Best Oven 2018 – Buyer’s Guide

Buying an oven will be one of your biggest kitchen purchases; it’s worth getting clued up on all the different types by reading our oven reviews and getting to grips with our buying guide.

It’s the kind of appliance that you don’t want anything going wrong with as it will be both tricky and expensive to fix. Make sure you know exactly what you are getting yourself into when you make your decisions and always be clear on warranty periods.

To help you buy the best oven for your needs, we’ll be covering fuel, function and design. Check out our reviews below for inspiration.

Our Top Oven Picks

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  • Dimensions: 88.8 x 59.5 x 55.0 cm
  • Capacity: 71L / 35L
  • Feature: Fan-assisted
  • Energy Efficiency: A
  • Warranty: Two years
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  • Dimensions: 59.5 x 56 x 55 cm
  • Capacity: 76L
  • Feature: Integrated Fan
  • Energy Efficiency: A+
  • Warranty: 2 year guarantee
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  • Dimensions: 59.2 x 59.7x 54.8 cm
  • Capacity: 60L capacity
  • Feature: Integrated Gas safety valve
  • Energy Efficiency: A
  • Warranty: 2 Year Guarantee
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Best Fan and Convection Ovens

Oh the power of hot air! Fan, fan-assisted, or convection work by circulating hot air around, making for a more efficient cooking environment. Rather than just relying on the walls heating up and radiating heat around, convection setups actually propel hot air around the food.

Convection ovens are usually energy-efficient and are easier for home cooks because you won’t have to bother with moving food around inside and you’ll get a more even bake. They can be fuelled by either electricity or gas, but electricity is increasingly becoming the norm.

Fan or convection ovens can either be solely fan ovens, or they can be multi functional ovens that have a fan function. Now the confusing definitions are out of the way, read our reviews of some of the best fan & convection ovens.

Zanussi ZOD35802X

Multifunctional Italian integrated double unit with versatility and style.

Going for a double convection is a great way to maximise kitchen space. This Zanussi number gives you over a 100 litres of space (can’t argue with that). Great double with plenty of cooking space and a smart timing programme that turns itself off, so you don’t have to worry about burning the house down!

This Zanussi number gives you over a 100 litres of space (can’t argue with that). Great double with plenty of cooking space and a smart timing programme that turns itself off, so you don’t have to worry about burning the house down!

Great double with plenty of cooking space and a smart timing programme that turns itself off, so you don’t have to worry about burning the house down!

Dimensions (cm)
88 x 59.4 x 54.8 cm (H x W x D)

Capacity (L)
68 L + 43 L

Features

  • Catalytic liners absorb grease and burn it off during cooking (and it’s also covered in anti-fingerprint coating)
  • Pre-programmable cooking timer (its safety function will trigger and turn the device off at the end of the allotted time)

Type

  • Double Fan-Assisted
  • Electric/ Combination

We like

  • A energy rating
  • Grease burning technology
  • Anti-fingerprint coating
  • Programmable cooking timer

We disike

  • Unusually – nothing!

Final Verdict

One of the best currently on the market, fantastic build quality and value for money.

+ Specifications

  • Capacity: 68L / 43L
  • Dimensions: 88 x 59.4 x 54.8 cm (H x W x D)
  • Convection or grill functions
  • Energy rating: A

+ Downloads

Zanussi ZOD35712XK EU product manual

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Hoover HOC3250IN

This oven and hob combination is perfect for busy family homes. Boasting an LED clock, programmable timer and seven different useful functions including a defrost setting and a pizza function, this multifunction oven makes cooking easy.

Cleaning the Hoover HOC3250IN couldn’t be easier, with easy clean enamel surfaces and a steam cleaning system you’ll never have to spend hours soaking and chipping grease off this appliance.

For the price, this is easily one of the best ovens on the market.

Dimensions (cm)
59.5 x 59.5 x 56.7 cm (H x W x D)

Capacity (L)
65 L

Type

  • Single Fan-Assisted
  • Electric/ Combination

We like

  • Defrost function
  • Easy clean enamel
  • Pizza function

We disike

  • Single cavity for both grill and oven, can’t be used together

Final Verdict

The perfect choice for those who want their cooking experience simplified.

+ Specifications

  • Main capacity: 65L
  • Dimensions: 59.5 x 59.5 x 56.7 cm (H x W x D)
  • Fan-assisted electric oven
  • Cleaning: Easy-clean enamel, Steam cleaning function
  • Energy Rating: A+

+ Downloads

Hoover HOC3250IN User Manual

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Belling BI70FP 60cm

Built-in double fan from quality British kitchen brand

This Belling double convection is of a medium size for a double and has got loads of great features you’d expect from a Belling. There are a few little niggles on the usability side that are dragging the score down ever so slightly, but it’s still great for the price from a market-leading brand.

Dimensions (cm)
70.3 x 59.5 x 55 cm (H x W x D)

Capacity (L)
50 L + 35 L

Best Feature
Drop down glass door

Type

  • Double Electric

We like

  • Double separate compartments
  • Interior is easy to clean
  • Energy rating: A
  • Can set a particular programme

We disike

  • Light only comes on in top compartment
  • Temperature indicators are sometimes hard to see

Final Verdict

Well built from a well known brand, good value for money. Some of the functionalities can be tricky

+ Specifications

  • Lower capacity: 59 L + top capacity: 37 L
  • Dimensions: 70.3 x 60 x 55 cm (H x W x D)
  • Fanned electric (2kW) and conventional electric top oven + grill
  • Easy to clean enamel inside
  • Drop-down glass door
  • Light in main compartment

+ Downloads

Belling BI70FP 60cm Built-under Double Fan Electric product manual

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Beko EcoSmart BRIF22300X

This Beko oven has a large capacity at 71 litres, perfect for when you have guests and need to feed a large group of people. Better still it’s in Beko’s EcoSmart range, meaning that it will save you money by reducing energy consumption whilst not compromising on cooking quality.

