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Best Oven 2017 | A Simple Oven Purchasing Guide

Ah, the oven. The essential to any kitchen. Fridge has stopped working? Oh well, we’ll live. Microwave circuits have blown? Don’t worry about it. But the oven? Well, most of us cannot live without it. That’s why it’s important to invest in the best oven that you possibly can. Don’t know where to start? Well, we’re here to help.

Getting the best oven for you isn’t easy, and there’s a few things that you’ll need to consider before you buy. What type of oven do you need? What size should it be? These are all things that we’ll look at and help you in any way that we can. Whilst you could nip down to B & Q and pick up the first thing you see, research is essential. If you research properly, you can save yourself a lot of hassle in years down the line. It can be worth getting other electronics too, like the best head shaver for you.

The first thing that you should consider is what type of oven that you need. If you’re in a rush, click on the buttons below to skip to the juicy bits.

Best Built-In Double Oven

Best Built-In Single Oven

Oven Buying Guide


Best Built-In Double Oven

Comparison Chart


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ModelNeff U14M42N5GBAEG DC4013021MBoschZanussi ZOD35511XKBosch Classixx HBM43B150BSiemens HB43MB520BAEG DC4013001MNeff U14S32N5GBJohn Lewis JLBIDO915X
Oven TypeElectricElectricElectricElectricElectricElectricElectricElectricElectric
Litre101 Litre Capacity104 Litre Capacity111 Litre Capacity111 Litre Capacity102 Litre Capacity102 Litre Capacity111 Litre Capacity106 Litre Capacity105 Litre Capacity
DimensionsH88.8cm x W59.5cm x D55cmH88.8 x W59.4 x D54.8cmH88.8 x W59.4 x D54.8cmH88.8 x W59.4 x D54.8cmH88.8cm x W59.5cm x D55cmH88.8 x W59.4 x D55cmH88.8 x W59.4 x D54.8cmH89cm x W60cm x D56cmH89cm x W59cm x D55cm
ColorStainless SteelSteelBlackBlackBlackSteelSteel/BlackSteel/BlackMetal
Price719479449449699829749699699

Neff U14M42N5GB

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Specs

  • 101 Litre Capacity
  • Electric
  • H88.8cm x W59.5cm x D55cm
  • Stainless Steel Finish

Neff are one of the oldest brands within the kitchenware industry. They are a German manufacturer, originating in 1877 in Germany. Whilst they do sell a fair amount of other kitchen products like microwaves and steamers, they certainly specialise in built-in ovens of the highest quality.

This particular model is one of their better double ovens, with a total capacity of 101 litres combined. The main oven has a capacity of 66 litres, and the second oven has a capacity of 35 litres. This does make it one of the lower capacity double ovens on our list, though this won’t affect most people unless you plan on filling your oven to the brim. In fact the slightly smaller capacity may even be beneficial, as it enables the heat to be more confined and effective.

This double oven has all of the necessary features that you would look for in your double oven. It’s easily programmable, so if you are concerned about this oven being too complicated to use, don’t be. It’s extremely simple so set the timer, which is entirely programmable. It might take you a little while to get used to it, but once you’ve read the instructions a few times, you’ll soon get the hang of it.

It also has a feature called ‘CeramiClean’, which sounds innovative and new, but is actually something pretty common amongst new ovens. The grease in the oven is easily oxidized through the linings of the oven, creating less grease and grime for you to clean once you have finished cooking.

One of the best things about this oven is that it’s extremely sleek and stylish, and would be a great choice for a new kitchen.

Pros

  •  Extremely stylish design would look fantastic in a new kitchen
  •  Easily programmable even for the technophobes amongst us
  •  It’s quiet; a quiet kitchen is a happy kitchen, right?
  •  Heat up extremely fast when you’re in a rush

Cons

  •  The CeramiClean lining isn’t throughout the whole oven, so it will need manual cleaning occasionally
  •  The timer alarm is a tad quiet
  •  On the more expensive end of the pricing spectrum

Our Verdict

 “The perfect built-in oven”


AEG DC4013021M

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Specs

  • 104 Litre Capacity
  • Electric
  • H88.8 x W59.4 x D54.8cm
  •  Steel Finish

Whilst this oven might not win any awards for being the most stylish, the obvious appeal of this one is that it runs at a cost of several hundred pounds cheaper than some of its rivals. Are you getting several hundred pounds less quality for your money? We don’t think so.

