Oven Buying Guide

Oven

It may have been a while since you have been in the market for an oven and things have probably changed. We have created a practical guide with helpful tips on how to choose an oven for you and your home.

The benefit of having a built-in oven is the ability to place it wherever suits you. If you are replacing an existing product, you are in most cases limited to the size and style of oven you want.

On the other hand, if you are starting from scratch or willing to adjust your cabinetry, there are plenty of options for you to choose from. You need to think and assess what the right oven is for your design and what will work best for your cooking style.

1. Oven Size & Capacity


Oven Size


Your ideal oven size depends on the type of cooking you do, your cooking frequency, kitchen space and household size. Apart from width and height, ovens are also measured for volume in liter.

  • 45 cm in height: A compact oven
  • 60 cm in width: A single standard size oven
  • 90 cm in width: A large model with side-by-side trays

Oven Capacity


You can refer to the capacity guide below to choose the most suitable oven for your needs:

1 - 2 people

A 30–40-liter oven suits single households or couples, who eat out regularly, but like the compact convenience of a small capacity oven.

3 - 4 people

A 40 - 70 liter oven suits most households and can fit a large roast and the trimmings if you opt for one with multiple shelf positions.

4+ people

A 70+ liter oven is best for large households or those who like to entertain, offering unparalleled capacity.

2. Oven Fuel Type: Things to Consider


Size, style and cooking functions are all important things that influence your final oven purchase decision, you will also need to consider whether you would like a gas or electric oven.

Electric Ovens

  • More common than gas ovens.
  • Generally provide more even heat distribution, especially when equipped with a fan.
  • Require pre-heating, this process has become quicker with modern innovation.
  • Generate drier air which can assist with crisping and browning.
  • Majority of models need to be hardwired by a certified electrician; some ovens will come with a plug and lead suited to a particular amp rating.

Choose a high-quality electric oven with our Electrolux recommended products below:

  • Built-in Electronic oven
  • 90cm wide, this oven is wider than standard ovens
  • Great insulation, the oven door stays cool
  • Built-in Electronic oven
  • XXL-cavity oven with largest tray for cooking more at once
  • Simple and convenient oven functions for great cooking results 
  • Built-in electronic oven
  • 800 CombiQuick® cooks food 2 times faster compared to standard ovens
  • Fast Heat Up function allows shorter pre-heating time


Gas Ovens


  • More expensive initial outlay than electric ovens; however, given energy efficiencies with gas cooking, they will cost less over their lifetime.
  • Cook with greater moisture, making them ideal for cakes and roasts.
  • Faster heating than electric models and more precise temperature control.
  • Generally contain fewer parts than an electric oven, so the lifetime maintenance should be easier.
  • Can run off natural gas or an LPG bottle - model dependent

Choose a high-quality gas oven with our Electrolux recommended products below:

  • Gas oven
  • 70-litre capacity - allowing you to cook even more at once.
  • Equipped with a cooking timer that sounds an audible signal when the cooking time is done.
  • Built-in Gas Oven
  • XL Baking Tray that enables you to bake more at once
  • Anti fingerprint stainless steel


3. Different Types of Ovens


Single Ovens


By far the most popular and common type of built-in oven, a single oven can be installed where you want it. With the ability to go within wall cabinetry or under bench, your kitchen layout is limitless. Full of practical features and a choice of width 60cm and 90cm ensures that whether your family is big or small there is the oven for you. 

Ideal for:

  • Small family - large family
  • Apartment living
  • Rental properties

Here are some factors to consider when buying a single oven:

Capacity:

50 - 125L

Cooler to touch oven doors

Beautifully designed with Arab families in mind, the multi-layer glazing of our oven doors is cooler to the touch when the oven is hot.

Ovens that clean up after themselves

Even cleaning up is easier with Electrolux. With Pyrolytic Self-Cleaning Function, you can keep your oven shiny and clean without harsh chemicals.

You set, we will do the rest

Our programmable timer gives you the flexibility to set when you would like to cook and how long you would like to cook for.

Designed for ease and safety

Telescopic runners are another piece of thoughtful design that makes it easy to slide trays in/out and a safety check on your dishes during cooking.

Even cooking UltraFan Plus system

Our The UltraFan Plus system in our 72L ovens work to evenly distribute heat throughout the oven so you can enjoy delicious results every time.