Designed to fit within an eye level cabinet and with a handy LED display, this is one of the most stylish and appealing options on the market for the price, which also includes a 2 year manufacturer’s warranty for your peace of mind.

Dimensions (cm)
59.5 x 59.4 x 56.7cm (H x W x D)

Capacity (L)
71 L

Best Features
Child Lock & EcoSmart, LED Display

Type

  • Single Fan-Assisted
  • Electric

We like

  • Energy Rating A
  • EcoSmart
  • LED Display
  • Child safety lock
  • Large capacity

We disike

  • Grill pan handle not included

Final Verdict

This large capacity oven is perfect for big families or having guests over, being in the EcoSmart range means reduced energy consumption which in turn will lead to savings over time.

+ Specifications

  • Capacity: 71 litres
  • Dimensions: 59.5 x 59.4 x 56.7cm (H x W x D)
  • Energy Rating: A
  • Safety Features: Child Lock
  • Warranty: 2 Years

+ Downloads

Beko EcoSmart BRIF22300X user manual

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HOOVER HSO8650X

Modern black and silver single convection oven, with easy dials and controls.

Another great Hoover offering, this one’s slick black colour makes for a stylish addition to your family kitchen. A modern setup for a modern kitchen, with a clear yet subtle electronic display.

There’s a few little niggles with this when in use, but this is still a stylish family model at a good price point.

Dimensions (cm)
59.5 x 59.5 x 56.7cm (H x W x D)

Capacity (L)
65 L

Best Feature
Closed door grilling

Type

  • Single Electric

We like

  • Energy rating: A
  • Integrated fan for even cooking
  • Closed-door grilling to lock-in smells
  • Easy to clean inside
  • Lights inside the door provide good visibility when cooking

We disike

  • Sometimes the door vibrates

Final Verdict

Overall a great oven, does what it says on the tin.

+ Specifications

  • 65 L capacity electric fan
  • Dimensions: 59.5 x 59.5 x 55cm (H x W x D)

+ Downloads

Hoover HSO8650X Electric product manual

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Fan ovens are great for energy efficiency as they circulate hot air around, cutting down on cooking time.

We hope you got some useful info for your next fan or convection oven purchase. If you fancy checking out more, read on below for our take on the best gas and electric ovens.

Best Double Ovens

Buying a double oven means having twice the fun in your kitchen. They are brilliant for bigger family kitchens and will be appreciated by ambitious home cooks who need some space to perfect their Sunday roast.

Having one of these means you can easily have multiple dishes on the go – grilling on the top, whilst roasting other food on the bottom. Some twin ovens also offer double grills if grilling is really your thing.

Here we’ve reviewed the best double ovens that would be great for any family kitchen.

BOSCH HBM13B550B

Quality German engineering for your kitchen

We love the fact that it gets the job done fast and doesn’t make too much of a fuss in the process, heating things up quickly but quietly. This German Bosch is a brilliant addition to any British kitchen.

You know you are getting a good oven when you go for a Bosch, and this is no exception.

Dimensions

88.8 x 59.5 x 55.0 cm (H x W x D)

Capacity

71 + 35 L

Features

  • Even & fast cooking
  • Cleaning: Easy-clean enamel
  • Quality engineering
  • Quiet when in use

We like

  • High capacity (71 + 35 liters)
  • Fan assisted to help cook food evenly
  • Easy to clean compartments inside
  • A rated energy efficiency
  • Very quiet when in use

We disike

  • Light inside oven could be slightly brighter but visibility is still good

Final Verdict

A great quality buy, this is a nifty double fan setup that is both smart and efficient

+ Specifications

  • Dimensions: 88.8 x 59.5 x 55.0 cm
  • Capacity: 71L / 35L
  • Fan-assisted
  • Energy Efficiency: A
  • 2 Year Guarantee

+ Downloads

Download the BOSCH HBM13B150B Electric Double product manual here

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Indesit DDD5340CIX Electric Double Oven

Budget fan and convection double oven with large internal capacity

This Indesit model has some great functions and it’s nice to see a double oven where both of the cavities have been given A ratings for energy efficiency. We love that you can get a built-in double electric setup with seven cooking functions priced this near the £300 mark.

Seven cooking functions and a generous internal capacity make this a great mid-weight product for a budget price.

Dimensions

88.7 x 59.7 x 57.5 cm (H x W x D)

Capacity

71 L + 39 L

Features

  • 7 cooking functions
  • Programmable digital timer

We like

  • Energy Rating A for both cavities
  • Catalytic liners makes cleaning inside easy
  • 7 cooking functions including slow cook
  • Programmable digital timer
  • Large capacity

We disike

  • No inside lighting in the top cavity

Final Verdict

This Indesit is a real budget buy. Fantastic quality for the price, this will not disappoint.

+ Specifications

  • 71 L + 39 L capacity make this a generous package in terms of size
  • Dimensions: 88.7 x 59.7 x 57.5 cm (H x W x D)
  • Both compartments have an A rating for energy efficiency
  • Catalytic liners make for an easy-clean experience
  • Seven cooking functions (we love the slow-cook function)
  • One year manufacturer’s guarantee
  • Programmable digital timer keeps you in control of your cooking
  • No interior light in the top cavity pulls down its usability score (especially as this tends to be standard on other cookers)

+ Downloads

Download the Indesit DDD5340CIX manual here

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AEG SurroundCook DUE431110M

We love this electric double oven from AEG. With its sleek design and anti-fingerprint coating, this model is perfect for busy kitchens or those who need more than just a single oven. The two separate cavities mean that different foods can be cooked at the same time and allows for catering for larger families or dinner parties. The heat is also evenly distributed, so you don’t have to worry about the back of the dish being burnt whilst the front is still undercooked.

The catalytic cleaning feature makes cleaning this oven quick and easy, with the grease and fat being absorbed by liners and oxidising, so no need to spend hours scrubbing the grease off this oven.

Easy touch controls make choosing your settings clear and comfortable, and you can set the time and check up on the progress of your dish.

