It used to be that only two choices were needed to be made when you’re buying a new oven: whether you want a gas stove with a gas oven, or an electric stove with an electric oven attached. These days, however, are long gone and, with a ton of variety of stoves to choose from, newbie buyers are likely to find themselves confused by a ton of new options and vocabulary to learn. Although modern day stove technology might be overwhelming to catch up on, they truly do mean accessibility, usability and quality, in general. This is why we’ve come up with a buying guide into the world of modern stoves.
The Financial Part
First things first – it all boils down to money. If you have a borderline infinitely deep pocket, your troubles end here. However, most of us are dealing with a limited budget, so you should designate an amount of money that you’re willing to spend at the very beginning. Keep an eye out on sales, which occur particularly during holidays, especially holiday weekends. Here, you should rely on the Internet, by subscribing to updates from many retailers, such as Home Depot, Sears, Lowes and Best Buy. Not only will this keep you updated with the dates of sales or presales, but also give you access to emailed coupons, no matter the way you choose to buy – in-store or online.
Get in Touch with Your Needs
The need for different stoves changes, depending on your type of diet and your general food making needs. If you bake a lot, you should consider getting a double wall oven, for example. There are many more types to choose from and dual range ovens and single ovens do not even begin to describe this variety. This is the part where you narrow down your selection.
On the previous note, most manufacturers have multiple oven and stovetop combinations to fit your needs. Dual-fuel ranges, for example, offer the benefits of a gas stove, as well as the temperature precision of electric ovens. Regardless of your choice, bear in mind that it is always safer to opt for professional oven installation, rather than doing it on your own, for the sake of both safety, as well as for avoiding unnecessary financial loss.
- Electric smoothtop – Also known as glass-ceramic cooktop, these sleek and shiny stoves are made of completely smooth glass-ceramic surfaces, instead of separate coiled burners. The heating units are placed under the surface and a built-in sensor indicates if a burner is still hot. The downside to this cooktop, which include susceptibility to scratching pales in significance in comparison to the safety it provides.
- Electric coil – These work by converting the electricity running into the coil into heat, by means of conductible metals. These too come equipped with thermostat sensors, to notify you when the burner is on, although not necessarily of whether it’s still hot or not.
- Induction cooktops – The cooking vessel here becomes the heat source in itself, by means of a magnetic field, placed just below the cooktop surface.
- Electric – Here, food is cooked through the radiation of heat from a heating element at the top or the bottom of the oven.
- Gas – Powered by the same gas as stoves, these feature electronic igniters. These are found as parts of a freestanding range, as single wall ovens, or as double wall ovens.
Stoves and ovens have come a long way since their original inception. With a variety of choices to choose from, one should always consider their needs, as well as their budgetary limits. We hope that this guide will help you get the most out of your stove and oven purchase.