Our latest group test of built-in ovens put models from well-known brands such as Electrolux, John Lewis, Neff and Zanussi head-to-head in our bid to find the best.
A trio of models impressed us so much with their prowess in the Which? test lab kitchen that they earned our Best Buy accolade. The ovens tested ranged in price from just £230 to more than £800 and included both double and single models.
You can read all the latest reviews now in our built-in oven reviews section, and find out if it’s best to go budget with a Beko or to splash out on a Samsung when you next upgrade your oven.
The three new Best Buys all offer a type of self-cleaning, which means you won’t have to buy oven cleaner or work up a sweat doing the job yourself.
The main three types of self-cleaning ovens you’ll come across in the shops are pyrolytic, catalytic and steam cleaning.
Which? cooking appliances expert Jane Darling said: ‘You’ll pay more for a self-cleaning oven, so if you’re on a budget you may want to go for a cheaper model that doesn’t offer this feature. There’s an oven from our recent testing that, while not quite a Best Buy, is certainly great value and worth considering.’
Best Buy built-in ovens
No one tests ovens as thoroughly as Which?. In our test lab we assess everything from how quickly each oven heats up to how consistent it is at giving out heat.
Jane says: ‘Weeding out the worst ovens that consumers should avoid is as important as finding the best ones. We bake shortbread and cake in each oven we review to uncover those ovens that will sabotage your baking. If an oven’s not up to scratch, the cakes won’t rise evenly and shortbread will come out an uneven shade across the tray.
‘A good oven will quickly reach the exact temperature you set it to. The best ovens take less than five minute to reach 180°C and stray from this by no more than a degree or two.’
Built-in oven reviews
Below is the full list of the nine built-in ovens in our latest group test. Click on the links to read the full reviews (prices typical as of 4 October 2014).
Beko DBM243BG £230
Electrolux EOB5440AOX £344
Hoover HOC709X £230
John Lewis JLBIOS617 £549
Neff B14M42N3GB £380
Samsung NV70F584DS £629
Siemens IQ300 HB43AB550B £468
Stoves SGB900MFSE £846
Zanussi ZOF35702XK £563
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