Selecting an oven for a new or upgraded kitchen can be difficult. Along with aesthetic and brand choice, you need to consider price, durability and efficiency, often with only the limited information provided by the supplier for reference. Repair My Oven is the leading provider of oven repair and maintenance in Melbourne, and in this article we share some insider knowledge on how to select the right oven for your kitchen.
5 Factors to Consider when Selecting an Oven
Whether constructing anew or renovating your existing kitchen, your oven should complement the overall design and functionality of the kitchen. Built in or wall ovens maximise floor and bench space, but can be difficult to access and clean. On the other hand, freestanding ovens are easy to clean and maintain, and can be moved if you relocate.
The shiny cooktop available with electric ovens looks sleek in a modern kitchen, however it is easily scratched and can shatter from as little impact as a drop of cold water on the hot cooktop. It also poses a risk for families with young children or pets, who may burn themselves on the flat surface. Similarly, gas hobs can be knocked out of place by careless cooks, but are much less likely to cause harm to unwitting family members.
Electric ovens are usually cheaper to purchase than gas ovens, however ongoing energy prices are often far higher for electricity. Conversely, the price of new gas installations can be very high and negate any savings that may be made on the running cost. Keep in mind that a more expensive oven is likely to be more efficient, cost less in repairs and last longer than a cheaper model.
A study by Canstar Blue found that whilst gas ovens do offer savings over time, the savings are highly variable and depend on how often the oven is used, the type of cooking and type of oven. When selecting an oven, they recommend purchasing the oven that best suits your preferences and regular style of cooking.
3. Energy efficiency
As with oven pricing, the efficiency of an oven is dependent on a number of related factors. Newer models are usually more efficient, and more expensive ovens often contain features to concentrate heat and reduce energy expenditure. To reduce wasted energy and increase efficiency, choose the smallest oven to suit your cooking needs. This ensures that the heat energy is focused on the food inside, rather than empty space in the oven.
Ensure your oven is clean and regularly serviced, with all seals properly working and grills heating evenly. This reduces cooking time and prevent heat from leaking out of the oven, thereby wasting energy. Contact Repair My Oven today to book your regular oven service and maintain the energy efficiency of your oven.
4. Type of cooking
Different ovens produce different types of heat, with the main choices being standard, convection, microwave and steam. Budget ovens usually only offer convection heat, whilst luxury models usually offer multiple options or combinations. Consider your style and frequency of cooking, and select an appropriate oven for your needs, thereby avoiding costly extras.
Even the best oven on the market won’t last forever, especially if you do not take proper care of it. Oven maintenance can be dangerous and is best performed by a professional. Contact Repair My Oven today to book your maintenance check and extend the life of your oven.