What kind of oven should I buy? Comparing oven types
Heating in an oven can be two ways:
- Convection method: an oven that heats food by the circulation of hot air.
- Convention method: the heat source is stationary, usually radiating from the bottom and top coils of the oven.
- Microwave convection ovens - a combo of an oven and microwave
- Conventional ovens - Traditional Oven toaster grill (OTG)
Microwave convection ovens would be good if you prefer reheating food everyday, cook small quantities, and bake occasionally. Because you're essentially enjoying two appliances in one, convection microwave ovens tend to be more expensive than the conventional alternative. You can use the microwave setting for your everyday quick cooking/ reheating needs, and set in on convection mode when need be. Just read the manual well. I say this because I've always found they have numerous buttons and look complicated to use. If I see such ovens at a friends place, I try not to decode it, but ask the host how to use it instead, saves a lot of time, believe me!
Conventional ovens are the basic good old traditional ovens. This oven will help you bake cakes, cookies, pastries, toast or grill your veggies and meat. The size of these ovens range from small, medium to large built in ovens. A few tips when you cant figure out what to do with them. This is one of my favorite oven, hands down.
- The warm setting usually turns up both the top and lower coils to prep it ready for baking or grilling
- In the bake setting, the lower coils will be heated.
- In the grill/broil setting, the top coils will be heated.