Types of Combi Ovens for the Professional Kitchen by Madhavi Detroja

Types of Combi Ovens for the Professional Kitchen

combi oven uses three methods of cooking in one appliance: convection, steam, and a combination of steam and convection. Convection, or the circulation of dry heat, can be used to bake bread or roast meats. The steam function delicately poaches fish, steams rice, or cooks vegetables so they have the perfect texture. When using the combination function, both steam and convection work together to produce results that are moist, flavourful and have minimal shrinkage.

Combi ovens are a big investment, but when compared to the cost of your overall equipment package, the purchase is worth the initial price. These versatile units make smart investments for your business.

Looking for the best oven type for your kitchen? There is a broad range of ovens available in the market. The combi oven is one of the most powerful and versatile machines you'll find in a professional kitchen. 

Combination Oven Considerations
There are a few different factors to take into consideration before purchasing a combi oven for your kitchen. It is important to assess the needs of your kitchen and the preferences of your chefs. This includes electric or gas cooking, broiler, and dial preferences.

Programmability and Versatility of a Combination Oven
Commercial combination ovens are a great tool to have in your kitchen because they can be easily programmed to whatever settings you may need for a certain dish.

These ovens offer multi-stage cooking cycles which allow you to cook a number of different menu items that would normally require multiple steps and stages without a Combi oven. Many combi ovens have pre-programmed recipes as well. These ovens allow you to store and create multiple recipes with onboard memory.

Combination/Convection Steam
A combination/convection steam oven is the best bet if it fits into your budget. It has so many advantages as it works as steam, combination, and as a regular convection oven. However, combination/convection ovens are not recommendable for people who like steamed food.

Steam Only Oven
Steam the only oven is ideal for people those like to do a lot of things such as reheating of leftovers, make pasta, curries, and more. But it is advisable that if an appliance is taking a lot of space in your kitchen then it should be multifunctional. In such a case, a combination steam oven is the best choice. It has some fantastic features to make food moist and tender.

If you have more than two people in your family then steam oven alone won’t be the perfect choice because you will need extra space that only full-sized ovens have and there are some brands which are making all in one full-sized steam, combination/convection ovens in Australia.

Because combi ovens create steam, they typically require an exhaust hood by code.
To understand exactly what you may or may not need, talk to us to find out the requirements. Some areas allow common exhaust ducting, while others require fire-rated grease ducting — a more complicated, costlier alternative.

You should also read the specifications for any unit you intend to purchase, as the needs for different models can vary.

Browse through our range and talk to one of our professionals at www.icegroup.com.au. 

We offer a broad range of combi oven from reputable brands including Unox, Thor, Convotherm, Moffat, Rational, Hobart, DIHR and more. 

If you're looking for a complete fit-out, kitchen renovation or stainless steel manufacturing head over to the team that has been recognised as a complete fit-out solutions provider and commercial interior fit-out company icegroup projects.

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