We like

  • Anti-fingerprint finish
  • Catalytic cleaning function
  • Integrated grill

We disike

  • Both Ovens are on small side

Final Verdict

Perfect for bigger families who need the extra space of 2 ovens.

+ Specifications

  • Capacity: 46L + 50L
  • Dimensions: 71.5 x 59.4 x 54.8 cm
  • Type: Electric
  • Energy Rating: A
  • Warranty: 2 years

+ Downloads

Download the AEG SurroundCook DUE431110M user manual here.

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Beko KDC653W

Great quality electric double oven for people who don’t care about flashy design.

This oven and hob combo might not be the prettiest one in the world, but it does what it says on the tin. With a good energy efficiency rating and a nice ceramic hob, you can’t go far wrong for this price.

Inside the top oven, you will find a full-width grill, so you can use this at the same time as using the bottom oven if you have a full meal on the go. Everything is controlled by touch buttons, and the display makes it simple to see how long you have left, and what time it is set to.

We like

  • Generous capacities
  • Main energy rating of A
  • Minute timer for precise cooking
  • Rapid heating ceramic hob for fast cooking

We disike

  • Not the prettiest design

Final Verdict

The design is on the basic side for the price, but the functionality makes up for this.

+ Specifications

  • 69 L + 36 L capacity
  • Dimensions: 90 x 60 x 60 cm
  • Energy Rating: A
  • Rapidly heating ceramic hob
  • Minute timer

+ Downloads

Download the Beko KDC653W manual here

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We hope you enjoyed these double oven reviews. If you think these might be a bit too big for your kitchen needs, we’ve written about almost every other type of oven too – so have a look around for some inspiration.

Best Built-In and Wall Ovens

Built-in ovens are fantastically versatile cooking appliances and are becoming increasingly popular with style-conscious cooks. Built-in ovens are great because they can seamlessly sit within your kitchen units, blending in with your overall kitchen design.

There are many different built-in options: wall ovens sit at eye-level, often in custom-designed kitchen cabinets, whereas built-under ovens are made to fit under kitchen worktops.

Having a wall oven at eye-level can make it a lot easier to use, but some people still prefer a traditional built-in setup that sits beneath a worktop. Integrated wall ovens certainly make a stylish first impression and allow you to play around with your kitchen design a bit more.

Read our reviews and see what kind of oven takes your fancy.

Smeg SFP6925BPZE1 Victoria

Quality Smeg oven with innovative features (and yes, it has a pizza oven and is self-cleaning too)

Oh, Smeg. Putting others to shame with your features, functions and flashy design. This Smeg oven is the latest in luxury design and usability. Packed to the brim with loads of amazing features and functions, this actually has an integrated pizza stone moulding so that you can make your own pizzas and flatbreads. Magical.

We like

  • Generous capacities (65 litre)
  • Integrated pizza mould
  • Self-cleaning
  • Integrated utility drawer
  • A energy rating
  • Anti-fingerprint coating

We disike

  • The only fault – no child lock

Final Verdict

What other ovens can do pizza too? More than just a gimmicky luxury oven with fancy features, this is a feature of real solid kitchen design and engineering.

+ Specifications

  • A generous 65 L capacity
  • Dimensions: H59.2 x W59.7 x D54.8cm
  • Energy efficiency rating: A
  • Animated and interactive controls with glass panels that light up
  • 12 different cooking functions and 20 automatic programmes
  • Pyroclean function means that it cleans itself
  • Integrated pizza stone moulding (and you can use it for naans, pittas, flatbreads, ciabatta – the list goes on)

+ Downloads

Download the Smeg SFP6925BPZE1 Classic Aesthetic product manual here

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Whirlpool Absolute AKZ6230NB

This black Whirlpool makes a change from the sea of white enamel and stainless steel. With great cooking programmes and a soft close door mechanism, this is a brilliant family choice at a competitive price point.

We love the brilliant array of programmes that make your life easier. Extra brownie points for the A+ energy efficiency rating.

We like

  • A+ energy rating (Impresssive!)
  • 30 frequently cooked recipe programmes
  • Sixth sense technology
  • Touch control
  • Anti-slam door mechanism (soft close)
  • Heats up quickly
  • 2 year labor and 10 year parts guarantee

We disike

  • We didn’t dislike anything about it

Final Verdict

Energy efficient electric oven with a slick black design

+ Specifications

  • 65 litre capacity
  • Dimensions: 59.5 x 59.5 x 56.4 cm
  • Impressive A + rating for energy efficiency
  • Sixth sense technology with 30 frequently cooked recipes as pre-installed cooking programmes
  • Digital display and touch control (with an alarm that lets you know when food is ready)
  • Replaceable catalytic liners inside (easy to clean and maintain)
  • Soft close mechanism means the door doesn’t snap shut
  • Heats up fast
  • 2 year labour and 10 year parts manufacturer’s guarantee (via registration)

+ Downloads

Download the Whirlpool Absolute Built-In AKZ 6230 NB manual

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Samsung Dual Cook NV75K5571RS

Combination oven that allows for precise temperature control.

This single combination oven doubles up as a double thanks to its unique dual cook feature. You can actually use the main cavity at different temperatures at the same time, simplifying everything. We love how this Samsung uses the latest technology to give you a solid and practical setup that delivers on quality and usability.

We like

  • Generous capacities – 75 litres
  • Dual cook function
  • Easy cleaning technology
  • Energy Rating A

We disike

  • We liked everything about this setup!

Final Verdict

Brilliant functions and clever use of technology makes this a winner for us.

+ Specifications

  • Dimensions: 59.5 x 59.5 x 56.6 cm (H x W x D)
  • Generous 75 L capacity
  • Dimensions: 59.5 x 59.5 x 56.6 cm (H x W x D)
  • Energy efficiency rating: A
  • Dual cook function means you can cook food at different temperatures in the main cavity (at the same time!)
  • Dual cook function makes this single oven a great space saver
  • Pyrolytic function makes cleaning easier

+ Downloads

Download the Samsung Dual Cook NV75K5571RS user manual here

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Smeg Cucina DUSF44X

Another stylish Smeg setup: stainless steel double oven

We love the smooth curves and its clear mirror finish. This stylish Smeg setup is definitely made for the houseproud cook. We’re pretty sure it would light up any kitchen as either a wall oven or a worktop one. Plus points for the big internal capacity and the Smeg Circulaire fan cooking feature that makes for evenly cooked food using less energy and time.

