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Rapid Cook Ovens

You can buy ovens that cook food up to 5 times faster than regular conventional ovens. These ovens typically combine several types of technology such as hot air and microwave energy simultaneously.

Thermal Ovens Versus Convection Ovens

Traditional thermal ovens have heating elements to cook food. Convection ovens use fans to circulate heat throughout the oven. A convection oven cooks food faster and more evenly distributes heat for better results. A convection oven can also use less heat and energy to cook things. You may also be able to cook more food in a convection oven such as three racks of cookies because the heat is more evenly distributed. Convection ovens are especially good at cooking breads, pastries and meats.

Gas Ovens Versus Electric Ovens

Gas ovens are less expensive to run. However electric ovens are more precise and have more even temperatures in the oven. Electric ovens are considered safer then gas ovens.

Light Ovens

Ovens are available that use powerful halogen lights to cook food. These ovens produce oven-quality food at a speed of 4 to 8 times faster then cooking in a conventional oven. Also these ovens heat up very quickly and preheating is not needed. These ovens save energy and foods can maintain more of their natural juices and moisture. Light ovens can also be used as microwave ovens or a combination of light and microwave. These ovens may require 240volt wiring.

Dual-Fuel Range

A dual fuel range lets you have gas cooktop surfaces and an electric oven. This let's you have the advantages of both.

Double Ovens

You can buy ovens that have that have two ovens in one unit. Each oven is controlled separately. This makes it possible to have 2 different cooking temperatures when you are cooking several items. Also, one oven is usually smaller than the other oven and when preparing small meals you can use the smaller oven to save energy. Most double ovens are wider then a regular sized oven and have both oven side by side. However, you can also get double ovens that are the same size as regular and have one oven stacked oven the other oven.

Self Cleaning

Some ovens have cleaning capability. A "self-clean" oven has a setting that heats the oven to a much higher temperature to burn off food or grease particles that are inside the oven. After doing a self clean, the ashes need to be wiped out of the over. A "continuous-clean" oven has a texture surface to help make it easier to clean the oven. A self-cleaning oven does a better job than a continuous-clean oven.

Clearance Space

Make sure you have enough room for the oven in your kitchen after you consider the clearance spaces needed to operate the oven. Check the manufacturer's guidelines on how much air space to put between the oven and the walls and cabinets that surround the oven. If you don't allow the proper airspace surrounding the oven then it can become a fire hazard.


Electronic controls tend to have flat surfaces and are easier to clean (compared to knobs or buttons). Delayed or timed-baked cycles can be helpful to automatically turn the oven on or off. This can be a convenient way to prevent over baking when you are doing errands. It is safer to have controls near the front rather than at the back of a cook top. If you have to reach over the burners to use controls then steaming hot food can burn you or clothes can catch fire if they touch the burners. If you have small children you may want to get controls that can be locked or are out of reach of a small child.

Anti-Tip Devices for Ranges

Ranges can tip over if not use properly and people can be injured from a range falling on top of them. Make sure the range installer installs an approved anti-tipping advice for the range. Also, never step on a range or put any weight on an open door. Keep range doors closed when not using the range.

Racks and Pans

Look for thicker and stronger wire racks in the oven. This will allow the to support heavier loads (such as large turkeys). Porcelain broiler pans and grids that are dishwasher safe will be easier to clean.

Styles of Ovens:

  • Free-standing ovens - these ovens have finished sides. The finished sides make this style useful in places where one side of the oven needs to be exposed to view.
  • Slide-In Ranges - are designed to fit between two cabinets and the sides might not be finished.
  • Drop-In Ranges - sits in a cabinet that matches surrounding cabinets.

Oven Features / Options:

  • A window in the door is helpful for seeing food without having to open the door. Look for one that is easy to see through. Some ovens offer larger windows.
  • Oven Light .
  • Dials versus buttons - Dials tend to be faster and easier to use then keypad buttons for setting temperature.
  • Automatic shutoff - some ovens will automatically turn themselves off if left on for a long period (usually around 12 hours) .
  • Multiple timers - Having 2 timers can let you set a different timer for different types of food that are cooking at the same time.
  • Automatic door lock - This feature locks the oven door when the oven reaches high temperatures during self-cleaning.
  • Probe - Some ovens have temperature probes you can put in meat to determine the inside temperature of the meat while it is cooking.
  • Delayed Start Timer - Let's you set a delay time for when to turn the oven on.
  • Child lockout - Disables the oven's controls to prevent children from using the oven.
  • Variable broiler - Lets you adjust the temperature of the broiler.
  • Dehydration / drying feature to dehydrate fruits and vegetables .
  • Indicator lights - show you when the oven or burners are turned on.

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