Best built-in ovens for cooking up a storm
From convection to self-cleaning ovens. We have all you need to know about your new built-in oven.
Whether your oven has just given up or you're looking to revamp your kitchen, look no further than our built-in oven guide to help you choose the best oven to suit your lifestyle.
Gas or electric?
While most built-in ovens are electric, there are a few gas models out there. Explore the differences below.
Types of built-in oven
Take a look at the size options below to see what suits your kitchen needs.
There is more than one way that ovens can create heat to cook your food. The four key types are explained below to help you understand the differences and decide what works best for you.
Convection ovens, also known as fan ovens, use internal fans to distribute the heat inside the oven evenly, meaning there will be no section hotter than another. They're great for providing an even bake across multiple dishes in your oven.
Multifunction ovens have more than one cooking feature built in for optimum cooking opportunities. This tends to be a combination of heating features that can include a grill function, defrost setting, conventional and fan cooking.
Conventional ovens have a static heat source, usually placed at the bottom of the oven. Meaning it heats from the bottom up, and once fully heated, the top will tend to be hotter than the bottom. It can take some getting used to, but can be beneficial for cooking multiple dishes that require different temperatures.
Steam ovens are essentially oven sized pressure cookers. They are a great purchase for the health conscious as they lock in up to 25% more nutrients and don't need oil to aid cooking. They also don't create smoke whilst cooking (just steam of course!) and are a really energy efficient option.
Hate cleaning? How about getting an oven that does all the hard work for you? Take a look at the three main types of self-cleaning ovens below to determine what will help you ease up on the elbow grease.
Catalytic cleaning oven
A catalytic cleaning oven has specially treated liners fitted on the inside that absorb the grease created by cooking. They are cleaned by running the self-cleaning programme every month or so. This tends to blast the inside of the cooker at 200+ degrees celsius which burns off most of the grease deposits and softens the rest so you can easily wipe away with soapy water. Once it's cooled down of course!
Pyrolytic cleaning oven
Pyrolytic ovens work by increasing their temperature to 500 degrees celsius and literally burning off the grease and dirt. It is a complete clean, so all you need to do is wipe the ash away that is left behind. While this may sound quite scary, it is incredibly safe, with extra insulation built in to protect the surrounding areas. They also have 'cold doors' which don't reach over 60 degrees celsius and remain locked until the cleaning process is complete and it is safe to open.
Steam cleaning oven
Steam cleaning ovens work by giving the inside of the oven a 'steam bath'. All you will need to do is add a little water and washing-up liquid to the bottom and select the hydrolysis cleaning function. This will create the steam which will soften any grease and dirt attached to the inside walls. Once the cleaning programme is complete and the oven has cooled, you should be able to wipe it off easily with a cloth or sponge.
Some more top oven features to look out for
What does the energy rating mean on an oven?
Ovens have energy ratings that vary from A+++ to D. To put it simply, the higher the energy rating an oven has, the less energy it will use overall. It is also less likely to waste energy, so it uses it more efficiently. Costing you less money to run, as well as keeping your carbon footprint smaller. Sounds like a win-win to us!
If you'd like to read more about energy efficiency, take a look at our handy guide.
Clean cleaning tips
Need to clean your oven but don't have a lot of time to spare? Then look no further! Check out these fab cleaning hacks.
- Grab an oven safe dish and add some water.
- Squeeze in the juice of 2 lemons then add in the squeezed lemons themselves for extra cleaning power.
- Pop the dish in the oven at 250 degrees Celsius for around 30 minutes.
- Once the oven has cooled down you should be able to wipe away the dirt and grease with a damp cloth.
- Preheat your oven to 230 degrees Celsius.
- Grab an oven safe dish and add some water and half a cup of vinegar.
- Place the dish in your preheated oven and leave for 20-60 minutes (depending on how much grease there is!).
- Once the oven has cooled, wipe away the softened dirt and grease with a cloth.
Dirty oven door, no more!
- Grab a dishwasher tablet (not a gel based one in a pouch as these will just make a mess!) and dip one end in some water.
- Rub the wetted side over your oven door and leave for 5 - 10 minutes.
- Wipe the door over with a damp cloth and any remaining dirt and grease should come off with it.
Our fave four cooking hacks
Here are a few of our fave cooking top tips, just for fun!
Installation and recycling update
Ensure your oven measures up
You are in safe hands with our installation service, but we need you to do a little groundwork before we start.
Before you order
- The final location for the product needs to be measured to check the product will fit. Specifically height, width and depth! Not all products or spaces are “standard size”.
- Once you have found an oven you want to purchase, we recommend double checking its dimensions shown on the product page against the space you want to put it.
- Make sure there’s a clear access route to where we are installing your oven – especially if there’s stairs, tight corners or turns involved. We will need room to manoeuvre.
- To help make sure your installation is a success we will contact you with a few quick essential questions about your installation details. We will then contact you if we need further information to successfully complete the job.
- Ensure there is electric or gas supply within 1m of where the oven is to be installed (remember a gas oven still needs an electric supply).
- Pipework and electrics need to be in a safe condition.
- For integrated appliances such as ovens we will install and ensure everything is put back as it was prior to our arrival, however we are not able to make adjustments to cabinets, doors and plinths.
- A responsible person needs to be at home to sign for delivery/installation – (someone at least 18 years old).
- We will need to complete a visual check of any gas appliances, boilers, meters and conduct safety testing on electrics which must be passed for us to be able to install.
- We’ll need to access your gas and/or electric meters and fusebox, so make sure there is access to these and credit on your meter.
- We will disconnect and recycle your old appliance if required.
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Oven and hob packages
If you're looking for a complete built-in look, check out our oven and hob packages.