We like

  • Very generous capacities
  • Good convection for even cooking
  • Inside enamel liners for easy cleaning
  • LED Display
  • Fast and even heating
  • 2 grills (one in each cavity) for those lazy grilling days

We disike

  • Temperature controls may take some getting used to at first

Final Verdict

This gleaming double oven delivers on size and quality of the cooking. A really great choice for a busy family kitchen, this looks and is good.

+ Specifications

  • 70 L + 41 L capacity
  • Dimensions: 71.7 x 59.7 x 53.8 cm (H x W x D)
  • Good convection all-rounder with a sleek contemporary design
  • Smooth enamel liners inside make for easier cleaning
  • LED display with programmable timer
  • Designed to fit under a worktop or at eye-level
  • Fan circulates for fast cooking
  • Heats up very fast and keeps to an even temperature
  • Unclear temperature controls can take getting used to

+ Downloads

Download the Smeg Cucina DUSF44X instruction manual here

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Stoves SEB700FPS

Double oven manufactured in the UK that goes the distance.

Coming from a quality UK brand, this is an environmentally friendlier purchase as it hasn’t had to travel far before it lands in your kitchen. A bit smaller than some of the other doubles we’ve featured, it’s still a good choice and Stoves cookers tend to last a long time too.

A quality integrated oven, this Stoves would fit in nicely in any family kitchen.

We like

  • Nice fit under worktops
  • Large capacity
  • Manufactured in the UK
  • Cheaper than similar alternatives

We disike

  • Grill handle not supplied with purchase
  • The fan can seem loud on certain settings

Final Verdict

A quality integrated setup, this Stoves would fit in nicely in any family kitchen.

+ Specifications

  • 50 L + 35 L capacity
  • Designed to fit under a worktop, this is a compact double (dimensions: 70.3 x 59.5 x 55 cm – H x W x D)
  • A and B energy efficiency ratings
  • Fast heating fan from a lower price model
  • Digital display
  • Manufactured in the UK
  • Various shelf positions
  • Grill handle not included
  • Loud fan which can be offputting

+ Downloads

Download the Stoves SEB700FPS Built Under Double manual here

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Best Gas Ovens

Gas ovens are great – we all love the nostalgia of striking that match and the warm cozy smell of a gas model on full pelt on a cold winter’s morning.

Cooking with gas is very important to some people and gas is often used by professional chefs who tend to cook on gas ranges. Though electric alterantives have been taking over recently, many still feel that gas is better.

Gas oven technology has come on in leaps and bounds in the last few years and new gas cookers are very tightly regulated and controlled. It’s much easier these days to get an even temperature with gas as designers continue to innovate and improve on earlier cookers.

Smeg SF6341GVX

High quality gas oven that doesn’t skimp on style

This gas offering not only looks amazing, it’s packed full of extra features like telescopic shelves, triple glazing and an extra deep tray. Another great quality setup from Smeg, this gas oven delivers on style and substance.

Features

  • As is typical of Smeg, this model features smart glass panels that light up when in use, making it look stylish and sleek
  • Eight cooking functions, including fan and rotisserie
  • Removable inner door glass and easy-clean enamel interior keeps this super simple to clean
  • Telescopic shelving so you can check on your food without removing it
  • Can grill with the door closed

We like

  • 60 L capacity
  • Gas safety valve
  • Illuminating smart glass panels
  • Fan & rotisserie functions
  • Closed door grilling
  • Smart telescopic shelving
  • Grill pan included

We disike

  • Nothing, we love this gas oven!

Final Verdict

We certainly took a shine to this shiny Smeg gas setup. We love the rotisserie cooking function and the smart glass panels that light up – a great kitchen appliance investment.

+ Specifications

  • 60L capacity
  • Dimensions: 59.2 x 59.7x 54.8 cm
  • Integrated Gas safety valve
  • Energy rating: A
  • 2 Year Guarantee

+ Downloads

Download the Smeg SF6341GVX product manual here

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Stoves SGB600PS

Single gas oven meets electric grill.

This stylish number from Stoves combines the quality of a gas oven with the precision of an electric grill. This is a great for smaller families or couples who aren’t looking to cook huge joints of meat.

We love the simple stainless steel design and minute timer that keeps us on track when we get distracted watching Great British Bake Off!

We like

  • Easy clean enamel surfaces
  • Energy rating: A
  • Quiet when in use
  • Fits under a worktop
  • Fully removable shelves that glide

We disike

  • Smaller in size than similarly priced alternatives

Final Verdict

A lovely small setup with a powerful electric grill, this Stoves is a great family kitchen appliance.

+ Specifications

  • Single 48 L capacity
  • Dimensions: 58.5 x 59.5 x 55 cm (H x W x D)
  • Easy-clean enamel internal surfaces
  • Fully removable shelves that glide (great safety feature as people often get burns when taking shelves in and out)
  • A energy rating

+ Downloads

Download the Stoves SGB600PS Built In Gas Single manual here

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Indesit I5GGW White 50cm

Cheap and cheerful Indesit gas oven.

This is a super simple gas oven and hob that will help you get set up for the first time in your kitchen. Nothing quite beats the feeling of cooking with gas, and this is a great kitchen appliance starter. You get what you pay for, and it doesn’t have any of the fancy features, but it’s a good gas model nonetheless.

We like

  • Energy Rating A
  • Flame at the bottom gives even heat
  • Extra storage underneath

We disike

  • No temperature control on the grill
  • Only has one shelf

Final Verdict

Cheap and cheerful, does what it says on the tin. A great budget buy.

