Features to Consider When Purchasing an Oven

Buying a new appliance can be both exciting and overwhelming. Modern ovens have so many new features that it can be confusing to find one that’s right for you. Let’s take a look at some features to consider when purchasing a new oven.

Dual Capacity

An oven with dual cooking chambers could be handy if you often cook multiple things at the same time that require different temperatures. Big holiday meals are made a lot easier if you can bake the pumpkin pie and the turkey at the same time while having space for other dishes. But if you’re only the occasional cook, this may not be a necessary feature.

Delayed Start

A delayed start feature on an oven is convenient for the cook that loves to plan. Have a casserole from the fridge that’s all set to go, but you’d like it to reach room temp before cooking? A delayed start will allow you to set a specific time for your oven to turn on and start cooking while food is already inside.


An oven with a self-cleaning feature doesn’t actually “clean” itself. It heats up to around 1,000 degrees while locking the door, which causes all the food and debris in the inside of the oven to burn off. People with self-cleaning often don’t use them which can cause the feature to break and need repairs. Decide if this is something that is important to you.


Safety precautions are an important feature of any oven, especially if you have small children at home. You want to look for an oven with a locking mechanism on the door.


When searching for a new oven, you want to look for one that will be easy to service. A rare or specialty oven may be difficult to find parts for, making repairs more expensive and time-consuming.

Any questions about oven features? Ask the experts at Express Appliance Service.