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    Posted: 06 Apr 2012 at 9:09pm
we're starting to look at stoves. not to purchase right away, but i always like to know a bit about things before i buy them. since this will be the first time i am buying a stove, i want to explore all the possibilities. yes, i know i am a geek like that!

in my research i am coming across convection and non convection. what exactly is the difference between the two, aside from $50? do you find having convection ovens more useful? we have always had convection stoves (i think) but i'm not 100% sure what they do. i *think* it has to do with more even temp? i'm not sure.

the stoves we're looking at are ceramic cooktops and electric. sadly, we can't have a gas stove yet. but one day....

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Post Options Post Options   Quote RebeccaL Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 06 Apr 2012 at 9:16pm
convection means that it has a fan that circulates the heat better than a regular oven (where heat rises only).  My mom had one at various times and my brother has one, but I'm not sure how much difference it makes.  I think it does cut down on cooking time a bit.
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We have a convection oven and I love it.  I will never go back to a regular oven again.  The fan circulating the air makes a huge difference.  We have electic smooth top stove. 
 
For example if you have three trays of cookies--in a normal oven you would have to rotate the pans through out cooking to make sure they cook evenly.  Every time you open the oven to do that the temp drops.  With a convection oven you can cook all three at the same time without having to rotate.
 
Also when you cook in a regular oven the heat comes from the bottem.  That increases the chance of casseroles getting more done on the bottem, or faster on the bottom or the top. 
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ahh okay thanks Rebecca and Emily.

Emily, that is the type of stove we are looking at too. A smooth top. we have one now and i like it. i was a bit worried at first but it seems to work well.
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I was a little scared at first too Jenn.. But after almost 4 years it love it.   It is so easy to clean.   DH was the one who really wanted the convection oven and i was a little skeptical at first.  Wasn't really inclined to pay the extra.  now I am so glad we did.  I didn't realize how much I like it until I had to do some baking at my mom's house.  She has a regular standard oven. 

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I think it will be worth the extra $50 for the convection oven.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote mamma22boys Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 06 Apr 2012 at 10:35pm
holy cow that is the more expensive it is.  I would definalty get it. 
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Post Options Post Options   Quote bree Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07 Apr 2012 at 12:07am
Um if it's only $50 more totally get the convection! lol It's a lot more of a price difference down here :P
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$50. isn't that much more.  i would go for it.  i have a regular stove and I've always been interested inconvection.  My Inlaws have a new fancy one, where the convection is on the bottom and optional in the middle oven and they love it.  My MIL said things cook faster and more evenly than with the "regular" ovens.   Can't wait to see what you end up getting.  I'm always checking out appliances because mine are really old and when they die, i want to be prepared LOL

I really want one of the stoves that has the two ovens in it, so you can cook multiple things at the same time.  That would be so cool.  (way off topic, but I had to share Big smile)
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Post Options Post Options   Quote HC in KC Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09 Apr 2012 at 10:04pm
I would definitely recommend convection. As said, it cooks much more evenly, and may even reduce cooking time in some cases. Professional ovens are always convection. That is why things come out so great in restaurants and bakeries...er, cooked evenly anyway. It won't improve bad cooking and baking lol. Anyway, I would spend more on it, no question.
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yes, I would get it for sure. I wish we had a convection oven. 
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We have a convection/microwave oven. Our regular oven is broken and we haven't found one to replace it. It is s non-standard size and we can't decide what to to do. Anyway, I'm doing all my cooking in the convection/micro oven. Baking cookies and roasting veggies works great! But cooking meat takes way longer than my regular oven ever did. It takes 40 minutes to bake 2 chicken breasts! My regular oven took about 20 minutes. I will say though, that the chicken comes out super moist. It just takes forever. Bone in chicken breasts take 50 minutes! Maybe I'm doing somethin wrong....
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I purchased two years ago a large toaster/counter convection oven. I use it almost exclusively as it will hold a 9x13 pan easily. I've also managed to find a cookie sheet that fits it too. If and when I replace the stove i have I will certainly buy one with a convection oven. Worth every cent. 
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It is nice.  I think you can usually turn off the convection if you want and use it without the fan so for $50 extra dollars I would go for it.
 
I can't get one because they don't make them very inexpensively if you have a gas stove and I am willing to trade a convection oven for a 6 burner gas stove!  That also bakes pretty evenly. 
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I also like our convection oven, and would buy one again, but does anyone else think it takes FOREVER to preheat? It might be the brand I have
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