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If you haven’t been in the market for a new oven for a while, you might be surprised to discover what they can do these days. There’s no need to go for an oven with a host of different functions. Five basic functions are enough to get a good performance.
Buying an oven is a decision you'll have to live with for a long time. To help you make the right one, CHOICE bought a selection of popular cheaper ovens and brought them back to our lab. Here, our experienced home economist assessed them for six weeks.
To compare the ovens' performance, she roasted 10 chooks, baked 20 sponge cakes, 10 custard tarts, 10 pizzas, 180 scones, 60 meringues, 160 slices of toasted bread, and grilled 160 sausages. Each food was designed to test a specific oven function and ability, for example, evenness of heating, multi-shelf cooking, low, moderate and/or high temperatures and so on.
She also measured how big the ovens were inside (to fit that all important Christmas roast), how easy they are to use, and how effective their self-cleaning functions were.
Our objective: To give you clear, unbiased advice on buying the best oven for your cooking needs.
Please note: this information was current as of April 2007 but is still a useful guide to today's market.
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