Good news if you’re prone to spills in the kitchen – the latest ovens on the market promise to stay sparkling with a minimum of elbow grease, by cleaning themselves.
And that’s not all – we’ve just tested 10 ovens with a host of hi-tech extras from meat probes to steam jets, baking sensors, and even remote control (via wi-fi).
If the last time you bought an oven a programmable timer was the most advanced thing about it, read on to get the lowdown on the most useful new oven features.
If you want to see reviews of the new-for-2015 Bosch Serie 8 ovens, Neff’s latest range, or Samsung’s Chef Collection – including the wi-fi oven – head straight to our oven reviews.
We think self-cleaning is one of the most useful extras you can get. And it seems you agree, as the popularity of these models is on the rise. There are several options – including budget-friendly catalytic liners (which help to break down grease and spills over time), and ovens which clean with steam – but pyrolytic ovens are particularly popular.
Turn an oven onto its pyrolytic cleaning cycle and you can let it tackle one of your most hated household tasks – oven cleaning – without lifting a finger. Pyrolytic cleaning programs super-heat your oven and burn off encrusted food from the interior. If it’s a decent model, all you should be left with once the oven has cooled down is some fine ash, although you’ll still need to clean the shelves and door yourself.
Other extras such as steam cooking, meat probes and sensor-assisted cooking can help you create more professional results. For example a burst of steam can help to achieve that perfect golden crust on your loaf. But these features come at a premium, so think about whether you will make regular use of them before investing, to avoid ending up with a costly white elephant.
Smart ovens – the future of cooking?
In 2015, several big brands introduced wi-fi connectivity to their appliances, to allow you to control your home gadgets from your smartphone or tablet.
We tried out this feature on the new Samsung NV73J9770RS connected oven, but we felt that it wasn’t really worth paying a premium for. You can check how long your meal has left to cook from your phone, and turn the oven off, but you can’t turn it on.
It has other features which may tempt you though, including touch controls, pyrolytic cleaning, a meat probe, steam function and pre-programmed recipes, so read the full Samsung NV73J9770RS review to see whether its cooking ability impressed us.
Which? built-in oven reviews
Need an oven that won’t let you down at Christmas? Below is the full list of all the ovens we’ve just tested, including five pyrolytic models – three of which scored brilliantly enough to become Best Buys.
Click on the links to see the full reviews and our expert Which? verdict.
- AEG BP5014321M- £673
- Beko OTF22300X – £370
- Bosch Serie 8 HBG6764B1B – £830
- Candy FXP649X – £359
- Hotpoint DH53KS – £257
- Neff B57CR22N0B – £695
- Samsung Dual Cook BQ2Q7G078 – £349
- Samsung NV73J9770RS – £1200
- Samsung NV75J3140BS – £349
- Zanussi ZOD35511XK – £435
Prices correct as of November 2015.