It’s important to know what to look for when buying a built-in gas oven. What are the advantages of choosing a gas model, why do you need a grill function, and what is a catalytic liner? This section of our guide answers all of these questions, to help you choose the right oven for your kitchen.
WHY CHOOSE GAS OVER ELECTRIC?
Due to the heated elements, electric ovens take about 15 to 20 minutes to heat up. Gas ovens have flames which provide an immediate heat supply, so they can reach the set temperature quicker. The air also has a higher moisture content, which helps meat to stay succulent and prevents cakes and breads from drying out.
Gas is also cheaper than electricity, so if your house has a gas supply, you may want to take advantage of it. You are still likely to require an electricity supply to the appliance though, as most have electric ignition.
A gas oven is more likely to create an uneven cooking temperature. If your oven isn’t fan powered you’ll find your oven hotter at the top than the bottom. Once you’re used to it though, this can actually be an advantage when cooking different foods at the same time.
If you choose a fan assisted gas oven, you won’t find this a problem at all. This is because the fan is designed to circulate the hot air around the oven, creating an even cooking temperature.
WHAT FEATURES ARE IMPORTANT?
The size of oven you choose will largely depend on how you’re planning to use it.
A single oven has more than enough space for most families, but these models won’t have a separate grill cavity. Single ovens have a height of around 60 cm, while a double oven has more cooking space but can measure from 70 to 120 cm tall.
The oven’s capacity will give you an idea of how much cooking space you’ll have. The usable space will actually be lower than the stated capacity, because you can’t use the entire interior of the oven for cooking. It’s also a good idea to look at the number of shelves available.
Gas is cheaper than electricity, so if your house has a gas supply, you may want to take advantage of it.
COOKING, GRILLING, AND DEFROSTING
A great gas oven can do so much more than cook a great Sunday roast.
While a single oven won’t have a separate top grill like a freestanding cooker, modern models provide separate functions for grilling, fan-grilling, and even defrosting. A grill function is perfect for making toast or browning dishes on top, and defrosting allows you to cook food from frozen.
Gas ovens with timers let you set the heat to turn off after a set amount of time, and advanced timers allow you to set both start and end times.
As well as helping you never burn a dish again, these are great for cooking your meal, so it’s ready for when you get in from work.
Most models will also feature a minute minder, which can handily let you know when your food is ready.
You may also want to look out for digital displays as these are easy to read, even in low lighting.
Cleaning the oven is one of the most dreaded household chores. Luckily, some gas ovens have grease-proof enamel coating which has anti-stick features. This makes it harder for grime and grease to build up, so cleaning the oven is easy and hassle-free.
Each gas oven is given an energy efficiency rating between A+++ and D, with A+++ being the best rating.
Efficient appliances use less gas, saving you money on your bills. While a cheaper appliance may cost less initially, it’s likely a more energy efficient model will save you money in the long-term.