Help & advice: Buying guide to ovens
Buying guide to ovens
Create everything from fantastic feasts to delicious snacks with one of our smart ovens and cookers. Many Homebase ovens are sold as part of a set, which will save you cash!
Homebase offers a sizzling range of ovens.
What oven will you use to create your culinary masterpieces? You choices are gas, electric or dual fuel, which combines an electric oven with a gas hob.
Advantages of gas ovens
- You can quickly get the temperature you want, and have greater control while cooking.
- Gas ovens generate a moist heat that helps stop food drying out.
Advantages of electric ovens
- A wide range of features offers you flexibility and versatility.
- Electric ovens cook more quickly and more evenly.
- You have a choice of conventional, fan, forced air, steam and programmable ovens.
Advantages of dual fuel ovens
- You benefit from instant heat and greater control with the gas hob.
- The electric oven has faster cooking times.
Your cooking needs and the design of your kitchen will obviously influence your choice of oven. Take a look at these...
In a conventional oven temperature varies throughout because the oven is heated from the bottom or top. The top is hottest, the bottom will be cooler, with the middle offering moderate heat. Conventional ovens are great for traditional roasts.
Want a feast fast? The fan oven is for you - it heats up very quickly, so you can cook meals up to 25% faster. Food also cooks more evenly thanks to a continuous circulation of hot air.
This style combines a conventional and fan oven, giving you total cooking flexibility! It features a minimum of five functions - top heat for browning, bottom heat for crisping, top and bottom fan oven and grill, for example. This combination is fantastic for rotisserie roasting as you can set the grill with the door closed.
Health fans will love steam ovens. No oil or fat is needed when steaming and food keeps more of its natural nutrients. Some more pluses: flavours don't mix, and food can't be burnt. Steam ovens are also ideal for defrosting.
Very handy, these. Single ovens can fit under a worktop or at eye-level in a larger kitchen cabinet. You'll find them in an extensive choice of finishes and styles, with multiple cooking functions and often a built-in grill.
If you have a big family or simply love to entertain, the double oven is the hot choice because you can use both ovens simultaneously. Double ovens can only be fitted under a worktop.
Space tight? Then a compact oven is perfect. It offers all the features of larger ovens without taking up as much room. Some compact ovens often feature a steam option.
Larger than standard models, range ovens have a cook top and one or more ovens. There are lots of different ways to cook and ranges come in a variety of styles and finishes.
Make life easy with a programmable timer. Set cooking start and finish times, and minute minders alert you when your food is ready.
What an invention! Some ovens feature catalytic liners that absorb grease and fat splashes. Pyrolytic ovens have a special cleaning cycle that burns cooking deposits and leaves only an ash residue for you to wipe away.
If you cook a lot of food from frozen, it's worth getting an oven with a de-frost function.
Don't forget about a splashback for your new oven. It'll protect against spills and grease and looks stylish too.