Mini Oven Review

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Our test winner is the Rommelsbacher BG 1805/E Baking Oven: The oven is easy to handle, well processed and offers many ventilation functions and accessories. Our favourite with the test grade 9.1/10!

We have tested 4 mini ovens for baking and grilling, paying particular attention to handling and functionality.

A baking and grilling oven is a good slightly smaller variant of a built-in oven, which has the same functions and sometimes even more. If you don't have an oven in your apartment or if you need a more space-saving variant in your campervan, this is no longer a problem. Our tested mini ovens all have a spit, with which you can heat up your perfect grill chicken and this at any place!

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last modified: 11.08.2020, 16:32
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Our winner: Rommelsbacher BG 1805/E Mini Oven TZS First Austria 45L 2000 Watt Mini Oven Review exquisit Mini Oven Review Rosenstein & Söhne Digital Mini Oven BO-2038 Review Severin Severin Mini Electric Oven Review

Rommelsbacher BG 1805/E Mini Oven

TZS First Austria 45L 2000 Watt Mini Oven

exquisit Mini Oven

Rosenstein & Söhne Digital Mini Oven BO-2038

Severin Severin Mini Electric Oven

Test seal: Rommelsbacher BG 1805/E Mini Oven, Rating 1.65
Test seal: TZS First Austria 45L 2000 Watt Mini Oven, Rating 2.15
Test seal: exquisit Mini Oven, Rating 2.15
Test seal: Rosenstein & Söhne Digital Mini Oven BO-2038, Rating 2.25
Test seal: Severin Severin Mini Electric Oven, Rating 2.45
  • Baking trays are easy and quick to insert
  • Defrost function
  • Many ventilation combinations
  • Handles for baking trays
  • Many ventilation combinations
  • Spit handle
  • Modern design
  • Good handling
  • Clear and easy handling
  • Beep when the timer has expired
  • Good results of the courts
  • Easy, intuitive operation
  • Large volume
  • 5 slide-in compartments
  • Pizza stone
  • Baking tray handles
  • Easy cleaning
  • Light grease residues remain even after cleaning
  • No handles for the baking tray
  • Grillage can only be inserted in a slightly faltering manner
  • Handle gets hot
  • Slightly unclean workmanship on the glass
  • Only 2 insertion heights
  • Missing drip tray
  • Some manufacturing defects
  • Settings cannot be made spontaneously
  • Programs are often inflexible
  • Baking trays are somewhat difficult to insert
  • Not many ventilation combinations
  • Screws on the spit are spinning

Well-processed and handy oven with a lot of accessories and good baking results.

A well-functioning oven with necessary accessories and many functions.

An easy to handle device. However, further insertion heights and a drip tray are missing.

The operation is very easy, but the programs are partly a little inflexible to adjust.

An oven with a lot of accessories. Its processing, however, is a bit inferior.

