The 10 Best Steam Ovens

We Reviewed dozens of Steam Ovens and Listed the 10 Best Options
By Jen Hammond
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    In this top 10 Steam Oven Review we introduce you to our favourite steam ovens available to purchase online right now, and also reveal some of the best oven brands.

    We touch on both their pros and cons, and offer models at a range of sizes, styles and prices. These are the best steam ovens.

    The Best Steam Oven 2020

    1.
    Miele CountourLine DGC6500

    Miele CountourLine DGC6500

    If you are looking to steam up delicious recipes in your kitchen then you are probably familiar with the reputation of the Miele Steam Oven. It is one that should not be overlooked and is considered by many as the ultimate steamer concoction.
    It has multi-functional technology that enables you to do a lot more than just steam your meal. You can also use the intensive bake, food probe and slow cook features, so you’re pretty unlimited with what you have for your dinner.
    It is also equipped with magnificent automatic cooking programmes that make cooking your favourite meal nice and easy. It also has a Descaling programme that means this innovative machine cleans itself, saving you the hassle.

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    Features

    • Dimensions: (H)45.6 x (W)59.5 x (D)57.3cm
    • Fuel Type: Electric
    • 2 Year Warranty

    Reasons to Buy

    • Descaling programme to help with cleaning
    • A number of easy automatic programmes for different meals
    • Made to last 20 years

    Reasons to Avoid

    • It comes at a steep price

    2.
    Miele ContourLine DG6300

    Miele ContourLine DG6300

    Miele feature heavily in the steam oven world, and they are well deserving of their inclusion on this list.
    This one is a little more affordable than some of their latest options, but still exceeds. It’s not cheap by any stretch of the imagination but it is a great investment with a lot of the latest technology already present.
    This oven has been trialled and tested for 20 years’ use and has been created to last. This solid construction has a range of useful settings including a clear display, an automatic turn-off when your food is ready and also a self-cleaning programme.
    Utilise the multi-functional oven to defrost, bake or cook up a storm. You can also enjoy a multi-steam option that spreads heat evenly throughout to help you cook a three-course meal.

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    Features

    • Dimensions: 45.6 x 59.5 x 57.3cm
    • Fuel Type: Electric
    • 2 Year Warranty

    Reasons to Buy

    • Flavours are not mixed between dishes
    • Multiple cooking functions
    • A Descaling programme that makes cleaning effortless
    • Made to last up to 20 years

    Reasons to Avoid

    • Considerably cheaper than some others on the list, but still an oven with a heavy price tag

    3.
    AEG BEB351010B

    AEG BEB351010B

    This is one of the most stylish steam ovens on the list and due to its vast array of features, low price and easy to use dials, we aren’t surprised it is one of the most popular around at the moment.
    This steam oven by AEG comes with 71 litres of capacity, a number of functions and a diamond glazed enamel oven interior, which means barely any dirt will stick and spills and splashes will simply wipe away.
    Although it is coined as a steam oven, it is still capable of doing all of that conventional cooking and traditional dishes too. It can be set to SteamBake, cook, grill and even prepare a delicious pizza with its specialised pizza cooking function.
    We love the variety on this oven and how simple it is to use. It comes packed with functions, and for under £400 is a bit of a steal if we must say.

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    Features

    • Dimensions: 59.4x 59.5 x 56.7cm
    • Fuel Type: Electric
    • Capacity: 71 Litres
    • 2 Year Warranty

    Reasons to Buy

    • Has 9 different cooking functions including a specialised pizza setting
    • Easy to clean enamel
    • Safe to Touch Technology, with a low temperature door
    • Value for money

    Reasons to Avoid

    • Instruction manual is a bit confusing at first

    4.
    Smeg Cortina SF4750VCAO

    Smeg Cortina SF4750VCAO

    Like the dated, traditional look when it comes to your appliances as opposed to shiny, modern ones? This is by far the oven for you, and looks rather Royal indeed, symbolic of huge range cookers but just taking up a lot less space.
    The multi-functional oven has a long list of settings that allows you to gill, bake and steam all of your favourite meals. In addition to those solid features and cooking modes it also includes a descaling cleaning programme eradicating the need to spend hours scrubbing the cavity and it also has a practical design. It has a Vapour Clean Function that heats up the oven and cleans it from any unwanted residue.
    Traditional style analogue display adds to the dated style, and the build is also symbolic of something from yesteryear. Do you think that modern appliances are nowhere near as well-built or sturdy as ones you had years ago, or have you hears your parents complain about quality now compared to ‘when they were your age’? Both the handle and the dials on this oven are incredibly good quality, so you get what you pay for.
    It is designed to fit into an eye-level cabinet, so bear this in mind before purchasing.

