Searching for the best ovens in the world takes a huge amount of research. You’ve got to decide between electric or gas power, freestanding or wall-mounted, and convection or standard heating elements. In short, it was no mean feat to decide which ovens deserved a place on this list. Here are the best ovens in the world.
The Best Oven
True European Convection with Precise Air
12”/9” dual element
Warming Zone element
6.6 cubic feet capacity
The GE JB860SJSS is a popular and modern, freestanding double oven. It wasn’t an easy task choosing the Best Choice product on this list because there are so many ovens to choose from. We were looking for something reliable, attractive, full of features, and still affordable enough for our readers. We could make a list of the most expensive ovens on the market but the truth is, you don’t have to spend thousands to get a great oven like the GE JB860SJSS.
One of the reasons the GE JB860SJSS is so popular is the fact that it has two ovens. If you’re the main cook for a big family, you’ll know how useful a dual-element heating system is. You can cook at different temperatures and configure the oven racks into six different configurations for a wide variety of cooking needs. The main oven has a large capacity of 4.4 cubic feet and the smaller oven is 2.2 cubic feet.
Great use of space on the cooktop
Can use both ovens at different temperatures
Precise cooking with convection technology
Two smaller elements are underpowered
Lower oven takes a while to heat up
The oven has a couple of features that really help with even and precise cooking. The first of these is a technology called True European Convection with Precise Air. This cooking technology uses hot air to cook, which reduces any chances of uneven heating. The other feature is Dual-Element Bake, which utilizes the upper broiling element and the lower baking element to provide perfectly even results every time.
The cooktop is one of the areas where this GE JB860SJSS really stands out. The designers have really made the most of the space with five ceramic heating elements. The main heating element is an innovative hob that can either be 12-inches or 9-inches, depending on how big your pan is. This design avoids any wasted energy and ultimately saves you money on your electricity bill. Then, there’s a ‘Power Boil’ hob that uses the same design and allows you to choose between 9-inches and 6-inches. There are two 6-inch hobs at the back of the grill and a 6-inch ‘Warming Zone’ designed to help you keep things warm whilst you wait for everything else to cook.
Nowadays, the best ovens in the world don’t require any cleaning. The GE JB860SJSS is no different. It heats up to around 500ºC (900ºF), turning any food leftover into ash, which is then easily removed from the oven.
It has a couple of other features that are worth a mention. The first is a removable full-width storage drawer for storing your cookware and kitchen accessories. Anyone with a small kitchen will know how important it is to make good use of limited space. We also love the way this oven looks. It has a beautiful black gloss interior that looks sleek and stylish, even after years of use. On the backsplash control panel, there’s a mixture of control dials and a touchscreen panel.
It’s hard to find an oven that compares with the GE JB860SJSS in terms of features and price. It’s stacked with useful features, manufactured with high-quality materials, and won’t cost you the earth.
Dual-element baking system
9”/6” dual element
4.4 cubic feet capacity
If you don’t have the space for the last oven we looked at, the GE JD630SFSS is basically a smaller model. It doesn’t have all of the same impressive features but it’s still pretty tricked out for an oven at this price. Because it’s only got a single oven, it can fit into a much smaller space as well. The oven has a total capacity of 4.4 cubic feet, which is around the average oven size. It’s definitely big enough for a couple living together or even a small family. But, if you often cook large meals, we’d recommend looking for an oven with more capacity.
The oven has the same dual-element baking system that we saw in the larger GE JB860SJSS. It has a broiling element on top and a baking element underneath that work together to provide perfect, even results. There’s space for two oven racks, which can be configured into seven different positions. Unfortunately, it doesn’t have the same True European Convection technology that we saw in the GE JB860SJSS.
Perfect size for a small kitchen
Self-cleaning makes life much easier
Dual-element system provides even results
Very affordable price
Would benefit from a larger capacity
Doesn’t feature convection cooking
The cooktop has four different heating elements – one small 6-inch hob, two larger 8-inch hobs, and a power boil hob that can be either 6-inches or 9-inches. The power boil hob is definitely the one you will use most often. It heats up super quick and provides powerful consistent heating. The variable size makes it much more efficient than a standard hob as well. This is all covered by a beautiful ceramic glass worktop that’s super easy to wipe clean. If you properly maintain it, it should stay looking brand-new for years, if not decades.
Like all of the ovens in the GE range, it has a sleek and modern aesthetic. The inside of the oven has a black, glossy finish that looks fantastic. This look is really easy to maintain as well thanks to the self-cleaning technology. The oven heats up to 500ºC (900ºF), which turns all of the food leftovers into ash.
