If you are in the market for a new range, you may want to consider upgrading to a double-oven range. These ranges are usually more expensive than standard ranges, often costing £1,200 or more. However, they offer many benefits that make the extra expense worthwhile. Keep reading to learn more about the advantages of these versatile kitchen appliances.
Both slide-in and freestanding models usually have a larger oven on the bottom and a smaller oven on top. The small oven is ideal for everyday cooking, while the large oven is perfect for preparing larger meals or dishes. Depending on the model that you purchase, the ovens may be the same size, evenly splitting the cooking space. Take a look to find the best electric double-oven.
We recently tested out several ranges with this design feature, including the Samsung NE58F9710WS. This range, features a slide-in partition that can be used to split the oven into two separate cooking areas. Although each cooking chamber features its own temperature controls, the two temperatures need to be within a specific range of one another. This is in contrast to a true double-oven, where the temperatures can be vastly different. Since a single door is used for both cooking chambers, heat can easily escape if you open the oven to check on the food in either chamber.
Alternatively, Samsung has ranges that feature both a slide-in partition and a double door. The Samsung NY58J9850WS, is a great example of this design. The top oven door can be opened on its own without affecting the food in the lower cooking chamber. Here are some additional considerations to think about as you shop for the perfect model:
- With most double ovens, the bottom oven is extremely low to the ground. Food that is placed on the lowest rack can be difficult to remove from the oven. Before purchasing one of these models, try pretending that you are cooking food on the lowest shelf to make sure that it is comfortable to use.
- The storage drawer has been eliminated. To accommodate the double-oven, there usually isn’t a drawer for pots and pans at the bottom of the range.
- Check the capacity of the oven. When evaluating ranges, see where they rate in terms of their capacity score. When rating double ovens, we measure the available space in each separate oven and add them together. Ranges with double ovens usually score quite well in terms of their capacity. Check out the oven in person, as well, to get a better sense of how large it is.
- Look for easy-to-use controls. Any knobs or buttons should be marked clearly to show which portion of the oven they control.
- Consider any additional features. For instance, the convection feature on many double-oven ranges is limited to the bottom oven. Some models, however, provide convection cooking in both ovens.