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    Features

    • Dimensions: 45x 59.7 x 54.8cm
    • Fuel Type: Electric
    • Capacity: 41 Litres
    • 2 Year Manufacturer Warranty

    Reasons to Buy

    • It is a unique product that combines a modern and retro slant
    • Vapour Clean Function making descaling grease easy
    • Cooling fan to make it safe to touch
    • Beautiful design

    Reasons to Avoid

    • It is for an acquired taste

    5.
    Hoover Vogue HMS340VX

    Hoover Vogue HMS340VX

    Hoover is always a reliable source for kitchen appliances and it’s no different when searching for a dependable oven to add to your home.
    The Hoover Vogue Steam Oven is packed full of features. Not only does it have the facility to steam up a healthy, hearty meal for the family but it also includes a defrost feature and a full-width grill, so you aren’t limited to the food you craft. But when cooking with steam, vital nutrients are locked in, whether it be chicken or vegetables.
    The HMS340VX model is one designed for small to medium-sized households and has 34 litres of capacity. The electronic timer makes cooking effortless as it lets you know when your meal is ready to serve, and will also limit the risk of forgetting about it and allowing it to burn.

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    Features

    • Dimensions: 45.5x 59.5 x 52.5cm
    • Fuel Type: Electric
    • Capacity: 34 Litres
    • 1 Year Warranty

    Reasons to Buy

    • A stylish addition to your kitchen
    • Has stainless steel enamel that is easy to wipe clean
    • Programmes and automatic pre-sets for cooking meat and fish
    • Comes at a great price

    Reasons to Avoid

    • No special cleaning method - will have to rely on the steam to clear some dirt

    6.
    Rangemaster RMB45SCBL/SS

    Rangemaster RMB45SCBL/SS

    Looking for a compact oven to seamlessly fit into your kitchen and begin cooking up some healthy meals?

    In that case, this Rangemaster may be your preferred choice. It isn’t quite futuristic with a heap of swanky features like the ovens that made it to the top half of the list, but it is a no-nonsense stunning built-in oven that comes with a some handy features, such as a descaling programme to clear dirt and touch controls.

    What’s more, like many of the others on the list, it also automatically lets you know when the tank needs refilling to continue using the steam option.

    Features

    • Dimensions: 45.0 x 59.5 x 57.3cm
    • Fuel Type: Electric
    • Capacity: 35 Litres
    • 2 Year Warranty

    Reasons to Buy

    • Comes at a great price
    • Showcases a sleek exterior with a display panel and touch controls
    • Control panel lock

    Reasons to Avoid

    • Lacks capacity

    7.
    Samsung Dual Cook NV75K5571RS

    Samsung Dual Cook NV75K5571RS

    The Samsung Dual Cook NV75K5571RS is a powerful steam oven that will effortlessly cook tender meat and steam vegetables to perfection; if you are looking for healthy meals to feed your family then you are in the right place.
    This Gorenje was an easy choice for our top ten reviews, despite it not being the most popular. But we think it deserves a lot more love. Despite them being fairly unheard of, you will find an abundance of glowing reviews across the web. We were thoroughly impressed when trialling this Superior Line and it has a range of innovation.
    What does it offer? It has a Pizza Function, Rapid Preheating, Slow Cook Feature, Meat Probe, Fan Grilling, Dehydration Setting, Yoghurt Setting, MultiFlow 360 and more. This means that this is one of the most versatile ovens you will have ever read about. Plus it cleans itself with the Aqua Clean mode, preheats with ease and ensures that heat flows around the cavity and heats all meals evenly.
    You will also have peace of mind knowing that it comes with a one-year warranty from the manufacturer, and the touch screen controls make it so easy to keep clean on the outside, too

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    Features

    • Dimensions: (H)59.5 x (W)59.5 x (D)56.6
    • Fuel Type: Electric
    • Capacity: 75 Litres
    • 5 years

    Reasons to Buy

    • Comes with a long list of great settings including a pizza and even a defrost setting
    • Fantastic heat distribution
    • It cleans itself and loosens the grease without any effort through a Pyrolytic functionality
    • Touch Control

    Reasons to Avoid

    • One of the more pricey picks

    8.
    Newworld Design Suite45CS

    Newworld Design Suite45CS

    Do you find that sometimes you just need a little extra cooking space? The Newworld Suite45C combination microwave and steam could be the answer. 
    Not only does it look swish, but it’s more than up for the challenge of producing wonderful steamed results such as risottos and it knocks spots of many convection ovens to produce perfect roasts that are brown and crispy in the exterior and moist inside.
    We were taken back by the number of different features on this one; it not only has an innovative steam function but also you can use it as a standard microwave or grill, with the microwave function supporting 5 power levels and flatbed technology enabling you to cook/heat large meals.

