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Oven Buying Guide – Electric, Gas, Wall, Elevated & More
When you’re in the market for a new oven, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by the vast array of options available to choose from. From wall and elevated ovens through to specific styles and designs, there are many choices that you’ll need to make – and that’s not including the important decision of whether you want your oven to be electric, gas or steam. In this guide, we outline the various options available to ensure you choose the best oven to suit your needs as well as your kitchen.
Electric, Gas or Steam?
Before considering anything else, it’s important to decide whether you want a gas or electric powered oven – and even whether you want one that’s capable of cooking food using steam. All three oven types have their own pros and cons:
- Gas ovens have long been a popular choice thanks to the lower cost of natural gas compared to electricity. They also boast a faster warm-up time, increased cooking control, and fantastic energy efficiency – not to mention that they can be used during power blackouts. However, the initial purchase of a gas oven can be more costly than an electric oven, and installation can be complicated due to the need for gas.
- Electric ovens, whether they’re wall ovens or elevated ovens, have a wide range of benefits. They’re cheaper to purchase initially, are quick and easy to install, and are the best option for maintaining even cooking temperatures. However, electric ovens can be more expensive to run over time than other oven types, and they also have a tendency to dry out food.
- Steam ovens use hot pressurised steam that allows for fast, healthy cooking. The steam keeps food moist, ensuring it won’t dry out and lose flavour. Steam ovens are also easy to clean, as it isn’t possible for food residue to become burnt on – all that’s needed to clean is a quick wipe with a damp cloth after use. Unfortunately though, steam ovens aren’t suitable for browning or crisping.
Another important factor to take into account is the space available for your new oven to fit into. If you’re planning a kitchen renovation, you’ll be able to choose from a range of oven sizes and shapes. For those replacing an existing oven though, you may be limited to a small selection. The size of your kitchen can also be another deciding factor. Double ovens usually require a larger kitchen for them to be comfortably accommodated, while compact ovens are ideal for smaller kitchens – or for those simply looking to save money on running costs.
There are also particular types of ovens that can fit into certain areas, such as wall ovens that can fit into a space under a bench, and elevated ovens where the stovetop and oven conveniently sit side by side to eliminate the need to bend down.
Style and Design
Whether you prefer the elegant look of brushed stainless steel or you’re attracted to the appeal of classic white, there are many styles of ovens for you to choose from. Select an oven that complements your existing kitchen, or choose an oven first and build your kitchen around it – the choice is yours.
Let Appliance Warehouse provide assistance
If you’re not sure what type of oven is best for your kitchen, let the experts at Appliance Warehouse help. We can provide you with friendly advice and information about our products to help you make an informed decision. We also stock an impressive range of oven types in Australia for you to choose from, including electric and gas wall ovens, electric elevated ovens, double ovens, compact ovens, and even steam ovens. Get in touch today to learn more.