Handling
Range of functions
Accessory
Workmanship
Cleaning
Scope of delivery Oven, grill grate, baking grate, grate handles, rotary spit, rotary spit handle, crumb tray, operating instructions Oven, grill grate, baking grate, spit, handle, crumb tray, instruction manual Oven, baking tray, grid, rotating spit, handle for the tray, handle for the spit, operating instructions Mini oven, baking tray, rack, rotary spit, handle for the tray, handle for the spit, operating instructions Oven, grill grate, baking grate, grate handles, spit, handle, pizza stone, crumb tray, instruction manual
Quality impression Good Good Good Good Good
Types of heating Top heat, bottom heat, top and bottom heat, circulating air can be switched to any type, top heat with spit and top/bottom heat with spit, defrosting Circulating air, rotisserie, rotisserie and circulating air Top heat, bottom heat, top and bottom heat, top and bottom heat and circulating air, top and bottom heat and rotary spit Top and bottom heat, circulating air, top/bottom heat with rotary spit, defrost Top heat, bottom heat, top and bottom heat with circulating air, top heat with rotisserie
Additional warranty 2 years 2 years No information Unknown 2 years
Volume 42 l 45 l 20 l 38 l 42 l
Power in Watt 1,800 2,000 1,370 1,840 1,800
Width 55 cm 56 cm 45.5 cm 54 cm 51 cm
Height 36 cm 35 cm 28 cm 35 cm 36.5 cm
Depth 43 cm 41 cm 30 cm 40 cm 43.5 cm
Weight 10,41 kg (incl. grill/ baking rack, skewer) 9.62 kg 6.5 kg 10.5 kg 9,84 kg (incl. grill/ baking rack, skewer)
Length of cable 85 cm 88 cm 100 cm 90 cm 85 cm
Volume 1 metre distance 36.6 dB 35.4 dB 36 dB, apart from the quiet ticking noiseless 50 dB 36.6 dB
Number of shelf levels 4 4 2 5 4
Highest temperature 230 °C 230 °C 230°C 230°C 230 °C
Timer 120 min 60 min 60 min 0-120 minutes 120 min
Incl. rotisserie ✔ +grip ✔ +grip ✔ + Handle ✔ + handle ✔ +grip
Incl. baking tray ✔ +grip ✔ + Handle ✔ + handle ✔ +grip
Incl. grillage ✔ +grip ✔ +grip
Incl. pizza stone No No No No
Quality of instructions Excellent Good Briefly described Good, clearly described Good
Manual language GER, GB, RU EN, GER, RU, PL, CR, LV, LT, RO, BG, UK, ES, FR, IT GER, GB, FR, NL GER, FR GER, GB, FR, NL, ES, IT, DK, SE, FI, PL, GR, RU
Packaging Good Good Informatively illustrated Cardboard Good
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Tested products

1st place: Rommelsbacher BG 1805/E Mini Oven

Test seal: Rommelsbacher BG 1805/E Mini Oven, Rating good

The Rommelsbacher BG 1805/E Mini Oven is well manufactured and easy to handle. The oven is supplied with many accessories and many functions. The baking result of pizza and grilled chicken is perfect and can compete with any normal oven.

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TZS First Austria 45L 2000 Watt Mini Oven - thumbnail Test seal: TZS First Austria 45L 2000 Watt Mini Oven, Rating good

2nd place: TZS First Austria 45L 2000 Watt Mini Oven

The TZS First Austria - 45L 2000 Watt Mini Oven is easy to use and has many functions. The necessary accessories are available and the device is easy to clean. However, the door handle gets very hot during use.

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exquisit Mini Oven - thumbnail Test seal: exquisit Mini Oven, Rating good

3rd place: exquisit Mini Oven

The exquisite - Mini Oven is a good mini oven that gives a good result of the dishes to be baked. It is also easy to operate and simple to use. Disadvantages are the one-handed handle to remove the rotary spit and the missing drip tray.

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Rosenstein & Söhne Digital Mini Oven BO-2038 - thumbnail Test seal: Rosenstein & Söhne Digital Mini Oven BO-2038, Rating good

4th place: Rosenstein & Söhne Digital Mini Oven BO-2038

The Digital Mini Oven BO-2038 by Rosenstein & Söhne is easy and versatile to operate. The large volume is heated up quickly. The pre-set programs can be used well and partly adapted individually. It would have been good if you could have changed the temperature while the program was running with timer use.

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Severin Severin Mini Electric Oven - thumbnail Test seal: Severin Severin Mini Electric Oven, Rating good

5th place: Severin Severin Mini Electric Oven

The Severin - Mini Electric Oven produces a good result with the grilled chicken, but it is a bit inferior in the processing and therefore also in the handling. Many accessories are available and the oven is easy to clean.

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Rommelsbacher - BG 1805/E Mini Oven

Winner: read review
  • Always make sure that the crumb tray is inserted below the heating elements, if you insert it above, it shields the outgoing heat from the heating elements.
  • For barbecued chickens, it is advisable to use cooking yarn to hold the chicken together. Otherwise, the thighs and wings will stick out too far from the chicken and interfere with its rotation.
  • The chicken should not be too large so that it can rotate freely in the oven without touching heating rods.
  • For barbecued chickens, place the baking tray in the lowest step to catch any fat dripping from the chicken and make cleaning easier. You can also fill this with a little water, the steam that rises during the grilling keeps the chicken juicy.
 

