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 earlier in the guide, 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 at around £120 for electric models or £280 for gas ones.
Double electric ovens tend to start at around £250, although gas models are likely to be more expensive at around £470.
FEATURES AND BRANDS
While most single ovens cost less than double models, prices vary according to the brand and number of features that come with the oven. For top-of-the-range ovens with a variety of features, 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 functions and settings
• Steam cooking and cleaning function
• Large capacities
• Self-cleaning features
• Triple or 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
• Wi-Fi enabled
• Built-in camera
Often, 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.
For top-of-the-range ovens with a variety of features, you can expect to pay up to £1,000, or even more in some cases.
No-one wants to think about replacing something they have just bought, but it’s worth bearing in mind.
Ovens are an expensive purchase, so you’ll want your chosen model 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 to your oven.
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.
You should also keep an eye out for cashback or trade-in promotions, as you may be able to dispose of your old oven and receive a discount on a new model.