The main part of this oven has a litre capacity of 62 litres, with the second  part of the oven’s capacity being 42 litre. Again, this is around standard for any double oven, so this shouldn’t concern you too much.

The Cataluxe lining on this oven is actually superior to many of it’s competitors attempts at trying to reduce the need for a manual clean. It will prevent any dirt from becoming attached to the oven, so if you don’t want to spend all your time cleaning your oven after using it, this would be a good choice. Whilst many other brands have a lining for their oven to stop grime, the Cataluxe lining is extremely effective.

Something that separates this oven apart from the rest is that it has numerous shelves for cooking on. Whilst many double ovens will only have 2 shelves in the main oven area, this one has three shelves. This is great if you’re cooking for a large family that like a vast array of different foods, as you can spread the food around the whole capacity of the oven.

Pros

  •  Great price for this high quality of an oven
  •  Cataluxe lining makes it very easy to clean
  •  Numerous separate shelves for copious amounts of food!
  •  Lots of options for cooking various different foods e.g. pizza.

Cons

  •  The grill pan does’t come with a handle, which could be annoying for some.
  •  Unclear instructions might frustrate you; you’re probably better off looking online.
  •  The grill feature is the weakest part of this built-in double oven

Our Verdict

 “An oven that’s extremely easy to clean? Yes please!”


Bosch HBM43B250B

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Specs

  • 100 Litre Capacity
  • Electric
  • H88.8cm x W59.5cm x D55cm
  • Brushed Steel Finish

With a combined capacity of 100 litres, this makes this the smallest built-in double oven that we have listed in our list of the best ovens available. The main part of the oven is 67 litres, and the secondary part of the oven is 33 litres. This is slightly smaller than standard, but still plenty enough for most people.

There are five shelving positions for the shelving racks in the main part of the oven, so you don’t have to be concerned about the size of the cookware that you are using in this oven. Even if you have some oversized cookware, it won’t be an issue as you can adjust the shelves extremely easily. The secondary part of the oven has two separate shelving positions to choose from, which is also quite handy.

Instead of a stainless steel finish, this oven is more of a brushed steel. Some people won’t like this finish as much as the classic stainless steel, though we do think it’s pretty attractive as far as double ovens go.

There are two negative points about this oven that do make it slightly less attractive than some of its competitors. Firstly, it’s expensive. Though this might not be an issue to some, it should be taken into account if you are budget conscious. Secondly, there is no defrost mode as part of the oven, which will definitely be an issue for some. If you are only using an oven as your cooking source, then having a defrost function would definitely come in handy.

Pros

  •  Very easy to use
  •  High quality finish which is almost unmatched by others in the list
  •  Bosch have a great reputation as far as kitchen appliances go

Cons

  •  One of the most expensive ovens on our list
  •  No defrost mode, which is not great if you’r using this oven as your sole source of cooking
  •  Second oven is quite small in comparison to others

Our Verdict

 “Expensive but still a quality product”


Zanussi ZOD35511XK

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Specs

  • 111 Litre Capacity
  • Electric
  • H88.8cm x W59.4cm x D54.8cm
  • Black Finish

Zanussi celebrated their 100th year anniversary in 2016. Not bad for a little company from Northern Italy which has no become a staple in many homes. This is especially true for the UK, where Zanussi has become a household name when it comes to washing machines and ovens.

This model is the only Zanussi oven that we have featured on our list, as we feel it is one of the best ovens that’s available within it’s price bracket. It is definitely at the lower end of the price scale, which is fantastic when you consider that you are getting a high quality Zanussi product.

