What is a Convection Oven? Why is It a Better Choice Than a Traditional Oven?

Convection-OvenHomeowners now have the option to buy a convection oven. This type of oven has been used for years in Pizzerias. It is superior to standard ovens because it has the ability to heat up every part of the food evenly. Not only does it cook food perfectly, it does so in a shorter amount of time than that of standard (radiant or thermal) ovens.

What is a convection oven, anyway?

It is an oven that is designed to create a uniform temperature with internal fans. These fans circulate hot air evenly throughout every part of the food. The hot air doesn’t just sit in random spots as it does in other types of ovens.

The word “convection” itself refers to heat transfer in liquid or gas form by the circulation of currents from one area to another.

Have you ever been annoyed because your food didn’t come out right, no matter how careful you were? Does your oven always seem to burn some parts of the food while leaving the rest of it frozen? This is because most consumer ovens do not contain fans. The airflow isn’t regulated through them as it is with convection models.

Types of Convection Ovens

Just because an oven has fans in it doesn’t mean it’s perfect. There are nearly a dozen models to choose from. Consider your own personal preferences and cooking requirements. There are many different types of convection ovens, including microwaves, countertop models, gas ovens, electric ovens, over the range ovens, infrared ovens, toasters, and portable ovens. These many different types of convection ovens offer you all kinds of different baking and cooking options in your kitchen, and you can easily find the right solution for whatever your needs are.

As mentioned above, there are also commercial ovens. These tend to operate on a central temperature, which is usually set on low in order to use less energy. Some commercial models are referred to as impingement ovens. These have a very high amount of hot air flowing from both the bottom and top. The air generally passes through the unit via the conveyer belt.

In most commercial convectional ovens, the heating elements are located close to the food. This allows for better heat transfer and cooking speeds.

Benefits of Using a Convection Oven

Now that you have a better understanding of how a convection oven works, here are the advantages of using it over standard ovens:

Shorter cooking times – Residential units can cook meals up to 30{9a380f4e84d98486cb4e3fb0b774145dd920d53eef77a0fda2ce39067aee7610} more quickly than traditional ovens. Commercial units can cook meals up to 50{9a380f4e84d98486cb4e3fb0b774145dd920d53eef77a0fda2ce39067aee7610} more quickly! Imagine being able to prepare Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner up to three times faster!

Evenly cooked meals – Traditional ovens only have one heat source, and that source is either on the sides, bottom, or top part of the oven. This results in the food being cooked unevenly. Convectional ovens are engineered to distribute heat evenly through all parts of the food.

Better taste – You won’t have to worry about undercooking OR overcooking your meals. The food retains its natural flavor and doesn’t dry out. There’s a reason that pizzerias have been using these ovens for years: the food always turns out great!

Lower temperatures – Since the food will cook just fine on low temperatures, the risks of fire is reduced significantly. Kitchen safety is overall increased. In standard ovens, it takes higher temperatures to overpower the cold air that surrounds the food. In a convection oven, the circulating hot air breaks up the cold air all around the food. Less energy is used as well, making it an eco-friendly appliance.

Internal moisture retained – There is no drying out of food with a convection oven. Bread, pies, and thick pieces of meat, cookies: all of these foods retain their interior moisture. This is a challenging feat to pull off in a standard oven, but not with a convectional one!

Cooking more at once – Think about it: cooking three sheets of cookies in a standard oven is a bad idea since the heat isn’t distributed evenly. Some of the cookies will be overcooked and some will be undercooked. This isn’t a problem with a convection oven. Not only can you cook food in a shorter amount of time, you can cook more of it!

Self-cleaning – Some units come with self-cleaning features. They can be set to heat up to 900 F for a few hours.

During this time, the extreme heat burns off spills and turns crumbs into ash. All you have to do is wipe everything away with a wet sponge.

All of this said, not all convection oven models are equal. Those without a third heating element tend to cook less evenly. They are still superior to traditional ovens, but not as great as “true convection” ovens. “True convections” come in the form of slide-in ranges and built-in wall units.

So as you can see, a convection oven would be a better solution for you than a standard or a traditional oven. With all of the different convection ovens that are available, it is very easy to find a solution for whatever your baking or cooking needs are, and you will see that there are many great convection oven choices for you, so get out there and do the cooking and baking that you truly want to do!