If you are in need of a new stove for your kitchen, you should make sure what you purchase goes well with your needs. This will make things much easier for you when preparing and cooking meals for your family.
Electric or Gas
When it comes to choosing a new stove for your kitchen the first thing you need to know is if you want it to be electric or gas. If you do not currently have a gas line that runs to your kitchen, it may be expensive to have one installed. In most cases, your best option is to choose what your kitchen can handle.
If you can use either gas or electric, they make stoves that have both. For example, the stove top can be gas, while the oven is electric. This gives you the best of both worlds.
Induction Stove Tops
Some electric stoves have induction stove tops that use an electromagnetic field to heat up pots and pans. The cooking surface is completely cool when you touch it. This is a great feature if you have children that may touch the stove top. This also does not heat up your kitchen while you are cooking. The stove top is completely flat, which makes it very easy to clean.
Convection Thermal Oven
If you are a busy cook all the time, you should consider purchasing a stove that has a combination of a convection and thermal oven. This type of stove cooks with a fan, which circulates hot air inside the oven so your food cooks more quickly.
Ask the salesperson what the BTUs (British thermal unit) are on the stove. In many cases, you can find stoves that have one or two burners that are higher heat then the others. Both of these burners will cook your food quicker, such as when boiling water or searing meat.
If you can cook slowly, you can find stoves that have a slow cooker feature. With this type of stove you can set a dish, such as a pot roast, in the oven in the morning, and then allow it to cook all day like you would using a slow cooker. This also saves you space, as you will only have to use one appliance for this cooking style.
Visit an appliance store to look at the many stoves they have available. The salesperson can go over all the features on them to help you make a good choice.