Our review compares ovens on customer satisfaction, so you can find out what other Aussies think about the compared brands before you go ahead with a purchase. Think of it as like asking hundreds of your closest mates which oven they think is best!
Canstar Blue surveyed 1,054 Australians for their feedback on the oven(s) they have installed in their home, and have used in the last three months.
The winning brand is the one that receives the highest Overall satisfaction rating once all the scores from the Overall satisfaction criteria are combined and averaged.
Brands must have received at least 30 responses to be included, so not all brands available in the market have been compared in this survey. The brands rated in this survey are listed below in order of best overall satisfaction.
Find more detailed information on our Most Satisfied Customer methodology.
Smeg was rated five stars across all categories, including performance, design, value for money, ease of cleaning, features & functionality, ease of use and overall satisfaction.
Italian appliance manufacturer Smeg provides ‘elegant contemporary living solutions’ for Aussie kitchens. Smeg ovens are rather chic in appearance, with touch displays and sleek silver finishes. Its range is primarily split into extra large, compact and self-cleaning ovens, with types including combi-microwave, steam, pyrolytic and others, allowing you to find something for your cooking preferences.
Smeg’s compact range starts at 45cm, with the extra large models filling the 90cm slot. The 90cm Thermoseal Oven includes 10 cooking functions, 50 automatic programmes and up to 10 customisable recipes, allowing you to whip up a storm. If you’re looking for something that can take care of the cleaning for you, the 60cm Combi Steam Oven features a pyrolytic cleaning system, along with 12 cooking functions, delay start feature, rapid pre-heat, child safety locks as well as five shelves if you’re feeding the troops.
Fisher & Paykel was rated four stars across the majority of categories, including ease of use, features & functionality, value for money, design, performance and overall satisfaction, with three stars for ease of cleaning.
Fisher & Paykel has grown into a serious Aussie household name since it was founded in New Zealand more than 80 years ago. The brand caters to a variety of tastes, offering minimal and contemporary designs in various models including built-in and freestanding ovens, as well as single and double ovens. For built-in fans, you can pick either steam, convection or microwave ovens, with the majority of its range listed at 60cm across the Series 7, Series 9 and Series 11 ranges.
The Series 11 60cm Combination Steam Oven features 23 oven functions – including steam, air fry and vent bake – a Wireless Temperature Sensor to ensure that you can keep an eye on your oven, along with touchscreen display.
Miele was rated four stars across the board, including for performance, design, value for money, ease of cleaning, features & functionality, ease of use and overall satisfaction.
Miele is perhaps the epitome of high-end kitchen appliances, with many of its products manufactured in Germany and made with a strong focus on durability and timeless designs. The brand’s oven range is jam-packed with features you might not see from other manufacturers, such as an integrated camera inside the oven so that you can always keep an eye on your food. There’s also a TasteControl function, which automatically starts cooling the oven down to prevent the dish from continuing to cook or bake once the timer is done. It can also be used to keep food warm.
The 60cm PureLine Pyrolytic CleanSteel Oven features three pyrolytic cleaning programmes, five rack levels, cool-touch front, a stainless steel finish that won’t leave behind any fingerprints (hence, ‘CleanSteel’), SoftOpen doors and 76L capacity to help you feed the masses, or just yourself.
Despite three stars for ease of cleaning, Westinghouse was also rated five stars for ease of use, with four stars in all other categories, including features & functionality, value for money, design, performance and overall satisfaction.
Another successful sibling from the Electrolux family, Westinghouse is a big player in the world of home appliances and its long list of electric and gas ovens is an example as to why. Its range caters to a wide selection of needs, offering a mix of single and double combination steam ovens, steam ovens and pyrolytic ovens, plus several options that have either a separate or integrated electric gill.
The bulk of the range sits in the 60cm space, with some 90cm models available for those looking for something a bit bigger.
The Westinghouse 60cm Multi-Function 7 oven features an 80L capacity, stainless steel finish, LED display, seven cooking functions, cool-door function, five shelving positions and touch control display for equal parts comfort and functionality.
Bosch was another brand to score four stars across all ratings categories, with four stars for performance, design, value for money, ease of cleaning, features & functionality, ease of use and overall satisfaction.
Bosch is a well-renowned name in the home appliance world, with the German manufacturer generally synonymous with quality and technology. Bosch offers Australian consumers a wide selection of ovens, both electric and gas, including the likes of built-in models, compact, double ovens and steam ovens.
The Bosch Series 4 Built-in Double Oven features multiple heating methods in the top oven, which also features a 34L capacity, alongside a 71L capacity in the bottom oven, with an LED display, halogen lighting, child lock functionality and a temperature range of 50 degrees to 275 degrees Celsius.
Rated five stars for value for money and ease of cleaning, Electrolux was rated four stars in all other categories, including performance, design, features & functionality, ease of use and overall satisfaction.
Electrolux remains one of the global leaders for home appliances. It caters to a wide range of tastes, serving up a variety of single and double steam ovens, pyrolytic ovens and compact ovens, although the brand may not have the range as some of its competitors. The brand mainly offers 60cm models, although there are 90cm ovens and a smaller 44L built-in combination microwave oven.