In the run-up to the test, we defined practical requirements and the following test criteria:

  • Handling
  • Processing and
  • Functional scope
  • Cleaning
  • Accessories

Thermal image of the handle (29.9°)
Thermal image of the handle (29.9°)

In order to evaluate these criteria, we have defined several tests for the baking and grilling ovens. Pizza is baked once with each oven and barbecued with the spit. During use, great care is taken to ensure that the equipment is easy to handle and well processed. Accessories and safety also play a role in our tests. Depending on how many accessories are included, this also has a strong influence on handling.

As far as safety is concerned, we test how hot the handles get and whether they can still be touched without problems after 1 1/2 hours of continuous operation of the oven. A thermal camera is used to check how hot the outer surfaces of the oven become. Finally, the cleaning of the ovens is assessed.

In order to exclude mistakes and to ensure the load by the everyday use, each test takes place in several rounds.

The test criteria are given percentages depending on their importance. The final score is then objectively calculated from the test criteria using an algorithm.

Product selection

Our product selection is based on an observation of the current market. In addition to popular branded products, we also include insider tips in our selection. Criteria such as price and range of functions are an important factor for us. The test field is also determined by analysis and evaluation of customer reviews and external tests (e.g. Stiftung Warentest).

The devices are purchased anonymously or lent to us by the manufacturer. Dealers and manufacturers have no influence on the tests and our evaluation.

As soon as new relevant products come onto the market, our test field is extended by these. The new products go through the same test as the already tested devices.

The demand for energy- and space-saving kitchen appliances is particularly high today. A combined baking and grilling oven can replace a conventional oven, as the equipment is extensive. With temperatures of more than 250 degrees Celsius and outputs of up to 2000 watts, the compact combi ovens compete with conventional ovens. The small ovens allow convenient preparation in the smallest of spaces. Innovative models differ only in terms of volume from conventional baking and grilling ovens.

In the following guide for the baking and grilling ovens, you will find out how the combi appliance works, for whom the compact kitchen appliances are suitable and which aspects need to be considered when buying.
We will also tell you which accessories are important, what to look out for when buying and which functions should be included in recommended models.

Baking and grilling ovens currently exhibit considerable differences in terms of functions. So think about which functions seem most useful and most important to you.
Mini ovens with grill function differ with regard to the type of heating, the cooking chamber volume, the maximum possible output, and the equipment.

Innovative models are equipped with a multitude of additional features. If you are willing to invest in a baking and grilling oven with additional features, you will receive a mini oven that is in no way inferior to a conventional appliance.

Air circulation, bottom, and top heat:

Standard ovens are heated with circulating air, bottom, and top heat.
Meanwhile, heating with circulating air is integrated as standard in the majority of mini ovens, as most ambitious hobby chefs want this heating option. Thanks to the circulating air heating, the baking and grilling food is perfectly distributed because the heat distribution is optimised.

Grill function:

This function is perfect for gratinating and gratinating casseroles. Grill fans can prepare tasty grill dishes and also grill chicken.

The scope of supply of the Rommelsbacher mini oven
The Rommelsbacher mini oven is supplied with many accessories

Pizza stone:

A pizza stone is a must for pizza lovers. Pizzas are as successful on a pizza stone as they are on an Italian. This is a stone plate that is heated in the baking and grilling oven. The pizza is baked on the hot stone and gets a tasty aroma.

Turning spit:

The spit rotates independently inside the mini oven. Those who like to prepare a hearty grilled chicken should use a spit. This practical additional feature enables the chicken to be cooked and browned evenly and ensures a crispy skin.
It should be noted that the interior should be soiled and cleaned when preparing a chicken.

