Thursday, January 24, 2013

Cookers and Ovens

Once you have designed your new or remodeled kitchen, it`s time to make some crucial decisions on choices that will impact your kitchen`s look, design layout and overall functionality. The right cooker is essential to your new kitchen. Before you commit, go over the features and styles available so you find the stove that will meet all your needs.


Colors

Most stoves come in various colors, so you should be able to find the cooker with the features you want in a color that will complement your design scheme. Basic neutral tones, such as black or white, will work in just about any kitchen. Consider sticking to these neutral tones if you`re a frequent remodeler, as neutral colors will fit into more design styles than more rare ones.
If you think you want to keep your kitchen`s new design for a long time, you can go with a stove in a more unusual color, such as red, black or stainless steel. While stainless steel appliances are common now, the silver may not be in certain design schemes.

Types

The basic energy type you`ll have to pick between is gas and electric. Both have their own pros and cons. If you have pre-existing hookups, you may want to stick to the type of stove your kitchen has the connections for. Budget-wise, which type will cost you less to run depends on the cost of electricity and gas in your area.

Gas cookers offer more control over the heat, especially in the oven, than electric cookers do. However, electric stoves are often easier to clean and cost less than gas stoves.

Designs

Once you`ve decided the energy type for your new cooker, you`ll need to choose a design. The three most common designs are the slide-in range, which fits between two cabinets but doesn`t have finished sides, the freestanding range, which has finished sides and the drop-in range, which is built right into your cabinets.

Your design choice must fit into your kitchen`s layout and design scheme. The cooker should not take up too much space or be difficult to get around after installation. Measure your stove space multiple times so you know how much room you have to play with and don`t end up with a cooker that won`t fit into your kitchen.

Heating

Ovens come in conventional, convection and combinations of both as far as the internal heating structure goes. Conventional ovens use the heat generated by the energy source and natural airflow to heat foods, while electric convection ovens use a fan system to heat food more quickly. Combination ovens use elements of both heating types and do cook food faster than conventional ovens.

Consider your particular cooking needs when you`re deciding on a heating element type. Convection ovens do heat quickly and many users experience a lot of trial and error when it comes to determining the proper cooking time. If you`re not cooking for a lot of people or are often distracted while you`re making dinner, a conventional oven may be a better choice for you. If you`re planning on larger cooking sessions on occasion, consider a combination oven.

Depending on your particular cooking needs and your kitchen`s design, a wall oven might be an option. You can pair the wall oven with a cooktop instead of choosing a more traditional cooker. Wall ovens and cooktops take up less space, so if you`re concerned about room, look into both of these options. Cooktops can be built into countertops or kitchen islands, giving you functional cooking and prepping space.

Research features and prices, such as timers, before you make your final choice. Many stove models, such as the Rangemaster Classic Deluxe, come with electronic baking features for the oven.

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