The oven itself is rather large, with a combined capacity of 111 litres (68 litres & 43 litres). This isn’t an issue, as it also has what is called a thermaflow fan, which you might think is just a cooling fan or something of that nature. Well, you would be wrong. It’s actually a cleverly designed fan that helps heat flow throughout the oven, ensuring that you food is cooked thoroughly and evenly. This is especially helpful in this larger built-in double oven.

The doors are very sturdy, so you won’t have to worry about them dropping which is a common query when considering purchasing a new oven. If you’re energy conscious, then this is one of the the only ovens available that has an energy rating of A for both the main part and secondary part of the oven (most ovens secondary oven is B rated or energy).

Pros

  •  Available at a great price
  •  Very simple to use with CLEAR instructions
  •  Looks extremely stylish and sleek
  •  High temperature of 275 degrees which is higher than most others

Cons

  • Available at a bargain price
  •  Programmable features are basic compared to other models
  •  50 degree increments make it hard to get exact temperature

Our Verdict

 “You can’t go wrong with Zanussi”


Bosch Classixx HBM43B150B

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Specs

  • 102 Litre Capacity
  • Electric
  •  H88.8cm x W59.5cm x D55cm
  • Brushed Steel/Black Finish

If you’re conscious or worried about spending out a significant amount of money on the best oven for your needs, then it’s always a good idea to stick with a brand that you’re familiar with. Powerhouse German brand Bosch have a great track record, and you’ve no doubt heard of them. Sticking with a big name brand like this might cost a little bit more, but it can be worth it in the long run.

The straight handles and black and brushed steel finish make this the best oven for those who are concerned with the appearance of their kitchen. There’s certainly nothing wrong with wanting the most visually appealing kitchen possible. And this oven would go fantastic in any kitchen, we’re sure of that.

Specification-wise, the 102 litre capacity is split between a 67 litre main oven and a 35 litre secondary. This is a decent size for any oven; relatively speaking, they tend to be anywhere between 100-115 litres in size. The 3D hot air cooking features spreads the heat evenly throughout the oven, which is fantastic. The best part about this oven is the reputable brand, though. We all know you can’t go wrong with Bosch!

On the negative side, only part of the lining for this double oven is catalytic. This means that it might be slightly harder to clean in certain areas than some of the other ovens we’ve listed.

Pros

  • Beautiful to look at; probably our favourite looking oven here
  •  Very quick to preheat which will come in handy
  •  Easy to clean aside for the most part
  •  It’s Bosch; you don’t need to worry about your warranty being valid. They also have agreements for long term coverage for peace of mind.

Cons

  •  Instructions aren’t fantastic, not as clear as they could be
  •  Not as programmable as the more expensive options (quality is almost on par, though

Our Verdict

 “The most attractive double oven”


Siemens HB43MB520B

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Specs

  • 102 Litre Capacity
  • Electric
  • H88.8cm x W59.4cm x D55cm
  • Brushed Steel Finish

 

Siemens are one of the largest brands in the world, there’s no doubt about that. They originated and are based in Germany, and if there’s one thing we know about German brands it’s this; they’re reliable. Siemens give a great warranty with this oven, so although it might cost a little extra, you’re paying for added security with a top brand.

As for the oven itself, it’s a fantastic example of a top double oven. it’s highly programmable, with all the necessary feature that you’d expect from an oven of this quality. It has a defrost mode, retractable controls and a fantastic interior.

Like many of the other double ovens that we’ve listed, there are various elements in place that make this oven easier for you to clean. With Siemens, they call it ActiveKlean. This is basically a lining that covers the roof and side panels of the inside of your oven that helps make it easier for you to clean. Whilst most ovens do have a feature like this nowadays, it’s still an important thing to have.

One thing that this high end double oven does have that many of the ovens do not is a child lock. A child lock is a necessity in a low hanging double oven if you have really young children often around the kitchen. It’s a great feature to have and it’s extremely easy to use, so consider this oven if you have young children.

Pros

  •  Controls are easy to use
  •  Child safety lock is great
  •  Very quiet; like, deadly quiet
  •  Specific fast heating option for the impatient(!)

Cons

  • A bit expensive compared to others
  •  We can’t think of any more! A great choice!

