If you’ve spent any time in the kitchen, you have probably heard of a convection oven. But what is it exactly and how does it differ from other ovens? More importantly, is it a better oven than the one you currently have? Here are the pros and cons of a convection oven. Keep reading to find out if your current oven is a good fit for you, or if it’s time to upgrade!
Pros of a Convection Oven
#1: A convection oven is one that uses circulating hot air to heat and cook your food. This is done with the use of a fan, which traditional ovens do not have. The fan and circulating air mean that heat is evenly distributed throughout the oven; there are no pockets of extra hot or extra cold air. This means that your food is going to be cooked more evenly. No matter what you’re making, you won’t have to worry about rotating the dish or switching from the top to bottom rack. Every spot in your oven is a good one.
#2: If you’re usually in a hurry for those chocolate chip cookies to come out of the oven, you may want to consider a convection oven. Because the heat is so even throughout the oven, you can actually use less heat! Instead of needing to preheat the oven to 400 degrees, you may be able to get away with just heating it to 350 degrees. Not only that, but the circulating air means that your food is going to cook faster too! Which means you won’t have to wait as long for the oven to preheat, and your cookies will come out of the oven even faster!
#3: As mentioned in pro #1, with evenly distributed hot air it doesn’t matter where you put a dish in the oven. This also means you can cook more than one dish at once without blinking an eye. No need to worry about a drop in temperature when you add something new, or something getting overly cooked while another dish is undercooked. With a convection oven, you can even stack dishes and still get an evenly-cooked dish.
Cons of a Convection Oven
#1 One con when using a convection oven is that you’ll have to make some adjustments off the bat. Since most directions are written for a traditional oven, you’ll have to be able to adjust the temperature and cook time for convection. If you don’t do this correctly, you could get burned or undercooked dishes.
#2 Some people have had issues with their dough rising in a convection oven. So if you’re a big bread maker or baker, you may want to reconsider. Or make sure you know how to turn off the fan when you’re making bread.
#3 Since a convection oven has a heating element and a fan, as opposed to the traditional oven that just has a heating elements, you are looking at more things that could break. But not to worry, whether you need a repair done on your convection or traditional oven, Peter’s Appliance can get you back to baking in no time. For trustworthy and reliable servicer, contact Peter’s Appliance today!