Video: What to look for - Ovens
Thinking of buying a new oven? Fiona Mair shows you what to look for.
- AEG DC7003000M
- Bosch HBM43S550A
- DeLonghi DE6060MD
- Euromaid DS1
- Fisher & Paykel OB60B77DEX3
- Omega OO845WR
- Smeg DOSCA36X
- Westinghouse PDR790S
How we test
To compare the ovens’ performance, our home economist, Fiona Mair, cooks a range of foods, including chicken, pizza, toast, scones and meringues. She tests the ovens’ ability to perform over a range of temperatures, times and functions.
- Multi-shelf cooking Scones are baked over two shelves to test how evenly the ovens perform at a high temperature over a short time. This test is repeated in the secondary oven.
- Low temperature Meringues are baked to assess cooking ability at a low temperature for a long period. This test is repeated only in the secondary ovens that have the fan-forced function.
- Roasting Fiona roasts a whole chicken to assess baking a non-uniform food at a moderate to high temperature over a long period, while retaining moisture and crisping the skin.
- Base cooking Fiona also cooks a freshly prepared pizza at a very high temperature for a short period to assess the ability to crisp and brown the base and evenly cook the toppings. This test is repeated in the secondary oven.
- Grill area Fiona toasts bread to assess the grill area for how quickly it toasts bread and how evenly the heat is distributed. This test is repeated in the secondary oven.
Ease of use
Fiona assesses the controls, the grill and oven areas and ease of cleaning.
For more reviews of ovens and cooktops, see Kitchen.