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    What do your oven settings actually mean?

    Ovens have all these settings, yet we're all guilty of cooking our food on 200 degrees for 20 minutes. Wondering what the other oven settings are? Well, we've dived into an oven manual so you don't have to.

    What do your oven settings actually mean?

    Check out our video that quickly runs through the different oven symbols and what they control. Maybe afterwards you can try a few out...

    Want some more detail?

    Here's some extra information that fully explains why you would use each symbol.


    The fan setting is most peoples go-to. It just means that when using your oven, heat is being wafted around the cavity evenly. This is usually the best setting when you're cooking on multiple shelves, as heat will reach all areas of the oven.

    Full surface grill

    A full surface grill should evenly cook your food while giving it a golden, crispy finish. And because it's full surface, you should be able to cook a lot at once. Perfect for your Sunday breakfast, or just crisping the top of your cottage pie. Yummy!

    Grill with fan

    This setting cooks your food with the grill and the fan. The fan lowers the cooking intensity of the grill, which is a better option if you're finding that your grill is burning the outside of your food, but the dish isn't cooked to your taste on the inside.

    Top and bottom heat

    This setting heats up your oven without the use of a fan. Instead, it's indicating that heat will come from the top and bottom of your oven. This is ideal if you're just cooking or baking on one shelf, while also a good option for roasting your meat.

    Interior lighting

    The main use for this setting is actually for cleaning. Most oven lights are automatically on when it's cooking your food, allowing you to see whether your dish is done or not. But this setting lets you turn the light on when it's not cooking, allowing you to spot grease and grime easier.