It’s time to learn all about electric ovens! Knowing a bit about your oven and how it cooks is important for getting good results.

Most people have either a fan-assisted oven or a fan oven.

A fan-assisted oven has two heating elements, top and bottom, and a fan at the back which merely circulates the hot air.

It’s important that fan-assisted ovens are pre-heated.

A fan oven produces hot air from the start because the heating element sits around the fan. That means you can start cooking as soon as you turn it on which saves time.

Because both types are much more efficient at distributing heat than conventional ovens, lower temperatures can be used.

The Good Housekeeping Institute oven temperature conversion chart suggests a reduction of 20 degrees for fan-assisted or fan ovens.

For each recipe throughout this site we give conventional oven temperatures.

A word of advice: don’t regard oven temperatures as gospel…

Ovens vary whatever the type, so you should always be prepared to adjust the temperature up or down, or lengthen or shorten cooking times to suit your own oven.

Accurate oven temperatures are really important when baking. Find tips for getting great results with baking here.

And find recipes for easy savoury and sweet bakes here.

Here’s an easy oven temperature conversion chart:

Electric Convection Oven ºC Electric Fan Oven ºC Gas Thermostat Setting Heat of Oven
110 90 1/4 very cool
130 110–120 1/2 very cool
140 120 1 cool
150 130–140 2 cool
160 140 3 moderate
180 160 4 moderate
190 170 5 fairly hot
200 180 6 fairly hot
220 200 7 hot
230 210 8 very hot
240 220 9 very hot