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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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This is the manufacturer's recommended retail price as of March 2014.

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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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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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Bottom element only

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Also known as classic or base bake. Heat comes from the bottom element only – useful for achieving crispy bases.

Bread baking combi steam function

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This is whether or not the oven has a combi-mode for bread baking. Bread benefits from added moisture at particular stages of preparation and baking. The Miele doesn't have a specific bread function, but the instructions advise the use of the general combi-steam mode.

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Uses steam to soften the grease and grime to make cleaning the oven easier.

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  • Pizza score
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