 “Ideal for the avid chef”


AEG DC4013001M

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Specs

  • 111 Litre Capacity
  • Electric
  • H88.8cm x W59.5cm x D54.8cm
  • Stainless Steel/Black Finish

This oven is one of the most programmable ovens that we’ve featured, with plenty of different functions available for you to choose from. The main part of the oven has 8 different functions to choose from, whereas the secondary part has 5 different functions. This is pretty good, making it possibly the most programmable double oven we’ve seen.

With reflective coating on the insides of the glass panels on the door to the oven, this helps to maintain a level of heat within and stops any escaping heat. This high performance oven seems to have everything covered, with multiple internal fans that help to ensure even cooking throughout your food.

The main section of the oven has a 68 litre capacity, which is almost certainly enough for any large family. The secondary oven has a 43 litre capacity too, giving a total capacity of 111 litres. This makes it one of the largest ovens that we’ve seen, even though dimensionally it isn’t particularly big. AEG have definitely made the most of their space with this model.

From a pricing viewpoint, it isn’t the cheapest model around, though you are getting what you pay for with this one. AEG products usually run at a slightly higher price than their competitors, and there’s no difference with this; at least you can be assured you are getting quality.

Pros

  •  Very easy and straightforward to use
  •  Far more efficient than previous AEG models
  •  Very easy to clean
  •  Main oven offers a large capacity

Cons

  •  Instructions are like reading a different language (joking, but they’re not simple enough)
  •  Raised lip on the shelves might frustrate if you’re not used to it
  •  Can’t control timer volume; can be quiet

Our Verdict

 “A big oven with a lot to offer”


Neff U14S32N5GB

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Specs

  • 106 Litre Capacity
  • Electric
  • H89cm x W60cm x D56cm
  • Stainless Steel/Black Finish

The Neff U14S32N5GB is one of the best ovens produced by Neff, who are currently at the forefront of the kitchenware market. With a 71L main part of the oven, this makes it the largest capacity on our list. This will be handy if you’re often cooking large joints of meat and need the extra space in the main section of the oven. Though you do make a sacrifice somewhat; the secondary part of the oven is only 35 litres, which might be considered a bit small by some.

With the standard Neff CeramiClean, you can be sure that you won’t have to spend hours and hours trying to clean this oven after use. Something interesting that this oven has to offer that many others do not is the Circotherm design of the main oven. It’s designed to draw air from the oven whilst it’s cooking, and use this air to circulate throughout the oven helping to increase the flavours in each dish. Of course, this would be fantastic with a roast dinner, as the flavours would be drawn from each separate dish and mixed together, leaving some pretty delicious roast potatoes.

With all the necessary functions like a defrost mode and an easy to work alarm system, Neff are surely onto another winner with this one. Is it the best oven? It’s a contender, that’s for sure.

Pros

  •  Triple door glazing is very sturdy
  •  Circotherm for the ultimate fusing of flavours
  • Easy to clean
  •  Large main oven size for big family meals

Cons

  •  Secondary oven is a bit small
  •  The temperature runs slightly high; this is especially true if this is your first electric oven

Our Verdict

 “Definitely a top contender from Neff”


John Lewis JLBIDO915X

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Specs

  • 105 Litre Capacity
  • Electric
  • H88.8cm x W59.4cm x D54.8cm
  • Stainless Steel Finish

So, what were John Lewis supposed to do whilst all these companies were selling millions of units per year, many through them? That’s right, they introduced their own product to compete with the established brands. There’s no arguing that John Lewis has become almost synonymous with quality, especially throughout the last 10 years where their popularity has skyrocketed. Does their kitchenware match up to their brand name?

With the previous model from John Lewis, there were various comments online and in reviews that the grill did not meet the standards of a top range oven. They took these comments on board, and have made sure that the grill on the JLBIDO915X was up to scratch. In fact, the upgraded grill is one of the better aspects of this model. If you find yourself using the grill often, then you’d find it extremely difficult to find a better grill than this one.

The whole oven is 105 litres, pretty evenly attributed between a 62 litre main oven and a 43 litre secondary. The secondary oven is large enough on this oven that if you’re cooking for one or two, then it’s a good choice to use this as your primary source to help save energy.