Tastier baking starts with steam

Steamify function helps you get a better rise, crispier crust, a fluffier centre and tastier textures for all your bread, pastries, cakes, and puddings.

Single oven

Here are some recommendations from Electrolux’s top-selling single ovens:

  • Built-in electronic oven
  • Precise settings with LED timer display
  • Bake more at once with the XL Baking Tray
  • Built-in electronic oven
  • AquaClean loosens stubborn residue with humidity for eaier cleaning
  • Evenly cooked with Multi-level cooking


Steam Ovens


Whilst steam is traditionally found in a professional kitchen, the benefits have now been shared with it coming in domestic appliances. When it comes to steam, the perception is that this is only for rice and vegetables when in fact it is perfect for roasts and baking.

Ideal for:

  • Small family to large family
  • Apartment living
  • Adventurous Cook

Here are some factors to consider when buying a steam oven:

Capacity:

60 - 125L

How it works?

The humidity created by combining steam with hot air throughout the cooking process creates a crisper layer on the outside of your dishes preventing your food from drying out and loss of nutrients.

Demystify steam cooking

The Steamify feature enables you to create delicious flavors and textures with steam. Just select the temperature that you would usually use, and the accurate amount of steam will be delivered to cook your dish in an optimal way. 

Perfect the art of sous-vide

Accurate temperatures are the key to sous-vide. With our precise technology, they are now totally achievable. Vacuum-sealed bags enhance flavours, while steam preserves taste and nutrients.

Choose a good steam oven with our Electrolux recommended products below:

  • Steamify® function makes creating delicious dishes even easier. 
  • Touch Display provides an intuitive experience,
  • Built-in Electronic oven


4. Oven Design & Other Considerations


White, Natural or Dark Stainless Steel 


A kitchen should feel timeless, using design elements and classic materials that will look good today and in a decade’s time. Whether you’re doing a complete renovation or replacing a single appliance, you can take your kitchen in a fresh new direction. With three options of finishes, you can look to a traditional white appliance or give your kitchen a modern update with natural or dark stainless steel. 

Contrast Or Complement Your Cabinetry


Take into consideration what will work best with your chosen finish. For example, you could contrast dark stainless with lighter colours like bright whites or creams or complement with dark or stained wood cabinetry.

Oven design

Coordinate Your Accessories


From pendant light fixtures to a vase, it is important to think about what will be complemented by its surroundings. 

Choose From One Brand


One thing to note when upgrading your kitchen is, just as there are 52 shades of white, same goes for appliance finishes.  For best results, buy your appliances from one brand to make sure everything is seamless.

Dial Or Touch Controls


Whether you are someone who likes the feeling of turning a dial or prefers a touch control panel when setting your oven, there are a number of options to choose from. All designed to be sleek and simple to operate, you'll have total control over your cooking temperatures, times and functions.

Dials or touch control

5.Support & Service


We have a Customer Care team available to assist you over the phone seven days a week, and a national network of experienced technicians and selected service agents. Offering a fixed price guarantee with no additional hidden labour costs, giving you peace of mind that your appliance is in good hands. Click here to contact customer care.  

6. Oven FAQs


What is a Steam Oven?


A steam oven has a function that combines steam with hot air throughout the cooking process. Dependent on the level of steam the oven offers, steam ovens come with a water tank accessible from the front of the oven, that feeds water to the inside of the oven or there is a well at the base of the oven cavity in which you place water.

What is fan forced oven?


Fan forced oven has a heating element and a fan on the oven’s back wall. The electric element heats up and the fan circulates the warm air through all the levels of the oven evenly. The main benefit of a fan forced oven is the even temperature distribution, which allows several dishes to be cooked at once with no need to rotate.

How do you clean your oven?


Depending on your oven model you can clean your oven following the two methods.

Steam cleaning

Cleaning is a breeze with steam. A 30-minute light oven cleaning that's chemical-free. Just add water and vinegar, turn on the steam cycle and wait until the grime is softened and loosened. Grab a cloth, some detergent and wipe. Your oven is clean again. Easy.

Traditional cleaning

Mix four parts of baking soda with one part of water and mix it together until it forms a thick paste. Then use a cooking spatula (some similar utensil that helps spread the mix) and spread the mix on the dirtiest parts of your oven only and let it sit for about thirty minutes. After that, grab a grout sponge and dip the sponge in straight vinegar and then just scrub vigorously. All the dirt should come out easily.

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