When you are in the market for a new oven, there are a huge number of things you should be considering. For instance, one of the biggest considerations is working out whether you want to stick to what you know, i.e. just do a straightforward replacement with what you have now, or if you choose something totally new instead.
It’s not always an easy decision to choose a new oven, so here are some handy tips to help you go about it, which will hopefully make it easier for you.
1. Make a list detailing positives and negatives of your old oven
Knowing exactly what you like about your current oven is important because it will help you narrow down which new ovens might be ideal for you. For instance, does your old oven have a griddle on top and is this something you require in your new oven. Or is your old oven dual fuel, in that you can use both gas and electric to cook? All of these things should be on your ‘Must have’ list when you start looking to buy a new oven.
It is, of course, also important to note down what you don’t like since you don’t want to end up with a new oven that doesn’t suit your requirements. Take note of everything that annoys or frustrates you, such as only having a single oven instead of a double, or you may dislike the fact your oven has electric hot plates instead of gas grates on top. All these things need to be written down so you can avoid ovens which have the same specifications or features.
2. How much space do you have for a new oven?
Of course, you may not be able to get everything you want in a new oven, simply because you don’t have the space for it. Many homes have modest kitchens, where there is only just enough space made for a few white goods, such as a single oven, washing machine, fridge, and at a push, perhaps a dishwasher. You need to make sure you think your space restrictions though thoroughly and ensure you are going to be able to fit your new oven in your kitchen.
This is especially important if you’re upgrading from a single oven to a double oven. You need to take time and really think about whether the new oven will look out of place and if it will be too big for your kitchen. If you are removing a few cupboards in order to be able to fit the new oven in, you also need to think about whether you can really afford to lose the storage space.
3. What budget do you have?
Most decisions will always come down to how much money you have. Therefore it is important to make sure you have a reasonable budget before you even start thinking about buying a new oven. They are not cheap, so you will also need to consider about whether finance is going to be required and if it is, how this is going to affect your monthly outgoings.
Of course, if you have a set list detailing exactly what you want (point 1) and are aware of how big an oven you can get (point 2), this will make it a lot easier to work out how much money you are going to need and if you can afford it. Ovens are a worthwhile investment, especially when you consider we tend to use them a few times each day, every day throughout the year, so it’s always worthwhile getting the best you can afford. After all, the better quality you buy, the longer it will last you.
4. Visit showrooms and utilise the salespeople
Many people hate interacting with salespeople, simply because they either find them too insistent and annoying, or because they find themselves easily swayed and often end up with things they either don’t need or can’t afford. However, visiting the right showrooms will allow you to interact with salespeople who really know their stuff when it comes to ovens and you should definitely be trying to make the most of their knowledge before you make your buying decision.
Upon entering a showroom and encountering a salesperson, you should make it known you have a specific list of likes, dislikes and requirements and also keep in mind it is in their best interest you find what you’re looking for and that it is the right purchase for you. Provided they know what you are looking for, you should be open to the suggestions they make to you, after all, they have the product knowledge you don’t and may even highlight features you aren’t aware of.
5. Remember to enquire about warranties and guarantees
When you are investing a lot of money in something as big and as pricey as an oven, you should always ask about guarantee and warranty information and what is available with the particular oven model you are interested in. Both elements may vary somewhat between the different brands of oven, so never assume one warranty/ guarantee package deal will relate to another. It is always safer to ask what’s available and then push for what you want before making any commitment to buy.
Laura writes for The Washhouse. When not writing about Washhouse ovens, she can often be found cleaning out hers.