 

Pros

  •  Great sized secondary oven
  •  Sleek design with touch screen buttons is handy and looks great
  •  John Lewis Added Care system is top of the range

Cons

  •  Instructions are pretty difficult (why do they expect everyone to be oven experts?
  •  Whilst the sleek design looks great, the touch screen buttons won’t suit everyone. Some people prefer ovens with knobs and buttons; if you do, this isn’t for you

Our Verdict

 “An innovative oven that looks the part”


Best Built-In Single Oven

Comparison Chart

 Neff-B44S52N5GBBosch-HBN331E9BNeff-B14M42N5GBBosch-HBA63B150Bjohn-lewis-singleaeg-besbosch-classixxxMiele-H2265BBeko-BIF22300
ModelNeff B44S52N5GBBosch HBN331E9BNeff B14M42N5GBBosch HBA63B150BJohn Lewis JLBIOS617AEG BES351010MBosch Classixx HBA13B120BMiele H2265BBeko BIF22300
Oven TypeElectricElectricElectricElectricElectricElectricElectricElectricElectric
Litre66 Litre Capacity66 Litre Capacity66 Litre Capacity63 Litre Capacity74 Litre Capacity71 Litre Capacity67 Litre Capacity76 Litre Capacity71 Litre Capacity
DimensionsH59.5cm x W59.5cm x D55cmH59.5 x W59.5 x D54.8 cmH59.5cm x W59.5cm x D55cmH59.5cm x W59.5cm x D54.8cmH59.4 x W59.4 x D56.7cmH59.4cm x W59.5cm x D56.7cmH59.5 x W59.5 x D54.8 cmH59.5cm x W59.5cm x D56.9cmH59.5cm x W59.4cm x D56.7cm
ColorBlack/Stainless SteelBlackSteel/BlackBlackChrome Steel/ BlackStainless Steel/BlackWhiteSteel/BlackBlack
Price619299390449599379319599200

Neff B44S52N5GB

Neff-B44S52N5GB

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Specs

  •  66 Litre Capacity
  • Electric
  •  H59.5cm x W59.5cm x D55cm
  • Stainless Steel Finish

Whilst you might question Neff being the top brand within the oven industry, there’s a good reason why you will see them heavily recommended by users and experts alike. Part of the reason for is their innovative ideas which have been implemented throughout their brand. There is no better example of this than the Slide and Hide oven.

What is the slide and hide oven? Well, it’s pretty self-explanatory, but let us expand on that slightly. Very unique in its design, the door of the oven actually slides back into the oven when you open the door. This stops the door getting in the way of you taking your food out of the oven and causing an obstruction. It seems like the idea for this was designed by someone who kept knocking their dishes on the door whilst taking their food out of the oven! We love the idea; anything that makes cooking that little bit easier. It’s also a great space saver, for anyone who’s looking to fit a single oven in a narrow kitchen.

Aside from the Slide and Hide door (sorry, we get a bit carried away with our appreciation of ovens!), this Neff oven has a lot to offer. It isn’t missing any of the features that you’d expect in the best oven available. With CeramiClean, defrost mode and CircoTherm technology you can be sure you’re getting a great deal with the Neff B44S52N5GB.

Pros

  •  Slide and Hide Door is unique
  •  CircoRoasting spreads the flavour throughout the oven
  •  Very stylish design worthy of any kitchen
  •  Under 3kW total load rating

Cons

  •  Needs to be cleaned very regularly
  •  Whilst the controls are easy, they might be difficult to see for those hard of sight

Our Verdict

 “A unique design thats a solid space saver”


Bosch HBN331E9B

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Specs

  •  66 Litre Capacity
  • Electric
  •  H59.5 x W59.5 x D54.8 cm
  • Black Finish

The Bosch HBN331E9B is one of the cheaper single ovens available in the current market, though that doesn’t mean that it lacks in quality. This 66L oven holds it’s own amongst its more expensive competitors, which is a feat in itself.

