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 whether 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 £250.
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, making the grease easier to wipe away.
Other self-cleaning ovens 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.
Here are some other features to look out for that make your oven easier to use.