Which oven is best for me?

Knowing where to start isn’t always easy when you’re looking to buy a new oven. With so many types of ovens on the market, finding the best oven for you can depend on numerous factors. Read our oven buying guide for help on how to choose the best oven for your kitchen.

What should I consider when buying an oven?

Buying a new home appliance such as an oven might not feel like the most exciting purchase - but there are a number of things you can be on the lookout for that might make your daily life much easier than you even realise. When looking to buy a new oven, you might like to consider the following factors: 

Which type of oven you need (single, double, compact) 
• Where the oven is going to be placed (built-in, built under or freestanding)
Whether you want an oven that cleans itself (catalytic or pyrolytic)

Whether you’re looking for a brand-new single oven or fancy a compact model, make the most out of mealtimes with Samsung’s range of cooking appliances.

What type of oven is best?

Looking for a new oven can be a tough task, mainly because there are several different types, and not all of them will be suitable for your needs. Read on to learn about the differences between oven types to find the best for you.

What is a single oven?

A single oven is one that contains both the grill and the main oven cavity within one unit, unlike a double oven. They’re quite versatile in terms of where you can place them - for example, they can be built-in (into your kitchen unit at eye level) or built-under (for example, under a counter). 

Single ovens are a great choice if you have less space in the kitchen or restrictions on where you can place one. In fact, Samsung’s range of single ovens have very generous proportions: 

• Samsung’s range of single ovens have a defined cut out of 595mm x 595mm x 560-600mm.
• The average capacity of a single oven is around 64 litres , though the majority of Samsung models come with a capacity of up to 75 litres.

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What is a double oven?

A double oven is one that has a separate oven cavity and grill. The added bonus with a double oven is that due to the separate cooking compartments, you’ll be able to cook multiple foods at once whilst using different techniques (eg. broiling, grilling, roasting).

The Samsung range of Dual Cook Ovens work the same way as double ovens. You can roast, steam and more at the same time. Plus, you can control and apply different temperature setting to different parts of the oven.

Double ovens are a great choice if you often cook dinners with multiple components, like a roast, have a large household, or like to frequently host dinner parties.

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What is a compact oven?

Compact ovens, as the name suggests, are generally smaller and great at slotting into very small spaces - but that doesn’t mean you have to compromise on the capabilities Samsung’s compact ovens a capacity of up to 50 litres, so they can easily service couples or small families. The smallest oven is only 45cm – perfect for fitting into tight, awkward spaces or smaller kitchens.

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What is a smart oven?

Smart ovens are ones that either use Bluetooth or Wi-Fi so that you can instruct your oven to do something without having to touch any of the dials at all. You can turn the oven on and off, change the heat or switch the cooking method by simply making the adjustment on an app on your smart device.

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What size oven should I buy?

The size of the oven that you’ll need for your kitchen will depend on the space you have available to fit one into. First things first - oven sizes refer to their capacity, which is measured in litres. The greater the capacity, the more food an oven can cook at any one time.  
Secondly, you’ll need to measure the width, depth and height of the available space, and compare this to your chosen model. Generally speaking, most ovens only really vary by height, and have approximately these measurements:

* Please note that these measurements will vary depending on the manufacturer that you buy your oven from.


Oven type




Single oven




Double oven (built-in)




Double oven (built-under)




Compact oven




Oven cleaning and maintenance

Did you know that cleaning your oven needn’t be a manual job anymore? Great news, right! Many of Samsung’s ovens have some form of self-cleaning technology built into them, meaning you can spend less time with a scouring pad and detergents, and more time doing things you actually enjoy. Samsung’s self-cleaning tech comes in two forms:

What is a catalytic cleaning oven?

A catalytic oven is one that is fitted with a special liner inside the main part of the oven that absorbs grease so that it doesn’t settle at the bottom of the oven itself. All it takes is a simple monthly cycle of the cleaning function to burn off the excess grease to leave your oven sparkly clean. 

What is a pyrolytic cleaning oven?

Pyrolytic ovens work by running a cleaning cycle that increases the temperature inside the oven as high as 500 degrees, which turns any leftover residue in the oven to ash. This is easily scraped or brushed away, leaving a lovely clean interior that’s ready for you to cook your next favourite dish.

How to clean a Samsung oven

Why buy a Samsung oven?

Samsung ovens have something to offer everyone - from the self-cleaning technology to wifi-connectivity. Understanding the benefits of these optional extras will ensure you get the best appliance for your needs: 

Use less energy - Samsung Dual Cook Flex™ ovens save energy when you only use the top half. Eco Convection mode (which is available on Dual Cook models) uses an optimised heating system to save energy too.

Easy cleaning - not only are some Samsung ovens available with either catalytic or pyrolytic technology, but they feature antibacterial ceramic enamel interiors too. They’re easy to clean, and are rust and scratch resistant. 

Dual cooking spaces - Samsung Dual Cook™ and Samsung Dual Cook Flex™ ovens allow you to cook at two different temperatures - for example, you can grill in the top half, whilst roasting in the lower half. 

Steam cooking - Samsung ovens feature a steam cooking option, which is the healthier way to cook. The vapours are diffused, meaning your food is less likely to dry out and will retain its rich flavour. 

Enhanced usability - take advantage of the ability to open the hinged door to one half of the oven with Samsung Dual Cook Flex™, saving energy and preventing heat escaping from the other half. Telescopic runners ensure that extendable shelves support dishes being put in or taken out of the oven, keeping spillages to a minimum.

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Oven FAQs

  • How can I save energy with my oven?

    Ovens are graded according to their energy efficiency, with the most efficient models having an A+ or A rating. Whilst electric ovens usually consume less energy than other large kitchen appliances, you can still use them more efficiently. Read more about home appliance energy rating here.
  • A wifi oven is similar to a smart oven, in that you can use the wifi connection to instruct your oven to turn on or off, preheat, or adjust the temperature whilst it’s cooking. Imagine it - you’re on your way home from a long day at work, and you’re able to get your oven to preheat so that it’s ready for you to pop your food in as soon as you take off your shoes.
  • If you have the luxury of additional space in your kitchen, then you might consider a freestanding oven - this is one that is neither built-in or built under (more on that shortly) but instead stands alone in a gap between your kitchen worktops. These often include a hob on top, oven space below and some have a separate grill too - and they come in a variety of sizes.
  • Whilst shopping for a new oven, you might have found the terms built-in and built under used alongside the standard types such as single, double and compact. Simply put, the terms built-in and built-under refer to where you’re placing your oven. Here’s the difference between the two: 

    Built-in oven - A built-in oven is one that is installed into a kitchen unit, usually at eye level. They typically don’t feature a cooking hob as traditional ovens do, and are sometimes referred to as wall ovens.
    Built-under oven - A built-under oven can be placed under a kitchen counter, which is a great option for kitchens that have a little less space. 

    They’re typically placements for either single or double ovens - compact will usually be built-in, due to their small size. The other option is freestanding, if you have the luxury of additional space in your kitchen.