What is a Convection Oven?
Convection ovens come with a hardworking fan and powerful exhaust system. In a conventional oven, the dish closest to the heating element — the bottom rack — cooks the fastest. But in a convection oven, the fan circulates hot air around dishes on every rack to help your dishes cook evenly.
There's also a second type of convection cooking called True convection. It adds a third heating element in addition to the fan. So your dishes not only cook more evenly, but can even cook faster.1
Should I Stick with what I Know?
A conventional oven is what you might be most familiar with. Since most recipes are written for conventional ovens, people often feel more comfortable cooking with them because you don’t need to adjust time to account for hot air circulation like fan convection ovens sometimes require. Also, since True convection ovens have the potential to cook faster, they may require both time and temperature adjustments as well.
If you can’t decide between convection and conventional, many ovens today have both options built in.
Convection Oven Features vs. Conventional Oven Features
Both convection and conventional ovens have benefits. See what each offers so you know what you want to bring home.
BENEFITS OF A CONVECTION OVEN
More even cooking
Improved browning and crisping
Faster baking and roasting1
BENEFITS OF A CONVENTIONAL OVEN
Most recipes are written for conventional
A more familiar cooking method
Converting recipes for convection vs. conventional ovens
If you are using a convection oven, check the recipe to find out if you need to adjust the time and/or temperature. If you do need to adjust for a convection oven, simply subtract 25°F from the temperature listed.2 Since True convection ovens can cook faster1, multiply the listed time by .75.2 Your product manual will let you know exactly how you should adjust.
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1. Compared to traditional thermal-bake ovens.
2. Time and temperature adjustments can vary by oven.