Best oven 2020: the best electric fan ovens for all budgets

Ovens so good, even the most ham-fisted chef can roast, bake and grill up a storm

Best electric oven

Built-in electric fan ovens are the best ovens you can buy, in our cheffing opinion, and that is what we have collated here. Now, before you accuse us of gross discrimination against gas ovens, or standalone cookers, we should point out that all the ovens here have been selected after lengthy assimilation of both professional and user reviews and, as sad as it may seem, the trusty old gas oven just isn’t very popular anymore. 

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Of John Lewis’s range of third-party ovens, just seven out of 285 built-in models are gas. This is hardly surprising since the best electric electric ovens are now more economical than ever, more controllable and fast (or the exact opposite, if you want to cook low and slow) and easier to clean. Electric ovens just have so many advantages and can be installed in literally any home. They even get discounted from time to time, so keep an eye on our Amazon Prime Day hub, just in case.

All of the models on this page are equipped with fans for faster, more even cooking efficiency and a grill section on top. You know: for grilling (or 'broiling', if you're an American.)

How to buy the best built-in oven

When it comes to buying a cooking system, there are two choices: a standalone all-in-one range cooker with a hob, oven and grill (and sometimes more). Or there's option B, which is a separate built-in oven and built-in hob.

Range cookers simply slide in between your kitchen cabinets and are a good choice if you’re on a budget, have a country-style kitchen or don’t fancy calling in the services of a carpenter of kitchen fitter. 

Built-in systems, on the other hand, are a much more elegant solution since everything fits flush with the kitchen cabinets, leaving no unsightly gaps for crumbs, fatty bits and spilt liquids to fall between.

We’ve already covered built-in gas hobs – which are excellent – and induction hobs – which are excellent, but weird – so hop over for a look, once you’ve finished digesting this carefully curated list of fine food fabricators.

T3's top tip when it comes to ovens? If you can’t be arsed with scrubbing fatty muck off the oven walls every few weeks, we'd recommend a model with fat-absorbing catalytic linings or, better still, a pyrolytic model that uses extreme temperature (500ºC or higher) to carbonise the crap out of everything, reducing stains to a fine, slightly sinister dust. When it’s finished cremating, you simply vacuum out the remnants. 

Installing a built-in oven

Even the best built-in ovens are a lot more difficult to install than range cookers. Firstly, you’ll need a big enough cavity in your kitchen cabinets, and one that’s within easy reach of a suitable power supply (most ovens are too powerful to simply plug into a nearby wall socket).

You’ll also need to have a platform constructed that’s strong enough to hold the weight of the oven, and with plenty of clearance to meet the manufacturer’s safety guidelines – in some instances you can purchase a ready-built casing for the particular model in mind. 

All of this requires expertise and a pair of strong arms so be prepared to fork out extra on a carpenter or specialised kitchen fitter. You might even need to have your electricity supply beefed up to meet the oven’s power requirements. 

Once in position, the oven should fit flush with the cabinets, but make sure that everything is level, works correctly and that the oven door can open fully before handing over the cash.

The best ovens, in order

Neff N 70 B57CR22N0BT3 Awards 2020

1. Neff N 70 B57CR22N0B

Best oven, especially for baking

Specifications
Volume: 71 litres
Energy class: A+
Self cleaning: Yes, pyrolytic
Electricity loading: 3.45kW
Reasons to buy
+Superb performer +'Slide-away' door
Reasons to avoid
-Door is a bit rattly

If you’re a fan of Great British Bake Off, you’ll doubtless have spied the Neff ovens with doors that slide beneath the units… and wished you had one of those. Well you can! 

True, we can’t be sure this particular Neff is the exact same model as those featured on the TV series but it does come with the company’s unique Slide&Hide door, so that’s a good start – even though it does clatter a bit and, on one episode of GBBO, fell off. But that only happened once, and it was probably due to misuse, under pressure. 

Nearly every user of this model has extolled the virtues of its baking prowess and capacity to turn an average baker into a cake-making maestro. This is mostly down to the oven’s exceptionally accurate temperatures and its Circotherm technology that ensures whatever you sling in there is cooked perfectly evenly – and that goes for roasts, too (obviously). 

This same tech also allows you to cook a number of different dishes at once without any intermingling of flavours – no more chicken-flavoured apple tarts, then. And speaking of chicken, this oven is by no means only for baking – it'll roast things very nicely as well, although on this model there's no built-in temperature probe to help out more hapless, meat-charring cooks.