+ Specifications

  • 59 L capacity
  • Dimensions: 60 x 50 x 90 cm
  • 1 year warranty
  • Energy rating: A
  • Extra storage at the bottom

+ Downloads

Download the Indesit I5GGW manual here

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As you can see, gas offers an effective solution, suitable for all budgets.

We hope you enjoyed our review of the best gas ovens. If you still haven’t found what you’re looking for, check out our other reviews for inspiration.

Best Electric Ovens

Some people say gas hobs are better, but electric ovens are starting to take over as Britain’s domestic ovens of choice. Easy to maintain and install with more even cooking temperatures, we can see why.

Electric options are versatile and safe, and can be programmed to work in a number of different ways. It’s their wide array of functions like combi grill, rotisserie and various settings that make electric ovens so user-friendly and give you that nice even bake.

Electric setups can ever so slightly bump up your utility bill, so always go for an energy efficient model if you can (A rated or better).

BAUMATIC BOFM604X Electric Oven

YFor a pretty fantastic price, this built-in Baumatic oven is a bit of a steal.

There are plenty of extra features to both keep you happy and make life easier. Enamel coating makes cleaning easier and also protects the surface from any damage or scratches when you’re inserting and removing baking trays.

A double-glazed door adds that little extra safety, ensuring it is both cooler to touch and keeps the heat where it should be. Obviously, a little bit of heat does still radiate as with all ovens and cookers, so always keep little ones out of harm’s way.

You have the ability to remove the inner pane of glass for easier cleaning when the time comes, and a manual timer can be set so food doesn’t burn, and it also switches off after use so no forgetful individuals can leave it on overnight. This must be on for it to work as well, so there will be no accidental knocks of the dial.

Overall, there are plenty of functions, including baking, grill and fan, intensive baking and top heat. Great for preparing a whole host of dishes and cakes. The safety shelves prevent themselves from being pulled out accidentally which could result in a nasty accident or some wasted grub.

Thanks to the inner fan, air is passed over the heating elements which means a more even cook. Put short; it won’t let you down in any shape or form. For under £200, a big-name oven is that bit more possible.

You also get a fantastic five-year manufacturers guarantee with that which should cover all of the basics if anything were to go wrong, which is even more value for money.

We like

  • Safety elements
  • Straightforward to use
  • Quick to heat

We disike

  • Only one shelf supplied

Final Verdict

For the price, it is fab. Even if there were downsides, they'd be the type you'd happily put up with.

+ Specifications

  • Capacity: 65L
  • Dimensions: 59.5 x 59.5 x 56.7 cm
  • Energy Rating: A+
  • Safety Features: Safety shelves, double glazed glass
  • Warranty: Five years

BOSCH Serie 8 HBG634BS1B Electric Oven

Packed with all of the cooking functions you could ever wish for in an oven, this Bosch model will make all of your kitchen dreams come true.

It is large in size, able to hold over 70 L at once, so there will be no issues trying to fit everything in. There are 13 functions, taking you from conventional heat and full and half-width grilling to a dedicated pizza setting, hold warm and defrost. A unique function is 4D Hot Air, designed to provide equal amounts across all four shelves thanks to the alternating fan. This allows you to cook different dishes at the same time, but provide excellent results.

The touch control and LED display screen brings a bit of modernity, not only looking sleek in your home but also being much easier to clean than those with dials and switches. Talking of cleaning, the EcoClean Direct catalytic coating of the chamber will reduce the need for any hard scrubbing every month, as every time the oven is on it works to remove the dirt build-up. Just wipe the door and bottom of the oven, and the coating replaces itself.

For safety, the door is soft open, and there is a childproof lock. A residual heat indicator will also tell you whether the oven is still a bit hot so that you can keep the kids out of the kitchen in the meantime.

It is pricey for a single cooking appliance, but the sheer number of features, safety considerations and the overall look makes it a very worthy purchase in our eyes. It takes a while to become familiar with, so any initial frustrations with the turn dial and settings will subside.

We like

  • Plenty of features
  • Quiet
  • Heats up very quickly

We disike

  • Takes time to get used to the controls (but worth it in the end)

Final Verdict

Despite the slight niggles with the lack of user friendliness at first, once you get in the swing it is a great option and will see you through cooking well.

+ Specifications

  • Capacity: 71L
  • Dimensions: 59.5 x 59.5 x 54.8 cm
  • Energy Rating: A+
  • Safety Features: Childproof lock, Door contact switch, Residual heat indicator, Safety switch-off function
  • Warranty: 2 years

Miele H6260BP PureLine

Luxury oven with nine cooking functions for the discerning home cook

This is on a different plane altogether. Integrated, stylish design and nine different cooking functions make this a considered choice from a highly-respected appliance brand.

Cooking with this is truly a pleasure and Miele’s commitment to quality means that it’s not only supremely stylish but durable too.

Features

  • 76L capacity – one of the biggest we’ve featured
  • Nine cooking functions to make your life easier (including a high moisture one for roasting joints of meat, and a near instant speedy-cooking one for when you just can’t wait)
  • Electronic sensor controls monitor all cooking functions, including a powerful variable grill
  • PureLine design and glass fascia that lights up for a stylish home kitchen
  • Pyrolytic, self-cleaning enamel interior
  • Cooling fan functions keep the door cool and the insides safe

We like

  • Massive 76 litre capacity
  • 9 unique cooking functions
  • Powerful variable grill
  • Illuminating glass fascia
  • Door stays cool
  • Self-cleaning interior
  • 2 year guarantee

We disike

  • We loved everything about this Electric oven.

Final Verdict

Once you go Miele PureLine, you don’t go back. The specs speak for themselves.

+ Specifications

  • Capacity: 76L
  • Dimensions: 59.5 x 56 x 55 cm
  • Integrated Fan
  • Energy Efficiency: A+
  • 2 year guarantee

+ Downloads

Download the operating and installation instructions for your Miele here

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Hotpoint SI4854CIX

Great capacity multifunction oven with an A+ energy rating.

