How to buy the best built-in oven

How to buy the best built-in oven

by Jane Darling
Single or double oven? Fan oven? Self cleaning? This expert guide will help you pick out the best built-in oven for you.

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The best ovens heat up quickly, spread heat evenly throughout the oven and stick to the temperature stated on the dial. It's no small investment, which is why it's worthwhile doing some research to make sure you buy the best oven for your budget. 

Take a look at our built-in oven Best Buys to discover the models that Which? recommends. 

Types of oven

There are four types of built-in oven to choose from: single ovens, double ovens, double built-under ovens and compact ovens. All are around 60cm wide, but vary in height. 

For more information on the pros and cons of the different types of built-in ovens you can buy, see our guide to oven types.

Single ovens are cheaper than double ovens, and cost between £250 to £350, while double ovens generally cost more than £500. Paying a higher price will get you more features, but you may not need all of them. Visit our built-in ovens jargon buster to find out which ones would be most helpful to you.

Bear in mind that whatever type of oven you go for, you will need to get it professionally installed.


Ovens with pyrolytic or catalytic cleaning are becoming more popular

Built-in oven features: what to look out for

Automatic programs: once you've selected the food type, oven sensors set the temperature, heat sources, moisture levels and time needed to cook the dish.

Catalytic self-cleaning: catalytic self-cleaning liners absorb oven spills and splashes, break them down and burn them off during cooking.

Fan oven: some electric ovens come with a fan to distribute the heat evenly. With double ovens, one usually has a fan and the other is conventionally heated by upper and lower heating elements.

Multi-function oven: this type of oven allows you to cook with a variety of heat sources independently or in combination, such as the grill and fan together.

Programmable ovens: these let you set the temperature, duration and heat sources. The oven automatically turns on, cooks and turns off afterwards.

Pyrolytic self-cleaning: pyrolytic self-cleaning programs heat to around 400°C and incinerate oven waste. All you need to do afterwards is sweep away the ash. Bear in mind that you'll need to clean the shelves and oven door yourself.

If you want some more help on how to choose the right oven for you, go to our guide to oven types.