Which? verdict on 2-in-1 and induction ovensLatest ovens reviewed and Best Buys revealed

05 October 2010

Belling BI60i

The BI60i uses induction to cook with

Which? has just tested a range of ovens and results reveal five new single electric Best Buys. 

Among those in the latest test were a single oven that can be used as a double, and an oven featuring induction heating. And the brands included AEG-Electrolux, Beko, Belling, Bosch, Candy, Electrolux, Hotpoint, Indesit, Neff, Samsung, Siemens and Whirlpool. 

Check out the full Which? ovens review for the full results and to find out which ones we've made Best Buys.

Belling induction oven

The Belling BI60i is the first induction oven we’ve seen – cooking with induction saves energy and cuts cooking times, but you’ll need to use iron-based pots and pans. The induction plate is in the bottom of the oven and it comes with an iron casserole dish to cook with. It also includes a steam-cooking option.

Induction heats only the pan. Rather than the whole cooking surface heating up, a magnetic field is created between the pan itself and an element underneath it.  

Two ovens in one

Samsung BQ1S6T077

A divider turns this into a double oven

Samung’s BQ1S6T077 is a single oven, but an oven divider means you can use it as a double oven as it creates two independent cooking areas.

Which? ovens expert Matt Stevens says: 'We haven’t seen induction being used inside ovens before, so this is a really exciting innovation from Belling. The performance of the oven isn’t exceptional overall, but that’s perhaps to be expected from a mould-breaker like the BI60i. We’ve seen something similar to the Samsung oven divider previously, so this kind of innovation isn’t brand new. But it certainly adds another dimension to a single oven.'

We’ve tested gas and electric ovens, singles and doubles, built-in and built-under models and there are 100 ovens in the Which? ovens review including 30 Best Buys.

Hobs on test

If you’re looking for a hob to go with your oven there are 26 gas, gas-on-glass and induction hobs on the Which? site including five Best Buys.

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