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How Do I Choose the Best Large Convection Oven?

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  • Written By: M. Kayo
  • Edited By: Susan Barwick
  • Last Modified Date: 19 October 2017
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When considering the best possible options in a large convection oven, take some time to do some research to find the perfect model. There are many styles and configurations available, including single wall ovens, double wall ovens, built-ins, drop-ins, slide-ins, countertop, and freestanding models of both the electric and the gas powered varieties. Various large convection oven models also come with many different features like warming drawers, programmable timing, hidden controls, and self-cleaning. Take a look at a few things first before choosing the best oven for a particular situation.

Large convection oven models are available in a large variety of sizes and configurations. Unless a kitchen or home is being built from the bottom up, most people are likely replacing an existing oven. It is critical to make sure that there is adequate available space for the new, possibly larger, oven, so be sure to accurately measure the amount of space necessary for a large convection oven. Most all manufacturers of large convection ovens will have all the exterior dimensions and specific measurements available at the store or online at their website. Most of the ovens are 30 inches (76.2 cm) wide, though some smaller models measure between 24 and 27 inches (61 and 68.6 cm).

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While the style and look of a large convection oven may not seem important, it is likely going to be an important consideration for you when choosing a large appliance. While some colors, textures or materials may be trendy for a few years, others, like stainless steel, are timeless and easy to care for. Safe choices for appliance colors are stainless steel, black, or white. Be sure to keep in mind that a large convection oven incorporating a specific, trendy material or color will likely be more expensive than others. Shiny stainless steel is an attractive finish but also shows more fingerprints than black or white finishes.

While hidden or stylish controls may look good, they may also sacrifice practical functionality and easy readability for attractive design. The best large convection oven models accomplish both. Most large convection ovens, especially those manufactured for home use, are likely to be powered by electricity. Although some consumer models, and a number of commercial models, that use gas are available. The combination no-frills range cooktop and convection oven with fewer automatic features will likely be the most economical choice if you are looking for a bargain.

A self-cleaning function is a popular feature, available on many models. The self-cleaning mode on these ovens causes the heat to rise as high as 900 degrees F (482 degrees C), turning the debris and food inside the oven to ash, which is easily wiped away. This high level of heat requires a great deal of power and may cause a strain on household electrical wiring, circuits, and fuses. At these high temperatures, non-stick surfaces inside the oven create fumes that are dangerous to any pet birds inside the house. The continuous-clean feature on some large convection ovens utilizes a treated and textured surface to help burn off spills and splatters as they occur without the high oven temperature.

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