If you’re thinking of getting a built-in oven, you’ll want it to be the hottest part of your kitchen. We’ve rated and tested gas and electric ovens to make sure you don’t find yourself going off the boil.
Around 90% of new homes have a built-in oven, and they’re also a popular choice when fitting a new kitchen. The style and design of kitchen appliances is becoming as important as function. New ovens and grills often have a range of functions or modes, but don't be fooled into thinking that the more modes an oven has, the better or more hi-tech it is.
For a start, some functions are rather tenuously named – the 'barbecue' mode on one model, for example, is just the top heating element. There's also no consensus over what manufacturers consider a 'function' – some include 'oven light' while others don't include 'recipe' mode.
Below, we explain more about the features of built-in ovens.