Ovens

Great kitchen design comes down to the details, and one of the best ways to make sure your new kitchen is beautiful and functional is to choose your appliances carefully. Here we share our top tips for choosing the right kitchen appliances for your home.

A perfect kitchen gets the balance between form and function just right which means choosing the best appliances both big and small will go a long way to ensuring you get the most out of your kitchen space.

CANOPY RANGEHOODS ARE AN EYESORE

Another appliance trend we are seeing is a push to concealed rangehoods because kitchen design has become more streamlined and minimalistic.

Tips for buying an oven

The cooking zone is important, so take some time to think about your family’s needs – and, of course, your ‘wants’.

One important decision is whether to have your cooktop and oven located together or separately. Some love the visual appeal and homely feeling of a big freestanding cooker and choose to make a feature of it with bold design elements and even colour.

If you like your oven at wall height, for ergonomic reasons or to keep it well away from little kids, you’ll need to forgo an all-in-one model in favour of a wall oven and separate cooktop. You’ll want to position the wall oven so that its centre is at eye height for the cooks in the house.

The list is endless: there are fan-forced ovens, self-cleaning ovens, fully-integrated ovens not to mention wall-mounted ovens and free-standing ovens with a stove-top combo.

What is the budget

Work out what your budget is on top of kitchen joinery. You will also need to incorporate the cost of trades in your overall kitchen budget. Whether you are looking at low, middle or top end of the market the appliances are roughly the same in the category. So, it comes down to aesthetics.

Once you have selected a product make sure you check other websites. Most showrooms will match price.

Do your homework

Do your research and go to the showrooms and have a feel of the product. Ask the sales representatives for advice as they have the knowledge. See how the oven opens and see if the look appears to you. We here at Kitchen Envy have a representative at Winnings Appliances at Northmead who can help you with your selection.

Ovens now come in a number of colours

Colourful appliances, whether a bold red stand mixer or soft mint-green toaster, have long been found on the countertop. In contrast, major kitchen appliances have typically remained neutral, with stainless-steel finishes dominating this century (and white and black before that).

While designers and manufacturers anticipate stainless steel will continue to be most prevalent, three factors are converging to bring more colour to large kitchen appliances: a demand for personalization, an increase in colour appliances on the market, and a shift to more colour in the kitchen generally.

Black is the new Neutral in 2023. The PPG Porter Paints color of the year 2018 was a faded black called Black Flame. A more elegant version of black, I think we’ll be seeing it more in appliances. SMEG’s popular colors for the past decade include pastel blue, pastel green, white, and cream, as well as classic black and red. On the darker side, navy is outperforming for both brands.

Fuel Source

Start your search for your dream oven by deciding on the fuel type: gas or electricity. Both options have their own benefits, and it all comes down to the personal preference of the home cook, as well as what energy connection is available in your home.

Gas Ovens

There needs to be 650mm between the cooktop and the overhead surface.

While the “cooking with gas” phrase may have been coined by the natural gas industry for advertising purposes, there’s a few reasons it’s managed to stick around. To start with, gas models give you an instant flame and therefore heat faster than their electric counterparts, so there’s no need to wait around for preheating. “Gas ovens also cook with more moisture in the air, which means foods like roasts and cakes will retain more moisture,” An important fact is that there needs to be 650mm between the cooktop and the overhead surface.

While they can be more expensive to purchase and install, gas ovens are generally more cost-effective to run, saving money in the long term. Choosing gas early in your search will also help to narrow down your final selection faster, as there are fewer brands and models to choose from.

Electric Ovens

Electric ovens are more common, and typically more affordable to buy and install. Given electricity prices, however, they are more expensive to run. The air is dryer (all the better for breads and pizzas) and they heat more evenly than gas ovens. Depending on the make and model, electric ovens also feature a greater variety of settings. “Electric ovens have more cooking modes, to give you more accurate results,” says Geraldine Gillespie. The variety in size, make and model is far greater for electric ovens, and many people agree that they are the more user-friendly option.

Size and Capacity

The most common oven sizes are either 60cm or 90cm in width, while height will vary depending on capacity. Other sizes such as 80cm are coming onto the market also, but consideration needs to be given to being able to replace the oven over time. Ask yourself how much space you have available, and how much cooking you’ll be doing – large families and big entertainers may opt for a double oven. The capacity of your oven refers to the usable size of the internal cavity (measured in litres), which helps to work out how much food can be cooked at one time

Freestanding Ovens

Combining your cooktop and oven in a single unit, a freestanding cooker is a popular choice for modern and contemporary kitchens alike. Freestanding ovens offer a number of benefits and make a strong style statement as the focal point of your space. “These units are easier to install and easier to switch out if you are thinking of moving, switching or upgrading,” says Geraldine Gillespie. There are both gas and electric models, as well as dual-fuel freestanding cookers that can give you combinations like a gas-powered cooktop with an electric oven for the best of both worlds. They’ll never sit perfectly flush with your cabinetry and will eat up a little more space than wall ovens but offer convenience and style.

Built-in Ovens

For a modern, minimalist and space-saving solution, opt for a built-in oven. These units need to be installed into oven housing, which can be built into a wall of cabinetry or under-bench. “Built-in ovens offer a lot more versatility in terms of placement and kitchen design,” explains Geraldine Gillespie. Sizes typically vary from 60cm to 120cm and the capacity will vary accordingly.

Additional Ovens

Innovation and advancing technology in kitchen appliances has introduced a vast array of new cooking features and oven varieties that have never been so easily accessible in the home kitchen. While many of these new makes and models are not sufficient to serve as the stand-alone oven of a kitchen, they make for a handy supplement.

Steam Ovens

Steam cooking has traditionally been confined to the commercial kitchen, but you can now reap the benefits of this healthy method from home. They use steam combined with hot air to cook, retaining natural flavours, colours and textures, while also reducing the need for oils and preserving the nutrients. Steam ovens will also reduce cooking time, as steam transfers heat much more efficiently than air. Most models are wall ovens, and the standard size is 60cm.

Combi Microwave Ovens

How many times have you used the microwave to reheat your leftovers in a hurry, only to lament the texture your food is left with? Combination microwave ovens offer microwave, grill and convection functions, and allow you to use two at once – so you can microwave and grill at the same time. Combi ovens can be built-in or bench-top models and are a great support to your main act.

Energy Efficient Ovens

While ovens aren’t bound by the same Energy Rating system as dishwashers, fridges and freezers, it’s still worth keeping energy efficiency in mind when making a new appliance purchase. Gas ovens use little fuel, heat instantly and provide accurate temperature control, which makes them more efficient than electricity fuelled models. Convection gas ovens (where a fan and exhaust system circulate the hot air inside the oven) are the way to go for optimal energy efficiency. If you do opt for an electric model, you can still choose convection – a fan-forced oven will always be more efficient than a fan less alternative.