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The 10 Best Ovens - July 2017

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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 6,600 ovens, 947 reviews and 14,400 prices. Last updated 21 July 2017.

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#1
UH53

Hotpoint UH53

A very cheap Electric Black oven with very low running costs and a massive 83L total oven(s) interior capacity
Reviews
92
7 Reviews
Value for Money
96
Excellent
Features
93
Fully-Featured
Age
71
2 Years Old
Running Costs
86
£678 / 10 Years
Overall Score
90
Excellent
83L
Electric
Jun 2015
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  • £180.00
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#2
UHS53XS

Hotpoint UHS53XS

An enormous 96L Electric oven with marvellous user reviews but high running costs
Reviews
91
8 Reviews
Value for Money
93
Excellent
Features
94
Fully-Featured
Age
67
2 Years Old
Running Costs
19
£798 / 10 Years
Overall Score
85
Excellent
96L
Electric
Jun 2015
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Release Date
  • £245.00
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#3
NW701DO

New World NW701DO

A huge 98L Electric oven with great user reviews but high running costs
Reviews
89
3 Reviews
Value for Money
97
Excellent
Features
82
Fully-Featured
Age
63
2 Years Old
Running Costs (Unknown)
Overall Score
81
Excellent
98L
Natural Gas
Mar 2015
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#4
NW901DOP

New World NW901DOP

A top-value Electric Black oven, but with high running costs but a gigantic 108L total oven(s) interior capacity
Reviews
0
6 Reviews
Value for Money
97
Excellent
Features
95
Fully-Featured
Age
62
2 Years Old
Running Costs (Unknown)
Overall Score
80
Excellent
108L
Natural Gas
Mar 2015
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#5
DD2 540

Hotpoint DD2 540

A huge 116L Electric oven with OK reviews but high running costs
Reviews
61
22 Reviews
Value for Money
96
Excellent
Features
95
Fully-Featured
Age
66
2 Years Old
Running Costs (Unknown)
Overall Score
78
Very Good
116L
Electric
Jul 2015
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#6
U14M42N3GB

Neff U14M42N3GB

A top of the range 101L Electric oven with exceptional user reviews and one of the biggest total oven(s) interior capacities on the market
Reviews
89
5 Reviews
Value for Money
70
Very Good
Features
94
Fully-Featured
Age
64
2 Years Old
Running Costs
12
£721 / 10 Years
Overall Score
77
Very Good
101L
Electric
May 2015
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  • £470.00
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#7
AKZM 756

Whirlpool AKZM 756

A very cheap 67L Electric oven with not bad features and very low running costs
Reviews
0
5 Reviews
Value for Money
91
Excellent
Features
67
Good Features
Age
42
4 Years Old
Running Costs
86
£772 / 10 Years
Overall Score
76
Very Good
67L
Electric
Oct 2013
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  • £219.00
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#8
IDD 6340 IX

Indesit IDD 6340 IX

An affordable Electric Stainless steel oven with brilliant features and an enormous 115L total oven(s) interior capacity
Reviews No Reviews
Value for Money
97
Excellent
Features
95
Fully-Featured
Age
66
2 Years Old
Running Costs (Unknown)
Overall Score
76
Very Good
115L
Electric
Jul 2015
Total Oven Interior Capacity
Oven Types
Release Date
#9
IDD 6340

Indesit IDD 6340

A giant 116L Electric oven with brilliant features but high running costs
Reviews No Reviews
Value for Money
97
Excellent
Features
95
Fully-Featured
Age
65
2 Years Old
Running Costs (Unknown)
Overall Score
76
Very Good
116L
Electric
Jul 2015
Total Oven Interior Capacity
Oven Types
Release Date
#10
IDU 6340

Indesit IDU 6340

An enormous 96L Electric oven with superb features but high running costs
Reviews No Reviews
Value for Money
97
Excellent
Features
93
Fully-Featured
Age
65
2 Years Old
Running Costs (Unknown)
Overall Score
76
Very Good
96L
Electric
Jul 2015
Total Oven Interior Capacity
Oven Types
Release Date

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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 144 £62 - £4,365 93%
Neff logo Neff Ovens 90 £249 - £1,584 56%
Smeg logo Smeg Ovens 85 £249 - £1,659
AEG logo AEG Ovens 79 £240 - £2,079
Siemens logo Siemens Ovens 63 £220 - £3,665
Miele logo Miele Ovens 40 £527 - £3,579
Hotpoint logo Hotpoint Ovens 38 £141 - £750 78%
De Dietrich logo De Dietrich Ovens 34 £749 - £1,659 64%
Indesit logo Indesit Ovens 33 £130 - £345 75%
Electrolux logo Electrolux Ovens 32 £100 - £1,449
Lofra logo Lofra Ovens 29 £297 - £970
Zanussi logo Zanussi Ovens 29 £125 - £527
Beko logo Beko Ovens 28 £115 - £888
Gorenje logo Gorenje Ovens 27 £199 - £1,029
Samsung logo Samsung Ovens 25 £300 - £1,199 85%
Baumatic logo Baumatic Ovens 20 £160 - £955
Other brands Other Oven Brands 188 £55 - £3,235

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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