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The 10 Best Ovens - June 2017

Every week we analyse the technical specs, reviews and prices of every oven on the market in the UK to determine our top 10 list.
In total we compared over 6,570 ovens, 950 reviews and 17,400 prices. Last updated 23 June 2017.

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SFP140S

Smeg SFP140S

Reviews No Reviews
Value for Money
69
Good
Features
84
Fully-Featured
Age
65
2 Years Old
Running Costs
56
£2,573 / 10 Years
Overall Score
42
Mediocre
79L
Electric
Mar 2015
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SFP125-1

Smeg SFP125‑1

Reviews No Reviews
Value for Money
47
Mediocre
Features
85
Fully-Featured
Age
59
3 Years Old
Running Costs
55
£2,573 / 10 Years
Overall Score
40
Mediocre
79L
Electric
Oct 2014
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Release Date
  • £479.00
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H 6360

Miele H 6360

Reviews No Reviews
Value for Money
46
Mediocre
Features
100
Fully-Featured
Age
45
4 Years Old
Running Costs
32
£3,088 / 10 Years
Overall Score
39
Mediocre
76L
Electric
Nov 2013
Total Oven(s) Interior Capacity
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Release Date
SC45

Smeg SC45

Reviews No Reviews
Value for Money
88
Excellent
Features
71
Average Features
Age
43
4 Years Old
Running Costs
71
£1,544 / 10 Years
Overall Score
38
Mediocre
35L
Electric
May 2013
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Release Date
  • £199.00
    Save £430.00 (68%)
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H 6160

Miele H 6160

Reviews No Reviews
Value for Money
68
Good
Features
87
Fully-Featured
Age
45
4 Years Old
Running Costs
39
£3,002 / 10 Years
Overall Score
38
Mediocre
76L
Electric
Nov 2013
Total Oven(s) Interior Capacity
Oven Types
Release Date
SFP496X-1

Smeg SFP496X‑1

Reviews No Reviews
Value for Money
73
Very Good
Features
69
Average Features
Age
50
3 Years Old
Running Costs
52
£2,573 / 10 Years
Overall Score
36
Mediocre
79L
Electric
Mar 2014
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Release Date
  • £399.00
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EOC5651CAX

Electrolux EOC5651CAX

Reviews No Reviews
Value for Money
93
Excellent
Features
51
Average Features
Age
54
3 Years Old
Running Costs
36
£3,002 / 10 Years
Overall Score
32
Mediocre
74L
Electric
Jun 2014
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Release Date
  • £239.99
    Save £110.00 (31%)
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BO87ORA

Gorenje BO87ORA

Reviews No Reviews
Value for Money
81
Excellent
Features
44
Average Features
Age
54
3 Years Old
Running Costs
45
£2,831 / 10 Years
Overall Score
30
Mediocre
65L
Electric
Jun 2014
Total Oven(s) Interior Capacity
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Release Date
EOC5951A

Electrolux EOC5951A

Reviews No Reviews
Value for Money
15
Mediocre
Features
57
Average Features
Age
64
2 Years Old
Running Costs
38
£3,002 / 10 Years
Overall Score
29
Mediocre
74L
Electric
Feb 2015
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Release Date
  • £719.99
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HBA78B750

Bosch HBA78B750

Reviews No Reviews
Value for Money
8
Mediocre
Features
74
Average Features
Age
20
8 Years Old
Running Costs
79
£3 / 10 Years
Overall Score
29
Mediocre
56L
Electric
Nov 2009
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Oven Brands

Find out how oven brands compare. The average rating for each brand is based on the rating of all of their ovens. Click on a link to compare all ovens made by your favourite brand.

Logo Brand Number of Ovens Price Range Average Rating
Bosch logo Bosch Ovens 146 £60 - £4,313 89%
Neff logo Neff Ovens 107 £249 - £1,867 56%
Smeg logo Smeg Ovens 85 £199 - £1,659
AEG logo AEG Ovens 84 £240 - £2,044
Siemens logo Siemens Ovens 72 £375 - £3,516
Miele logo Miele Ovens 48 £549 - £4,000
Hotpoint logo Hotpoint Ovens 37 £141 - £500 81%
De Dietrich logo De Dietrich Ovens 33 £499 - £1,659 64%
Indesit logo Indesit Ovens 32 £125 - £345 75%
Zanussi logo Zanussi Ovens 32 £150 - £593
Beko logo Beko Ovens 29 £100 - £892
Electrolux logo Electrolux Ovens 28 £150 - £1,449
Lofra logo Lofra Ovens 27 £284 - £925
Gorenje logo Gorenje Ovens 25 £220 - £1,075
Samsung logo Samsung Ovens 22 £299 - £1,199 85%
Other brands Other Oven Brands 207 £54 - £4,250

Oven Buying Guide

Not all ovens were created equal, and the types of oven available cater for different needs and budgets. The main differences between ovens are their capacity and energy source.

