The kitchen is the heart of every home. And there’s nothing that will make life easier than having the best oven to rely on. But should you go for a countertop or a regular oven?

Here are some of the main differences between a countertop oven and a regular oven:

 

Countertop Oven

Regular Oven

PriceInexpensiveMore expensive
Power ConsumptionUses less powerUses more power
ConvenienceNeeds counter spaceFits seamlessly into kitchen design
FeaturesMany featuresLimited features
SpecialtyGreat for browningGreat for baking

Listed above are some of the main differences between a countertop oven and a regular oven. But of course, there’s more to picking an oven than simply choosing the cheapest model.

That’s why the rest of this article will go through these factors in more detail. It will help you to choose the best oven model for you and your family. Make sure you check it out!

Countertop Oven vs Regular Oven

An oven is more than just an oven for me. It’s a godsend.

Why? Putting a meal in the oven to cook is far easier than having to keep an eye on food on the hob. Oven cooked meals are often healthier options too. Cooking food in the oven often helps us to cut back on the oil and frying we do on the stovetop. 

Are you choosing a new oven for the kitchen? Then you’ll need to determine whether you should go for a countertop oven or a regular oven. To choose well, you’ll have to decide what you will mainly use your oven for and the features you expect to come with it. The following oven guide will help you choose.

Price

Buying a new oven is never cheap. The only inexpensive options for new ovens are those mini cupcake ovens for kids. And let’s face it, even they’re overpriced. Yes, that’s right purchasing a new oven may force you to put this year’s vacation plans on the back burner (again). But, just how much are we talking? Take a look below.

 Countertop OvenRegular Oven
Price
  • Basic models start at $50. 
  • More extensive models range up to $1300.
  • Cheapest models start at $500. 
  • More extensive models range up to $2500.

If your choice is based on budget alone, then you should choose a countertop oven. They are the most inexpensive option, with a starting price of about $50. The features and the design of regular ovens make them more expensive. 

Power

No one likes to be socked with a hefty electric bill at the end of the month. Are you looking for an energy-efficient oven? Then you may think twice when choosing between a countertop or a regular oven. What is the difference in power consumption of a countertop oven and a regular oven? Take a look below.

 Countertop OvenRegular Oven
Power ConsumptionUsually have a convection setting which cooks food 30% faster than a regular oven.Generally takes longer to cook food thus using more power.

If your choice is based on power consumption alone, then you should choose a countertop oven. Countertop ovens use the least power because they run using convection settings. 

But what is a convection setting? Convection is the way that the oven heats up. A convection oven blows hot air around the oven helping it to cook up to 30% faster. Why does it work? You could compare it to standing outside on a cold day. If it’s 50 degrees out and it’s a calm day you may go outside with just a sweater on. But now imagine there’s a strong northern wind blowing. The wind chill will make those 50 degrees feel like they’re heading for the 30’s.

The same thing happens in a convection oven. The hot air blows around the food helping it to cook faster at the same temperature as a traditional oven. The hot air blowing around makes the oven feel hotter than it actually is and it retains its heat better. All this leads to a reduction in the power usage of a countertop oven as it cooks food faster.

Convenience

Now I’m sure you’ll agree with me when I say that some kitchen appliances are an eyesore.

They’re big and bulky and take up far too much room on your kitchen countertop. So what can be said about a countertop oven and a regular oven? Take a look below.

A shiny, elegant conventional oven.
A conventional oven fits perfectly into your kitchen design.
 Countertop OvenRegular Oven
Convenience
  • Need countertop space. Smaller model dimensions start at 22.28 x 16.46 x 10.04 inches.Larger model dimensions go up to 24.8 x 16.54 x 20.47 inches.
  • Built into your kitchen design.Smaller model dimensions start at 23.43 x 22.64 x 23.43 inches.Larger model dimensions go up to 21.69 x 23.43 x 23.43 inches.

If you have limited countertop space, then you should choose a regular oven. Regular ovens have been made to fit into the interior design of your kitchen. Although they are bigger, every kitchen is designed with an oven slot. So your oven will not be without a home. 

Most countertop ovens are pretty much the same size. The difference between most of them is in the height of the unit. Are you planning to fit your countertop oven in the space between your work surface and kitchen cupboards? Then make sure you measure that space before buying your countertop oven so that you know it will fit.

An elegant conventional oven,
SOME kitchen ovens offer elegance and function in one.

Features

What do you want to cook in your oven? What you plan to use it for will help you decide whether you should go for a countertop oven or a traditional oven. Take a look at the difference between the two below. 

 Countertop OvenRegular Oven
Features of Higher-End Models
  • Large capacityConvection cooking1-hour timerPrecise temperature controlTemperature probeGrill trays, forks, and baking pans includedBaking, broiling, keep warm settings
  • Large capacityPrecise temperature controlLong-range timerBaking pan, grill trays includedKeep warm setting
Features of Lower-End Models
  • 30-minute timerConvection cookingBaking, broiling, keep warm settings
  • Precise temperature controlLong-range timerBaking pan, grill traysKeep warm setting

If you are looking for an oven with many cooking features, then you should choose a countertop oven. Countertop ovens come with a larger range of features than traditional ovens. These features help you to cook a wide range of meals with just one appliance. Some countertop ovens even come with a meat probe which is great for cooking large cuts of meat.

Specialty

Some ovens are made with certain dishes in mind. They simply excel when doing specific jobs. So, what can be said about countertop and regular ovens? Take a look below. 

 Countertop OvenRegular Oven
Specialty
  • Browns food fasterMakes crispier bread crusts
  • Quiet operationIdeal for baking and general cooking

If you are looking for an oven that will be mainly used for baking, you should choose a regular oven. Why? Convection ovens are great at browning and cooking things faster. But, if you want to cook a cake that needs to rise slowly, a convection oven will not be effective. It may brown the outside of the cake quickly while leaving the inside uncooked.

Can a Countertop Oven Replace a Regular Oven?

If you are looking to kit out a new kitchen then you might decide to ditch the built-in oven and opt for a countertop oven. But, is a countertop oven a good replacement for a regular oven? Yes, it is, and for so many reasons! Take a look at just some of them below:

A countertop oven on the top of a kitchen counter.
Countertop ovens are great, but they’re not the same as a full version.
  • Countertop ovens cook quickly. Thanks to their convection oven setting, they could cook your meal faster than a regular oven!
  • Countertop ovens come with plenty of features. These include: 
    • Baking settings
    • Broiling settings
    • Keep warm settings
  • Countertop ovens come with lots of classy extras. These include:
    • Meat temperature probes
    • Grill racks
    • Baking dishes
    • Cooking utensils

Conclusion

Choosing between a countertop oven and a regular oven can be a tricky decision. Between pricing, space-saving, and the features, there’s so much to consider. I’m sure this article has helped you to decide which oven will be the best fit for you and your family

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Have a great day!

-Craig