Sage BOV820BSS the Smart Oven Pro with Element IQ
The vast majority of appliances and mini ovens need somebody to adjust the settings, control most of the work and keep a beady eye over the proceedings while it is in operation.
While this particular mini oven doesn’t take out all of the work on your behalf, it is certainly the cleverest on the market. Thanks to clever technology which can adjust the settings as it cooks, your food will be perfectly done, and there is no fine adjustment needed.
There are ten pre-set functions, including bake, pizza, cookies and a handy slow cook if you have any meat or casseroles to prepare. You aren’t just limited to these though as they’re simple to override.
Heat is given from a convection fan method, so it is spread evenly throughout the entire cooking chamber and will not fluctuate during cooking. Five quartz heating elements adjust throughout the process and get the heat to where it is needed.
Getting it ready is also seamless, taking just minutes to warm up so little preheating is needed. There is a toast function too, taking away the need for a separate device dedicated to this which is great if you are low on space.
The inside of the oven is small so don’t expect to be able to fit your existing baking trays and shelves in. But it comes with a tray and rack which seem to suffice for grilling and cooking to your heart’s content. It is the priciest on the list, but Sage items are sturdy and reliable across the board.
- Dimensions: 47 x 32 x 28 cm
- Capacity: 21L
- Power: 2400W
- Hob?: No
Sage BOV820BSS the Smart Oven Pro with Element IQ User Manual
- Easy to change settings using dials
- Inside light for visibility
- Intelligent heating and cooking
- Small cooking chamber size
If you want your mini oven to truly be up to scratch and competing with the big built-in and freestanding models, then you can't get a much better buy than this one.
TEFAL Optimo OF445840 Electric Oven
Tefal is a big name in the cooking world, and this mini oven is a great addition to their range.
It is a compact design and perfect for any individuals or couples who either don’t want to rely on a larger alternative all the time or don’t have space for one in their kitchen.
For the size, there is a huge range of settings to choose from. Temperature goes from 100°C to 240°C, and you can select which heat setting is best, from grill to full/top/bottom oven. The timer also reaches between 15 minutes to 120, which is one of the most generous of those we reviewed and great if you’re making any meats or casseroles.
Selecting each setting is also easy thanks to the control dial and well-defined markers which is something that lets a lot of other models down. The eight cooking functions include convection, conventional, grill, pastry, bain marie and defrost, the latter of which is missing on a lot of others.
It is fairly lightweight so easy to move about if you want to take it elsewhere (such as on holiday), or simply want to clean the area. There are a few little niggles we had – the tray and wire rack don’t slide in and out completely easily, and it gets quite hot to the touch so it will need a bit of space either side.
Those aside, it is still by far one of the best out there, and there is an internal light which we think is a big factor.
- Dimensions: 22.8 x 31.8 x 46.2 cm
- Capacity: 19L
- Power: 1380W
- Hob?: No
TEFAL Optimo OF445840 Electric Oven User Manual
- Two rotisserie functions
- Dishwasher safe parts
- Instruction manual is a load of diagrams - confusing at times
For something which can cope with those meals where heating up the full oven is pointless, or for overflow, this small capacity (and small in size) mini oven is ideal and a great price too.
Dualit 89200 Mini Oven
From 0°C to 180°C in three minutes and up to 230°C in just under five, this is one speedy mini oven for all you impatient cooks and bakers out there.
There is a curved back so it can accommodate circular dishes and trays, whether it be reheating something on a plate or perhaps baking a quick pizza during movie night. It also has defrost, convection, grill and bake cooking functions making it a great all-rounder for whatever your cooking needs.
As with all items, there are a couple of improvements which could be made. There is no interior light, and the exterior gets very hot to the touch. Setting the temperature is tricky as only the 100, 140, 180 and 230-degree markers are shown, and disappointingly the same applies to the timer.
The latter is a rare issue, but the former three are all relatively common, so it doesn’t take away from the fact that it is still a top 10 item in our minds. It’s just a bit fiddly to operate, so maybe not one for anyone who likes precision or can’t deal with spending a while getting it all right. Yet, the dials are very easy to turn which makes it easy to operate.
It still heats very well (with four elements both top and bottom rather than altogether like with some other models), and very quickly which is nice. Plus it will look rather nice sitting on your countertop. After all, the price is a bit higher, but that is relevant to its performance so a worthwhile buy.
- Dimensions: 42 x 36 x 25 cm
- Capacity: 18L
- Power: 1300W
- Hob?: No
Dualit 89200 Mini Oven User Manual
- Quick heating
- Rounded back and comes with pizza tray
- Cooks food well
- Timer and temperature are hard to get exact
It isn't the easiest to navigate but once you get going it is a mini oven which is reliable enough to help you out when you need it the most.