Dimensionally, it is relatively small compared to its high 66L capacity. The oven uses HotAir technology, which helps to distribute the heat around the oven with maximum efficiency. This helps to ensure that none of your food will get burnt or cook unevenly. It’s a relatively simple oven, reflected in its bargain price.

Pros

  •  Easy to use; ideal for those not technically gifted
  •  Instructions are clear and simple
  •  Bosch are fantastic for reliability
  •  All the necessary features at a super price

Cons

  •  Shelves aren’t ideally located; there’s a big gap between the top shelf and the others
  •  Not top of the range quality

Our Verdict

 “Once you go Bosch, you never go.. back?”


Neff B14M42N5GB

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Specs

  •  66 Litre Capacity
  • Electric
  • H59.5cm x W59.5cm x D55cm
  • Stainless Steel/Black Finish

Whilst this Neff oven doesn’t have the wow appeal of it’s bigger brother the Slide and Hide, it’s certainly another great option. The reason for this is that it runs at a far lower cost than other ovens in the Neff range, and is a great option for the budget conscious purchaser.

The controls on this model are fully retractable, which means that you won’t catch your cardigan on any of the knobs anymore! This is a simple and basic option, so if you’re looking for something a bit more advanced, there are plenty of other options available for you to pick from. But, if you’re someone who doesn’t need an abundance of different settings, then this could be the best oven for you. Only use the oven in the evenings to cook an easy meal? Then the likelihood is that you don’t need some of the features that more expensive ovens offer.

With its sleek design and enamel lining, there aren’t many areas that this oven lacks in. With the CircoTherm technology added in, it does make this budget friendly oven a great option.

Pros

  •  Available at a good price
  •  CeramiClean saves you from cleaning your oven 24/7
  •  Does what it says on the tin; basic and beautiful

Cons

  •  No programmable timer might frustrate some
  •  Only two shelves isn’t great for cooking multiple things

Our Verdict

 “If you’re on a budget, maybe”


John Lewis JLBIOS617

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Specs

  •  74 Litre Capacity
  • Electric
  • H59.4 x W59.4 x D56.7cm
  •  Chrome Steel/Black Finish
This is definitely one of the largest single ovens that is available at 74 litres. To put that into perspective, it’s 11 litres larger than the smallest single oven we’ve listed; that’s an extra 15+% of oven space. If you are stuck between a single oven and a double oven in terms of space, then this would be a good option to try and bring some compromise. It’s not too much bigger dimensionally either, so you don’t need to worry about fitting it into your kitchen.

Although it might seem expensive, this oven is definitely up there with the best ovens in terms of quality. You can tell this from the materials used to make it. Whilst almost every other oven is the list used triple glazed door heating, this one uses quadruple glazing to ensure the heat really cannot escape. Is this totally necessary? Well, if you’re looking for the highest quality single oven then yes, we think so.

Pros

  •  Extremely high quality – maybe the highest quality we’ve listed
  •  Pyrolytic cleaning helps to save time cleaning
  •  John Lewis Added Care is worth it; 5 year coverage
  •  Every function that you could need

Cons

  •  Quiet timer
  •  Bad instructions (again)
  •  Might be too expensive for some

Our Verdict

 “A high quality oven that’s difficult to beat”


AEG BES351010M

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Specs

  •  71 Litre Capacity
  • Electric
  • H59.4cm x W59.5cm x D56.7cm
  • Stainless Steel/Black Finish
The AEG BES351010M has a special heating system that is aimed to cook your food well at a lower temperature than usual. They do this by using a well designed hot air system, which helps air flow through the oven. By doing this, the oven will naturally get to a higher heat without having to increase the temperature too much. This can enable you up to use a temperature of 20% lower, in turn saving energy and money.

If you’re looking for a large single oven that isn’t too far off the capacity of a double, this is a good choice. At 71 litre capacity, this is a large single oven that can hold a super large baking tray. The baking tray that’s include is far bigger than your standard size, so if you’re an avid baker, then this could be a good choice for you.