To find the right oven it is important to identify which features are important to you. If you bake on a daily basis, having an oven that is fairly large while being energy efficient is the best way to make your baking easier and save money on the long run. For a more casual cook who uses the oven once a week, energy efficiency and capacity are not top priorities. A simpler oven that doesn't cost you a lot will do the job just fine – no need for the latest deluxe double oven with 8 cooking modes.

One of the first considerations when buying an oven is its dimensions and energy source. Most ovens are 600mm wide and will fit most kitchens. If you are looking for a larger capacity oven or a freestanding oven it is important to measure the available space in our kitchen to ensure there are no surprises when your new oven arrives.

If there is a gas supply in our kitchen you will be able to consider a gas oven. Electrical ovens are slightly easier to install but might also be more expensive to run. Always check the energy rating when comparing ovens. The installation of gas and electric ovens should always be carried out by appropriately trained and licensed engineers.

Oven Capacity

Before looking at the technical aspects of your future oven, choosing between a single or double oven is one of the first decisions to make.

Single Ovens

For the average home user who requires no more than two trays to be used at the same time, a single oven should be sufficient, even for frequent users. There is a huge range of single ovens available in different finishes and with distinct features. The high level of competition between manufacturers means single ovens offer great value for money and are available at very reasonable prices.

Double Ovens

A double oven allows for more flexibility as you can cook and bake at two different temperatures in parallel. This is great to prepare a large meal and set each oven and timer separately. You can grill a main course in one oven and bake a cake in the other, which significantly speeds things up compared to a single oven. The drawbacks of double ovens are a higher price tag, the requirement for a bigger space and a smaller number of models to choose from.

Space Saving Ovens

There are space-saving options for both single and double ovens. This might be a great choice if there just isn’t enough space in your kitchen to fit a full size oven or you need a double oven but only have a standard-sized space available.

Compact Ovens

A single compact oven is usually the same size as a microwave and most feature a grill as well. These small ovens are great if you are tight on space but their capacity might be a problem depending on the types of food you want to cook.

Double Built-under Ovens

If you have space to fit a single oven but need tow separate ovens, a built-under double oven might be a good choice. You get the flexibility of a double oven without losing much space (they are usually only 10-12cm taller than an average single oven). Because two ovens have to fit into the space of a single oven, the capacity of the individual ovens is limited and you will have to weigh up the benefits of having two ovens versus a larger single oven.

Oven Types

One of the key criteria when choosing an oven is decide between an electric or gas oven. Most ovens are electric as these can be installed in almost every kitchen. Gas ovens require a natural gas supply in your property, which is not always available. When faced with the choice, both electric and gas ovens have their advantages and disadvantages.

Electric Ovens

An electric oven has much more accurate temperature control thanks to its electronic thermostat, and spreads the heat evenly throughout the cooking area. This effect is even more pronounced in fan-assisted models. In addition, the dry heat an electric oven produces prevents the build-up of rust. Purchasing costs of electric ovens are usually lower than gas ones, and there is a much wider variety to choose from. On the downside, electric ovens take longer to heat up and have slightly higher operating costs.

Gas Ovens

While there is less variety in gas ovens compared to electric ones nowadays, they have some distinct advantages. Gas ovens have lower operating costs. If you use the oven a lot, these will offset the higher acquisition costs in the long run. Gas ovens heat up and cool down faster than their electric counterparts, which is great if you don't have time to wait for an electric oven to cool down before cleaning. Gas ovens add humidity to the air inside the oven, which prevents foods from becoming dry and brittle before reaching their ideal cooking point. Temperature control and heat distribution are usually less accurate in gas ovens, however, modern gas ovens come with electronic thermostats that regulate the temperature more accurately and fans help to spread the heat evenly throughout.

Oven Features

After deciding on the capacity and type, selecting an oven with the right features ensures you will be happy with your choice for many years to come. Modern ovens provide a variety of features that make cooking and cleaning easier.

Fan Ovens ensure the heat is distributed as evenly as possible inside the oven so food cooks at the same speed on all sides. Fan assisted electric ovens also heat up quicker and can shorten cooking times.

