Are you researching a new oven for your home? Or, do you have a convection oven in your current home and not sure of the differences between a conventional and convection ovens? You are not alone. A lot of people are not educated about the differences between the two ovens. You may have heard that convection ovens are a bonus in a new home, but may not know what they are best used for, or how to use them.
Here are the differences between conventional and convection ovens to help you take your cooking and baking to the next level.
1. Best Use
A convection oven is best used for browning, roasting, and quick baking. A convection oven circulates air, which results in a steady, dry temperature. This means that foods will cook faster, and the surface of foods will be dry. For cakes, it is recommended to use your regular bake mode.
2. Heat circulation
The main difference between a convection and conventional oven is how the heat is circulated. A convection oven has a fan that continuously circulates air through the oven cavity. Because air is continuously circulated, convection ovens produce a much more consistent and even heat than regular bake ovens.
Both conventional and convection ovens can be heated with electricity or gas, but the heat distribution differs. The heat source in a conventional oven is stationary, usually radiating from a heating element in the bottom of the appliance, while in a convection oven, a fan circulates the hot air all around the place.
Conventional ovens mean that the heat comes from the heating elements on the top and bottom of the oven. The air passively circulates because there is no fan to force the air to flow throughout the oven cavity. The passive airflow in a conventional oven can result in uneven heating, especially if the heating element on the top heats at a higher temperature than the lower element.
From a physical aspect, conventional and convection ovens are almost the same size. A convection oven has one additional feature, an additional fan and exhaust system that blows the heated oven air through the entire space evenly while your food is cooking.
4. Energy Use
Convection ovens are more energy-efficient than most conventional ovens because the convection setting causes the food to be ready more quickly, which requires less energy than the normal setting.
5. Cooks Faster
Convection ovens cook approximately 25% faster than conventional ovens.
6. Pack Oven Full
You can pack a convection oven full because it circulates air throughout the oven resulting in even cooking, even when you use all three racks.
Most recipes are written for conventional ovens, making it easier to use for less experienced cooks.
Regular ovens tend to cost less than convection ovens, so they’re a good option if you’re on a tight budget.
Either choice you make, enjoy your conventional or convection oven.
Repair or Service
If your appliance is not working at peak performance, a repair might be required or at least a service check. Make sure to call an experienced quality appliance and repair specialist who will restore it to top condition.
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