We reviewed dozens of single electric ovens to shortlist our 10 best options
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Built in electric single ovens are by far the most popular choice of oven in the UK.
They can be fitted below worktops or at eye-level and if your budget can afford, many people are now opting to have two built in ovens, side by side, at eye-level within kitchen units.
From our experience, both professional and personal we know that finding and researching modern electric ovens is not easy, in fact, it can soon become rather annoying with an array of built in ovens to review and chose from.
This review, like all our reviews, aims to make the process of researching single ovens as easy as possible. The final result is a list of 10 best single ovens for a variety of budgets and cooking needs.
This single oven is a built in electric single multifunctional model, so perfect for anyone who will want to cook everything from the roast dinner and fish fingers to apple crumble and sourdough bread in there. Just close the oven door, and the Mastery will pretty much cater to every meal.
It is clever too, with a SenseCook feature which probes the centre of your meal to find the exact temperature, telling your oven when it is ready rather than relying on guess work. The telescopic shelf runners are a great feature, making it easy and safe to insert and remove your baking tray.
When it comes to cleaning, the pyrolytic technology burns any dirt away so it just turns to ash making it easy to wipe up left over food residue. To control everything, a command wheel ensures your chosen settings are easier to select than ever, and it doesn’t only look great but is super responsive too.
The Neff B3ACE4HN0B is a super built in electric single multifunctional oven that brings an array of easy to use functions to the table.
It may be a single oven but it has the capability to cook three meals at the same time. What’s more, the CircoTherm system distributes heat evenly and without transferring flavours from one food to another!
It also comes with a programmable timer that shuts the oven off once your meal has been cooked and a ceramic interior that makes it grease-proof, therefore easier much easier to clean. As part of the built-in electric range, this cooker can be easily installed and can be easily fitted under the worktop or at eye level.
Do you get irritated with how slow and unevenly your oven cooks your food? Well, you can now purchase a Smart built in electric single oven that you’ll be proud of with this Samsung option.
This is the ultimate package and the only reason this isn’t further up our list is because of its steep price. Although it is a little on the expensive side, it is definitely one of the more advanced options on the market, particularly if you want to be one step ahead of the curve when you buy your new oven.
The Wi-Fi ability will allow you to control it from your smartphone, so you can adjust settings and check on the food’s process without heading to the kitchen. It would also allow you to set the oven to start from your work office, so the dish is ready when you get home. Need some dinner time inspiration? Why not download a host of recipes from Michelin 3-Star chefs through the app?
It comes with Vapour Technology. What does this mean for you? It means that you can enjoy the best quality cuisine as the vapour ensures a moist yet crisp meal that is uniformly cooked.
The oven literally spreads the flavour throughout your single dish without interfering with meals on the other shelf. Pyrolytic technology will take the hassle out of the cleaning, too, using the steam technology and heat to remove stubborn stains.
With plenty of functions, the Bosch HHF113BR0B built in electric oven will allow you to adapt the heat to what it is you are cooking, this is one of the best single ovens for anyone who uses their oven for everything, from banana breads to roast beef and cheese on toast.
The 3D Hotair function delivers even distribution heat of for up to three levels at the same time, so you can book different dishes and be sure they’ll all come out cooked perfectly, no matter which shelf they’re on.
As you would expect, here is a grill so you can add finishing touches or quickly cook something from the freezer when you’ve got home late from work, and an energy rating of A means it won’t cost a lot to run.
The size is perfect for small families. If you have small children, you will benefit from the child lock which prevents the door from being opened unintentionally, and the settings being changed. An Enamel interior coating also easy to keep clean.
Are you looking for a built in electric single oven which does all of the cooking for you? Of course, you’ll have to do some prep work, but this Hotpoint Class 2 model is one of the most stylish multi-function systems on the market and has Jamie Oliver’s seal of approval, and features a simple display and traditional dials on the front of the unit, it’s always easy to see what you’re doing.
