There’s a lot to think about when it comes to choosing an oven. One of the main things you need to consider is how big the oven is, or in other words, its volume. This is vital as it dictates how much you can cook at any one time. Of course, there are other important things to think about too, and this article will look at whether the volume of the oven ought to be your main consideration.
Ovens are about the oldest kitchen appliance in the world, dating back to ancient times. The modern gas or electric ovens are of course quite different to these early models, but even they date to the middle of the nineteenth century and even earlier in the case of gas. In short, the oven is the centre of the kitchen, playing a key role in cooking all your meals and feeding your friends, family and yourself.
The Importance of a Big Oven
The first thing you need to know is that oven size is measured in volume. The size of the unit itself is likely to be given to you in centimetres and usually ovens are about 55cm to 60cm in diameter. This doesn’t give you the best sense of how much cooking space you will actually have though as some ovens make better use of their exterior and interior space than others. What you really need to know is how many litres the inside of your oven can fit in. Most good ovens from reputable manufacturers will have a capacity of somewhere in the region of 60 litres which will allow you to fit most large dishes and pans into your oven and will allow you to cook on several shelves at once. Some ovens are designed to be considerably larger and go up to 70 litres and even more if you are looking for a huge oven, though these may take up more kitchen space too. Some ovens are considerable smaller at only 40 or 50 litres and this will really limit the amount you can cook at once. Those cooking for larger families, those who enjoy baking and those who like cooking in bulk will want to ensure that they get a much bigger oven than these smaller models.
What else is important?
Size certainly matters when it comes to ovens, but there are other things to think about too. Check the energy efficiency of the oven to see how environmentally friendly it is and how much it will cost you to run. Check the fan capacity and the power of the oven to see how fast it will work. You might also want to check the settings and options of the oven if you want help timing your cooking of particular dishes and products. At the end of the day though, size is one of the most important things and not only means you can cook more but also makes your oven easier to access and use.