Choosing The Best Oven For Baking

Choosing The Best Oven For Baking

Choosing the best oven for baking can be difficult, there are many different ovens that work better for some types of cooking than others. It can be hard to choose the right one. We’ve broken down each oven by type so you can see the pros of each one and which is the best suited for you.

This article will break down all the different types of ovens such as gas and electrical and which of these is best for baking. As well as exploring whether convection ovens or steam ovens are better for baking bread and cakes.

Which type of oven works best for baking?

There's a variety of ovens available, from traditional gas ovens to electric ovens for baking. It can be hard to decide which one is best for baking, especially with the additional options of double for when you have the extra space and single ovens for when you're tight on space.

Although they can be a little more expensive, smart ovens come with Wi-Fi connectivity and a whole host of features that can make baking simple and easy.

Whether you're an avid baker, or just starting out, this article will run through all the different types of ovens providing the pros to each one to help you decide which is best for your kitchen or the types of baking you want to do.

Gas ovens for baking

For a long time gas ovens have been the go-to choice for professional bakers. Gas ovens work by heating the oven with a gas flame which heats the air inside the oven and is then circulated around. Because of this, gas ovens evenly distribute the heat around the oven, meaning the baking dish is cooked evenly.

Another important feature when baking is its precise temperature control. The ability of the gas oven to make small adjustments in temperature gives more control during the baking process. Gas ovens give you more control over the temperature than other types of ovens.

CDA SG121SS Built-In Gas Single Oven

CDA SG121SS Built-In Gas Single Oven

Capacity (Usable Litres) - 70
Electrical Connection - Power plug
Chromed rack sides
Cooling fan

£557 Was £649

Stoves SGB700PS Black Built-Under Gas Double Oven

Stoves SGB700PS Black Built-Under Gas Double Oven

Colour - Black
Capacity (Usable) - Top 29 litres/Main 43 litres
Dimensions (HxWxD) (mm) - 703 x 595 x 550
Niche Dimensions (HxWxD) (mm) - 710 x 598-602 x 550

£639 Was £709

Belling BI702G Black Built-Under Gas Double Oven

Belling BI702G Black Built-Under Gas Double Oven

Colour - Black
Functions Top Cavity/Main Cavity - 3/2
Capacity Top Cavity/Main Cavity (Usable) (litres) - 26/43
Door Opening - Drop Down

£609.99 Was £689


Electric ovens for baking

Unlike gas ovens, electric ovens don't suffer from fluctuations in temperature. Electric ovens tend to provide consistent heat, ensuring more even cooking.

Moreover, electric ovens have useful features that can be a massive aid when it comes to baking. Such as timers that automatically switch off the oven to avoid baked food from overcooking.

Whilst Gas ovens might get up to temperature quicker, electric ovens do come with the ability to pre-heat the oven to the desired temperature.

Bosch Serie 8 HRG6769S6B Built-In Electric Single Oven

Bosch Serie 8 HRG6769S6B Built-In Electric Single Oven

Colour - Stainless Steel
Fan Oven - Yes
Functions - 15
Capacity (Usable) - 71

£699 Was £1,199

Miele H 2850 B Built-In Electric Single Oven

Miele H 2850 B Built-In Electric Single Oven

Capacity (Usable Litres) - 76
Electrical Connection - Power plug
7-segment display with retractable rotary controls EasyControl
Particularly easy to clean - PerfectClean finish

£469 Was £699

DeLonghi DSM 10NL Built-In Electric Single Oven

DeLonghi DSM 10NL Built-In Electric Single Oven

Capacity (Usable Litres) - 74
Electrical Connection - Power plug
Electric multifunction oven 11 functions
Cavity with 7 position side racks

£299 Was £499


Double ovens for baking

With twice the ovens, double ovens mean users can cook more than one cake at the same time. Double ovens are essentially just two regular ovens stacked on top of each other that can be individually controlled for different heats or cooking options.

Being able to cook multiple dishes simultaneously at different temperatures means the user can save time when baking. Starting another baking batch before the other one has even finished.

