The Best
Kitchen Oven Buying Guide

best kitchen oven buying guide The first successful Gas Stove/Oven to appear on the market was patented by James Sharp in 1826. Then along came the invention of the Electric Stove/Oven in 1891. The inventor was The Carpenter Electric Heating Manufacturing Co.. The oven was no less important in those days than today. It's just that today no kitchen would be without one. That being true, Style and Options are the key points in choosing an oven that fits your needs today.

Select the best kitchen oven with our kitchen oven buying guide. Kitchen appliance buying guides tend to only focus on one type or model. This buying guide shows you exactly what checkpoints to watch so you end up buying the best oven for your needs!

Checkpoints for Selecting the Best Kitchen Oven...

Easy Cleaning
A good kitchen oven should be easy to clean. An oven should have a self-cleaning feature. This feature should be clearly marked and easy to activate, and should also identify when the oven is being cleaned, to identify that it is out-of use. All food contact surfaces should be easily accessible and easy to clean.

Internal lighting
The oven should have internal lighting. Being able to check the cooking progress of items in the oven without opening the door is crucial. Most ovens have an oven light for observing your food while baking. Ensure that any oven you purchase has this, as this helps to maintain constant cooking temperatures and increase the overall efficiency of the oven since you won’t haveto open the door to check progress of your baking item as often.

Consistency and accuracy of temperature
The oven should be accurate in its representation of temperature. It should also be able to efficiently and effectively maintain a set temperature. The temperature should be able to be finely controlled. The knobs should be clearly marked and "click" when it is set at a temperature. Good ovens heat evenly. That means that food in the back of the oven will cook at the same rate as food in the front.

Display and Controls
An oven’s outer display should be clear and easy to read, from a distance. Typefaces for display and controls should be reviewed for legibility from varying distances. The display should primarily show two pieces of information: The timer, and the temperature in the oven. All else is less essential. A simple control system makes an oven much easier to use.

Timer and Alarms
This is probably one of the most important features of an oven because it can add a lot of convenience to cooking a large meal. An oven that has a digital timer is a must, but more modern features such as programmable timers that allow you to use a delayed start are even better. Also, ovens that have a function allowing one to use two or more timers at the same time are great.

Does it have a probe to sense internal food temperature? Is it dishwasher safe and durable, without a sign of wear after repeated washing. It should display dishwasher safe somewhere on the probe. An oven should automatically power down, or adjust temperature when the probe reports a desired temperature.

Good ovens don't get incredibly hot on the outside, even if the temperatures on the inside are very, very high. A well-insulated oven is much safer for children and pets. Although energy-efficient, well-insulated ovens often cost more up front, the difference in price more than pays for itself in reduced gas or electric bills if you use your oven often.

Oven Size
Measure the oven and the space you want to put it in before you buy! If you enjoy baking large meals or multiple items at once, it is important to make sure the oven you are purchasing is of sufficient size to accommodate your baking needs. Ensure there is at least 24 inches of vertical space for baking, this will allow you to bake two deep dishes or pans on separate racks.

Storage Drawer
Many people find a storage drawer at the bottom of the oven very convenient for storing things like cookie sheet, pie pans, and large frying pans. Be sure to check to see if this space is taken up by some other feature on the oven before buying one.

The stovetop and sides should stay comparatively cool to prevent burns. The door handle should be insulated and should stay partly open for the broiler if it is in the oven. The door should open easily but slowly and stay in any position it is left in. also look for a Child lockout feature. This ensures that small children will not be able to open the oven door.

Pre-heating Indicator
What's the first thing usually listed in the directions in a recipe? To preheat the oven. Look for an oven with a preheating light indicator which lights up when the oven has gotten to the proper temperature. It will make this first step of making marvelous meals much easier by taking the guessing out of pre-heating.

Easily Adjustable Racks (that you can adjust with one hand)
Racks that are easily adjustable help with common problems such as when you need to quickly lower or raise a rack before putting the food in, especially because it's so common to accidentally pre-heat the oven and then realize the racks are in not in the right position when you are about to put in the food.

Broiler with Instructions
Having an easy-to-use broiler is important, but probably just as important are directions on how to use the broiler. An oven that comes with a broiler with instructions will help you to make all those recipes that you've always wanted to but never knew how.

Color & General appearance
Think about the color and general appearance of the oven. Will it match the rest of your kitchen. Most ovens come with exchangeable fronts to match many decors.

Gas vs. Electric
A gas powered oven is preferable to controlling heat and more effectively heats up to baking temperatures. A pilot-less ignition is important so as not to have an open gas stream running into your kitchen. Gas ovens maintain a more even heating temperature while baking, and do not sear the food as much as an electric when baking on the broil setting.

Warming drawer
A pullout compartment with its own temperature control allows you to keep foods warm while you prepare other items.

Transport and Measurements
As silly as it sounds….make sure the oven can fit through the door of your home and kitchen! Also, make sure that the oven can be delivered safely, so that it won't be damaged in delivery. It's often worth spending a little extra cash to get the store to deliver and install the oven. You'll also need to get rid of the old oven; often, services that deliver new ovens will take away old ones.

Customer Support and Warranties
Customer service and strong warranties are important when purchasing an oven. Be sure to check about the warranty on your oven. Generally the longer and stronger the warranty… the better the oven.

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