Choosing the best electric oven can be difficult sometimes. There is a lot to consider, but the decision is one of the most important one you will make when setting up your kitchen because of the absolutely huge amount of use that oven is going to get. It may seem overwhelming and you may not feel that you can make an educated choice, but choosing an electric oven is not nearly as difficult as if may first appear. All you have to do is take a few things into account when you make your decision and you'll do just fine.
Decide on a size. There are several different sizes of electric ovens to choose from, not counting double ovens, which are two cooking compartments stacked up as separate ovens. You want to ensure that not only does it fit in your home, but it also will be large enough to see to your needs.
Determine whether you want it built in or free standing. A freestanding electric oven is much easier to install and can be easily removed later on if you move or need to have it replaced, but it takes up extra space that could otherwise be used. A built in oven with separate cooktop means more possibilities for design and storage, but is more difficult to deal with if something goes wrong later.
Choose a model that is energy efficient. This may not seem like a huge concern at first, but consider just how much time your oven spends running. A heat leak or inefficiency in an electric oven can add up over time to be a very significant amount. By spending a little more up front, you can make that back up plus some over time.
Do your research. When you have narrowed down your search to a few different models, go online and read reviews to determine whether other people have had a good experience with it or not. This will be your best way of knowing whether the electric ovens you are looking at hold up and whether the manufacturer honors the warranty if something goes wrong.
Look at the warranty. You will want to make sure that the electric oven you choose has a high quality oven and that the manufacturer is willing to stand behind it. You will also want to determine whether you are able to redeem the warranty at a local shop or whether you have to wait for the manufacturer to dispatch a technician.
Tips & Warnings
- A convection oven cooks food faster than a traditional oven.
- A ceramic cooktop is slower to heat and easier to damage than a traditional coil, but it looks nicer and provides more even heat.
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