Best Buy built-in oven uncovered by Which? testsTest to find the best oven reveals a hot contender

18 October 2014

Woman taking food from built-in oven

The best ovens in our tests are roomy inside and heat consistently and accurately

Six of the built-in ovens in our latest oven group test have scored more than 70%. These strong scores see them soar higher up our ovens chart than many - but only one excelled enough to earn our Best Buy recommendation.

Ovens from the likes of Bosch, Ikea, John Lewis and Smeg were all among the latest models we have reviewed and rated, as well as a Whirlpool single oven with a steam function.

One model outshone the rest. To find out which built-in oven cooked, baked and heated with the precision needed to earn our Best Buy logo, don't miss our built-in oven reviews.

Buying the best oven

Ovens costs vary dramatically between the different brands and types, so we tested 11 popular models priced between £250 and £700 to see how performance stacks up to price.

Our tests have previously shown that paying more doesn't guarantee better quality - and our Best Buy built-in ovens page reveals the minimum you need to spend to get a great one.

Which? cooking appliance expert Jane Darling says: 'Though paying a higher price doesn't necessarily mean more consistent, accurate cooking temperatures, you will find pricer models have more extra features to choose from, some of which make cooking easier and more flexible - and ensure your oven stays cleaner for longer.' 

Find out more about oven features to look for at different price points.

Best Buy ovens

No one tests, rates and reviews built-in ovens as thoroughly as Which?. Each of the ovens we review is put through a battery of tests designed to separate the best models that consistently maintain the correct temperature from those that are hotter in some spots than others. To do this we bake sensitive shortbread and sponge cakes to check that the ovens produce the right amount of heat and spread it evenly around the oven cavity.

We also record how accurately they heat – Best Buy built in ovens get very close to the set temperatures, but the least accurate ovens can overheat by more than 40°C.

We measure how much usable space is really in each oven, so you don't get a nasty surprise when your Christmas turkey fails to fit. We measure the internal width from side to side, and the depth from the inside of the door to the back of the oven. But we only measure the height from the top of the lowest shelf to 3cm from the top of the oven - and don’t include the space beneath the lowest shelf.

Built-in oven reviews

Below is the full list of the 11 built-in ovens we’ve just tested. Click on the links to read the full reviews.

Beko QDM246B £564 
Bosch HBA13B253B£350 
Hotpoint DH93X £355
Ikea VALFRI 902.452.01 £400
John Lewis JLBIDO914 £699
Kenwood KD150 £480
Neff U17M42N3GB £659
New World NW601GSTA £310
Smeg SF372X £353
Whirlpool AKZM756 NB £249
Zanussi ZOS37902XD £500

 Prices typical as of 18 October 2014.

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