Convection vs. conventional ovens: what’s the difference?

What, exactly, is a convection oven?

How is a convection oven different from the conventional oven you’re probably most familiar with? In a conventional oven, the dish closest to the heating element on the bottom rack cooks the fastest. But in a convection oven, a fan circulates hot air around the cavity, eliminating hot spots and helping to cook dishes evenly — on every rack. A true convection feature adds a third heating element in addition to the fan to help foods cook faster.1

But should you stick with what you might be most familiar with? Since most recipes are written for conventional ovens, people often feel more comfortable with those models because they don’t need to adjust time and temperature to account for hot air circulation and faster cook times. So which oven will best help you whip up after-school snacks, make cookies for the bake sale or get dinner on the table between soccer practice and ballet class? Whirlpool brand can help you decide.

What are the benefits of a convection oven vs. a conventional oven?

Both convection and conventional ovens have their distinct advantages. Learn more about how they can help you care.

The benefits of a convection oven

  1. More even baking
  2. Less rotating
  3. Improved browning, crisping and roasting
  4. Faster baking and roasting1

The benefits of a conventional oven

  1. More familiar functionality
  2. Most recipes are written for these models

Adjusting time and temperature

If you’re using a convection oven, check the recipe to see if you need to adjust the time/temperature. A good rule of thumb for fan convection is to simply subtract 25°F from the temperature listed.2 For true convection, multiply the listed time by 0.75.2 Check your owner’s manual for exact instructions. Still, ovens can vary, so it’s always a good idea to keep an eye on what’s cooking. 

Find your new Whirlpool® range

Now that you know the difference between convection and conventional ovens, what are you waiting for? Check out our top picks below or learn more about our ranges and wall ovens.