Pros

  •  SteamBake system for avid bakers
  •  Large size suitable for families
  •  Enamel interior is super easy to clean
  •  Nice and quiet

Cons

  •  Won’t win any awards in terms of appearance
  •  Trying to read the instructions is like reading another language

Our Verdict

 “A solid option for those looking to combine price and practibility”


Bosch Classixx HBA13B120B

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Specs

  • 67 Litre Capacity
  • Electric
  •  H59.5 x W59.5 x D54.8 cm
  • White Finish

Finally! An oven that isn’t black or steel finished! We feel for all of you looking for an alternative to these colours, as there certainly isn’t a lot else out there. Thankfully, the Bosch Classixx is still as popular ever, and their seemingly unique white is as attractive as ever.

But this isn’t just a super stylish single oven; no, it’s a certain contender for the best oven full stop. Why? Well,

Pros

  •  White design is something different
  •  Cheap in relation to its competitors
  •  Solid grill option and technology for those who use it often
  •  Fan system is on par with more expensive models

Cons

  •  Control Panel isn’t the easiest to work
  •  No logo to match other Classixx products

Our Verdict

 “A great budget oven”



Beko BIF22300

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Specs

  •  71 Litre Capacity
  •  Electric
  •  H59.5cm x W59.4cm x D56.7cm
  •  Black Finish

Neff are one of the oldest brands within the kitchenware industry. They are a German manufacturer, originating in 1877 in Germany. Whilst they do sell a fair amount of other kitchen products like microwaves and steamers, they certainly specialise in built-in ovens of the highest quality.

This particular model is one of their better double ovens, with a total capacity of 101 litres combined. The main oven has a capacity of 66 litres, and the second oven has a capacity of 35 litres. This does make it one of the lower capacity double ovens on our list, though this won’t affect most people unless you plan on filling your oven to the brim. In fact the slightly smaller capacity may even be beneficial, as it enables the heat to be more confined and effective.

This double oven has all of the necessary features that you would look for in your double oven. It’s easily programmable, so if you are concerned about this oven being too complicated to use, don’t be. It’s extremely simple so set the timer, which is entirely programmable. It might take you a little while to get used to it, but once you’ve read the instructions a few times, you’ll soon get the hang of it.

It also has a feature called ‘CeramiClean’, which sounds innovative and new, but is actually something pretty common amongst new ovens. The grease in the oven is easily oxidized through the linings of the oven, creating less grease and grime for you to clean once you have finished cooking.

One of the best things about this oven is that it’s extremely sleek and stylish, and would be a great choice for a new kitchen.

Pros

  •  Nice and budget friendly
  •  Design is good for the price
  •  Very low load rating (2.3kW)
  •  Child lock included

Cons

  •  Doesn’t feel like it’s the highest quality (because it isn’t)
  •  Better options available if you have the money

Our Verdict

 “A cheap option for those hard pressed of cash”


 

Oven Purchasing Guide: What to consider

Buying an oven is a big purchase. It’s a major part of any household, so you definitely need to make sure that you’re getting yourself the perfect oven for you. There are some precautions that you can take to make sure that you don’t make any mistakes. You should have a criteria of your needs, and make sure they are met. This criteria includes;

 

Types of Oven

There are various difference types of cooking appliances that are classified as an ‘oven’. Firstly, we’ll have a quick look at what is usually considered an oven by the general public, then we’ll have a look at what other types of oven there are.

Gas vs. Electric

For what’s considered as a normal oven, they’re usually divided into two separate sources of energy. Gas ovens and electric ovens have competed to be the most popular type of oven for years, with there only being one clear winner in recent history.

Though gas ovens used to be extremely popular, that popularity has certainly died down in recent years due to the electric oven. Some people still prefer to cook with a gas oven as it is what they are used to, but there aren’t too many other reasons to pick a gas oven over an electric one. People usually pick a gas oven over an electric one because they feel you have a greater control over the exact temperature of the oven; this may be true, but not by much.

Though you will save money by using a gas oven instead of an electric one, it won’t amount to more than £1 a week (and that’s if you’re using it all the time!). Also, many gas ovens often run at a higher cost than electric ovens, which is another reason electric ovens have become so popular.