Performance:

Not all mini ovens are characterised by enormous energy efficiency. A look at the current Baking and Grill Oven Test 2019 is helpful for selecting an energy-saving model.

Mini ovens do not require high current and are therefore ideal for campers.

Low-performance models have an output of around 1000 watts, while the most powerful mini ovens can generate over 2000 watts.

Space must be saved, especially in narrow and small kitchens. While a conventional oven takes up a lot of space, a baking and grilling oven can be positioned to save space. The small kitchen appliances are ideal for full shared flats in which space is scarce. With a baking and grilling oven, flat-sharing residents can conjure up a delicious meal quickly and easily.
Singles are convinced of the multifunctional baking and grilling ovens, as these are completely sufficient for the preparation of one or two portions.

In the camping scene, the practical combination ovens have become indispensable. The space-saving kitchen appliances do not take up much space in mobile homes and tasty dishes can be prepared.

Allotment garden owners are increasingly opting for a baking and grilling oven, as this kitchen appliance can even fit into a small kitchen due to its small size.

This mini oven is ideal for those who want to bake and grill in an energy-saving way.
Especially target and long-term campers are well advised to use a mini oven with grill function to defrost, bake and grill rolls in the morning.

The compact mini ovens do not take up much space. The own weight is low and therefore the transport is not difficult. Campers are delighted that this kitchen appliance has the same functions as a conventional oven.

Due to the small cooking chamber, the preheating time is significantly shorter than with a normal oven. This means that food can be prepared more quickly.

Grilled chicken with the TZS First Austria Ofen
Grilled chicken with the TZS First Austria Oven

Heating the small cooking chamber requires considerably less than baking and grilling in a conventional oven. Owners of a mini oven can save time and money.

Another positive aspect is that this kitchen aid can be used in the home as well as in the allotment garden, on the terrace or when camping.

The most important aspects are the available space, the dimensions of the mini oven, the individually desired functions and the price. Other important points are user-friendliness and safety.

Price:

Cheap mini ovens are available for less than 50 euros, while top-of-the-range models cost many times as much. The price depends on the one hand on the size and on the other hand on the quality of the materials used. In addition to processing, technologies and accessories, the different functions also affect the price. Models from internationally renowned manufacturers are usually more expensive than no-name models.

Circulating air:

Think about whether you need a standard model with top and bottom heat or a mini oven with extra circulating air. If you decide on a baking and grilling oven with circulating air, your dishes will be cooked evenly and browned.
Another advantage of circulating air is that less heat is usually required and you, therefore, save energy.

Keep warm:

A low temperature of 80 degrees is sufficient to keep food warm. Not all mini ovens offer the possibility of setting temperatures lower than 100 degrees Celsius.

High temperatures:

Temperatures around 250 degrees Celsius are recommended for pizza baking. Find out before you buy whether the baking and grilling oven allows such high temperatures.
Pay attention to the maximum possible temperature of the kitchen helper. For a crispy bread and a crispy pizza, the temperature should be at least 200 degrees Celsius high.

Knob and temperature scale:

The rotary control is used when you set the temperature of the baked or grilled food. For comfortable operation, the knob should be easy to grasp and infinitely adjustable.
Before you buy, check that the temperature scale is easy to read so that you can easily regulate the temperature.

Safety:

Excellent insulation is the be-all and end-all. The hotter the baking and grilling oven, the more important good insulation is so that you don't burn your hands on the casing.
The door should close tightly to avoid unnecessary energy costs. If the door is not ideally positioned, the heat can escape and more energy is consumed.

Timer:

Mini ovens equipped with a timer have the advantage that they switch off automatically after the baking or grilling time has elapsed.

Size:

The size of the baking and grilling oven is crucial for both use and location. The cooking chamber, measured in litres, is between eight and 42 litres, depending on the model. You should think about the size of the oven before you buy it. If you choose too small a cooking chamber, you will not be able to bake large casseroles or cakes. A minimum volume of 15 litres is recommended so that you can easily adjust 25 cm baking tins and prepare a frozen pizza.