This single oven boasts grill, bake and general cooking functionalities, and with a steam clean system built-in, it is also one of the easiest to wipe down after use.
What more could you want from a modern oven unit? This is a fan oven with plenty of space inside, meaning that it should be pretty easy for you to cook up a storm with large family dishes and more besides.
It’s also very energy-efficient, meaning that it shouldn’t run up hefty bills for you to power up over the months and years to come. It’s a great all-around option which, as always, comes with that brilliant Hotpoint guarantee and a solid warranty.
This wins our vote for looks! and it’s possibly the best single oven we’ve ever seen – and we don’t mean that lightly.
It’s built in enamel cavity helps to keep things super simple for cleaning down, and you will also benefit from even cooking through all that you demand of this cooker – what’s more, there is a two-year guarantee thrown in to make sure that your new oven is fully protected.
This Neff system is designed with ease of use in mind, though it’s also clear that style is at the forefront, and it is hard to imagine a kitchen that won’t find a place for it.
Brilliantly rated with a sizable 71 litre cavity, and four flexible shelves for grilling and cooking, you’ll also find that there are plenty of functions to get stuck into here.
While we loved the NEFF N90 Slide & Hide built in electric single oven this is a more affordable pick yet still possesses much of the power and features, which is great if the budget is strict.
This NEFF Slide & Hide is s a multifunctional built in single electric oven that brings an array of easy to use functions to the table. It has the capability to cook three meals at the same time, and what’s more, the CircoTherm system ensures all meals are cooked evenly without meals transferring their flavours to the others.
It comes with a programmable timer that shuts the oven off once your meal has been cooked and also has a ceramic interior that makes it grease-proof, therefore easier to clean. As part of the built-in electric range, this cooker can be fitted under the worktop or at eye level.
AEG’s pioneering single electric oven is a self-cleaning model with a pyrolytic inner, making it one of the easiest ovens to wipe down and maintain from meal to meal.
This integrated (built in) model, with four available shelves, makes it nice and easy for you to cook multiple items at once.
We think it looks great in its stainless steel finish which also helps to keep it easy to clean on the outside, too.
This is one of the best single ovens for energy-efficient around, with a fantastic rating of A+. A simple timer and LCD will help you keep track of how things are cooking, and this model also benefits from a fantastic twin glazed window to help you keep an eye on things.
This tends to be a solid choice if you are looking for an oven to carefully cook things to perfection.
This super-sleek modern built in electric single oven unit really does offer the full package, with a variable, easy-clean hob alongside 53 litres of oven cooking which are sure to be enough for most couples and families. Offering a simple analogue display and control unit, this affordable package shouldn’t be too much of a stretch in terms of adaptability nor in terms of budget.
It’s a super-efficient system, too, with an A energy rating and plenty of precision from function to function. Beyond this, you’ll also benefit from a flexible grill function, as well as enamel coating to help make things even easier for you on the cleaning front. What more could you want – or need?
A great oven pick for under £500 if you have a maximum budget. The Hotpoint Class ranges are top-quality and perfect for your home, and this has everything to keep your home running.
It is multifunctional so you can cook just how you need, whether it be baking Victoria sponge cakes on a Saturday or getting fluffy roast potatoes on a Sunday. The hot air evenly circulates throughout the entire chamber, so you get consistent and reliable results.
The timer can ensure you can get on with other things as the food cooks, and it will turn the oven off when done so nothing will burn either.
If anything bubbles over or spills, the pyrolytic cleaning function will reduce it all to ash so it can be wiped away with no scrubbing.
The best oven for you might not be the same for the next person. Important considerations include:
There’s a lot to choose from. When looking for electric single oven options, you should make sure to take time to consider all the available parameters.
Again, this is something that is specific to each person. There are lots of features to look out for, whether they are the basic everyday necessities or the more advanced specialised picks which are helpful if you’re a keen baker or cook.
Digital Controls Vs Analog Controls – The decision to choose digital vs analog controls will come down to several factors.
