How To Buy An OvenApr 14, 2000 (Updated Apr 19, 2000) Write an essay on this topic.
First, know what size you need to replace the old oven, and if you require gas or electric. If you are putting in a new product that does not need to take any old one into consideration, you still need to know some specifics, and then make your choices.
Will the new oven need to go under a counter, as some 30" ovens are built to do? Will you be looking for a single or a double oven? Are you aware that electric ovens are preferred by most chefs, as they tend to keep the temperature more 'on cue'? Remember, the 24" oven is almost gone, now. It is very difficult to replace, and if you have the choice of size, do be smart: choose the 27" or the 30" oven. Do you want it to be manual clean (where you buy a can of oven cleaner and clean it yourself) or do you want it to be self clean (you put the dial on 'clean' and it heats to a temperature that will clean the oven for you)? How often do you broil? This is an important question, as many oven manufacturers are placing a lot of emphasis on how fast their broilers do the job. Many broilers do the job in 1/3 the time as regular broilers. (Keep the broiling in mind when you decide on manual or self clean!)
Have you considered a convection oven? These cook most evenly of all the ovens and are really easy to use. The convection ovens keep every inch of the oven at exactly the same temperature during the cooking. That means, for example, that if you are cooking three racks of cookies, you don't need to bother with switching the cookie trays half way through the baking. Imagine how well that works with roasts, turkeys, etc..If you look into the back of the oven, you can see the fan that keeps the temperature so even. Most convection ovens are set up so that you can use the convection cycle or the regular bake cycle.
Decide how much you are willing to pay before you start shopping. Decide what color you want and AGAIN. . .remember, Almond is the color that manufacturers have either stopped making or are planning to stop manufacturing. You don't want to spend your money on a color that you cannot match up, later!
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