Another solid offering from Hotpoint. A fantastic find, this Hotpoint combines an attractive price with excellent capacity, functionality, and a stellar A+ energy rating.

Going for a cheap doesn’t mean scrimping on anything here: you’ll be able to make all your family favorites in this generous-sized setup.

We like

  • 71 litre capacity
  • 1 year guarantee
  • A+ energy rating (Impressive!)
  • Tilting grill
  • Cataltyic liners for easy cleaining

We disike

  • We didn’t find anything we dislike about this!

Final Verdict

Energy-efficient A+ rated double oven, perfect for larger families.

+ Specifications

  • 71 L multifunction setup, which is a good size for larger families and ambitious cooks
  • 1 year manufacturer’s guarantee
  • Dimensions: 59.5 x 59.5 x 56.4 cm (H x W x D)
  • Energy rating of A+ which is great to see on such a cheap product (and it’s good for your utility bills too)
  • Tilting grill is a great feature for when you want even cooking results, but having the grill as part of the main oven can be a bit clunky
  • Easy-clean catalytic liners inside make your life easier when cleaning

+ Downloads

Download the Hotpoint SI4854CIX manual here

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Hotpoint Class 4 SA4844PIX

From the Jamie Oliver Hotpoint partnership comes this built in electric single oven, ideal for cooking all of your favourite meals with minimal effort. This model sports a programmable timer which can be set to automatically shut off the oven when the food is ready, meaning no more burnt chips or dried out chicken, while the pyrolytic self-cleaning setting reduces leftover food and grease to ash, allowing you to simply wipe it away without the need for harsh chemicals or endless scrubbing.

We like

  • Pyrolytic cleaning system
  • Programmable time with automatic shut off
  • Interior light

We disike

  • Only one shelf provided

Final Verdict

An excellent and well priced choice for those who enjoy cooking a wide range of meals

+ Specifications

  • Capacity: 71L
  • Type: Electric
  • Dimensions: 59.5 x 59.5 x 55.1 cm
  • Energy Rating: A+
  • Warranty: 1 Year

+ Downloads

Download the Hotpoint Class 4 SA4844PIX user manual here

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Logik LBFANX14

Super budget buy – cheap electric oven from Logik.

This is for the budget-conscious chef who doesn’t want to spend too much on a kitchen appliance at this stage. It’s cheap and cheerful; you won’t be getting any additional cooking functions, but it’s a reliable budget buy you can’t go too wrong with.

We like

  • 65 litre capacity
  • Energy rating: A
  • Easy clean enamel
  • 1 year warranty included

We disike

  • No timer

Final Verdict

Simple electric oven, this Logik is a good first buy for a young couple who aren’t looking for anything special and just want to get their kitchen kitted out fast.

+ Specifications

  • 65 L capacity
  • Dimensions: 59.5 x 59.5 x 57.5 cm (H x W x D)
  • Enamel coating
  • One-year manufacturer’s warranty
  • Noise level: 46 dB(A)
  • 5 shelves

+ Downloads

Logik LBFANX14 Electric product manual

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Best Budget And Cheap Ovens

Cheap ovens these days are easy to come by, whether you are looking for gas or electric. Buying a good oven on a budget doesn’t mean a huge trade-off in quality if you know what you’re looking for.

Sure, when buying cheap you will have to balance size with quality and style, but it’s totally possible to get a fully functioning setup and a good deal at the same time.

To really drive your price down, you’ll need to trade in ceramic hobs and stainless steel doors in for more humble design.

We’ve gathered some great cheap options for the money-conscious cook. We cover electric, mini, and we’ve even included a budget-buy oven for those who are looking to make a big saving with their kitchen appliances this winter.

Swan SX1011W

Cheap & cheerful basic electric model that won’t break the bank

This Swan number really is a budget must-have. We love how it fits the classic silhouette and doesn’t mess about with any unnecessary extra features.

Simple, clean and classic, this Swan electric model hits all the right budget buttons. Cheap and reliable, this electric oven with four hobs is an absolute kitchen essential that graces many family and student homes up and down the country.

We like

  • 60 litre capacity
  • Adjustable height
  • Large window for great visibility
  • Removable glass for cleaning
  • Energy rating: A
  • 3 wire shelves and grill pan set included
  • 4 zone hob with 2 rapid heat zones

We disike

  • You don't get a 'wow' factor

Final Verdict

A fantastic all-rounder, this is cheap and cheerful design at its best.

+ Specifications

  • 60 L capacity
  • Dimensions: H 90, W 50, D 60 cm
  • 4 hobs

New World NW601FP Electric

British-made electric oven that comes in fun shades

It’s always nice to support homegrown manufacturing, and with a great little electric setup like this, it’s not exactly hard. We love that this comes in fun colours that will brighten up any kitchen. It also gets brownie points for including some cooking programmes that we usually see on more expensive cookers.

This is a great because its low price tag includes a multitude of useful features that make family cooking easier. We love the effort that’s gone into the design of this (you can get it in red too).

We like

  • 61 litre capacity
  • Energy Rating A
  • Gryofan even cooking technology
  • Easy clean enamel interior
  • Nice exterior design
  • 1 year guarantee

We disike

  • No timer

Final Verdict

Great budget buy over with fantastic features that you wouldn't expect to get for the price.

+ Specifications

  • Capacity: 61 litres
  • Dimensions: 58.5 x 59.5 x 55 cm (H x W x D)
  • Type: Fan
  • Energy rating: A+
  • 1 Year Manufacturers Guarantee

Candy FCS201N

An excellent budget option for any kitchen, the Candy FCS201N multifunction oven is perfect for preparing a range of dishes. We love the sleek black finish, which is basic, clean and will look great in any kitchen.

The grease proof enamel coating means that this appliance is easy to clean and won’t require hours of endless scrubbing.

We like

  • Great price
  • Modern design with digital display
  • Easy clean enamel coating
  • 8 different functions

We disike

  • Grill pan handle not included

Final Verdict

Excellent value for money, an easy to use budget option for any home.

