When it comes to a kitchen staple, every home cook is most likely using one. Yes, I’m talking about the oven. While ovens are not something we can do without, they’re also not known for being the most efficient. Their lack of efficiency doesn’t just cost us time, but a ton of energy used as well. Today we’ll be taking a deep look at convection vs. conventional ovens to determine which one is better for your home…and wallet.
What are the differences between convection and a conventional oven?
The main difference is how they transfer heat. A convection oven has a fan in it that disburses heat around the oven, while a regular oven doesn’t. Convection ovens cook food faster than normal ovens, but they use more energy.
Below we’ll share with you the main differences between the two as well as some pros and cons of each. Pay close attention especially if your current oven isn’t up to par and an appliance repair is on the horizon.
What Is Convection Oven?
A convection oven is an oven that has fans to circulate the heat, so it cooks food faster than a conventional oven. You can use it to cook anything from bread to cake or roast turkey. The only downside is that they are more expensive than conventional ovens. If you want to save money on your electric bill, then this may not be the best option for you!
Convection Oven Pros
Convection ovens use fans to distribute heat evenly throughout the cooking compartment, which means that food will cook faster and more evenly than in a traditional oven.
Convection ovens also keep your kitchen cooler by circulating the hot air from around the stovetop out of the room through vents in the floor.
This means less energy use and less heating up of your kitchen space overall.
Convection Oven Cons
Convection ovens are much more expensive than conventional ovens, so if you’re looking for a bargain, this may not be the best option for you.
Most time and temperatures listed on recipes are for regular ovens so when you’ll have to reduce the temperature and cooking times down make sure the food doesn’t burn or turn out dry.
What Is a Conventional Oven?
A conventional oven heats up by heating coils inside the unit and radiating heat outwards toward the food being cooked. This type of heat distribution can cause uneven cooking times in comparison to convection cooking methods because there is no fan action happening inside the unit itself (which helps distribute heat evenly across all areas).
Conventional Oven Pros
Conventional ovens have always been the most popular choice for people who cook at home, and it’s not hard to see why. Conventional ovens are easy to use, reliable, and fast.
You can use a conventional oven for almost anything you could think of: baking cookies, roasting chicken, or even making crispy-on-the-outside-but-flammable-on-the-inside pizza. Conventional ovens are great for cooking meat because they heat evenly across all surfaces of whatever you put in them.
Conventional ovens are also good at making sure that everything that goes into them comes out cooked perfectly—whether you’re making cupcakes or a turkey dinner. Conventional ovens are also a good choice if your kitchen space is limited because they don’t take up too much room on your countertop or floor.
Conventional Oven Cons
First, they take a lot of energy. If you’re cooking a meal for one person, you may not notice it much. But if you’re cooking for a family or just want to save some money on your energy bill, a conventional oven can get expensive pretty fast.
And second—well, this one’s easy: Conventional ovens just don’t cook food very evenly. If you’re trying to make something like chicken thighs (which are notoriously tricky), you might have to turn them around halfway through the cooking time, which means more effort and more time spent in the kitchen.
What to Look for in A Convection Oven
When you’re looking for a convection oven, there are a few things to pay attention to.
The first thing to look at is the size of the oven. If you have a large family or like to cook for large groups of people, then you should buy an oven that has plenty of space and can fit enough food. Smaller families may not need such a large oven.
The next thing is the type of convection fan that comes with your oven. There are two types: front-vented and rear-vented.
Front-vented fans blow air from the back of the unit and out through the front grill; rear-vented fans blow air from both sides of the unit so it goes over all parts of your food. If you want even heating throughout your food, then go with a rear-vented system; but if you prefer to avoid hot spots and get crispier results on certain areas of your meal (like on top), then choose one with front venting instead!
Finally, look at how easy it is to use this machine. Ovens that are difficult or confusing won’t be as useful as those that are easy to operate, so try out a few models before deciding on which one suits your needs best!
Schedule an Oven Repair
There are many similarities between convection ovens and conventional ovens, but the overall outcome you get from the two can be a bit different. Convection ovens cook more quickly than conventional ovens, but the flavor of your food is only marginally better. Convection may be ideal if you’re in a hurry, or if you want a more even cooking. If you have time to spare, a conventional oven will create some delicious meals as well.
Before you embark on oven shopping, it’s best to call an appliance repair service to determine if it is necessary. An simple service call may be able to solve the issue and buy you some time before you have to take the plunge into the world of ovens.,
Time for a New Oven?
If your current oven isn’t functioning properly, don’t wait on scheduling an appliance repair service. You may make it through a Thanksgiving Feast but not without frustration! Affordable Appliance Repair of West Michigan will come out and identify the issue so that you can decide if you should be investing in a new oven before the end of year Holidays.
Our appliance repair service is quick, efficient, and dependable because we treat our customers like family and operate under strong principles. Repairs made by us are made right the first time because we won’t leave until you are fully satisfied. Don’t let your holiday cooking be a mystery, call a schedule a repair service and we will help you make the best decision about your oven!