Any kind of symbol which has a representation of ice, along with either water droplets or arrows to represent air currents.
With this function there is generally not a lot happening other than a light coming on and the fan starting up. This movement of air will help to gently defrost items and doesn’t involve any cooking – unlike a microwave.
Fan Assisted Oven Cooking
Any symbol with a full fan and nothing else.
A lot of people don’t consider the fan in their oven, but it is the most conventional form of cooking in most ovens and cookers. It simply means that the heat is being move constantly, helping for even cooking from all angles.
Upper & Lower Heating
Usually involves two lines to represent the heating elements at the top and bottom of a static oven.
On some oven models, particularly cheaper models, the oven won’t use a fan to distribute heat. Instead the elements are located at the top and bottom, although this kind of cooking tends to make the top part of the oven the hotter section.
Comparable to the upper and lower symbol, this one should only involve a lower line by itself.
Cooking using the lower element only is useful when you want to cook something which needs to crisp on the base but stay moist on the top. This is not for regular, all-round cooking.
Lower Heat, Fan Assisted
This will again symbolise the use of the lower heating element only, but this time with a fan symbol as well.
Once again, this function is great for any item you want cook on the bottom and keep moist on top, however, with fan assistance there is more chance of an even cook and you can expect a little crisping on the top of your food.
Either a full band across the top or large arrows along the top, signifying the grill.
Grills are actually quite specific to the UK, they aren’t as common on the continent. Not all grills light up red, so if yours doesn’t it is not necessarily faulty – just check that it actually grills by testing with bread.
Similar to the full grill but obviously with a smaller bar or arrow.
Few people find a reason to use this function, as only part of the heating element actually produces heat.
Fan Assisted Grill
A full grill symbol with a fan or the depiction of heated air.
This option is usually only available on a multi-function, high quality oven. It helps to cook your food quickly and thoroughly, with the fan spreading the heat out and increasing the quality of the cook. This will lock in goodness and moisture whilst crisping the outside of your food.