Whether it’s to be head chef and cook for a dinner party, bake a showstopper cake or simply reheat a meal, the oven offers it all in one appliance. A feature of many modern kitchens, an integrated oven fits seamlessly within the cabinets and with the design and layout of the room. With so many features and functions available, finding the most suitable oven in your budget can be a complicated process.
Read our guide to find out all about the benefits and features of our range, and work out which model is the best fit for you and your home.
Before you buy your oven, there are several factors to consider to establish the best oven to suit your cooking needs.
Think about where in the kitchen would be best to install the oven. Make sure you have a power supply close enough to where you want to put it.
There are different types of ovens, depending on where they go in the kitchen:
An alternative to an oven is a freestanding cooker or range, an all-in-one appliance containing an oven or multiple ovens with hobs on top. Cookers are designed to be placed in between kitchen cabinets, unlike ovens which are integrated into the kitchen cabinets or under the worktop.
If you’re replacing an oven you’ll need to take the measurements in order to get the same size oven. To do this:
The standard depth of most ovens is 548millimetres (mm). If you can reach in to measure the depth of the oven you’re replacing then do, so you can check it is the standard depth.
The more people you need to cater for, the more cooking space you’ll need. If you tend to host large dinner parties, where you prepare several courses, you will want to choose an oven that can accommodate lots of dishes at once, or combine two or more different types of oven. We’ll explain more about combining multiple ovens in the ‘Oven types’ section.
If you tend to only cook for yourself, or only one other person, you can explore smaller size options.
If you do a lot of cooking you may wish to explore options that can offer different temperatures and/or functions at the same time. These functionalities are also ideal for those who like to experiment in the kitchen, as they will allow you to prepare a wide range of dishes. Some ovens have functions designed for specific meals, for example baking, pizza and roast dinners.
If uncomplicated cooking or reheating is more your thing then consider a simpler oven with fewer functions and features that you’re unlikely to use.
Ovens can be either electric or gas, however electric ovens are more common so you will you have much more choice. Electric ovens heat up faster than gas, give you more control over the temperature and offer even heat distribution. Some electric ovens have a plug but most need to be hard-wired.
For either type of oven, we recommend that you have it installed by a qualified electrician. It is possible to replace one fuel type with another but again you’ll need to get a professional to do this.
There are three types of oven to choose from, which vary in size. We’ll take you through the options in our range:
It is possible to combine a number of ovens together to create an appliance bank. By doing so, you will have plenty of oven space for cooking lots at once – perfect for large families or those who like to host dinner parties. You can also combine built-in appliances with different purposes, all into one handy cooking area. For example, you could place a compact oven with built-in microwave above a built-in single oven.
And why not go all the way and add a convenient warming drawer to the appliance bank? Warming drawers are most often placed underneath a built-in single oven and are practical for warming plates or keeping cooked meals warm.
Ovens have a number of technical specifications to look out for.
When choosing your oven, choose from conventional, fan-assisted or multifunctional cooking types:
These features are cooking functions designed to make the cooking of the food as easy and efficient as possible.
Advanced technology has meant that modern ovens are now easier to clean. Self-cleaning ovens have been developed so that the oven does all the hard work to get the grime off the sides of the oven, which you just need to wipe away after.
Energy rating is an indication of the energy efficiency of the appliance, with A+++ being the most energy efficient. All of our ovens have an A rating or above. An electric oven with a rating of A+ will use 40% less energy than an oven with a B rating. The energy rating can be found on the label on the product (example label pictured).
The energy consumption per cycle is listed in the bottom right of the energy label. For electric ovens, it is listed in kilowatt hours (kWh) - the lower the number, the cheaper it is to run. The top number in this box gives the conventional consumption, and the bottom shows the consumption when the oven is fan-assisted (one or both will show, depending on the type of the oven). For gas ovens, there will also be a number stating the energy consumption in megajoules (MJ).
Modern ovens often come with a number of features, some of which will be useful to you, depending on your style of cooking and your lifestyle. We’ll go through the different ones available with our ovens and explain what they are and what they are useful for.
All ovens have glass panels in their doors. The number of glass panels varies, we’ll explain why.
An oven should offer easy access and be easy to use, and there are many additional features available to make using the oven as practical as possible.
To ensure that ovens are as safe as possible, particularly around children and pets, many offer additional safety features.
Ovens come in various colours and finishes so you can choose one to match the colour scheme and style of your kitchen. For some ovens there may be only one colour available, but for others there may be multiple colour choices for the same model.
And the following finishes:
There may be some extra items you need to complete your oven project, including cleaning products, hobs and cooker hoods.
Maintaining and cleaning your oven is essential to keep it lasting longer. No-one loves cleaning an oven, but we offer cleaning products that help make tackling the job quicker and easier. Try our well-reviewed Nilco Professional Oven and Grill Cleaner Spray, sure to get your oven looking shiny and new again.
In addition to your oven, you might also need hobs and a cooker hood for the full cooking equipment range.
Traditionally placed above a built-under oven. However, with a built-in oven there is more flexibility on where you put the hobs in the kitchen. Consider putting your hob on a work surface away from doors and windows, or even on a large kitchen island.
Our range includes five different types of hob:
Our hobs come with differing numbers of burners or cooking zones, from two to six. Choose the size and number of burners to suit your kitchen size and the amount of hob cooking you’re likely to do at one time.
We offer hobs individually or as a pack with a single oven – ideal if you’re building your kitchen from scratch.
And you don’t need to stick to one fuel type for both your oven and your hob – you could have an electric oven and a gas hob if you prefer.
With a hob we recommend adding a cooker hood to extract fumes, smoke, steam and airborne grease from the air in order to ventilate the room. A cooker hood also reduces smells from cooking. Many modern cooker hoods come with additional functionality like integrated LED lights and different extractor fan speeds. Newer-style hoods have been developed to be quieter-sounding than older models.
Our cooker hoods come in different sizes and styles so you can choose the best to suit your space. Most feature removable and cleanable carbon filters. Styles include:
We offer cooker hoods in different finishes to match your kitchen including stainless steel, black, white or black glass.