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Electric: Offers even heat distribution and accurate temperatures for controlled and reliable cooking.
Gas: Most gas ovens are conventional with the heat source being at the bottom of the appliance and heat rising, making the top of the oven the hottest part.
Built-in: Sits within a column cabinet, usually at eye level.
Built-under: Fitted underneath a worktop.
Single: Contains one cavity for all your cooking requirements. They usually come at around 60cm in height.
Double: Comes with two cavities; the smaller top cavity houses a grill and in some models also an oven. Built-under double ovens are on average 70cm in height, while the built-in alternatives can be up to 90cm.
Measured in litres, oven capacity varies among the various fuel and build types.
Fan: Distributes heat evenly.
Top-and-bottom controls: Allows for heat settings that are specific to each section.
Defrost: Thaws frozen food quickly and safely.
Cleaning type: The three most popular cleaning types are
- Pyrolytic – The programme heats the oven to around 500°C to burn off grease.
- Catalytic – The special lined surfaces absorb grease, which then breaks down when you cook above 200°C.
- Easy-clean enamel – Makes it easy to wipe surfaces clean.
Timer: Can set the oven to cook for a specific time, and also programme it to switch on and off at a time that’s convenient.
Grill: Offers intense heat for a grilled effect. Double grills give you more space, and variable grills allow for controlled temperature setting.
Slide & hide: A slide & hide oven features a mechanism that neatly tucks the oven door beneath the oven when opened.
Steam: This cooking method retains moisture, preventing raw minerals and vitamins from escaping.
Compact ovens: Measure around 46cm and can be found with both oven and grill options.