Test results for eight one-and-a-half ovens, ranging in price from $2149 to $3990.
Double ovens are excellent for entertaining and large families, as you can bake and grill at the same time, or simultaneously bake two foods that need different temperatures and baking methods.
A true double oven is two full-sized ovens, each with its own door and a full set of functions, and assembled as one unit. Cheaper one-and-a-half ovens are often labelled as double ovens — or primary plus secondary ovens — and can be as versatile as a real double oven. They are also more useful than ovens with a separate grill, and a good alternative to replacing such a model.
Please note: this information was current as of October 2009 but is still a useful guide to today's market.
To compare the ovens' performance, our Home Economist Fiona Mair baked, toasted and grilled a range of foods designed to test a specific oven function and ability, such as:
- evenness of heating
- multi-shelf cooking
- low, moderate and/or high temperatures
She also measured how big the ovens were inside (to fit that all important Christmas roast), and how easy they are to use and clean.
Our objective: To give you clear, unbiased advice on buying the best oven for your cooking needs.
- Bosch HBM43B550A
- # Electrolux EUEE63AS (A)
- # Fisher & Paykel OB60B77CEXI (B)
- # Fisher & Paykel OB60BCEX2
- Ilve 201WMP
- # Smeg SDO12
- # Westinghouse PDP790S (C)
- # Whirlpool 6AKZ177IX
(A) New 'CS' version has telescopic runners, racking system, and roasting dish. Changes may affect performance, and will affect ease of use.
(B) Replaced by version '2' that has a 3000W grill, which may improve its grill performance.
(C) Replaced by 'PDR' version with a new generation cooler door (claims 43°C max).
Video: What to look for - Ovens
Thinking of buying a new oven? Fiona Mair shows you what to look for.