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Ovens buying guide

Check out the top 5 things you need to know when you’re choosing a brand new oven.

An oven is essential for any kitchen. Whether you’re cooking for one or preparing meals for a busy household, a good oven can make mealtimes simple. To help you find the perfect appliance, we’ll take a look at the things you need to know, such as measuring up, cooking settings, clever cleaning functions and more.

Fittings and measurements

Do you want your oven to fit at eye-level, or under a counter? Always check the measurements of the oven you want to buy to check it will fit in the oven housing unit. Ensure that you have enough ventilation space too, especially if you plan to have a hob above your oven. For the full range of dimensions and measurements, check out our helpful ovens measurement guide.

Capacity

Oven capacity is measured in litres. The size of your oven will depend on how much food you like to cook at once. An oven with a 65 litre capacity or more will give you greater flexibility, especially if you have a busy household or you love to bake.

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Cleaning

Let’s face it, there aren’t many of us who enjoy cleaning. Particularly when it comes to ovens. Thankfully, most manufacturers have developed different cleaning systems that will help you spend less time scrubbing and more time cooking:

  • Enamel liners – a smooth coating that prevents food and grease sticking to the interior, so you’ll be able to wipe down easily.
  • Catalytic liners – these absorb and oxidise grease at high temperatures, so you can clean the oven while you cook. They aren’t always on every wall of the oven, so check the specifications when browsing our product pages to find out more.
  • Pyrolytic – uses high temperatures to safely burn away stains and splatters. Once it’s cooled down, just wipe away the ashes.

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The perfect results

When you’re shopping for a new oven, there are lots of functions to choose from so you’ll be whipping up some culinary delights in no time:

  • Multifunctional – with lots of programmes to choose from, let the oven do the hard work. All you have to do is select a specific setting for whatever you’re cooking and you’ll get excellent results every time.
  • Fan – ovens powered by fans distribute heat across the whole cavity. This cooks your food evenly and consistently, no matter which shelf the dish is on.
  • Steam – uses hot air and steam to lock moisture, flavour and nutrients into your food. Perfect for healthy or succulent meals.

Extra features

There’s tons of cool tech out there to help make cooking that bit easier. Look out for Neff’s Slide and Hide ovens - the door neatly tucks away to give you completely unrestricted access when you're lifting out heavy dishes. A number of manufacturers are making a selection of their ovens Smart. So, you can hook up your smartphone and change or end a cooking programme from the comfort of your sofa.

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