An oven-opening option

You may be accustomed to your oven door opening downwards, but Fagor wants you to consider opening it to the side.

The side-opening oven Fagor

In my first apartment, the kitchen was tiny. Because of the way the cabinets were constructed, I literally could not open the oven all the way: if I pulled the door down most of the way, it ran into the cabinet's hinge. I remember thinking that if the oven opened in the same direction as the cabinet--if I could pull the door out from the side, rather than down from the top--I wouldn't be having this problem.

Apparently Fagor was listening (to my thoughts). They've just come out with two versions of a side-opening oven, one for right-handed people and one for lefties. This 24-inch oven allows easier access, without major changes to the operation of the oven. It's a convection oven with all the standard features--illuminated controls, a child safety lock, and so on. It is made for use in a wall mount;the way the door is hinged makes a stand-alone unit impractical.

I think that a side-opening door makes a lot of sense for cooking. I've bumped into more hot oven doors than I care to count, as I've tried to reach for some pan or other. At the very least, Fagor's new set-up should solve that problem, as well as provide an oven option for tight kitchens.

About the author

    Thursday Bram is a freelance journalist of over five years experience. She has worked in real estate and property management, learning the hard way the difference between the appliances that people like and the appliances that actually work in a home. Thursday currently lives in Maryland.


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