Want to be able to bake like a pro with your oven? Or maybe just make a batch of cookies without burning the bottoms? If you love to bake, you know that half of the battle is finding an oven that doesn’t work against you in the process. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of five things you should look out for in an oven if you love to bake.
What To Look For in an Oven
1) Fuel: Gas vs Electric
The first thing to consider when shopping for an oven is which type you’d prefer – gas or electric. As their names suggest, gas ovens run via a gas line, while electric ovens are powered by electricity.
However, electric ovens tend to be better for baking because they utilize more even heat distribution than their gas counterparts. This is why you often have to rotate your trays in a gas oven to make sure your cookies are baked evenly. However, gas ovens do tend to heat up more quickly than electric ovens.
Convection oven settings are a common feature on most modern products. But sadly, many people don’t take advantage of convection cooking because they’re not exactly sure what it does. However, if you’re a baker, this feature is a must. Convection cooking uses a fan and exhaust system to quickly cook your food. The fan blows heated air around the food and the exhaust system vents the air out of the oven. This results in quick and even cooking and is perfect for making pies and pastries.
3) Quick Preheat Time
Let’s face it – waiting for your oven to preheat is like watching paint dry. This can be especially frustrating when you’re excited to pop your delicious new recipe in the oven. However, not all ovens are made equally, and some preheat significantly faster than others.
For example, gas ovens tend to heat up faster than electric ovens. This is because after turning on a gas oven, the flame immediately starts giving off heat. In an electric oven, the coils take longer to reach a high temperature. Electric ovens also take longer to cool down than gas ovens.
4) Remote Start
Speaking of preheat time, wouldn’t it be nice to be able to preheat your oven on your way home from work? Or maybe even while you’re doing laundry across the house? Luckily, this is now a possibility, as many modern ovens offer wifi connectivity via mobile apps. Most high-end ovens from brands like Miele, Wolf, Bosch, and Thermador allow you to start your oven via a mobile app. This cuts down on the time you’d spend waiting for your oven to heat up when you’re ready to start baking.
5) Even Heating
There’s nothing more frustrating than having half of your cookies turn out gooey and perfect while the other half are rock solid and burnt to a crisp. What causes this? Uneven heating in the oven, which is most commonly seen in gas grills. You can check for hot spots by placing slices of bread on a pan and placing it in the oven. After cooking for a few minutes, check to see if some pieces are darker than others. If this happens, you know that your oven’s heat is uneven.
These are just a few of the things you should keep an eye out for when shopping for an oven. Have a favorite oven or feature for baking up delicious pies, cakes, and cookies? Let us know in the comments!
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SIDENOTE. This post was last modified on January 21, 2021. However, we regularly update our content as we test more products and new models are released. We also listen to the feedback of our customers and make changes to our product recommendations based on their experiences. So don’t be surprised if you see some old comments below! Since reader comments contribute to the topic, we have decided not to delete them.