Which? reveals worst built-in oven in yearsNew results for 29 ovens now online

20 January 2016


We've tested built-in ovens from AEG, Hotpoint, Samsung and Zanussi

In our bumper test of the latest built-in ovens on the market, we've uncovered the worst model we've tested in years, alongside four new Best Buys.

Our poor-scorer only managed a pitiful 43% in our tough oven tests. Not only is it wildly inaccurate, registering a temperature 20°C higher than what you set on the dial, but the grill covers less than a third of the grill pan - leaving you with undercooked food. 

We also found four brilliant ovens that scored more than 76% to become new Best Buys, including one for less than £300.

Find out which ovens impressed in our latest tests - and the ones to avoid if you don't want a burnt or underdone dinner - by heading to our built-in oven reviews.

Which? oven reviews

Each year we test built-in ovens from big brands including Neff, Hotpoint, Zanussi, Miele and Samsung, on everything from temperature accuracy and evenness of cooking to ease of cleaning and energy use.

Our latest reviews of 29 ovens include a range of models, from budget to premium. And the good news is we've found several brilliant ovens costing less than £300, so you don't have to settle for a sub-standard cooker if you're on a budget.

Whether you're after a new single or double oven, gas-fuelled or electric, or a specific feature such steam cooking, pyrolytic self-cleaning or a temperature probe, our independent oven reviews can help. 

Self-cleaning ovens

Cleaning the oven can be a real nightmare, but luckily today's ovens have the answer - they clean themselves. The three main types of self-cleaning oven are:

  • Pyrolytic - these burn off the dirt and grease at high temperatures, leaving fine ash behind.
  • Catalytic - linings with a rough surface catch, absorb and break down food spills during normal use.
  • Steam - these use steam to soften burnt-on or greasy debris so it can be wiped away.

When we test ovens, we assess how easy it is to clean each oven, both by hand and using any self-cleaning features. This is translated into a star rating - five for an oven that is a total breeze to clean, and one if it's a nightmare. 

Self-cleaning features can add to the cost, so you'll want to ensure the oven you buy does a good job of cooking as well as cleaning. Find the best self-cleaning oven for your budget by heading straight to our full list of Best Buy ovens.

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