Oven reviews - $850 to $1900

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06.How we tested

Method

We changed the method this time, so it’s not possible to compare these ovens to those we’ve tested previously.

Performance

Our CHOICE home economist got busy baking a range of delicious treats from meringues and custard tarts to chickens and pizzas. Different foods were cooked to test the various features of the oven and grill on offer:

Grill

  • Our home economist toasted bread to assess the speed, evenness and heating area of each griller, as well as its ability to produce a quantity of evenly toasted bread in a short time.
  • She also grilled sausages to assess the speed, evenness and heating area of the griller. Grilling sausages also creates a lot of mess in the oven so it helps our testers assess how easy each model is to clean.

Oven

  • She baked scones to test how well it baked using convection mode at a high temperature and to examine how evenly it baked.
  • She cooked sponge cakes to check how well the ovens cooked evenly on multiple shelves.
  • Meringues were baked to test how well the models could handle cooking at a low temperature for a long period of time.
  • Custard tarts to see how the ovens handled a combination food and the ‘turn down’ capacity.
  • She cooked a fresh pizza to see how well each model could cook a crisp firm golden brown base.
  • She also roasted a chicken.

Ease of use

The ovens were assessed for ease of use which included the controls, grill, oven and cleaning.

 

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