Instead of a backsplash panel, the oven controls are situated in front of the hob. Each heating element is controlled by a large, metal dial. Then, in the middle is a touch-screen panel that allows you to control the oven. It has a variety of functions including a broil preset, various timer controls, and a self-clean button.
Like all GE ovens, the GE JD630SFSS is made in the USA. You can expect the same high-quality materials, amazing craftsmanship, and long-list of features you’d see in any GE oven. If you don’t have a whole lot of space for your oven, we reckon this is one of the best small electric ovens on the market. It’s available in three different colors – black, silver, and white – so you can find the perfect color to suit your other kitchen fittings. It’s possible to get a warranty on any GE appliance but you have to register your purchase on the GE website.
True European Convection
Glass touch control panel
Self Cleaning (with self-cleaning oven racks)
10 cubic feet capacity
If oven space is important to you, you can’t get any better than a double wall oven. The GE JT5500SFSS has a total of 10 cubic feet of space, making it twice the size of your average oven. That means you can easily cook a feast for the whole family without having to reheat anything. The only downside to having a wall-mounted oven is that you have to buy a separate hob, which makes the cost of having this oven even higher.
The two ovens are exactly the same size. The main difference is that the upper oven has True European Convection technology. This adds a third heating element to ensure that your cooking results are perfectly even and consistent throughout. This oven has a 10-pass (pass refers to the number of coils in the heating element) baking element and an 8-pass broil element that work in conjunction with the convection fan. The lower oven doesn’t have a convection fan but it still provides even heating. This oven is perfect for anything that doesn’t need baking or roasting.
Perfectly even cooking results
A huge amount of oven space
Guaranteed to fit
Self-cleaning makes life easier
Wall oven so there’s no hobs
A professional fitting will add cost
The GE JT5500SFSS takes self-cleaning technology to the next level. It cleans itself using the same method as the other two GE ovens we’ve featured – it heats up to 500ºC (900ºF) and turns all of the leftover food into ash, which can be easily removed with a brush or vacuum cleaner. However, this oven also features self-cleaning oven racks. On most self-cleaning ovens, you have to remove the racks and clean them separately, but you can leave them in on the GE JT5500SFSS.
Oven lighting is something that often goes unnoticed. When you’re trying to cook something to perfection, you don’t want to have to keep opening the oven door to check the progress. The upper oven has two halogen bulbs that brightly illuminate your food. The lower oven only has one, but it’s still powerful enough so you can see what you’re doing.
At the top of the oven, there’s a detailed touch-control panel. It has a series of presets, so you can set it to bake, broil, roast, or clean. Alongside that, there’s an oven timer with multiple user-friendly functions. The best thing about this modern control panel is that it’s covered with a pane of glass that makes it extremely easy to clean. If properly maintained, this kind of glass control panel can outlast the oven itself.
One of the main concerns when buying a wall oven is fitting. Fortunately, GE provides a ‘Fit Guarantee’ – this oven is guaranteed to fit perfectly or GE will pay up to $300 for modifications. It’s possible to fit this oven yourself (if you’re strong enough to lift it up) but we’d recommend having it fit professionally. You don’t want your oven to fall out of the wall! If you’re looking for the best wall oven on the market, we reckon this is it.
Double electric oven
Six gas burners
6.7 cubic feet capacity
9 x metal fine-tune control knobs
If you’re on the hunt for the perfect oven, it’s going to cost you more than a couple of grand. The Thor Kitchen is the oven we’d choose if money was no object – it’s a professional standard dual oven that would look at home in a Michelin-starred restaurant. But this one is designed for serious cooks to have at home.
If you’re serious about cooking, it’s hard to find an oven that can do it all. In an ideal world, you’d have gas hobs because they provide a precise and instant flame. Plus, they can get hotter than a ceramic or induction hob. Then, for precision baking, you need an electric oven to provide and maintain an even temperature. Problem is, it’s easy to find a fully gas or fully electric oven but much harder to find one that can do both. The Thor Kitchen HRD4803U solves the problem.
Benefits of gas hobs and electric ovens
Fine-tune control knobs make it great for precision cooking
Looks amazing in a country kitchen
Huge amount of cooking space
It isn’t self-cleaning
The cooktop is easily the most impressive we’ve seen. It has a total of six burners – the front three put out 18,000 BTU and the rear three generate 15,000 BTU. That’s around twice the heat output of your average residential cooker. Of course, that amount of power is pretty useless if you can’t control it properly. Fortunately, the Thor Kitchen HRD4803U has a series of fine-tuning metal dials that allow you to find the perfect temperature. Each burner is protected by its own durable cast-iron grate. The other feature on this cooktop is a stainless-steel griddle burner, perfect for cooking fried eggs, bacon, and anything else you’d cook in a frying pan. The only downside to gas hobs is that they use fossil fuel, but that’s the price you have to pay if you want precise cooking.
