Thursday, August 27, 2009

A New Oven

So, it turns out our oven is broken and cannot be repaired. The exact phrase was:

"It's over 10 years old so the parts aren't made anymore".

What?

It is stainless steel - it can't be that old. But no, apparently 10 years is over the hill in oven years (perhaps they age similar to dogs).

The current oven is gas, but I think I want an electric one. I have checked out CHOICE and read their reports on ovens and apparently gas is no longer all it's cracked up to be. Electric ovens have improved over the years and an electric oven can have so many cooking options that they can be much more versatile than a gas oven.

Here is my wish list for my oven:

  • Non marking stainless steel (for grubby little finger marks)
  • External Grill (or super duper internal grill that won't splash fat through the entire oven)
  • At least three shelf positions
  • Cooking options like fan or different elements on or off
  • Self cleaning - but will heating the oven to high temps damage my timber kitchen?
  • A side opening door sounds really nice but not at the expense of other things on my list
  • A door with a large window so I can see the food without having to open the door during cooking
  • Shelves that won't tip when they are half pulled out and have safety stoppers so they won't come all the way out by accident.
  • A smokeless grill tray (especially if we go for an internal grill)
  • A non-tilting grill tray with stoppers like the oven shelves as well as a grill tray that comes out far enough to reach food at the back of the tray.
  • A shield on the front of the grill element to stop burnt fingers

Other things to check:

  • The inside dimensions
  • Energy Efficiency
  • How easy it is to get to the bulb
  • Ease of removing shelves for cleaning plus lack of nooks and crannies on the inside of the oven.
  • The warranty length
  • Service times etc.

So that's my check list for today. Hopefully by the weekend we will have purchased one. I had no idea how much I rely on using an oven.

3 comments:

Toria said...

Congrats on moving into your new home, hope you make many happy memories in it.

It does seem bizarre that you can't get bits for the stove. Are you taking the word of the repairman, or have you phoned the actual company? I ask because we needed to replace the grill element in our roughly 7 year old stove, couldn't find the part locally & called the manufacturer. They had the part & sent it out to that day.

I would love a side opening oven & think you should consider it strongly if you are ever planning to have another child (can you tell I burned my heavily pregnant tummy on our front opening stove once?).

belinda said...

Wow,

What is it with ovens atm. Mine is out and I know of at least one other that died recently as well. On the plus side of things mine can be repaired, although cost is still significant. On the down side the part doesn't hit AUS until Sept 15th so I have what is going to feel like an interminable wait ahead of me.

Kind Regards
Belinda

Emma @ the Berry Patch said...

Hi Toria,

I spoke to the company, which was bought out by another company, which is why there are no longer parts - they only need to keep parts for 7 years. Confused? Me too.

Hi Belinda,

It's good your oven can be repaired - even if you do have to wait a while. No scones for either of us for a few more weeks!

Emma

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