Price is usually one of the most important factors for deciding what to buy, and this is no different for ovens. Your budget may dictate which type, brand and features you can afford. However, bear in mind that other factors, such as delivery costs and customer service also play a part.
Types and Style
As mentioned on page 7, you can purchase two main types of oven – single and double models.
In general, single ovens are the cheapest you can buy, with prices starting around £150 for electric models or £270 for gas ones.
Double ovens tend to start around £300, although you may find a couple of electric ones for a little cheaper.
Features and Brands
While most single ovens cost less than double models, it’s not quite cut and dried.
Prices vary according to the brand and number of features the oven has. For feature rich, top-of-the-range ovens, you can expect to pay up to £1,000, or even more in some cases. The best models are likely to include some or all of the following features:
• Two oven cavities
• A wide range of cooking modes,functions and settings
• Large capacities
• Fan cooking modes
For feature rich, top-of-the-range ovens, you can expect to pay up to £1,000, or even more in some cases.
• Self-cleaning features, such as catalytic liners or pyrolytic settings
• Triple or even quadruple-glazed door glass
• Programmable timers and high tech displays
• Touch controls
• Automatic programmes that cook based on the weight of the food
• Innovative design features like doors that slide underneath the oven
Of course, ovens that are almost identical in features can differ greatly in price. This is usually down to the reputation and build-quality associated with the manufacturer’s brand.
No-one wants to think about replacing something they have just bought, but it’s worth bearing in mind.
Ovens are an expensive purchase, and you want yours to last a long time. That’s why it’s worth checking for a warranty when shopping.
As a general rule, the longer a warranty is, the greater faith the manufacturer has in the appliance. A long warranty is also great for saving money should anything happen.
Best Time to Buy
Some times of year are better than others when it comes to purchasing a new oven.
Traditional sales periods, such as just after Christmas and Black Friday, are a great time to grab a bargain.
Likewise, promotions and offers are run throughout the year. If you have a specific model in mind, it’s worth checking to see if its price has been reduced.
If you have a double oven, use the right size cavity for the amount of cooking you’re doing.
While an oven with a better energy efficiency rating may have a higher initial cost, it’s worth calculating how much you’ll save over a less efficient model in the long run.