Underneath the cooktop is two electric ovens. The larger of the two has a capacity of 4.2 cubic feet and has three cooking elements – a broiling element, a baking element, and a convection fan to ensure even cooking throughout. Even though this is the bigger of the two ovens, it’s not the largest oven on this list. Fortunately, there’s another oven to help you out when you’re cooking a feast. This small oven has a more modest 2.5 cubic feet of space and an altogether simpler designer. It doesn’t have a convection fan, so you’re limited to the broiling and baking elements. But that’s not a bad thing – it means that it heats up quickly and is perfect for smaller dishes.
The other thing that stands out about this oven is the way it looks. Not only is it a fantastic and versatile cooking tool, but it will also work as the focal point of any kitchen. It works particularly well in a country kitchen style, as an alternative to an AGA oven. You just need to find an extractor fan oven hood that does the Thor Kitchen HRD4803U justice.
Double electric oven
Six Italian-made gas burners
5.7 cubic feet capacity
True European Convection
The last oven on our list is another high-end, professional-spec oven that has been designed for residential use. On the face of it, it looks pretty similar to the Thor Kitchen HRD4803U. The main difference is that this one is around $800 cheaper. So, is it worth saving that money and choosing this oven instead? There’s no simple answer to that question. Both ovens are amazing appliances and deserving of a place on this list. We’ll let you decide which oven you go for.
The cooktop has an amazing range of different Italian burners, perfect for serious chefs that care about precision heating. The two largest burners generate an impressive 18,000 BTU. Then, there’s a 13,000 BTU Rapid Burner for quick cooking, two 8,500 BTU Semi-Rapid Burners, and a 4,200 BTU Auxiliary Burner. In the middle of these is a griddle pan covered in ridges, which makes it ideal for cooking meat. Out of all of the ovens on this list, the Cosmo DFR486G has the most versatile cooktop by far. It’s gonna take you a while to decide which burner you’re going to use.
Extremely versatile cooktop
Looks great in any kitchen
It’s not self-cleaning
Not that much space in the ovens
Underneath the cooktop sits a couple of electric ovens. Like the Thor Kitchen oven, space is split into a larger and smaller oven. The only problem – and this is our only real complaint about this oven – is that there isn’t a whole lot of space. The larger of the two ovens has 3.9 cubic feet of space, which is smaller than your average residential oven. On the plus side, it has True European Convection heating, so you get perfectly consistent results every time. The convection fan works alongside the broiling and baking elements to provide a three heating element system. The smaller oven has a tiny 1.8 cubic meters of space and is just a standard broil/bake oven.
One of the features that really sold us on the Cosmo DFR486G is the easy-glide rolling rack technology. Instead of standard metal oven racks, this oven has a system that’s similar to that used in a professional oven. The thick stainless-steel racks roll seamlessly in and out of the oven and can be configured in a number of different ways. In truth, there’s not a whole lot of difference between the Cosmo DFR486G and the Thor Kitchen HRD4803U – the $800 difference in price buys you an extra cubic foot of space, nothing more.
Best Ovens In The World Buying Guide
The average oven capacity is around 60 liters but you can get large ones right up to 100 liters. If you have a large family or entertain guests regularly, it’s worth having the extra space.
When it comes to oven controls, there are two options - touch controls or knobs. Touch controls look and feel more modern but they are generally less reliable. Deciding between the two is really a matter of personal taste.
We’ve only featured two types of the cooktop in this list - induction cooktops and gas cooktops. Both of these provide efficient and precise cooking but require different types of pan ware.
Whether you’re fitting an oven into an existing kitchen or building a kitchen around the oven, you need to check the dimensions carefully before buying. We will include the dimensions in the Key Features section.
Different types of oven have different methods of distributing heat. A lot of the ovens on this list have multiple methods of heat distribution that you can choose from.
Your average oven has a range of around 350-375 °F (180-190 °C), a hot oven has the temperature set to around 400-450 °F (200-230 °C), and a fast oven has a range of around 450-500 °F (230-260 °C).
Gas ovens used to be - by far - the most popular way to cook. Now though, they have pretty much made way completely for electric models. The reason? Electric ovens are much more efficient, more precise, and easier to use.
There are two main types of oven fit. You can either have a freestanding oven with hobs on top or a slide-in oven that fits into a cabinet or wall.