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    Features

    • Dimensions: (H)45.4x (W)59.5 x (D)52.5cm
    • Fuel Type: Electric
    • Capacity: 34 litres
    • Warranty: 1 Year

    Reasons to Buy

    • Just 5 minutes to reach 230 degrees!
    • Choose from 11 cooking functions and 9 pre-set steam settings
    • Multifunctional oven with microwave function
    • Enamel coated interior for easy cleaning

    9.
    Fisher & Paykel Designer Companion OS60NDTX1

    Fisher & Paykel Designer Companion OS60NDTX1

    One of the most eye-catching ovens we have seen in a while. Fisher and Paykel are a high-end brand, but if you’re looking for absolute quality and reliability then it is one of the best picks.
    It has a sleek black finish, with no dials which stick out and take away from the look as it is all digitally controlled. There is a 23 litre capacity overall, so it is great for smaller households or for anyone who wants a dedicated steam oven for preparing fish, vegetables or baking.
    There are eight settings to choose from in all, including a defrost option which is great for anyone who only knows what they want for dinner a few minutes before they start making it. It has clever sensor technology, so can work out the timings and temperatures of the food on your behalf too.

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    Features

    • Dimensions: (H)45.7 x (W)59.7 x (D)42.3cm
    • Fuel Type: Electric
    • 2 Year Warranty

    Reasons to Buy

    • Looks the part
    • Cooling fan to keep the external unit temperatures down
    • Removable water tank is easy to access

    Reasons to Avoid

    • Price

    10.
    Baumatic BCS461SS

    Baumatic BCS461SS

    This Baumatic BCS461SS steam oven may be nearer the high end of the price scale, but it is great value for money when you take everything into account.
    As far as looks go, the BCS461SS is a very attractive contemporary-looking steam oven. The oven capacity is 34 litres so well suited to smaller families.
    It is hugely multi-functional, with 14 pre-programmed dishes. Fan assisted cooking, grill (plus fan for quicker grilling). The steam cooking functions are fantastic for retaining vitamins and moisture.

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    Features

    • Dimensions: H45.5 x W59.4 x D55.7
    • Fuel Type: Electric
    • 2 Year Warranty

    Reasons to Buy

    • 14 pre programmed dishes
    • 1.2 litre water tank
    • Descaling programme makes cleaning easy

    Reasons to Avoid

    • Price

    Why Use a Steam Oven?

    There are a number of reasons why many people are leaning towards steam ovens. Not only are they easy to use but they are also awesome tools to utilise for healthy meals.

    They effortlessly lock minerals and nutrients that are usually lost when cooking in an oven. You can also cut down your use of oil; you can either use a minimal amount or avoid it completely as the food stays moist, meaning that your family will be able to enjoy tasty yet delicious meals for some time to come.

    Not only is the food healthier but you will find a very distinctive taste, as the flavour and colour created with this cooking method is the most powerful. It manages to lock in a mouth-watering taste in vegetables, meat and even SteamBaked bread. In addition to the taste and health factors, you will also find the above very versatile with heaps of other programmes too. They save time with fast preheating and allow you to cook a number of dishes at once.

    Choosing the Right One for You

    We have trialled and reviewed a long list of different ovens and when considering our top 10 we look into various aspects. This includes the amount of features, reliability and what you generally get for the price. We then take into consideration the foundations such as reliability as a whole, the ease of use, the overall quality and more.

    Once getting the main feats out the way, we can then look into the added extras and modifications. This includes how many settings and features they have. It is always great to get an oven with a number of heating methods and plenty of cooking functions that ensure your oven is versatile and able to prepare various meals.

    Although we reveal our favourite ovens, you should decipher through the list to find one most suited to your home. We have included a wide range that will appeal to a number of households as they vary in budget, size and function. Here are some things to consider when choosing the best appliance for you.

    • Capacity – This indicates the size of the cavity and if you have a big family then you will want one that possesses 50 litres or more. Below that apply for medium-sized households and smaller.
    • Size – You’ll want to consider the actual size of the oven and if it will fit into your kitchen without any issues. You can check the dimensions for this information.
    • Descaling – Has the oven got a self-cleaning programme? This will save you time and money on oven cleaners. Aqua Clean and Pyrolytic are some of the best self-cleaning programmes, but as these are steam ovens, most will use steam to do the job too.
    • Features – Check the features such as fan assistance cooking, grill settings and heating methods. Be realistic – you may not need a whole array of them.
    • Cooking Function – If you need a versatile machine then you will want one with a pizza function, meat probe and maybe more. Realistically this is not a necessity but always a nice added extra if you are spending ‘top dollar’.
    • Price – Speaking of which, it goes without saying that we all have a budget and you will need to find one within that. When investing in something used on a daily basis that we depend on though, it is best not to scrimp. There are some great budget-friendly steam ovens available in our selection which are still worth your time.
    • Design – Of course, you will want something that looks good as the kitchen centrepiece. There are retro designs, smooth and fresh built-in products and also some that come in various colours.

    Which Steam Oven Brand?

    We have mentioned how Miele seems to be dominating the steam range, but there are many reliable brands here’s a list of a few to bear in mind:

    • Miele
    • Siemens
    • AEG
    • Neff
    • Rangemaster
    • Hoover
    • Samsung
    • Smeg
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