Best built-in oven brands
Top 10 built-in oven brands for 2019
By Jane Darling
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As well as testing 50 ovens a year across all the major built-in oven brands, we also regularly survey thousands of Which? members to find out what they think of their ovens, and whether they've experienced any problems. That means we know which brands make ovens that stick to the right temperature and cook your food evenly.
We also know which brands are likely to leave you regretting your purchase - those where, for example, the fan might fail, the door won't close properly or the oven simply won't heat up at all. And, of course, there are those that will burn the corners of your biscuits or leave you with a half-baked sponge.
From AEG to Zanussi and Bosch to Neff, we've built up an unrivalled knowledge of the different oven brands available and how reliable they are - and we've found that the priciest options aren't always the best. Read on to see how the big brands stack up against each other or, if you want to skip straight to the ovens that have most impressed us, head to our pick of the best built-in ovens.
Built-in oven brands rated
On this page we've summarised all our knowledge about built-in oven brands. Recent test scores feed into our verdict about each brand, as does the feedback that we've had from our Which? survey of oven owners. For each brand we tell you:
- Average test score - how good each brand’s ovens are overall, based on the models we've tested.
- How reliable it is - we ask owners to tell us about any problems they’ve had with their built-in ovens, and use this data to assess how likely or otherwise each brand’s ovens are to let you down.
- How owners rate it - how satisfied owners are with their brand of oven, and whether they would recommend it to a friend.
- Our verdict - we tell you, in a nutshell, what we think of the brand.
So whether you're in the market for a flashy Miele or Siemens oven complete with pyrolytic cleaning, or you're after a budget purchase from Indesit or New World, first find out what the people who already own them really think. Here's a quick preview of how the brands compare:
Only logged-in Which? members can see which brands came out on top in the table below. If you’re not yet a member, join Which? to get instant access.
|Top 10 oven brands|
|Brand name||Average review score||Reliability rating||How owners rate the brand||Should I buy it?|
|76%||86%||This brand takes first prize this year. Every oven that we've tested in the last couple of years has impressed us enough to be made a Best Buy. Customers are happy - more than close to nine in 10 would recommend this brand of oven to a friend. It gets the highest reliability rating, and fewer than two in 10 owners experienced a fault with their oven in the first eight years. Its popularity comes at a cost, though - the average price of a single oven is more than £800, getting on for £500 above average.|
|73%||80%||Which? members love this brand of oven, and with good reason. It's in runner up position this year, with plenty of happy customers, a good average test score and an impressive tally of Best Buys from recent testing. Owners think that this brand is good value for money and eight out of 10 would recommend one of its ovens to a friend. Only two in 10 owners reported a fault of some kind in the first four years, which gives it a fairly solid reliability rating, too.|
|69%||78%||Which? members who own an oven from this brand are, in the main, happy with their purchase and feel their oven was good value for money. One of the three ovens from this brand that we've tested recently was awarded Best Buy status. They are fairly reliable - only around two in 10 owners experienced a fault with their oven in the first five years of ownership.|
|73%||77%||This brand is an ever popular choice with Which? members, and is in the top five again this year. Close to eight in 10 owners would recommend its ovens to a friend, and feel they are good value for money. An average test score of 73% is pretty good and we've made about half the models we've tested Best Buys. Reliability is good, too - only two in 10 found that this brand of oven developed a fault within the first five years.|
|76%||77%||Ovens from this brand almost always do well in our tests, and we've awarded no fewer than five Best Buys in recent tests. They cost around £200 more than the average brand of oven, but they often come with useful features such as pyrolytic self-cleaning. This brand of oven is, overall, quite reliable.|
|65%||75%||Owners of this brand's oven are, by and large, happy with their purchase - three-quarters would recommend one to a friend. They tend to be cheaper than the average oven, but this doesn't have a detrimental effect on their reliability - they get the top five-star rating. Only around one in 10 people reported a fault within the first five years.|
|77%||75%||This brand of oven tends to do very well in our tests - an average test score of 77% is excellent, and there are no fewer than 10 Best Buys. Three-quarters of owners would recommend an oven from this brand to a friend. Our survey found that more than one in ten owners experienced a fault in the first year, but after eight years this number had risen to fewer than two in ten, which is good going.|
|76%||74%||Ovens from this brand are quite popular with Which? members and most are happy with their choice. We've uncovered three Best Buys from recent testing and, on top of this, this brand of oven does very well in the reliability stakes.|
|n/a||73%||This brand gets a decent reliability rating in this year's oven survey. Models come in a little cheaper than average, owners deem them good value for money and more than seven in 10 of this brand's oven owners would recommend one to a friend.|
|72%||72%||An oven from this brand can be a great budget buy, as long as you choose one that has done well in our tests. It is one of the cheaper brands, and we've found four Best Buys from recent testing. The brand gets an excellent reliability rating - fewer than two in 10 models develop a fault in the first eight years - so you'd have to be unlucky for your oven to break down early on.|
Reliability and owners' ratings are based on an October 2018 survey of 3,027 Which? members who own built-in ovens. The average test score is a result of all models tested that are still available to buy.