AEG DCS531160M Built-In Electric Double Oven

AEG DCS531160M Built-In Electric Double Oven

Colour - Stainless Steel
Fan Oven - Bottom
Functions - 14
Capacity (Usable) - Top 42 litres/Main 61 litres

£719 Was £834

Smeg Cucina DUSF400S Built-Under Electric Double Oven

Smeg Cucina DUSF400S Built-Under Electric Double Oven

Colour - Stainless Steel
Fan Oven - Yes
Functions - 4
Capacity (Usable) - Top 35 litres/Main 61 litres

£989 Was £1,199

Belling BI702FP Stainless Steel Built-Under Electric Double Oven

Belling BI702FP Stainless Steel Built-Under Electric Double Oven

Colour - Stainless Steel
Fan Oven - Equiflow Fan Oven
Functions - 5
Capacity (Usable Litres) - 92

£379 Was £449


Small single ovens for baking

If you’re tight on space, then single ovens provide all the benefits of an electric double oven but at a cheaper price point and take up much less space. They are often simpler to use and can even be more cost-effective.

They are great for people who don't often bake large recipes and prefer baking one smaller dish at a time every now and then.

Bosch Serie 8 HRG6769S6B Built-In Electric Single Oven

Bosch Serie 8 HRG6769S6B Built-In Electric Single Oven

Colour - Stainless Steel
Fan Oven - Yes
Functions - 15
Capacity (Usable) - 71

£699 Was £1,199

Miele H 2850 B Built-In Electric Single Oven

Miele H 2850 B Built-In Electric Single Oven

Capacity (Usable Litres) - 76
Electrical Connection - Power plug
7-segment display with retractable rotary controls EasyControl
Particularly easy to clean - PerfectClean finish

£469 Was £699

DeLonghi DSM 10NL Built-In Electric Single Oven

DeLonghi DSM 10NL Built-In Electric Single Oven

Capacity (Usable Litres) - 74
Electrical Connection - Power plug
Electric multifunction oven 11 functions
Cavity with 7 position side racks

£299 Was £499


Smart ovens for baking

Smart ovens are designed to make cooking simple and hassle-free. With helpful features such as pre-heating, timed cooking and even temperature control they can all be controlled remotely by an app.

These features mean you could even preheat your oven before you get home from buying all the ingredients, or adjust the heat of the oven whilst you do something else in another room of the house.

Smart ovens are typically fitted with additional temperature controls and sensors that give you added control over traditional electric ovens. Which can be crucial when baking difficult items such as soufflé.

Apply this to baking and you've got an oven that can make baking simple and hassle-free.


Convection vs steam – which is the best oven for baking bread and cakes?

When baking bread and cakes it's important to have the right cooker for the job. But which is better, convection ovens that circulate the hot air? Or steam ovens that make use of moisture to cook the food.

This largely depends on the types of baking you want to do. Steam ovens are better for certain types of baking where the inside needs to be moist and soft, whereas convection ovens are better for achieving crisper crusts.

This section focuses on the pros of the two ovens, and which baked goods might suit each oven so you can make a better decision about which to fit in your kitchen.

Convection ovens for baking

Convection oven Convection ovens could be electrical ovens or gas ovens, they use fans to evenly spread hot air around the oven, reducing hot spots in the oven. For your bread and cakes, this means they get a more even bake and even cook quicker!

The fan in the oven ensures that when baking bread the heat is evenly distributed around the bread ensuring all areas of the bread rise and crust at the same time. Giving you a nice, even gold crust.

With cakes, this distribution of hot air means that the cakes are cooked evenly. Convection ovens prevent heat from rising to the top of the oven, leaving the bottom of the oven cooler. In turn, this means the bottom of the cake is cooked just as evenly as the top. Shop all convection ovens here.

  • Reduced hot spots
  • More even cook
  • Quicker cooking times
  • Best for cooking multiple batches of bread and cakes

Steam ovens for baking

Steam oven Steam ovens inject steam into the oven and use moisture to cook food, this is ideal for baking bread and cakes as it helps create a crispy crust while still keeping bread and cakes soft and fluffy.

When it comes to baking bread, the steam ovens create a crisper crust on the outside of the bread but keep the inside moist allowing the dough to expand and fill the tin before the outside begins to crust.

With baking cakes, the steam oven excels in delicate sponge cakes where you do not want the inside of the cake to be dry. The moisture from the steam oven helps prevent the cakes from drying out. Shop all steam ovens here.

  • Uses steam to keep baked food moist and fluffy
  • Perfect for delicate and complicated recipes


Next steps

If you need a little more help with choosing the right oven for you, you can read our oven buying guide.

However, if you’ve decided which type of oven is right for you and your baking needs then explore our extensive range of ovens where you’ll find all the different types of ovens we mentioned in this article.

Oven Buying Guide


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