+ Specifications

  • Type: Electric
  • Dimensions: 59.5 x 59.5 x 56.7
  • Energy Rating: A+
  • Capacity: 71L
  • Warranty: 1 Year

+ Downloads

Download the Candy FCS201N user manual here

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HOTPOINT Class 2 DD2544CIX

Stylish & affordable stainless steel electric double oven

We love this stylish stainless steel design that is a bit of a steal. A built-under double setup like this offers great value for money when trying to pack as much as you can into a small kitchen space.

The top compartment is reserved for smaller dishes and grilling, while the bottom of this double is perfect for roasting joints or larger oven dishes.

We like

  • Half-width or full-width grilling options
  • 35 L capacity in top compartment
  • 65 L capacity in bottom compartment
  • Fan assisted for rapid, even cooking

We disike

  • Energy rating: B

Final Verdict

Great for everyday cooking, this is a good double oven that lets itself down with its lower energy efficiency rating.

+ Specifications

  • Dimensions: (H)88.2 x (W)59.7 x (D)57.7
  • Fan assisted
  • Weight: 47.7kg
  • 1 Year Guarantee

+ Downloads

Hotpoint DD2544CIX Electric Double product manual

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Delonghi E12012W

This mini oven is a great cheap appliance for students or kitchen newbies. A portable electric oven like this is a really brilliant piece of kitchen kit because you can simply place it on any safe surface, plug it in, and you’re off. This won’t last forever and you won’t be able to make huge roasts in it, but it’s a great little starter.

We like

  • 12 L of cooking space
  • Minute timer for precise cooking
  • Rapid heating ceramic hob for fast cooking

We disike

  • Grill pan handle sold separately
  • No digital display

Final Verdict

Great for students or first time buyers who haven't got the space for a standard sizes oven or need something on a budget.

+ Specifications

  • Dimensions: 41 x 51 x 30.5 cm (H x W x D)
  • Weight: 8kg
  • 1400 W of Electric Power
  • Energy rating: A+

+ Downloads

Delonghi E12012W Electric Mini product manual

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Not sure whether you want to go for the cheap model after all? Check out some of our other oven reviews to see whether there’s another oven model out there that is better suited for your needs.

Oven Buying Guide

We’ve recommended some great deals from across the UK’s biggest and most trustworthy brands, but before you commit to your big purchase, you may want to shop around further. If this sounds like you, feel free to use our buying guide to help you make the right decision.

Different Types Of Oven

Ovens are separated out into many subcategories that you may find confusing at first. The main categories you need to know are fuel and function, followed by design and dimensions.

Initially, you will have to make a choice between an oven that is fuelled by electricity or fuelled by gas.

Then you will have to make some decisions on what cooking functions you’d like best, and what sort of oven design will fit in with your existing kitchen design (built-in or standalone).

You will also have to consider how much space you have to devote to your oven, and how you will manage the installation process. Often you’ll need professional and qualified engineers to do the fitting – it’s not something you should be attempting on your own without any professional assistance.

Gas vs. electric ovens

  • A gas oven is fuelled by gas, whereas an electric oven will be plugged into your main electricity supply
  • Gas ovens and hobs are often seen as a more ‘authentic’ way of cooking, but electric ovens are increasingly the norm as they offer a more consistent temperature
  • With gas, you may struggle to get a completely even cooking temperature inside, though gas ranges and hobs are favoured by the country’s top chefs as the best
  • Gas ovens are slightly cheaper to run than electric ovens
  • Electric ovens may be conventional electric ovens, or fan assisted ones. Fan assisted ones are usually preferable, as they keep energy costs and preheating times down
  • Both electric and gas ovens will have different cooking functions like grill, fan, etc.

Oven Functions

Different types offer different cooking functions. The oven type is the general category of oven, like conventional electric or fan-assisted electric. These types will then be broken down into functions like fan-assisted grill, electric grill, fan oven, fan-assisted gas oven, etc.

A function determines how the oven heats up and will influence your cooking results. Most setups offer a number of functions, with fan ovens and grills becoming increasingly standard. The benefit of fan-assisted cooking is a more economical way of cooking and a more even bake.

A combination oven has many different types of functions, like fan, electric grill, microwave etc. A combination oven may have the edge over a single function oven as it allows you to be more versatile. Most standard ovens these days come with a variety of oven functions, but only ones that offer microwaves are generally called combination ovens. This can be a great option, but you might have to trade off some oven power. Read our microwave and combination oven reviews here.

Different Oven Designs: Built In VS. Freestanding

A built in oven means that you can integrate your oven with the rest of you kitchen design, either fitting it under a worktop or at sitting it in a special eye-level cabinet. It depends really what you think looks best in your kitchen, but fitting an oven in an eye-level cabinet means that you will need to set your hob on a separate part of the kitchen worktop.

A standalone model is also a good option as it will make for less work during installation and is a popular choice in managed properties as it offers an easy ‘all in one’ solution. An oven range is pretty much always standalone, as it’s such a big bit of kitchen kit.

Designs also vary in terms of colour and design. A classic white enamel oven is joined by black, stainless steel and even mirrored glass ovens. It’s possible to have coloured and quirky ovens too, with red and cream being popular appliance colour choices.

Luxury VS. Basic

Luxury ovens come with an impressive array of features like pre-programmable cooking programmes, self-cleaning pyrolytic lining and even integrated pizza and flatbread features. A luxury oven from one of the best brands will look a lot more high end and will be finished off to a higher standard. More expensive choices are made from better materials and have longer warranty periods.

On the other hand, a basic oven is often good enough for standard kitchens and cooking, and you may not need all the bells and whistles that a fancy one offers. A budget oven can be a good purchase, but make sure you read lots of reviews before making a purchase decision. (Here are our reviews of cheap ovens).

Replacing an appliance is time-consuming and expensive, so it’s often best to aim for mid range ovens and cookers, and to sign up for any warranty periods. You don’t want anything going wrong with your appliance, as it will be a huge hassle to fix.

