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Best domestic oven for bread baking?

Yogibaker's picture

Best domestic oven for bread baking?

Hi everyone,

I'm just about to renew my domestic kitchen oven and wondering which one you recommend.  Please bear in mind that I'm in the UK, and don't want an Aga.  I live in a flat, and will need a built in oven.  Currently we have a Neff which is ok, and gets good and hot (around 250C) but the oven door doesn't stay closed so well.

Any suggestions?

Thank you!

pjaj's picture

I've had two Neff double ovens and never had any problem with the doors. I think you must just be unlucky with yours. As you probably know, Neff do 6 ranges of ovens, Series 1 to 5 & Navigator. The Series 4,5 & Navigator have separate dough proving and bread baking settings which have been a boon to me. No more brick-like loaves!

But I suppose it all boils down to budget. They ain't the cheapest make around.

Yogibaker's picture

Thanks - yes, think I will probably go for a higher end neff next time - the heating is superb, even with the door issue!  I'll check out those 4 & 5 Navigator ovens - separate bread baking settings sound really good!


kneady's picture

I have a Miele oven.  It is 8 years old and I have never had any problem with it.  It is the best oven I have ever had.  The heat is consistent and doesn't drop the minute the door is open like many ovens do. I never use steam to bake bread but get great loaves.

Plus, it is a dream to keep clean.