Likely sitting in the corner of your kitchen is a box which, upon the pressing of some buttons and turning of dials, possesses the capability to produce hot food. For many people, this will be where their half-baked knowledge of ovens will stop. However, this month, we grilled Ashley from Hughes Electrical so we could provide a buffet of information on marinating technology in cookers.
Perhaps the most distinguishing feature between ovens and other home appliances is the level of variation across different models stemming from the fundamental choice of freestanding or integrated. As is typical with all appliances: the higher the cost, the better the quality. The variables when it comes to ovens are the width (either 50, 55 or 60cm), the number of cavities and their type (where you cook food), the type of hob and their material and the overall build quality.
The cheapest range available would be 50cm wide with a steel plated hob, enamel-lined, single cavity oven, which would cost between £8-£10 per month on rental through Hughes, making it a perfect choice for someone without much space and who doesn’t want to burn a hole in their pocket.
As you progress towards the 60cm ranges, single cavity ovens upgrade to either double cavity – where a grill is in the top compartment with a standard fan-assisted oven below – or a combined oven, which features both a grill and convection oven (top) and fan-assisted oven (bottom). The highest ranges of ovens are multifunctional, allowing the user to control the direction of cooking, from either top, bottom or either side, along with the simultaneous use of the grill, perfect for if you need some world-class baking or the perfect pizza.
There are three types of hob: steel plated (which waste a lot of energy because the heat doesn’t dissipate very quickly after use), ceramic (cool down a little more quickly and heat up quicker than steel) and induction. These enable energy efficiency to be maintained as heat is only transferred when the metal pans are in contact with the hob. Further features such as a touch screen or even a dial that you can take on and off the hob to control it are also becoming more common, making your life a piece of cake!