Single VS. Double

A single oven has one cavity, whereas a double oven will have two. Often double ovens have a main cavity that will roughly be the same size as a standard single oven, with a smaller oven sitting on top that will double up as grill.

A double is best if you’re planning on doing lots of complex cooking, or prefer a bit more space for your family meals. Often shared houses will have double setups.

Energy Efficient Ovens

Being more efficient with the energy you use is better for the environment, and best of all better for your purse strings. All cookers are rated on a universal EU energy efficiency scale, with  A+++ being the highest energy efficiency standard. An energy scale like this makes it easy for you to tell at a glance how energy efficient your appliance is.

The Energy Saving Trust recommends that you look for A rated ovens as a “new A+ rated electric oven will consume 40 percent less energy than a B rated one”.  Read more about energy efficient appliances on Energy Saving Trust’s website.

How To Choose The Right Oven

Deciding on what is best for you depends on your kitchen objectives and habits. Some people review ovens from a very functional perspective, others need a little more from their cookers in terms of design and brand.

Consider the following when purchasing:

  • What’s your budget like? Don’t forget to factor in insurance and installation. Remember that scrimping now may not pay off in the long run
  • Do you need a double or single?
  • Have you measured your oven cavity?  What dimensions are you going to need? (Not all ovens are the same size)
  • Do you know how much oven space you actually need? (Remember, oven cavities are always measured in litres)
  • What sort of features and programmes are you likely to need on a regular basis? Does it make sense to pay extra for them?
  • How important is quality and design to you? What about the brand?
  • Do you need any extra safety features?
  • Have you read enough reviews to make your decision?

Compare oven ranges at different retailers – you’ll be surprised at the differences in pricing.

Kitchen Appliance Buying Best Tips

Here are our best tips for buying a kitchen appliance:

  • Plan carefully before you make your appliance purchase by reading appliance reviews on different websites
  • Beware of financing plans, they may be more costly in the long run as you’ll have to pay interest
  • Shop around and don’t commit too soon – there may be a better model out there
  • Make sure you are clear on what your priorities are in terms of safety, usability, price and design
  • Look for a competitive warranty package
  • Utilise combination deals for ovens and hobs wherever you can
  • Don’t get blinded by a fancy brand, dig deeper and look at product specification and reviews to get a real picture of the best appliance for you.

Oven Care & Installation

Most ovens need to be installed by a professional and licensed engineer. You are dealing with complex parts of your home like the main gas or electricity supply and you really don’t want to mess either of those things up.

  • If you don’t follow correct installation procedures, your insurance won’t be valid
  • A wrongly installed oven is highly dangerous
  • We’ve collated a lot of the manuals in our reviews so you can get the best out of your purchase, but don’t attempt to install your oven on your own

Ovens can be some of the dirtiest and hardest to clean appliances in our kitchens. Left to their own devices, they quickly become caked in dirt and grime. It’s important to stay on top of cleaning to best extend the lifetime and value of your appliance.

You will want to have frequent mini cleans, as well as deep cleans and scrubs. You won’t always need to resort to harsh chemical cleaners either, there are plenty of natural ways to remove grime and grease. Check out these best cleaning tips.

FAQS

What’s the difference between an oven and a cooker?

These words are sometimes used interchangeably, but technically cookers would include the top hotplate known as the hob. An oven is strictly speaking just the oven cavity used for cooking.

What is a built-in oven?

A built-in oven is one that can be fitted under a kitchen surface, or integrated into an existing wall design as part of a custom cabinet. Sometimes built-ins are known as wall ovens because they sit in the wall.

Is gas better than electric?

Not necessarily, but gas hobs are sometimes preferred because they provide a faster and potentially more ‘authentic’ cooking experience. This is because you can easily control the flames on the hob. A gas setup may actually be slightly more unreliable than an electric one.

Are all ovens a standard size?

No, they come in many shapes and sizes and vary based on the brand and design. Dimensions are usually given in centimetres, with an internal capacity given in litres. The best ways to get a feel for an oven is to know your current oven’s size and compare that, or go and see some models in a showroom.

Where are ovens manufactured?

They’re manufactured all over the world, with some brands assembling parts overseas. There are some brands that manufacture in the UK, like Stoves and Belling. Companies like Zanussi, Smeg and Indesit are based in Italy, whereas AEG and Miele are German.

Which ovens do chefs use?

Chefs use huge ranges in commercial kitchens. These are often custom built. They tend to combine gas tops with electric ovens to combine speed with even cooking.

Which ovens are best for baking?

Baking benefits from an even temperature to encourage an even bake. An electric fan setup is probably the easiest and best for bakers to get to grips with. Gas setups are good because gas lets off some moisture, but again you might struggle to get a consistent temperature.

Who services and installs ovens?

It depends whether it’s an electric or gas oven, but generally it will either be a gas engineer or an electrical engineer. Often when you buy your oven, you will be given details on who to call for installation. Alternatively, you can find someone online. Make sure that you use someone reputable and certified, as an installation gone wrong will be extremely costly.

When do they go on sale?

In store

New models are typically released in September and October so older cookers get discounted at that time of year to make space for new shiny cookers. There are also usually some of the best deals to be had around January. If someone has a monthly sales quota, you might get a better deal at the end of the month. Weekends can be bad if you’re going to buy in store as they will be busy and rushed.

Online

You are more likely to find the best online deals all year round, as online selling tends to be a little less seasonal. It’s still probably worth shopping in late Autumn and early winter though if you’re looking for good deals on older cookers. Use online review websites and money saving websites to help you compare big brand cookers.

Why are ovens so expensive?

Getting one that works well and is safe to use is a feat of engineering. You are paying for the materials, but also the design and testing of prototypes. Simple enamel ovens and cookers will be cheaper than nice stainless steel or coloured ones.

Why do they stop working?

Malfunctions occur for a number of reasons. It could be that they malfunction due to poor installation, wear and tear, or inappropriate use. Most can last up to 15 years in use, but cheaper and newer appliances will need replacing faster. It’s very important to take care of ovens and keep them clean to lengthen their shelf life.