The Neff comes with a suitably ample 71-litres of interior space, a grill section – though it doesn’t come with a grill pan – and pyrolytic self-cleaning. According to its army of disciples, it’s very quick to heat up and its 2.5-inch TFT touch screen is fairly simple to use. But it’s that clever articulated oven door that really clinches it. 

The Neff website lists this model at £1,049 but you can snap one up at John Lewis for £790 or Curry’s for… also £790.  Fancy that.

Best ovens: AEG Steambake

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2. AEG Steambake BPS355020M

No, it's NOT just for baking

Specifications
Volume: 71 litres
Energy class: A+
Self cleaning: Yes, pyrolytic
Electricity loading: 3.2kW
Reasons to buy
+Great value+Self cleaning+Interesting Steambake feature
Reasons to avoid
-Fit and finish is not amazing

• Buy AEG Steambake from John Lewis for £479 

• Today, you can get this older but still excellent AEG Steambake model with temperature probe for just £500!

Steambake is actually an entire range of ovens but this entry-level one and the slightly fancier AEG SteamBake BSE574221M  – which comes with a temperature probe for easy roasting of meats – are our top picks. There are also various colour options to consider, depending on what retailer you look at.

The first thing to say about AEG Steambake is that it is definitely not just for baking. You can add a little water to the bottom of the oven and activate the Steambake function and it will waft a little steam over your cupcakes, breads and other baked goods, but that is by no means the only reason to buy this. I'd say if anything, AEG has miscalculated by using that 'Steambake' branding, as it implies non-bakers won't find it useful.

The truth is that this is a great oven for just about everything. It has a massive temperature range of 40º to 300º, with the option of using grill and oven simultaneously – you can imagine how powerful that is. More importantly, it reaches whatever temp you want quickly, and holds it very accurately. That's particularly important if you are doing long, slow cooking – or baking, of course.

The AEG Steambake comes with two standard shelves and a grill pan shelf – if you're not making cup cakes on a regular basis you'll only need the grill and one shelf, but it's good to have the option of the third. 

The self cleaning works extremely well and the stay-cool door does indeed seem to stay pretty cool on the whole. Overall oven longevity – often an issue with self-cleaners – seems good so far. We've been testing ours for three years now with no apparent loss of quality. 

The fit and finish is not up there with more expensive ovens, but it's fine. In fact, for the money, it's more than adequate. Bakers will no doubt love this oven but it is a great oven for roasts, casseroles, and very suitable for more adventurous chefs who like to go slow and low, or reverse sear extremely hot. 

Zanussi ZOB31471XK

3. Zanussi ZOB31471XK

Best cheap oven

Specifications
Volume: 68 litres
Energy class: A
Self cleaning: No
Electricity loading: 2.79kW
Reasons to buy
+Excellent price +Brilliant grill +Easy to use
Reasons to avoid
-Tricky to clean 

And so we come to the cheaper end of the wedge. But don’t let that put you off because this appliance of science is a stonking performer for the price. 

It heats up rapidly (about 9 minutes to reach 180ºC) and, according to Which?, its grill is one of the very best out there. The oven also goes up to 275˚C which is 25˚ higher than most – very handy for pizzas. 

For the price, this 68-litre oven’s temperature settings are pretty accurate, so you shouldn’t have any issues with half your roasties looking bland while the other half have a deliciously scrunchy brown top. And if you’re after an oven that’s easy to use, they don’t come more doddlesome than this. 

Simply select an oven function on the left and a temperature on the right, then set the turn-dial minute timer and retreat. Granted, this oven’s glossy enamel interior won’t be a bundle of fun to clean, but as long as you give it a wipe down every two sessions, you should avoid having to reach for the Oven Mate and a stiff brush. 

Best budget buy oven.

AEG DCE731110M

4. AEG DCE731110M

Best double oven

Specifications
Volume: 104 litres
Energy class: A
Self cleaning: Yes, catalytic
Electricity loading: 5.8kW
Reasons to buy
+Two fan ovens +Decent price, considering
Reasons to avoid
-High power consumption

Need more space for a roast beef banquet with all trimmings while baking a tricky chocolate fondant at the same time? You need a twin oven, mate, like this dapper double do-it-all model from the house of AEG. 

The bottom oven has 61 litres of room for large stuff like chickens, turkeys and anything else you want to throw in it, while the top 43-litre cavity also doubles as a grill big enough to brown six slices of Warburtons. 