Cookworks 20L Mini Oven and Grill
No matter your reasoning for wanting a mini oven, this Cookworks model will be sufficient enough to handle all of your cooking and foodie needs.
It is one of the most simple on our rundown, so great if you just need a backup item for those occasional big meals or you’re buying for somebody who isn’t very technologically advanced it is stripped back to basics.
There are three dials, for temperature, settings and timer. Temperature choices go from 90°C to 230°C, and you can select the grill or full oven functions. The timer will go up to 60 minutes, or there is a ‘stay on’ option if you’d prefer to keep an eye on proceedings yourself.
If the timer is selected, it will automatically turn off when it hits the ‘0’ mark; there is no risk of it being left on overnight – great if you live in student accommodation or are just a bit forgetful.
There is no fan, but food still seems to come out cooked evenly and as desired. It is roomy enough to create a few dishes for a couple, but because standard grill trays and racks don’t fit you are limited to only using the ones that were provided.
For well under £50, it is not only a great piece of kit but also much cheaper than most alternatives, and you’re not missing out on anything major.
- Dimensions: H24 x W30.2 x D27.8cm
- Capacity: 20L
- Power: 1500W
- Hob?: No
Cookworks 21L Mini Oven User Manual
- Heats up quickly
- No need to preheat before cooking
- Cheaper to run than full-sized ovens
- Difficult to get exact temperature selections
Small in capacity but big in performance, this is a mini oven which has been well reviewed by users and will no doubt make a great addition to your kitchen too.
VonShef Mini Oven Cooker and Grill
Another large capacity offering, this time thanks to VonShef.
It is one of the most adaptable which we reviewed, with the choice to select temperature settings between 70°C-230°C and a cooking time between 0-100 minutes. A lot of others only start at 100°C and last 60 minutes before you have to intervene again.
You get a baking tray and wire rack with the purchase, as well as a handle for easy removal. There are three insertion heights for the rack, which makes it perfect for use with any cooking function or food.
This makes it great if you want an oven which can take you from baking cupcakes at the weekend to some bacon on a Saturday morning and a tray of mediterranean vegetables for a Sunday dinner alternative.
One thing we really did like is the clear temperature adjustments, signalled by dots as the heat increases. Other ovens simply point out intervals and getting 190°C, for instance, would be a bit of a guessing game. But there would be no wondering whether you have the exact setting with this item.
An internal light would help with proceedings, but it isn’t a feature which is common in mini ovens, so it isn’t a big issue. It is still a great item for the price, and the flexibility it offers will be a factor which persuades a lot of you out there.
- Dimensions: 47 x 59 x 40 cm
- Capacity: 35L
- Power: 1600W
- Hob?: No
- Good temperature choice and adjustment
- Easy to see food through glass door screen
Generous capacity and easy to navigate, don't let the lack of a light put you off as it deals with the food very well.
De’Longhi EO12012 Mini Oven
Don’t be put off by the basic looks and low capacity of this De’Longhi mini oven – it certainly proves itself when in use.
It is basic so perfect for anyone who doesn’t need an all-singing-all-dancing model. Three cooking functions (standard, grill and lower heating) create the heat and setting you need. Temperature ranges from 60°C to 220°C, which is good for most standard oven-based meals and foods. The timer is very generous, reaching 120 minutes and giving you a bell when the cooking is done.
Cleaning it is easy, thanks to the aluminium coating on the inside and the removable crumb tray which will collect any residue. Much easier than getting down and scrubbing away at your built-in oven.
The size is good for anything from a meal for one or two people, to a ready meal, full-sized pizza or a quick lunch which doesn’t require the large oven to be heated. Or, you could keep something warm on a standard dinner plate, and it will fit nicely.
The controls are a bit stiff to turn and get just right, but we liked how each setting was clearly defined by its own marker, so there is no guesswork needed.
If we are being honest, the price seems a bit much as the capacity is tiny and you don’t get a baking tray with the purchase like most of the others. But if you know you’d use it once or twice every day, and it will be the sole appliance over a standard oven or grill then it is worth the splash. The two-year guarantee will also keep your mind at rest.
- Dimensions: 45.5 x 36 x 23 cm
- Capacity: 12.5L
- Power: 1400W
- Hob?: No
De’Longhi EO12012.W Mini Oven User Manual
- Style - rounded corners are different
- Clear markers on settings adjustments
- Price (good but not great for what you get)
Easy to use and offering a great amount of control for the user, this is a mini oven which will please anyone and make life so much easier.