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.
Tower T14014 Stainless Steel Mini Oven
Fancy something which you can pretty much rely on completely, to make entire meals for the family? This incredibly large capacity Tower mini oven is going to be your favourite kitchen friend.
Firstly, it comes with a generous range of accessories, from the usual grill rack and baking tray to a rotisserie fork for any meats, to ensure they are cooked evenly and thoroughly.
A 60-minute timer and temperature choice between 100°C and 230°C give it the feel and simplicity of a full sized oven. As a bonus, there is also a two-ring hob on the top surface of the oven, essentially making it a mini cooker.
These rings can be used separately to the main cooking chamber and to each other, so no matter what you’re rustling up or if you just need an extra ring for the Sunday roast vegetables, you’re covered.
If you like the sound and look of the Tower model but want something smaller, there are two other capacities available, 23 and 18 litres. But for the difference in price, we think that it is best to play safe and get the more accommodating option.
To say it is large capacity, the dimensions and overall size are relatively unobtrusive which is great for any smaller kitchens, caravans, or student dorms.
There are a couple of frustrating issues with it, mostly that you can’t use the hob and the oven at the same time and you can’t adjust the temperatures of the hob rings separately, for instance, boil with one and simmer with the other. But they aren’t issues which are particularly isolated to this model, and they don’t take away from the fact that this is the best large capacity mini oven choice we could find.
- Dimensions: 36 x 56 x 34.5 cm
- Capacity: 42L
- Power: 2000W
- Hob?: Yes
Tower T14014 Stainless Steel Mini Oven User Manual
- Rotisserie option
- Heats quickly
- Some limitations with hob use
A generous capacity, and two hobs if you ever find yourself needing them - definitely a product which could come in handy and be relied upon.
Morphy Richards Convection Mini Oven with Hob
Offering an awful lot for a small oven, this model from Morphy Richards is a definite option for anyone who will be relying on it a lot for their cooking needs, for instance, if your current large one is broken or you’ve had to turn the Aga off for summer.
First of all, it is fan assisted which helps with temperature regulation and even cooking. There are plenty of settings to choose from depending on your food and the results you are after, including a rotisserie option, conventional and grill options and the all-important hobs.
Whereas a lot of other mini ovens with hobs don’t allow you to use them both at the same time, with this model you can (although the heat with the hobs is slightly compromised). Still sufficient if you want to simmer some frozen vegetables while your lasagne is cooking, and each has three warmth settings which can be controlled independently to one another too.
It all heats up pretty quickly which is great if waiting for the oven to preheat is the worst part of preparing dinner for you, and this also keeps costs down on your energy bills.
The outside of the appliance gets warm when in use but the cool touch end panels reduce some of this warmth, so it isn’t bad enough to avoid touching it. The instruction manual states that a gap of 12.5 cm must be left around it, so bear this in mind before buying and make sure you could fit it in the space you have planned.
You get a rotisserie spit with the oven, and a crumb tray can be inserted under the food to collect any stray crumbs which makes cleaning up a lot easier.
- Dimensions: H34.4 x W49.8 x D36.5cm
- Capacity: 28L
- Power: 2850W
- Hob?: Yes
Morphy Richards Convection Mini Oven with Hob
- Use hob at same time as oven
- Both hobs can be different temperatures
- Plenty of settings and functions
- Hard to get oven temperature exact
One of the most functional mini ovens we reviewed, which will definitely keep you cooking when you need it.
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 21L Mini Oven
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: H30 x W47.2 x D35.2 cm
- Capacity: 21L
- 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.
Russell Hobbs Mini Kitchen 22780 Mini Oven
A fan assisted oven for perfectly even results; it can defrost, grill, bake, roast and even boil.
It heats up quite quickly, certainly faster than an ordinary oven, so if you’re in a rush, there is no waiting around for ages until it preheats. The dials are easy to turn, and even though not every temperature or timer interval is marked, the ones which are in place make sense, and there is a bit of a guide as to where the halfway points are etc. All the most popular ones are in place at least.
The actual temperature range is 60 to 230°C, which is handier than some others which will only start at 100°C. We particularly liked the defrost feature, which is not a common setting in mini ovens but when it is in place, it can be a bit lacklustre. However, it seemed pretty efficient in this model so would be great if you are somebody who keeps their meat in the freezer and always forgets to bring it out in time.
You can’t use the oven and hob at the same time, but the hob does get a bit warm when the oven is on so we don’t see why it couldn’t keep some things warm or even lightly heat or simmer a sauce.
The other limitation with the hob is that you can’t set the temperature, so once you get something up to boiling you cannot reduce it to a simmer. You’d have to turn it off completely and use the residual heat but always keep an eye on proceedings so nothing burns.
We also found it a bit annoying that you can’t see through the door to check on what is cooking as it isn’t clear glass. This is quite rare nowadays, and it can be a pain to keep opening the door to check on it and let out a load of heat at the same time.
For these reasons, we would say it isn’t the best for using as a primary oven in replacement of your larger standard one but would be fine to use as a backup, overflow oven or in a caravan or holiday home.
- Dimensions: 48.5 x 36.5 x 38.5 cm
- Capacity: 30L
- Power: 1600W
- Hob?: Yes
Russell Hobbs Mini Kitchen 22780 Mini Oven User Manual
- Defrost is powerful
- Hobs get up to boiling temperature (some other models barely reach a simmer)
- Hob temperature can’t be reduced
- Door is not clear
There are a couple of annoying points about it, but overall it is a very well performing hob which cooks food well. After all, that is the ideal thing you will be looking for.
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.