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Sue

Oven Advice

I'm in the process of looking for a new oven, it will be my first venture into cooking with electric. I'm having a built in double oven, eye level and would love some advice and tips on what to look for regarding functions and features and what to avoid. Not sure if particular makes are allowed to be given but it would help if you could recommend that too. Thanks.

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Thistledo

Oven advice

The best you've done is decide on an eye level oven. So much easier to work with and clean.
I would look for an oven door that can, when open, slide in underneath the base of the oven, for ease of cleaning.
If you want fan assisted, then advise you get one with that plus the option of conventional use. The latter is better for cake baking.
I've had a Neff oven(s) for a few years now and I'm delighted with it.

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sam from worthing

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I have just had to after 14 weeks of not having an oven, brought a new oven, however, its nothing like what you have requested for your specifications.

only had for 24 hours, its a bosche single built under unit oven - had to be that type for the kitchen that we moved into only a year ago.

it has defrost function, fan assited oven and grill and conventional oven and grill options, its not self clean though, but it is easy to clean.

for eye level ovens, i would whole heartedly agree with thistle, about an oven door that opens and slids under for ease of cleaning especially and for getting things in and out of the oven and grill especially - speaking as one who is lacking in height (5'ft and a GENerous 3 inches) do bear that in mind, as to side step an eye level oven with a heavy roasting tin and height issues (as i have had in the past).

as a side issue could you maybe give an idea as to budget?

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Tompeters

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ditto T'do and Sam's comments. If gas is an option (and it usually is even if only large propane cylinder adjacent to the kitchen wall) consider that a gas oven has a large air throughput which is brilliant for roasting - a much drier heat. Electric - fan or conventional - keeps the moisture in which is great for some breads, e.g. French style. Multi-fuel does have its advantages.

Both Bosch and Neff are brilliant brands if you can run to the cost. Do you like rotisserie cooking? Decide before you buy. I like self-clean and the ability to remove the whole oven door to clean it in the sink or even outside.

I never, ever, ever use or have used an oven timer in my life. My Rangemaster even locks up after a power-cut if the timer clock is not reset manually and it takes poor Thomasina half the morning to remember how to reset the pointless contraption!

We've now got a Panasonic combi and do a fair amount in that...lower energy and very convenient -- actually far better for some foods but never cook anything that will splatter the inside, that's a disaster. If I was buying again I'd have a smaller main oven, probably gas, keeping in mind that the Panasonic combi is a powerful addition.

For me, it's 95% fitness for purpose, 5% style. For Thomasina, it's the other way round :))

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Sue

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Thank you all for the advice. lots to consider and think about.

Thistledo, my current oven is eye level and so this is what I've become used to. I love the idea of a slide under oven door, never seen a design like that. Another friend has explained about the fan assisted and conventional oven, so that will be on my list of 'must haves'.

Sam, I'll definitely be looking for an oven with a self cleaning function. You're fortunate in that you have a good 3" in height over me! The slide under oven is going to be just the thing for ease of cleaning and I'll ensure the glass slides out too.

Regarding budget, it's tight, we are moving into a new property and need everything, for each room. Beds and bedding, cutlery, crockery, all appliances, all furniture, all electrical items, literally everything, right down to dusters! I will have to make a lot compromises, but I'm not planning on replacing the oven or hob or any of the white goods, so I'd like to get something that fits my needs. I love cooking / baking and don't just want a nice looking kitchen, it's going to be well used and so I'll get the best oven / hob I can. I'll take a look at the Neff website as starting point.

Tompeters, I decided against a gas oven, simply because there are so few to choose from now and they're more expensive, my hob will be gas though. We don't need a rotisserie, we're both vegetarian, and I don't like using microwave ovens either, which I'm guessing is your Panasonic combi. My current oven has programmable timer, which I use most days, so that will be a must have feature.

Thanks again.

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Biggles !

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I really like the Neff product. Pyrolitic cleaning is an essential for me. OK, one still has to clean the shelves. Hey Ho. I really would love a wonder oven that cleans itself in totality. I've had 2 Neff ovens and I lurve them. Ordinary cooking, thermo heat and fan and I don't understand the rest. My oven here in France gives me the method of cooking on a spit. Nice cooking the birdy, whatever, but messy. Door sliding under the cooker is a neat solution but not high on my priority list. I don't have a problem with spae. What will make your life easire? that is what I would go for. Happy shopping.

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Sue

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Thanks Biggsie.

I've been looking at the Neff website and appears the only oven that feature the slide under doors are single ones, so I'll have to strike that of my list of requirements.

 
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