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Daily Q&A: Any tips on what amenities to look for in a new oven?

I'm looking for a new oven range, what amenities should I take into consideration these days?

As with any appliance and electronic device, there are constant updates and improvements made in an attempt to make our lives easier and more convenient.

Consumers have to decide what actually fits their needs. Here are some of the new add-ons to ranges as noted by ShopSmartmag.org:

• More double ovens: Ovens are being made big enough for turkeys, roasts, and multiple dishes with the added bonus of an additional oven designed for single frozen entrées, pizza or a batch of brownies.

• Steam-cleaning cycles: They're best for spot-cleaning right after you cook so that you don't have to run the longer self-cleaning cycle. But you'll still have to wipe up the spill.

• Griddle pans: A griddle spanning two burners or an oval burner is ideal for making batches of pancakes, eggs, paninis or grilled-cheese sandwiches.

• Convection for less: Ovens with convection help reduce roasting time, and instead of the usual $1,200 and up, you can now find the feature on ranges for $800 to $900, such as the Kenmore 9745 and Amana AER6011VA.

For these and other tips, visit www.ShopSmartmag.org.

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Daily Q&A: Any tips on what amenities to look for in a new oven? 06/08/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, June 8, 2010 3:48pm]
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