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Millions of ovens too small for a Christmas turkey

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Oven reviews

More than 11 million people in the UK have struggled to fit their turkey into the oven on Christmas day or know someone who has, a new poll from Which? shows.

The survey also revealed that 4 million had been forced to give up cooking part of their Christmas dinner because they couldn’t fit it all into the oven.

And small ovens weren’t the only seasonal pitfall we found – around 4 million people have suffered the stress of their cooker breaking down over the Christmas holidays.

Which? tests oven size

At Which?, we carry out a range of tests on ovens including checking their size, and we’ll tell you whether they’re big enough for a turkey (with room to spare) in our oven reviews. 

We test ovens, cookers and range cookers in our lab, but we also measure their real capacity (not always the same as the manufacturer’s description).

The biggest ovens we’ve tested are 60% bigger than the smallest, and this could mean the difference between cooking all of your dinner in one go, or missing out on Yorkshire pudding or roasted parsnips. 

Our Best Buys won’t let you down. High-scoring products are Best Buys only if the manufacturer has a proven reliability record – judged from our unique survey of thousands of product owners.

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And the best coffee machines we’ve tested produce superior quality coffee, with great flavour at just the right temperature. The worst spew out coffee that can be weak, thin and uninspiring. Our videos of coffee machines and vacuum cleaners will show you more about what makes a Best Buy.

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Our research

The statistics mentioned here were gathered from an online general public survey of 1361 GB adults (16+yrs) between 17-20 Dec 2010.

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