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Last updated: 30 January 2015

True combination steam ovens are one of the latest kitchen trends, promising healthier, easier cooking. But they also come with a hefty price tag attached, so they're a purchase you'll want to get right. We lab test and review the latest models to help you find the best steam oven for you. Our buying guide can also help you decide which type of steam oven you need, and how we test explains our testing rigour.

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Our combination steam ovens report can show you:

  • what model to buy
  • which ovens perform best at roasting, grilling, multi-shelf and low-temperature cooking, combination cooking, and steaming
  • which are easiest to use and maintain.
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    Water tank capacity (L)

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    The larger the water tank, the less frequently you will have to replenish during cooking. The AEG has enough for 50 minutes of cooking, for example.

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    Steam cooking performance score

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    Our home economist steams a range of meals to test the oven's ability to perform over a range of times and functions. The steam cooking performance score accounts for 30% of the overall score. This score is comprised of all steam only cooking tests equally weighted.

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    • Overall score
    • CHOICE buy
    • Running costs over 10 years
    • Oven performance (%)
    • Steam cooking performance (%)
    • Ease of use (%)
    • Grill - toast (%)
    • Scones (%)
    • Meringues (%)
    • Combi-cook roast chicken (%)
    • Pizza (%)
    • Single shelf steaming evenness (%)
    • Multiple shelf steaming (%)
    • Steamed pudding (%)
    • Brand reliabilty (%)
    • Brand loyalty (%)
    • Internal baking dimensions (mm, H x W x D)
    • Measured internal baking volume (L)
    • Good points
    • Bad points
    • Price
    • Brand
    • Model
    • Type
    • Origin
    • Water tank capacity (L)
    • Cut out dimensions (mm, H x W x D)
    • Claimed external dimensions (mm, H x W x D)
    • Steam cleaning
    • Pyrolytic function
    • Catalytic liners
    • Smokeless grill tray
    • Telescopic runners
    • Clock
    • Defrost
    • Bread baking combi steam function
    • Bottom element only
    • Fan forced
    • Fan assist
    • Fan grill
    • Grill only
    • Half grill
    • Pizza function
    • Steam reheat
    • Succession cooking
    • Warm function
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