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