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Do you cook convenience food?

We Britons just love fast food. If you get in from a hectic day and want tasty food quickly, these features make that easier than ever.


Pizza makes up a third of all the convenience food we eat a year and for good reason; it tastes good. The technology can vary slightly depending on brand but the pizza function generally works by using the bottom element to crisp the bottom of the pizza without burning the cheese on top. It is a great feature as it recreates the environment of the traditional, stone pizza ovens but is far less imposing on your kitchen. It is also great for cooking focaccia, bread, fish and vegetables in foil, keeping food moist.

Fast cooking

This function is great for getting food cooked speedily. It can either be called fast or rapid heat depending on brand but the idea is the same. The oven uses the powerful inner element to preheat the oven then switches to the outer element for ongoing cooking at a more gentle heat. This saves up to 40% of total cooking time and is ideal for ready meals and pizzas. So if you get in from work and your tummy’s rumbling, whack the high heat on and eat in minutes.


Defrosting food in the oven honestly saves you so much time and is far more hygienic than leaving it out on the kitchen worktop. The oven circulates ambient air, which is unheated, through the oven to speed up defrosting time, great for fish, poultry and even delicate desserts. In some ovens it cuts defrosting time in half, so whether it’s a last minute dinner party or just you and the kids, you’ll have food ready to cook, sharpish.