Automatic Cooking Programs make cooking super-simple by setting the temperature and time to cook a dish.

Programmable Timers allow you to simply set the start time, duration temperature and heat sources and the oven will switch on and cook your meal before switching off again. This is great when you have other things to do but want to make sure your meal will be ready at exactly the right time.

Pyrolytic Self-cleaning is the most convenient way to keep your oven clean. During the cleaning cycle, the oven will heat up to 480C which burns off any deposits and reduces them to a thin layer of ash which can then simply be wiped away.

Most ovens today are Multi-function Ovens and allow you to cook with a number of heat sources, either independently or in combination. When using fan-assisted mode to cook a meal you can also use the grill to make sure it is crispy on top.

Oven Retailers, Prices and Features

Oven Prices

In total we found 1042 ovens ranging from £52 to £4,000. A new oven costs on average £644 and 80% of ovens are priced between £199 and £1,200. The Severin TO 2052 is the cheapest oven at only £52, and Miele DGC6805 XL is the most expensive at £4,000.

Oven Brands - Price Range

Miele ovens start at £549 and the most expensive Miele oven costs £4,000. The highest average oven price out of all brands is Miele ovens with an average price of £1,780.

Bartscher ovens start at £324 and the most expensive Bartscher oven costs £2,996. The average price of Bartscher ovens is £1,393 which is the second highest average price of all oven brands.

De Dietrich ovens range in price from £499 to £1,659, and the average price of De Dietrich ovens is £1,025 which is the third highest average price of all oven brands.

Oven Brands - Average Ratings

We have checked 7 expert reviews and 418 user reviews for ovens and used this information to determine the average rating for each brand of oven. The top three oven brands are Fisher & Paykel, Miele and Ariete. Fisher & Paykel has an average rating of 89%, Miele has an average rating of 88% and Ariete has an average rating of 86%.

Biggest Oven Retailers

We found 715 current offers for ovens from eBay making it the biggest oven retailer. That is more than twice as big as the second biggest retailer, ao for whom we found 268 current offers for ovens. The third biggest retailer is Currys with 250 current oven offers.

When Are Most New Ovens Released?

We couldn't see any evident pattern in the release dates for new ovens over the last 3 years. 121 new ovens were released in July 2016 making it the biggest month that year for new oven releases. In 2015 most new ovens were released in April, with 203 new ovens released that month. In July 2014 308 new ovens were released making it the biggest month that year for new oven releases.

How Fast Do Oven Prices Drop After Release?

On average ovens drop in price by 1% in the first 6 months after release. If you are prepared to wait then you could save an average of £9 on a typical £645 new oven by waiting 6 months before buying.

Total Oven(s) Interior Capacities

The interior capacity of an oven is the total space inside all of the oven compartments measured in litres.

Comparing all ovens, the total oven(s) interior capacities range from 8L to 135L. The total oven(s) interior capacities of the majority of ovens range from 60L to 70L. The HotpointDD4 541 IX has the biggest total oven(s) interior capacity. This oven is a 120L interior capacity oven and is priced at £219.00. The HotpointDD4 541 IX, which can be purchased for £68.76, has the smallest total oven(s) interior capacity and is an 8L interior capacity oven.

A bigger oven capacity will allow more food to be cooked and will allow larger items such as turkeys to fit inside the oven.

Energy Efficiency of Ovens

The energy efficiency class is a measure of the efficiency of the oven ranked using the European Union standard energy efficiency scale. G is the worst rating and A is the best rating. It is possible to have rating higher than A. These are marked with A+, A++ etc.

Amongst new ovens, the most common energy efficiency rating is A. We found 1,118 ovens that have an energy efficiency rating of A. We found 388 ovens that have an energy efficiency rating of A+, making this the second most frequently found energy efficiency rating amongst new ovens.

A better energy efficiency rating means that the oven will cost less to run.

Biggest Oven Retailers

The biggest oven retailer by number of products currently for sale is eBay. We found 715 current oven offers from eBay. The second biggest oven retailer is ao with 268 offers. That means eBay is more than twice as big as ao when it comes to ovens. Currys is the third biggest retailer with 250 current offers.

Which Are the Cheapest Retailers for Ovens?

The cheapest shop by number of oven for which they offer the cheapest price is v with the cheapest price on 610 ovens.

Proportion of Ovens for Which Each Retailer is Cheapest?

The shop that most frequently offered the cheapest price on ovens is eBay and offers the cheapest price on 85.3% of its ovens.

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