Conventional ovens rely mainly on
electromagnetic waves that radiate from the oven’s sides. The air moves
throughout the oven by natural convection—the warmed air rises and is
replaced by cooler air, which then rises and is replaced, and so on.
Convection ovens cook about 30% faster than conventional ovens. Fans in
the oven circulate the heat around foods to cook them faster.
Built in Wall Ovens
Ovens can vary drastically with many different designs and features. They can be part of a range or an independent appliance built into a wall. As many homeowners desire for more professional features in their appliances, convection ovens and combination ovens are more frequently sought after. With so many options available, it can be difficult to decide which oven is the best fit for you.
Many shoppers have some idea what they are looking for before choosing their ideal oven. Ask yourself a couple of questions when shopping for a new oven. It can help you narrow down your selection. What are my culinary needs? This can help you narrow down the oven features that your kitchen needs. Do I need a gas, electric or duel-fuel oven? Often times the design of a home and kitchen will dictate this, but this may be customized if you need dual-fuel for more accurate temperature control.
Often called fan ovens or turbo ovens, convection ovens work significantly faster than more conventional ovens. The heat generated warms the air closest to it, which drifts away and is replaced by cooler air that then goes through the same process. A fan moves the air and strips away the thin layer of air, which otherwise would
surround and insulate the food. The fan circulates the air so that it stays hot, penetrating the food faster. This process helps bakers save time and cook their breads more evenly. (In more conventional ovens, the air fluctuates as the temperature increases). All convection ovens are electric.
Some ovens combine the advantages of different types, like a conventional ovens with a convection feature, some have a microwave/halogen light oven that can utilize a regular microwave or a halogen light cooker. This can sometimes expedite cooking times significantly. Some combo convection/microwaves allow you to brown food so it looks as if it has been cooked in a conventional oven.
Freestanding ovens stand alone and have panels on both sides, which provide a very polished look from any angle. If the kitchen design demands an oven to be at the end of a cabinet, the freestanding oven works perfectly.
A slide-in oven is ideal for placement between two cabinets, since it does not come fitted with finished side panels.
Drop-In Ovens are installed between two cabinets by lifting and dropping them in, as they are so named. They are somewhat supported by the cabinets on each side. There is no bottom drawer beneath the oven to store broiling and baking pans, which can limit functionality. All Drop-In Ovens are electric.
Other Possible Oven Features
- Warming Drawers
- Warming Zones
- Refrigerated Ovens
- Programmable timing options