In short, the different types of ovens are electric, gas, conventional and convectional. Your cooker is an incredibly important appliance. It is of course responsible for cooking your roast dinners and your frozen pizza's; and without it, you're left with your microwave to cook your meals - which would be a real struggle. That's why it's important to know the difference, and we can help.
Because your cooker is so vitally important, you want to make sure you're purchasing the correct cooker to suit your needs - whether that is an electric or gas cooker, or a conventional, or convectional oven. We're going to help you decide which cooker you need, by creating a handy guide of the different types of oven that are available.
We start this guide with the most popular choice of oven - the electric oven. An electric oven works by using heating elements placed on the walls of your oven cavity, which heat up when an electrical current is passed through them. Electric ovens are cheaper to buy than a gas oven, but because they run off electricity, they're a tad more expensive to run.
Electric ovens are easier to use, and will cook your meals more evenly than a gas cooker. If you're too concerned about your energy bills, and you want a high performing cooker, then an electric cooker is the choice for you.
A gas oven cooks your meals by using burners instead of using heating elements. Gas is sent to your oven burner and a spark electrode will ignite your oven burner, producing heat and cooking your meals. Gas ovens tend to be a little more expensive than electric ovens, but a gas oven is cheaper to run that an electric oven, so you'll make this money back over time. But, it's important to consider that a gas outlet is needed in order for the cooker to function, and installation would be an extra cost on top, if you don't have one already fitted.
Gas ovens tend to be more popular with bakers because they heat and cool quicker than an electric cooker; they allow you to have exact control over the temperature of the oven; and because gas ovens allow for additional moisture which will prevent baked goods from hardening and becoming brittle, before the inside of the baked the treat is cooked.
As well as choosing how you want your oven fuelled, you also have to decide if you want your oven to be fan assisted.
Convectional or Conventional
Conventional ovens heat the air inside your oven to cook your meals, whereas Convectional ovens use fans to circulate this hot air around the oven cavity, cooking your food faster and more evenly. Convectional oven tend to cost more but provide a better quality of cooking. The choice really depends on how often you use your cooker, and whether or not you'll value the added bit of quality.
No matter which type of oven you decide to choose, you'll be able to a spare part for it amongst our range of cooker spare parts if your cooker ever becomes faulty.