4 Features Of Modern Stoves That Make Your Life Easier

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Decades ago, most stoves found in homes are just plain and white with raised burners and a single oven. But now, this kitchen appliance has come a long way! Thanks to innovation and technology, stoves have evolved into powerful devices with new designs and advanced cooking ability.

While the price is an important factor when it comes to choosing a stove - or anything, really - it shouldn’t be the only thing that influences your purchasing decision. There are other factors such as size, fuel type, style, and additional features. Nowadays, modern stoves come with features that can make cooking easier and more convenient.

With the upcoming holidays, it’s time to find a stove that can cater to your cooking needs and more. From double-ovens to smart technology, here are some of the new features of modern stoves that can enhance your entire cooking experience and make your time in the kitchen more enjoyable. I’ve also included the best stoves that come with one or more of these features.

Warming Drawer

Nobody likes cold food, but sometimes, we can’t just help it. It’s just difficult to find the right timing to serve both the main course and side dishes when they are still warm. If you want to be able to enjoy the entire course of hot dishes, then you should get a stove with a warming drawer. With this feature, you won’t have to rush cooking that turkey!

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If you’re wondering what makes warming drawers different from just leaving the side dishes in slow cook, it’s being sure that your food won’t get burned. Warming drawers use infrared heating to prevent turning the already-cooked side dishes into burnt food. 

Unfortunately, it comes with a price. Since it is essentially a different compartment, then you would have to sacrifice the storage drawer or an extra oven. Stoves now can now have double ovens, which is the next feature that we will discuss.

Double Oven

If you prefer not using a warming drawer but serving the dishes fresh out of the oven, then you might want a stove with a double oven. Aside from serving the main course and side dishes together, the extra oven can also be used for cooking dessert. If you’re worried that the aromas will mix, this new feature allows you to cook different foods at different temperatures without their smell mixing together.

One would think that a stove with a double oven is only recommended for those with a large kitchen. But it is also suitable for smaller ones since you can get two ovens while taking up the same space as one regular stove. They also come in different sizes, so they can be placed in any type of kitchen.

But if you do get a double-oven, consider that most models have different sizes for each oven. The larger one is often placed at the bottom, which means you will need to bend more. So if you’re worried about your back, then maybe you should stick with a warming drawer instead.

Self-Cleaning

If you love cooking casseroles, roasts, pies, and other dishes that can easily dirty the oven, a feature you will need is a self-clean function.

A stove with self-cleaning doesn’t literally mean it can brush, wipe, or soap up the inside of the oven. The stove releases heat or steam inside the oven to carbonize food debris and stains. This will make it easier to wipe up the residue as opposed to using a steel brush to get the grime out. Most stoves will only have either the heat or steam feature, but there are some that offer both. If dual-modes are too expensive for you, it’s recommended to get a stove with the heat-mode since it is considered to be more effective.

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The term ‘self-cleaning’ is also used for stoves that have enamel or special coatings that make it more difficult for food to stick. It’s like the surface of a non-stick pan, which makes it easier to wipe leftover food away. 

Smart Stoves

On top of the basic cooking features and self-cleaning function, stoves have become more technologically advanced with automation and Wi-Fi connectivity. Stoves now have an automatic on-and-off function and can be integrated into the Wi-Fi network, allowing it to be controlled from your phone or computer.

Some of the basic remote functions you can do are setting the timer and adjusting the temperature. You can also get notifications about pre-heat, updates on the current temperature, and have access to different recipes and other information that can be viewed through a touchscreen. This feature can also make it easier to diagnose any issues with the stove, with some directly connected to the manufacturer’s customer service.

Top 5 Modern Stoves With Advanced Features

Make cooking easier by getting a stove with one or more of these modern features. I recommended stoves that have at least two advanced features so you get a better bang for your buck!

Warming Drawer

Smart Oven

Oven Capacity:

5.8 cubic feet

Burners:

5

BTU:

18,000

Fuel Source:

Gas

  • Two finishes: stainless steel and black stainless steel
  • Fingerprint-resistant finish
  • Reversible cast iron griddle
  • Custom wok grate

Warming Drawer

Self-Cleaning

Oven Capacity:

4.8 cubic feet

Burners:

5

BTU:

18,000

Fuel Source:

Gas

  • Heavy-duty metal knobs
  • Stainless steel finish
  • Pizza setting
  • Standard Convection

Double Oven

Smart Oven

Oven Capacity:

6.7 cubic feet

Burners:

6

BTU:

21,000

Fuel Source:

Gas and Electric

  • True Convection
  • Cast-iron griddle
  • Two finishes: stainless steel and brush stainless steel
  • Voice-controlled
  • LED control pad

Self-Cleaning

Smart Oven

Oven Capacity:

5.6 cubic feet

Burners:

5

BTU:

21,000

Fuel Source:

Gas

  • Stainless steel finish
  • Precision temperature probe
  • Storage drawer
  • Reversible griddle
  • Connects with The Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa, DiGiorno, IFTTT, Drop, and Innit

Self-Cleaning

Smart Oven

Oven Capacity:

6.3 cubic feet

Burners:

5

BTU:

17,000

Fuel Source:

Gas

  • Two finishes: stainless steel and black stainless steel
  • Storage drawer
  • Automatic shut-off after 12 hours
  • Easy diagnosis with a direct connection to LG Customer Information Center
Kenneth Wilson
November 2, 2020
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Kenneth Wilson

Retired contractor. Currently residing in Southwest Florida. Now in semi-retirement, I write and manage this blog focused on helping home owners make savvy decisions when it comes to finding contractors and getting their projects done.