A good oven is an essential purchase you want to get right the first time. Our experts lab test and review wall ovens from leading brands like Bosch, Smeg, Fisher & Paykel, Electrolux and Miele to help you find the best performers on the market.
Our lab test results will tell you which ovens:
Our interactive comparison tool tells you the real internal dimensions of the oven, not just what's on the box, and it lists features such as pyrolytic and catalytic cleaning, smokeless grill trays, telescopic runners and steam cooking. We've also crunched the numbers to show you how much each model will cost to run. Our Recommended list will help you see quickly which models come out on top.
List of brands we tested in this review.
This is the manufacturer's recommended retail price at the time of purchase.
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We recommend currently available ovens that score at least 85% overall.
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Our home economist cooks a range of meals to test the oven's ability to perform over a range of temperatures, times and functions. The performance score accounts for 60% of the overall score.
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We roast a chicken to assess baking a non-uniform food at moderate to high temperature over a long period while retaining moisture and crisping the skin.
Our home economist checks how easy the controls are to use, the clarity of the labels, using the grill and oven shelves, and cleaning the inside and outside of the oven. The ease of use score accounts for 40% of the overall score.
The internal baking volume is calculated from measurements of the lowest shelf of the oven or baking tray (if supplied with one) to the grill element, side-wall to side-wall, and the rear-wall to the door.
Often referred to as 'self-cleaning' surfaces, catalytic liners work by absorbing fat splatters. You need to regularly heat the oven to 250°C for an hour to burn off the splatters and wipe them with a damp cloth when cool.
True self-cleaning ovens are pyrolytic. Set on the cleaning mode, the oven locks itself and heats up to around 500°C, converting food residues into ash, which you wipe away when it cools.
Injects bursts of steam during cooking.
Telescopic runners allow you to smoothly pull the oven racks and trays all the way out of the oven while keeping the shelf stable. They make loading, unloading and checking food while cooking much easier.
A Similar model is identical in most aspects except for a few. This means that a majority of its test results are identical so you can reasonably expect to get the same results from the model we tested, but for those aspects which aren't identical, we'll note these as "Not Tested" in the Compare tables.
A Tested model refers to a model that is still current and available in the Australian market. You should be able to order this model through your local retailer, or find it online.
These models can't be found in retailers or online or are no longer manufactured. You may still find these models on second hand websites, or in second hand dealers. Test methods may change over time, so criteria which can't be directly compared will contain an N/A.
An Identical model is exactly that. Performance characteristics will be identical and the only difference will be something trivial such as colour, which won't have an impact on performance.
These are models we haven't yet tested but that are available.
We surveyed more than 4000 CHOICE members to rate the reliability of their brand of oven (whether they had a problem with their oven). If the score is 'Not available' we didn't receive enough responses for a statistically accurate rating. These scores refer to the brand, not a particular model, and are not counted towards the overall score.
The running costs are calculated based on running the oven at 170°C for one hour, three times per week for 10 years at 30c per kWh. Where available, the fan-forced function is used, otherwise, the fan-assist is used. For models without either function, the top and bottom elements (convection or traditional bake) are used.