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Choosing The Best Oven Options For Your Kitchen

Bosch AccentLine at Silke Kitchens Hendon Central

When it comes to planning and designing your kitchen, careful consideration of your options for any appliance, cabinet or worktop is important. But perhaps most important of all of the things to be considerate of are your best oven options; after all, the oven serves as the heart of the kitchen, where food is cooked and prepared. Being mindful of exactly what oven is going to best suit you and your needs is absolutely essential.

What exactly is that you need to be mindful of when selecting an oven, then? Well, in brief, it’s good to consider at least the following factors: what sort oven will best suit the needs and wants of your family, what sort of oven will best work with the space you have available, and what sort of oven will fit in your price range. All fairly no-brainer stuff, but we’ll take a quick look at each point in slightly greater detail.

Firstly, let’s look at the needs and wants of your family, as it is arguably the major starting point when considering an oven. To start off, what are your familial circumstances, and how likely are those circumstances to change? A good way to illustrate this point is thus; a smaller, more compact oven will likely suffice for a single individual, but would it be the best oven option for a family of six? The inverse is true as well; does a single person, or a house of just two, need a larger oven? The answer to either question is fairly obvious, but it does pay to consider the future somewhat when selecting an oven. Will what suits you now continue to suit you in the future, if your family grows? These are all important questions to ask yourself before considering any other question regarding the best oven option for you.

Secondly, what is the best oven option with the space you have available. Space in the home is, by and large, at a surplus; finding a balance between appliances with sizes that meet your needs that leave room for other appliances/walking space is absolutely paramount. The first question to ask yourself is whether or not you want a Freestanding Oven, or a Built-In Oven? Whilst Freestanding units come in a variety of sizes and styles to suit almost any situation, Built-In ovens are a fairly popular option for those with very little space to work with.

Built-in ovens can also be mounted at eye-level if so desired, an increasingly popular option in the modern age, although this obviously comes at the cost of integrated hobs atop the oven. Some Built-In units, particularly double ones, can also run up to sizes of 90cm in height, meaning they’re not as space-saving. However, by simply having two units of a larger size, you will of course be able to cook more food in one go, with relative ease. If space is especially at a surplus, a number of companies offer Compact ovens as small as 45cm, often without sacrificing any functionality.

Finally, there’s the matter of price. This one’s fairly simple to come to terms with; paying large sums of money for an oven jam packed with functions you’re not likely to make good use of is, obviously, going to be a tremendous waste of funds. Thankfully, a number of manufacturers provide low-cost ovens with functionality that is either comparable to higher end products, or that will meet the needs of most homeowners very well. If you do have a bit more money to play around with, however, it pays to see what’s available on the market; technology is getting better and better all the time, and ovens with functionality scarcely imaginable even just ten years ago are becoming readily more accessible as time goes on.

Obviously, we cannot provide catchall solutions for every client in regards to the best oven options for them; everyone’s needs and wants with an oven (or indeed any appliance) will vary greatly between the individual. All we can do is offer general advice for customers to be aware of, and provide a number of questions for each client to ask themselves. It may seem daunting deciding what the best oven options are for you and your family, but with a little forethought, you can come up with the answers fairly easily.

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If you have any questions and would like to speak to someone at Silke about your current or new kitchen, be sure to contact us for friendly help and advice.