home.