Self cleaning ovens do not need to be cleaned manually as they use a high temperature to burn off any residues from cooking. The cleaning process is done in a special cleaning cycle, during which the oven locks itself, and the user just wipes away the resulting charcoal after the cycle, when the oven has cooled again. Most self cleaning ovens do not need chemicals for the cleaning process.
Electric ovens use electric as the source of power and they can either be conventional electric ovens, which controls the heat with a thermostat in the middle of the oven, or electric fan ovens, in which case the heat is distributed by way of a fan at the back of the oven. Some users prefer electric ovens to gas ovens as they are easier to install, have a more even heat distribution and are generally more fully featured than gas ovens.
Gas ovens use either mains gas or bottled gas as the source of energy and they are heated by way of a flame at the back of the oven. Some users prefer gas to cook certain types of food, such as cakes, as the gas produces moisture and the food does not dry out so easily, however there has to be a source of gas in the home.
Convection ovens, also called fan ovens, are electric ovens which use a fan to circulate the heat throughout the oven, with the result that the temperature is distributed more evenly throughout the oven, and the food also cooks faster than in a conventional oven.
Double ovens operate with two ovens which can be used independently of each other. The benefits of a double oven is that there is more cooking capacity than with a single oven and you can choose to use one oven at a time or use both ovens at different temperatures if required. Most double ovens have a grill built into the top oven.
Built in electric ovens are electric ovens which integrated into the kitchen units rather than freestanding. They can either be built in under the kitchen worktops, often with an electric hob built above, or above the work surface height, usually built into the kitchen units in a special column or housing. Whether the integrated oven is built in or built under the worktops is a matter of personal preference, as some users prefer not to have to bend down to take food out of the oven.
Double electric ovens are electric ovens which have two oven cavities instead of a single one. Double electric ovens operate independently of each other so can be heated to different temperatures and the upper oven usually has an integrated grill.
Electric single ovens are electric ovens which only have a single cavity. They have a lower capacity than a double oven but are useful in smaller households or where space is tight.
Double gas ovens are ovens which use mains or bottle gas as the source of fuel and which consist of two ovens which can operate independently of each other. This means that there is more capacity than with a single oven and the user can cook with both ovens at different temperatures.
Built in double ovens are ovens which are integrated into the kitchen units and which have two ovens, which offers a larger capacity than a single oven.
Built in ovens are integrated into the kitchen units, either built into columns above the work surface or built under the work top.
Single ovens are gas or electric ovens with a single cavity. They offer less capacity than a double oven but are suitable for smaller households and are cheaper than double ovens.
Built in gas ovens use either mains or bottled gas as the source of fuel and are integrated under the kitchen units. Some users prefer gas ovens over electric ovens as they are better for certain types of cooking such as baking as they keep the food moist.
Built in double gas ovens are gas ovens which are integrated into the kitchen units and which have a double cavity instead of a single cavity. The double ovens operate independently and therefore offer greater flexibility and more capacity than a single oven.
Fan or convection ovens are electric ovens which distribute the heat via a fan at the back, creating a more even temperature and offering shorter cooking times than a conventional electric oven.
Pyrolytic ovens are self cleaning ovens which use a special high temperature cleaning cycle to oxidise the food spills and reduce them to charcoal, which can easily be wiped away once the oven has cooled.
LPG built in ovens are gas ovens which use Liquefied Petroleum Gas, or LPG as their source of fuel and which are integrated into the kitchen units. LPG gas comes in bottles rather than being available on a mains supply and may be suitable for users who wish to cook with gas but do not have a mains supply available. Installation must be done by a registered gas installer and there must be access to bottled gas outside the home, so installation can be more difficult than with an electric oven.
Pyrolytic double ovens are ovens which have a double cavity rather than a single cavity and which are self cleaning. They use a high temperature cleaning cycle to burn away any traces of food from the oven walls, which can easily be wiped away when the oven has cooled.