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13 October 2021

Top five best single ovens for 2021

Our expert pick of the five best built-in single ovens to help you find your next model fast.
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Jane Darling
Best built in ovens

The best ovens will make cooking a breeze, reliably turning out tasty meals for years on end. But it's impossible to tell before you buy which ones will take ages to heat up, whether they'll leave you with uneven, poorly risen bakes, or if the temperature you select is really the one you'll get.

Here, we've rounded up our pick of the five best built-in single ovens to help take the guesswork out of choosing. 

If you'd like to see all our oven recommendations, head to our Best Buy ovens for some excellent options.

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Overall best single oven

  • 87%
    £1200.00

    This high-scoring Best Buy oven bakes, cooks and grills brilliantly. It's also jam-packed with useful features and is easy to clean when you've finished. So, although it's been around for a few years, it's still up there with the best.

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Great runner-up

  • 85%
    £649.00

    This oven scores the maximum five stars across many of our tests and is one of the best we’ve ever seen. The oven is spacious and gives top-notch baking results. The pyrolytic self-cleaning easily banishes grime, while the grill spreads its heat evenly.

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Cheap self-cleaning oven

  • 83%
    £299.00

    We were very impressed with this feature-packed oven, which is a great price considering it has pyrolytic cleaning. It heats quickly, cooks evenly and can deliver a light and airy fatless sponge. The grill is just as impressive, and you don’t need be a genius to work out how to use the controls. With so many plus points this excellent oven fully deserves our Best Buy logo.

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Best Neff oven

  • 81%
    £633.00

    This oven aced our tough tests across the board and fully deserves its Best Buy status. We’ve made it an Eco Buy too, as it’s one of the more energy-efficient ovens we’ve tested.

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Excellent cheap oven

  • 80%
    £219.00

    This exceptional oven proves that you don’t need to spend a fortune to get fantastic results, and our Best Buy logo shows that this one is the full package. Not only does this oven bake and grill brilliantly, but it's also easy to use and clean.

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If you need more cooking space, head to the top five best double ovens for 2021.

Don't Buy ovens

When you see an appliance going for a song, it's easy to be tempted. But a budget price doesn't necessarily mean it's a bargain. Here are a couple of cheap ovens that failed to impress us in our tests.

Ovens to avoid

  • 56%
    £299.00

    Although this fan oven heats up quickly, its accuracy and ability to spread heat evenly is only mediocre. It struggles to bake a well-risen sponge cake.

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  • 56%
    £199.00

    Easily the best thing about this oven is its grill which spreads its heat far and wide. Unfortunately the oven's thermostat isn't accurate. In our tests, the temperature went more than 20°C higher at one point. This could lead to the overcooking or burning of your bakes.

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How to choose the best oven for you

Electric oven or gas oven?

Nowadays, electric ovens dominate the market. The best electric ovens warm up quickly to the correct temperature and spread heat evenly, meaning your cakes and bakes come out well, whatever shelf you put them on.

Gas ovens will always be hotter at the top than at the bottom, as they don't have fans. But you can use this to your advantage by, for example, cooking a roast at the top and a crumble near the bottom.

We also check whether the grills are any good at spreading heat evenly, or if they have hot spots and cool areas.
How we test built-in ovens

The best grills spread heat across more than 90% of the grill pan, while the worst can leave more than half of your bread untoasted.

What size oven should I buy?

Single ovens have one spacious cavity, while double ovens have one larger oven and a smaller one on top. This means you can use two ovens, or the grill and oven, at the same time. 

If you need two separate ovens but are short on space, a built-under model may fit the bill. These are designed to fit in the space below your kitchen worktop.

If you want the flexibility of a double oven, head over to our guide to the top five double ovens for 2021 to find a model that will cook efficiently and evenly across both ovens. 

Can a cheap oven be a great oven?

The price of ovens varies from around £150 to well over £1,000.

More expensive models tend to offer more self-cook programs, touch controls and a self-clean function. If you don't mind sticking with the basics, though, you can spend less. We've found several Best Buys around the £200 mark. 

Head over to our reviews to find out which models from the likes of Bosch, Hotpoint and Zanussi made it as affordable Best Buys. 

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Should I get a self-cleaning oven?

The best self-cleaning ovens we've come across are pyrolytic ovens. These use a high-temperature program to burn off cooking spills from the oven walls. All you then need do is sweep or wipe away the ashes.

Pyrolytic ovens can be pricey though. Ovens fitted with catalytic liners are often a cheaper option. These speed up the break down of fatty residues, when you are cooking at temperatures of more than 200°C, which are then easier to wipe away.

Other ovens harness the power of steam. They often feature a shallow depression at the base that you fill with water. When the oven heats up, the steam loosens the cooking grime, making cleaning easier.

What other oven features are worth having?

Here are some other features to look out for that make your oven easier to use.

  • Telescopic runners
  • Child lock
  • Programmable timers
  • Oven that can be controlled remotely using an app

Head to how to buy the best oven if you still uncertain about what kind of oven you need.