The 60cm UltimateTaste 700 multifunction oven features a touchscreen control, child lock, five shelving positions, food probe, 80L gross capacity and 12 cooking functions, including traditional bake, pizza, pastry, keep warm, defrost and SteamBake for all types of cooking needs.
Chef was rated four stars for performance, design, value for money, features & functionality, ease of use and overall satisfaction, with three stars for ease of cleaning.
Fittingly named Chef, the kitchen appliances manufacturer is part of the Electrolux family and produces a modest selection of mid-range electric ovens. The line-up generally features standard sizes and capacities, including 60cm stainless steel single ovens with an 80L capacity, with the total range smaller than most brands.
The Chef 60cm Multi-Function 3 oven features a stainless steel finish, 80L gross capacity, three heating functions, enamel liner, multiple shelving positions and three layers of glass in the door. It also comes with a second oven that can be used as a grill, which features a 46L gross capacity and three shelving positions.
IKEA rounded out the results for this year, with three stars in all ratings categories, including performance, design, value for money, ease of cleaning, features & functionality, ease of use and overall satisfaction.
Known for kitting out every room in your house, Swedish-brand IKEA offers a surprising amount of ovens, including built-in, forced air oven and conventional ovens, with all widths around 60cm. The Mattradition oven is a fan-forced air convection oven which features five cooking levels, 71L capacity, top and bottom heating, grill function and a special pastry function for when you’re in the mood for baking.
Not all brands in the market qualify for our ratings (based on minimum survey sample size), but that doesn’t mean they’re not worth considering. Here are several more brands to check out before making a purchase decision.
An important consideration is the type of oven you need/want. This will be informed by your household’s size, cooking habits, the type of heating you prefer, and the features you want. Ovens are available as:
Each have their own pros and cons, and may suit different households, cooking styles and workloads, so it’s worth looking into each to see which type catches your eye.
There are two fuel options for ovens – gas and electric. Both have their pros and cons. When deciding which to go with, it will ultimately come down to what energy connection you have at home, what you prefer cooking with, and the types of dishes you’ll be cooking.
Gas ovens are generally cheaper to run, but more expensive to buy upfront. You also need a natural gas line connection in your home to hook up a gas oven. It doesn’t brown food as well as electric ovens but provides greater moisture for big roasts and baking.
Electric ovens are the most common type of oven, electric ovens generally have a wider range available, along with a cheaper upfront cost. Within the electric oven range, there are two types – conventional and convection. A conventional oven heats from the bottom up while a convection oven circulates warm air from the back and is designed to keep the temperature even.
Read more: Gas Vs. Electric Ovens
What oven you should buy will be entirely dependent on the size of your household, the size of the meals you’re cooking, and how much you plan on using the oven. Ovens come in various sizes and capacities to cater to individual households and cooking needs, with oven sizes generally ranging between 60cm and 120cm wide, depending on the model and configuration.
Height will vary depending on capacity, for example, double ovens typically come with two cooking cavities and will have more height than single ovens, but the same width. An oven’s capacity is measured in litres – this gives you the usable size of the internal cavity, or in other words; how much food can be cooked at a time. Built-in single models generally have the smallest oven capacity whereas built-in ‘doubles’ have a larger capacity.
Another big factor as to which size oven you should buy will be what available space you have in your kitchen, with built-in spaces limiting what size you can get. As a result, measure any space you have before setting your heart on an oven, as you may be left with a square peg and a round hole.
Prices for ovens usually range between $600 and $5,000 (and sometimes upwards), which is not cheap by any stretch. Our survey found that Aussie households spend an average of $1,217 on a new oven, but ultimately your budget will determine what you’re comfortable paying for. Just keep in mind that price alone isn’t the sole determiner of value. Be sure to compare the price against features like pyrolytic cleaning, cooking functions, programs, design, and other factors that you think are worth shelling out extra for.
While ovens don’t use the same Energy Rating system as other kitchen appliances like fridges and dishwashers, energy efficiency is still something to consider before buying an oven. Gas ovens can run off natural gas or an LPG bottle, and provide instant heat and better temperature control – making them more energy-efficient than electric ovens, which require pre-heating and run on electricity.
Gas and electric ovens wired into mains connections require installation by a licensed gas fitter or electrician, who should provide you with a compliance certificate that certifies that a) the installation conforms to all regulatory requirements and b) that it was tested. Be sure to ask for this compliance certificate upon installation as it’s a requirement of validity on most warranties. Most retailers will offer installation services at an extra cost, and it’s considered dangerous to install an oven yourself, so it’s best to leave it to the professionals.
This report was written by Canstar Blue’s Site Editor, Dean Heckscher. He’s our resident expert on all things automotive, health & fitness, streaming and more. Dean is also one of Canstar Blue’s customer research report producers, helping to turn complicated subjects into easily-digestible information for our readers. He’s passionate about helping consumers make better-informed purchase decisions on all manner of consumer goods and services.
Samantha Howse is Canstar Blue’s Consumer Research Specialist, coordinating the consumer research program behind our customer satisfaction awards across Canstar and Canstar Blue in Australia and New Zealand. Sam has earned a Bachelor of Business (Marketing) from Griffith University and, with seven years in market research and 2 years in marketing, she is experienced in survey design, implementation and analysis, coupled with an understanding of marketing principles and best practice.
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