Both ovens come with hot air fans that spread the warmth evenly around the cavities, ensuring perfectly even crisping of your mac ’n’ cheese and uniform browning to the top of the lemon meringue pie. However, some users have reported that the temperature isn’t as accurate as they’d like and even more have lambasted the perplexing manual. What’s new? It also uses a hefty slice of electricity when both ovens are at full bore.

On the plus side, the touch control panel is easy enough to navigate (unless you have fingers like pork sausages), both cavities are swathed in self-cleaning catalytic linings and the whole shebang looks pretty darn swish in all that brushed silver trim. 

Siemens HB578A0S0B

5. Siemens HB578A0S0B

A stunning multifunctional best buy

Specifications
Volume: 60 litres
Energy class: A
Self cleaning: Yes, pyrolytic
Electricity loading: 3.6kW
Reasons to buy
+30 automatic programs+Generous capacity+Eye-catching design+Easy clean interior
Reasons to avoid
-Design might not suit all kitchen styles

• This one seems to be out of stock. Try the HB578A0S6B from John Lewis instead

The first thing that strikes you about the Siemens HB578A0S0B is just how good it looks. This built-in multifunctional single oven is a head-turner alright, but it has a specification to back up the design. It’s perfect for families, or indeed the very hungry thanks to its generous capacity too, with no less than 60 litres on offer in the main oven.

Another big bonus is the speed with which the Siemens HB578A0S0B heats up and it’s similarly impressive when it comes to providing consistent heat. In fact, it’s ideal for baking where blips in temperature can often render sponge cakes and other delicate recipes useless. The powerful heating credentials do, of course, also make it perfect for across-the-board meal making.

We love the 30 different automatic cooking programs, which make mealtimes a fast and efficient exercise. Simply select the dish, tell the oven the weight of the food and it’ll get on and cook everything for you in no-nonsense fashion.  The ‘cool start’ function is a boon as it lets you pop in something directly from the freezer if you forget to take it out the night before. Which we all, inevitably, end up doing.

There’s more; the child lock is a nice addition, while the non-tip shelves make a lot of sense too if you’ve got hot juices sloshing around, as do the telescopic runners that aid entry and exit shenanigans. The timer works a treat and there’s pyrolytic self-cleaning, but you can switch on the interior light manually if you prefer wiping the interior down yourself.

Bosch HBG634BS1B

6. Bosch HBG634BS1B

Another great oven for adventurous chefs

Specifications
Volume: 71 litres
Energy class: A+
Self cleaning: Yes, catalytic
Electricity loading: 3.6kW
Reasons to buy
+Soft closing door +A great kitchen helper

If you can’t quite stretch to an all-conquering Neff, then Bosch is still a worthwhile mid-priced Germanic option. Its gear is generally well built, efficient and mostly reliable. And it's made by BSH, the same mega-brand as Neff and Siemens, as it happens.

This Which? Best Buy has received a remarkably high score while its extensive throng of users have nothing but good things to say about it. While its oven door doesn’t do any fancy disappearing acts like the Neff, it does at least open and close with Audi-like finesse. In fact, with this model you can shut the door quite aggressively and, like a modern loo seat, it will simply slow to a gentle close.

The Bosch is equipped with 71-litres of interior cooking estate (give or take a few centimetres for shelf brackets etc) and self-cleaning catalytic linings that absorb the fats splattered against its wall by the pork cracking roast you will most certainly rate as one of the best you’ve ever roasted.

Rather like the winning Neff, this model also cooks evenly on any one of its five shelf positions, making it another top choice for discerning bakers who demand consistently accurate results for every bun they bung in the oven. 

Miele H6160BP

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7. Miele H6160BP

Best premium oven

Specifications
Volume: 76 litres
Energy class: A+
Self cleaning: Yes, pyrolytic
Electricity loading: 3.5kW
Reasons to buy
+Good range of functions+Moisture plus feature+Lots of interior flexibility+Quality look and feel
Reasons to avoid
-More features than some might need

Miele has done a great job at expanding its range to include ovens that still pack a punch, but are slightly more affordable than some of their other models. Though not so they equal the incredibly mighty 6860 BPX in this very guide. So, here we have the Miele H6160BP, which comes armed with a pile of features that add value.

Our standout from the list is the oven’s capacity for cooking with steam using the MositurePlus option, which if you’re tired of dried out meat joints will prove to be a revelation. At the same time the Miele H6160BP is able to apply a gentler touch to baking duties, with the GentleBake setting proving perfect for those delicate cakes or soufflés you might like to turn your hand to.

