A cooktop built into a countertop or island and an oven installed in the wall are the best ways to make a modern kitchen look sleek and modern. But even if you have a stove that has a cooktop and an oven built into one unit, you may want an extra full-size oven for when you’re baking a lot or having a lot of people over. The best ovens heat evenly, so you can bake more than one layer of cake at once, roast a chicken until it’s golden brown, and broil steaks that are just as good as those you grill outside. Here’s what to look for and our top picks at different price points to help you choose the best oven for you.
How We Picked
We used our writer’s years of experience testing cooking appliances and our staff’s experience baking, roasting, and broiling in our test kitchen to develop recipes and in their own homes to feed their families to choose the best ovens. We checked professional review sites to see what they recommended, and we also looked at star ratings and comments from people like you.
In addition to thinking about how evenly they bake, we thought about what special features they had. Our choices include a range of ovens at different price points.
Our Top Oven Picks
- Best Overall: GE Profile 30-Inch Smart Built-In Convection Oven with No Preheat Air Fry and Precision Cooking
- Best Budget Oven: Whirlpool 5.0 cu. ft. Oven with FIT System
- Best Gas Oven: Frigidaire 24-Inch Gas Oven
- Best Splurge Oven: Jenn-Air NOIR 30-Inch Oven with V2 Vertical Dual-Fan Convection
- Most Versatile Oven: Frigidaire Gallery 30-Inch Electric Oven with Total Convection
1. Best Overall: GE Profile 30-Inch Smart Built-In Convection Oven with No Preheat Air Fry and Precision Cooking
This convection oven has a modern look and will cook perfectly whether you set the temperature and time yourself or use one of the cooking programs. All of the controls are on a color touchscreen that you can interact with and is very easy to use. When you pick one of the settings, it tells you what pan to use and where to put the oven rack. It comes with a temperature probe to help give accurate results. Since this oven can air fry, you don’t have to buy a big countertop appliance to make chicken nuggets or mozzarella sticks that are better for you.
With the GE Profile, you get two racks, and one of them rolls out. Both racks can stay in the oven while it cleans itself. If your oven is very dirty, you can either use steam cleaning or run a regular self-cleaning cycle. Once you connect the oven to Wi-Fi, you can control it from your phone. This means you can preheat it from the car or the laundry room, check the temperature of your roast if the probe is in place, and download new cooking programs as they become available. You can also give it voice commands through Alexa or Google Assistant. It can be made to look like stainless steel or black stainless steel. GE promises that this model can replace any 30-inch oven, no matter what brand it is, or it will pay up to $300 to have it installed.
2. Best Budget Oven: Whirlpool 5.0 cu. ft. Oven with FIT System
This stainless steel Whirlpool will really improve the look of your kitchen and won’t cost you a lot of money. You can even choose to install it so that it fits right into your cabinets. It doesn’t have a lot of fancy features, but it’s a good size and has an electronic control panel with delay start, keep warm, and time baking settings. It also has a cycle that cleans itself. Whirlpool’s FIT system guarantees that it will fit into your cabinetry or the company will pay $300 to make adjustments.
3. Best Gas Oven: Frigidaire 24-Inch Gas Oven
Even though most people buy 30-inch electric wall ovens, we know that some of you need to replace a 24-inch gas oven. This modern-looking Frigidaire oven is sure to look better and work better than the one you have now. It has a smooth-touch control panel for all of its functions, such as timed baking and a cycle that cleans itself. There is a handy drawer for storing sheet pans and baking dishes under the oven. This oven comes in black, white, and stainless steel, so you can match it to your other kitchen appliances if you want to.
4. Best Splurge Oven: Jenn-Air NOIR 30-Inch Oven with V2 Vertical Dual-Fan Convection
The Jenn-Air is a step above our other choices based on how it looks and feels. It’s also more expensive, but not as much as luxury ovens from other brands. You can install it flush with your cabinets for a built-in look. It has a modern control panel that lets you change the temperature, time, and other settings by scrolling. On it, you can look at a database of recipes with color pictures of how your food should look at different levels of doneness to help you decide if you want your prime rib rare or medium.
This is a convection oven, and as you might expect, it will change the time and temperature on its own. This wall oven is different from most because it has three racks and two of them roll out. This is especially helpful when you need to pull out a rack to baste a heavy turkey. Noir has a probe, bright halogen lighting, and a setting that makes it clean itself. It can be connected to Wi-Fi, so you can preheat the oven or, if you use the probe, check the temperature of your roast from the backyard or an upstairs room. You can connect it to your Nest thermostat, and when the oven is on, the temperature in the kitchen will go down. Jenn-Air also has a version called “Rise” that costs the same and has the same features, but looks more traditional because it has more stainless steel and less black glass.
5. Most Versatile Oven: Frigidaire Gallery 30-Inch Electric Oven with Total Convection
This big oven can bake and roast with convection, and it can also add steam to help meats get crispy while staying moist and cakes rise higher and fluffier. It can also air fry, slow cook, and cook sous vide, so you don’t have to buy a lot of different appliances for your counter. There is a probe included so that you can cook at exact temperatures. One of the two racks slides out on rollers, so it’s easy to pull it out when you want to put cheese on top of a casserole or baste a chicken.
This oven has both a steam clean cycle and a high heat cycle to clean itself. You can choose between a smudge-resistant stainless steel finish or a black stainless steel finish. Frigidaire will pay you up to $300 to make changes to your kitchen if it doesn’t fit in a 30-inch cutout that’s already there.