Best built-in oven brands
Top 10 built-in oven brands for 2020
By Jane Darling
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As well as testing more than 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 various oven brands 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 Belling, 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?|
|77%||83%||This brand takes first prize this year, as it did last year. In fact, it's the only brand that gets a five-star reliability rating this time around. Only one in 10 owners experience a fault with their oven in the first eight years. Customers are, unsurprisingly, the happiest of all – more than eight in 10 would recommend one of this brand's ovens to a friend. Every oven that we've tested in the past few years has impressed us enough to be made a Best Buy. These high standards come at a cost, though – the average price of a single oven is about £750, some £300 above average.|
|69%||80%||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 that we've tested recently was awarded Best Buy status. They are fairly reliable – fewer than two in 10 owners experienced a fault with their oven in the first eight years of ownership.|
|74%||79%||Which? members love this brand, and with good reason. It's in third 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 their ovens are good value for money, and eight out of 10 would recommend one to a friend. Only about two in 10 owners of this oven brand reported a fault of some kind in the first four years, which gives it a fairly solid reliability rating, too.|
|76%||79%||Ovens from this brand almost always do well in our tests, so have an impressive average test score. 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's ovens are, overall, more reliable than average.|
|75%||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 75% is good, and we've made more than half the models we've tested Best Buys. This brand's reliability is good, too - only about two in 10 found that their oven developed a fault within the first five years.|
|76%||76%||This brand's ovens are quite popular with Which? members. Most are happy with their choice and deem them good value for money. They have a decent average test score and also do well in the reliability stakes.|
|72%||75%||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, but we've found several Best Buys from recent testing. The brand gets a decent reliability rating – fewer than two in 10 develop a fault in the first eight years – so you'd have to be unlucky for your oven to break down early on.|
|64%||73%||This brand's ovens are reliable – fewer than two in 10 develop a fault within the first five years, and seven in 10 owners are quite content with their purchase. As the average test score suggests, ovens from this brand struggle to do well enough in our tests to be Best Buys.|
With prices a good £100 lower than the average price of a built-in oven, this is one of the most budget brands we regularly test. It has an acceptable reliability rating, which means you shouldn't have to call out an engineer on a regular basis.
This is a fairly budget brand of oven. 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 2019 survey of 2,373 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?|
|67%||64%||This oven brand musters a not-too-bad average test score, and about two-thirds of owners are happy to recommend one to a friend. Models are cheaper than most, and it is about average when it comes to reliability. About a quarter of owners can expect their oven from this brand to develop a fault in the first four years.|
|n/a||64%||This brand of oven gets an OK reliability rating in this year's survey. Owners deem them reasonable value for money, and close to two thirds of owners would recommend one to a friend.|
|63%||59%||Ovens from this brand achieve an acceptable reliability rating in this year's survey, although more than three in 10 owners are likely be troubled by a fault in the first four years, so it could be better. People are generally a bit underwhelmed with their purchase, and an average test score in the low sixties isn't going to set the world on fire.|
Reliability and owners' ratings are based on an October 2019 survey of 2,373 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, only one oven brand scored our top five-star rating for reliability.
Which? Best Buy ovens
Once you’ve narrowed down the brands worth buying, head to our list of the best ovens for 2020 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.