Personally, I don’t mind. My built-in microwave oven is digital whereas my oven is analog. However, if you or a family member has limited hand control you might find that small dials can become stiff over time and knobs may be challenging if you need to push and twist. And, you can now, of course, find smart technology built into ovens where you can use speech and ‘Alexa’ to programme your oven.
Programmable Oven Timers – Some people can’t live without a programmable timer, which are mainly used to turn your oven on and off.
Oven Settings – Most electric ovens come with an array of features and settings, but just because you have the option to select fan-forced, warmers, EGO, pizza mode, a fish cooking function and bread proving doesn’t make it the best single electric oven for you.
It wouldn’t necessarily be a good fit with your budget if you could buy an oven that met your needs without, say, bread proving if you never bake bread!
Steam Cooking – Single ovens with the functionality to steam provide faster cooking than that of a conventional single oven, particularly helpful for people who cook bigger quantities or enjoy batch cooking.
Telescopic Runners – are guides attached to oven shelves making them easier to remove trays from the oven and reduce the risk of burns. The Neff N50 B3ACE4HN0B Slide&Hide Single Electric Oven includes telescopic runners.
Self Cleaning Functions – Many single ovens such as the AEG BPE842720M come with a pyrolytic cleaning feature, whereas the Bosch Serie 2 HHF113BR0B oven cavity has a grease proof enamel coating to help cut down on the amount of cleaning you have to do.
Oven Size & Capacity
The dimensions will be vital if the built-in oven is going into pre-existing kitchen cabinets. Also check whether it can be fitted where you wish, such as under-counter or eye level.
The capacity will tell you how much it can accommodate at any one time – larger families will need more space.
As you can imagine, this really is a variable topic. From brand to brand, there are varying features and factors, and what’s more, when buying into a brand, there’s no real guarantee you’re buying into the best oven for your needs. However, as you can see from the above, there are a few brands we feel are really leading the way.
Bosch and Hotpoint, for example, are fantastic brands offering some of the best ovens online, and they tend to be pretty reliable when it comes to various white goods.
However, if you really want to crank up the hot air to cook your food, they offer plenty of electric single oven innovations, too. We also feel it’s worth you looking at models from the likes of Fisher Paykel, Neff, AEG, Samsung, John Lewis, and Zanussi, too.
Regardless, of your knowledge or even brand loyalty, we recommend spending some time focusing on features rather than branding – though brands tend to give you a good indication of whether or not a product is going to be built to last or not.
No, there is a fair amount of variations in size. When looking at the specifications of all single ovens you will notice that there are two sizes given.
This refers to the entire internal oven space. The distance from the top of the oven to the bottom and from wall to wall. Note, this is always bigger than the ‘cooking capacity’
Is measured as ‘capacity’, you will often see, range ovens mention ‘main oven capacity’ and ‘top oven capacity’, this is the whole space you have to cook in.
Single Oven Capacity can vary between 51 and 76 litres. The average single oven has a cooking capacity of 64 litres.
This compares to an average twin oven that can have a total cooking capacity of 127 litres, split between the main oven (62 litres) and top oven (35 litres). Another dependent on how much you can comfortably fit in the oven is the positioning of shelves.
You don’t need to be alarmed about measuring up for your new built-in single electric oven, the process really is very simple – there is only one measurement to take and that is the height! Grab yourself a tape measure, a sheet of paper and a pen or pencil.
From either the bottom or top take your measurement in centimetres. Your measurement will be between 45.9 and 60cm
You don’t need to worry about the width as this will be a standard size anywhere between 54cm and 57cm and the depth will always be 59.5cm.
AO has produced a short and easy to understand video to show you how to measure up for a replacement oven.
Hopefully, you have found this single oven review useful and you are well on your way to ordering your new built in oven.
However, we do understand that buying a built in oven is a significant purchase and maybe you are unsure if a single oven is the best oven for you.
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