|Oven brands: How the rest compare|
|Brand name||Average test score||Reliability rating||How owners rate the brand||Should I buy it?|
|64%||69%||This brand's ovens are quite reliable - only about two in 10 develop a fault within the first five years and seven in 10 owners are quite content with their purchase. These ovens struggle, however, to do well enough in our tests to be Best Buys.|
|65%||65%||Ovens from this brand just managed to achieve a satisfactory reliability rating in our survey, as fewer than two in 10 develop a fault within the first couple of years. Around two-thirds of owners of ovens from this budget brand would recommend one to a friend, but we don't currently have any Best Buys to recommend.|
|67%||65%||This brand musters a not-too-bad average test score for its ovens, and about two-thirds of owners are happy to recommend one. This brand of oven comes in cheaper than most, and is about average when it comes to reliability. About a third of owners can expect to develop a fault in the first five years.|
|65%||65%||We haven't found any high-scoring ovens from this brand in recent testing, and, even if we had, the brand's poor result in our latest reliability survey means we couldn't bestow this award. Within just four years of ownership, four out of 10 owners of this brand of oven can expect it to develop a fault.|
|69%||62%||Unfortunately this brand of oven did poorly in our latest reliability and customer satisfaction survey, coming in the bottom five. More than three in 10 owners had a fault develop within the first three years. So, although a couple of models score well enough to be Best Buys, we cannot recommend them until we get better reports of this brand's reliability.|
|62%||62%||This brand's ovens achieve an acceptable reliability rating in this year's survey, though three in 10 owners are likely be troubled by a fault with their oven in the first three years of ownership, so it could be better. People are generally a bit underwhelmed with their purchase and this brand's average test score in the low sixties isn't going to set the world on fire.|
|65%||56%||With prices a good £100 cheaper than the average price of a built-in oven, this is one of the cheapest brands we regularly test. While its ovens have an acceptable reliability rating, meaning you shouldn't have to call out an engineer on a regular basis, a customer score in the mid-fifties means that many owners aren't particularly pleased with their choice.|
|70%||54%||Getting on for half the people who purchase an oven from this brand wish they'd looked elsewhere. Although the double ovens we tested a couple of years ago scored fairly well in our tests, this brand emerges from our latest survey as unreliable, meaning you're likely to have to call out the engineer sooner than you'd expect. After just two years, more than three in 10 owners of this brand of oven reported issues, and after five years this figure rose to more than four in 10.|
|n/a||54%||This is a fairly budget brand of oven, and its owners don't exactly rave about it - only a little more than half would recommend one to a friend. It comes in as reliable, though, and fewer than two in 10 people who own an oven from this brand are likely to suffer a fault within the first three years.|
Reliability and owners' ratings are based on an October 2018 survey of 3,027 Which? members who own built-in ovens. The average test score is a result of all models tested that are still available to buy. n/a - no models of this brand tested, so no average available.
Can’t see the brand you’re interested in here? Head to our built-in oven reviews to compare popular models.
Choosing the best brand of built-in oven
Every year we survey thousands of Which? members about the appliances they own so that you can find out the brands they rate highly and the ones they wish they'd never bought.
This year, four oven brands scored our top five-star rating for reliability.
One of these brands also achieved a chart-topping customer satisfaction rating of 84%, and is one of the cheaper brands around, so we're not surprised that owners are happy.
Three brands failed to achieve a decent reliability rating from our members, scoring just two out of five stars. These are brands you'll definitely want to steer clear of. Even if an individual oven from one of these brands scores well enough in our cooking tests to be a Best Buy, we wouldn't recommend it as it is more likely than most to break down early.
Which? Best Buy ovens
Once you’ve narrowed down the brands worth buying, head to our list of the best ovens for 2019 to pick a model that cooks to perfection.
More top oven buying tips
Some ovens come with fancy features, such as pyrolytic cleaning, the ability to divide a single oven into two, or even a slide-away door.
Inevitably, these extras will cost more, so a bit of research beforehand should pay dividends. If you're not sure whether this is what you need, or if you could get away with a budget option for half the price, head to our guide on how to buy the best built-in oven.