You get a total of 8 different cooking functions in all, which are easily accessed via the central dial. From there it's possible to select a variety of cooking options depending on your chosen recipe. Both conventional cooking and fan-assisted grilling options deliver a nice rounded end result while we like the diversity of the functionality here. 

Fan plus, for example, bakes and roasts a treat, and the intensive bake option delivers awesome pizza. Lookout too for the defrost option, which does just that and bottom heat that delivers warmth from below.

The design of the oven’s innards is also hugely impressive with loads of space that’ll be able to handle any kind of sizeable option on the menu. Cleaning duties are kept to a minimum thanks to pyrolytic cleaning, while the exterior surfaces come with a mark resistant coating and can be wiped down with the minimum of manual effort. 

In that respect it’s super low-maintenance and with Miele’s build quality you’re probably going to be looking at reliable service for a good few years.

John Lewis & Partners JLBIOS634

8. John Lewis & Partners JLBIOS634

Best John Lewis oven

Specifications
Volume: 65 litres
Energy class: A+
Self cleaning: Yes, pyrolytic
Electricity loading: 3.5kW
Reasons to buy
+Intuitive controls+Fab grill+Versatile+Energy efficient
Reasons to avoid
-Pyrolytic cleaning could be better

• Buy for £649 from, of course, John Lewis

The John Lewis & Partners JLBIOS634 is a fan-assisted electric single oven that also packs a very decent grill. It’s also fast and efficient, with an A+ energy efficiency rating, which makes it a solid choice. However, the multifunction appliance really comes into its own once you start exploring its array of features.

The fun starts with the white LED digital display, which features a minute minder along with a child lock for safety. Controlling the John Lewis & Partners JLBIOS634 is a doddle, with a beefy selection of functions that cover all kinds of cooking tasks. It’s great for everyday recipes, thanks to rock-solid conventional settings, but the oven is also brilliant for gentler moist fan baking duties. It’s handy for dough proving too.

The John Lewis & Partners JLBIOS634 also boasts a pizza setting, which is mighty handy when you’ve got a family and distractions can result in ruined meals. Similarly, the plate warming function is convenient and we also love the turbo grilling function that lets you achieve the crunch factor without overdoing it. Another plus is the food heat sensor probe, which keeps tabs on whether dishes have been cooked through or not.

Capacity-wise the John Lewis & Partners JLBIOS634 is more than adequate for most families, and the consistency of heat throughout the oven is impressive. This multifunction appliance seems able to cope with challenges like baking particularly well, although heats up and runs nicely enough even if you’re doing a standard roast dinner. It’s all good.

The pyrolytic cleaning isn’t quite as impressive as we’d like, although it’s also an easy appliance to clean manually, so that’s not to dismiss the John Lewis & Partners JLBIOS634. In fact, we’d say it’s a superb choice on most fronts.

Neff N50 U2ACM7HN0B

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9. Neff N50 U2ACM7HN0B

Best premium double oven

Specifications
Volume: 105 litres
Energy class: A
Self cleaning: Yes, pyrolytic
Electricity loading: 6.3kW
Reasons to buy
+Very precise settings+Large combined capacity+Oodles of options+Easy to clean
Reasons to avoid
-Fairly conventional styling

If you love cooking then the Neff N50 U2ACM7HN0B makes a lot of sense as it’s got everything you need. A double oven, the Neff offers up the best of both world’s thanks to its innovative features, although the overall design is fairly standard. Nothing head turning here. However, it’s the features and functions that really sell the Neff N50 U2ACM7HN0B.

For starters, you’ve got two electric ovens to choose from, which means the capacity for cooking multiple meals in one go is available. And, this Neff model also features CircoTherm, its own hot air system that allows baking and roasting at the same time. The main oven has a capacity of 71 litres, while the secondary top oven sports 34 litres, so that’s an impressive combination right there.

With both working in tandem you’ve got the likes of top and bottom heating available, air grilling and rapid heat at your disposal. We’re also keen on the bread baking capability that the Neff N50 U2ACM7HN0B delivers. That top oven is also great for grilling and boasts a top and/or bottom heat option too. Roll it all into one and you’ve got the potential for cooking a lot of food. Larger households will love it.

Finished in stainless steel the Neff also requires minimum upkeep; a wipe over will keep the exterior looking fine and dandy. Meanwhile, inside there’s a pyrolytic lining, which means that it’s self-cleaning, so you won't have much to do in there either.