Electric ovens are the oven of choice now; this is mainly due to convenience and the longevity of an electric oven. You can expect an electric oven to last you far longer than you would a gas oven; gas ovens are prone to rust (though this isn’t as true for the newer models). With the functionality of a new electric oven, it’s extremely easy to heat up the oven to a good temperature and cook your food as evenly as you would with a gas oven.

Built-In Oven vs. Freestanding Cooker

Whilst you might think it’s a silly question, there are many that don’t know the difference between an oven and a cooker. It’s also a case of regionality; people in certain parts of the country tend to refer to an oven as a cooker, and vice versa. Ever heard of the bap, roll, cob debate? Well, it’s something like that.

There’s a massive difference between an oven and a cooker (or what today’s terminology of each means). A cooker is a freestanding, all-in-one unit that combines the grill, hob and oven elements all in the same appliance. An oven however, is just the oven element of the cooker. Defined as a ‘fully insulated and enclosed space for cooking’, an oven is what most would consider to be their main form of cooking. Why go for an oven over a full freestanding cooker? Well, it gives the opportunity to mix and match with other hobs, and usually will have far more space than what you’d find in a regular cooker.

Common FAQs

How much electricity will my oven use?

Well, it’s hard to tell exactly without measuring it exactly. It’s stated that the average home will use around £3 a week using their oven to cook every day for a family of four. Though this does sound about right, it really does depend on how much you will use you oven. Remember, this will probably be a fair bit cheaper than what you’re currently paying if you’re using an older oven. Unless you’re really pedantic, 3 quid a week is a good estimate on what you should expect to use per week.

I’m pedantic; how much electricity does an oven use per hour exactly?

No, we don’t blame you for wanting to know exactly how much electricity your oven will use. Most of the double ovens we have listed will run at around 4-5000 watts when at a high heat, perhaps a bit lower at medium heat. It’s stated that the average for an oven is 2400, though this includes single ovens, which will run at around this heat or lower. At the current rate of around 15p per kilowatt of energy, you’re looking at between 40-75p per hour of cooking. This is, of course, all dependent on your oven and temperature settings. Check out this website if you want to investigate further.

What does the energy efficiency on my oven mean?

Although many people think an ovens energy efficiency only goes up to A+, you’d be wrong. It actually technically goes up to A+++ (A triple plus), though you are unlikely to find an oven that is that energy efficient.

The energy efficiency is exactly that; how optimal your oven runs and works. Though you might think it doesn’t matter too much, your ovens energy rating can cost you hundreds of pounds over its lifetime. This is especially true if you have an old oven, which is why you should consider investing in a new one.

How long does it take to preheat an oven to 200 degrees?

On older ovens, it can take anywhere up to around 10-15 minutes to heat up an oven. There are even some horror stories of people waiting 30 minutes before there oven is heated!

Fortunately for us, the majority of newer ovens have a fast heat up option, or a ‘fan forced’ option. With the help of the fans in the oven, it can be heated up to 200 degrees within 5 minutes. Don’t you just love technology?

How does a self cleaning oven work

A commonly misunderstood conception, a self cleaning oven does not mean that you don’t have to clean the oven at all. Yes, we know; we’re disappointed too. A self cleaning oven will still need to be cleaned fairly regularly to maintain a high level of hygiene.

The basis of a self cleaning oven is this; utilizing super high temperature to get rid of the grime that only chemicals usually could. This has saved oven owners a lot of money in cleaning products, and actually probably put some cleaning products out of business! Though the self cleaning isn’t a new notion as it was designed in the 60’s, it seems that nowadays it has become even more apparent in the industry. This is more as a selling point than anything else, as most ovens nowadays will have some self cleaning aspects to them.

How does a fan oven work?

In all honestly, the difference between a fan oven and a regular electric oven is.. a fan. Nowadays, all new ovens will be a ‘fan’ oven. The fan is extremely helpful for spreading heat throughout the oven, therefore shortening cooking times and helping to ensure even cooking throughout your food. This is why many ovens now have a fast heat up most; the fan helps to increase the temperature throughout the whole oven in a short amount of time.

Final Thoughts