On the hunt for a new oven? Most people only purchase a new oven when their old model has broken down beyond repair, meaning it’s probably years and years since you last dipped into the market. You’ve only got to look at pictures of ovens considered state-of-the-art going back in five, or ten, year intervals to see how rapidly the technology and range of features available is evolving. The best ovens today have the following features, so make sure you check for these before you make a decision.
Gone are the days when you had to fill your shelves with heavy cookbooks and go through them for inspiration every mealtime. The cookers at the top end of the market today are equipped with multimedia touchscreen cookbooks, which allow you to select from a range of recipes with just a few taps and swipes.
Some recipes on your new oven may even have their own cooking function, which will automatically adjust the heat, intensity and method of cooking inside the oven for you – meaning you simply need to prepare a dish and come back to one which is cooked to perfection.
Cleaning the oven has to be one of the grimmest and most arduous household chores there is. But go for a state-of-the-art oven and getting down on your hands and knees and scrubbing oven grime away for hours will become a thing of the past thanks to the aqualytic and pyrolytic cleaning systems many are equipped with. An aqualytic cleaning system uses steam to break down any accumulated grease and leave it easy to wipe away, while a pyrolytic cleaning system does the same by heating up the interior to around 490⁰c.
Be sure to look for the energy-efficiency label when shopping for an oven. A quality oven will have an energy rating of A, A+ or A++, leaving you not only feeling great about doing your bit for the environment, but also with more money in your pocket through big savings on your energy bills.
Looking for an oven with the best safety features should be a priority, particularly if you have young children. A good oven door should be double- or triple-glazed and have a cooling system making it safe to touch, as well as telescopic guides meaning you don’t have to reach into the oven to check on a dish. If you’re searching for an oven-hob combo, be sure to look for automatic ignition and burner safety valves, which prevent unwanted gas leakage.
If you’re wondering who could manufacture ovens with such a variety of time- and money-saving features, look no further than Amica, whose range of freestanding and integrated appliances provide intelligent solutions to everyday problems encountered at home and in the kitchen. With the time and money you’ll save after swapping your clunky, chunky old oven for one of the sleek, modern, intuitive and innovative models available on the market today, the only regret you’ll have is not making the switch sooner.