Factors to Consider When Buying an Oven
A modern kitchen is not complete without an oven or a range. Whether purchasing new or upgrading existing appliances, consider design styles, capacity, size, type of control, power options, budget, and features when making your oven selection.
1. Design Styles
- Freestanding: Most popular, fits easily into any kitchen, and least expensive. Typical control panel designs are on a back panel, above the cooktop surface.
- Slide-in: Stylishly designed without a back panel, allows matching with surrounding countertops. More expensive than freestanding models.
- Drop-in: Similarly designed to slide-in models, sitting flush with surrounding countertops and front control panels, drop-in ovens only appear to be dropped between two cabinets due to a piece of cabinetry beneath the appliance.
2. Capacity & Size
Oven capacity or interior cavity size is available in several options.
- For Singles
- For Couple
- Family of Four and above
Required oven size depends on:
- Usage: All types of cooking or supplemental (Defrosting/ Reheating)
- Cookware: Baking sheet, pan, and other cookware freely fitting
- Kitchen Space
- Family Size
- Two or fewer members: Less than 29 liters
- Four members: 20 to 29 liters
- Six or more members: More than 30 liters
3. Type of Control
- Analog: Mechanical switch knobs, durable and less expensive.
- Digital: Electronic push buttons with automatic precise settings, less durable, more expensive.
4. Power Options
Electric: Modern, safe, quick, and less expensive purchase price.
- Smoothtop (Glass-Ceramic Cooktop): Scratch-prone and designed with built-in heat sensors.
- Electric Coil: Thermostat sensor designed, slow to heat/cool and less expensive than comparable models.
- Induction Cooktops: Use heat from electromagnetic energy, safer than gas or electric burners, and more expensive than electric or gas ranges.
Gas: Traditional and decreased operation costs.
- Gas Cooktops: Most preferred by home and professional cooks due to evenly distributed heat output.
- Gas Ovens: Compared to electric ovens, gas ovens require increased time to produce even baking results.
- Duel-Fuel: Hybrid-designed with gas-fueled cooktop and electric oven. More expensive than traditional one-power-source ranges.
- Basic Cooking Function: $500-$1,000
- Additional Cooking Options: $1,000-$3,000
- Dual-fuel Powered/Slide-in Design/Convection Fans: $3,000-$6,000
- Professional-Grade Appliances/Commercial Kitchens: $6,000-$10,000
- High-End Customized Appliances: $10,000+
6. Optional Features
- Bottom Drawers (Baking/Warming/Broiling)
- Convection Fans
- Clear-view window
- Double Ovens(Conventional Space)
- Special Cooking Modes
- Temperature Monitor