To prevent the appliance from overheating during operation, the mini oven should be positioned at least four centimetres away from a wall or other kitchen appliances. This is the only way to ensure the necessary air exchange.
If you have little space available, you should choose a small model.

Materials:

While some manufacturers rely on metal mini ovens, others opt for plastic or clay models.
Note that these materials have different properties.

Metal baking and grilling ovens are not only visually very high-quality. They give the kitchen appliance an elegant look and fit perfectly into the kitchen.

In contrast to a metal housing, mini ovens made of plastic are simple. The price of mini ovens with plastic housing is low.
Baking and grilling ovens made of clay convey an original ambiance and give your kitchen a Mediterranean flair.

Cleaning a baking and grilling oven is uncomplicated and does not take up much time. If you clean the mini-oven regularly, you often don't even need a minute.
The appliance should be completely cooled down before you start to clean it.

After baking rolls, it is recommended to remove the crumbs thoroughly. To do this, remove the baking tray from the mini oven and wipe it with a damp cloth. Before you push the baking tray into the cooking chamber, you should dry it with a cloth.

Fat splashes should be removed immediately with detergent and a damp cloth so that these do not burn into the next grill.
It is advisable to clean the safety glass and the inside walls at regular intervals with a little detergent.
You can remove heavily baked stains with baking powder or citric acid.

Do not use a steel sponge, as steel shavings will get stuck in the interior. The fine chips can cause damage, a short circuit or fire during the operation.

If you are interested in a mini oven, you should also consider the suitable accessories. For some models, accessories are already included in the delivery price, but other baking and grilling ovens are only equipped as standard.

Grill grid and baking tray:

The majority of the mini ovens are equipped with a grid and a baking tray.
If you have a baking and grilling oven, you should make sure that a grill grid skewer is included in the scope of delivery.
When buying additional trays, you should choose a model that is compatible with your mini oven, as the trays and grills are not standardised.

Alternatively, you can measure the interior and place a tray or grill with the appropriate dimensions.

The scope of supply of the Severin mini electric oven
The Severin mini electric oven is supplied with many accessories

Pizza stone:

Pizza stones are rarely included in the scope of delivery. If you like to bake pizza and don't want to do without the typical stone oven taste, a pizza stone is a recommendable accessory.
When buying a pizza stone for the mini-oven, the dimensions of the interior are also decisive. Pizza stones are offered in different heights. A thick pizza stone offers the advantage that the pizza gets better. In contrast to a thin pizza stone, the heating phase of the stone takes a little longer.

Crumb tray:

A removable crumb tray is a useful accessory. Only a few suppliers supply a crumb tray together with the mini oven. If you retrofit your baking and grilling oven with a crumb tray, you should match the dimensions of the interior with the tray. A crumb tray makes cleaning drastically easier. If, for example, you bake bread rolls, it is sufficient to wipe the crumb tray and not the oven with a damp cloth. The annoying and time-consuming cleaning of the heating loops, on which crumbs like to remain and stick, is no longer necessary. A crumb tray can also collect dripping fat.

Timer:

Even inexpensive baking and grilling ovens are often equipped with a timer. This proves to be practical, since the end of the baking time can be adjusted. With a timer, you can prevent the food from becoming tough or burning when baking or grilling for too long. When the baking time is over, a light signal appears or a beep sounds. Ideally, the timer automatically switches off the mini oven and grill function.

Baking and casserole dishes:

The matching baking and casserole dishes are rarely supplied. If you like baking and preparing casseroles, you can choose from a wide range of moulds. Since the cooking space of a mini oven is considerably smaller than that of a conventional oven, large baking and casserole dishes do not always fit into the interior. Remember that the size of the moulds is only so large that your hands on the right and left still have enough space in the interior when you place the mould in the oven and remove it.

As the owner of a roasting and grilling oven, you will be able to prepare your own grill chicken in the future and season it as you wish.

Turning spit:

The preparation takes place by means of a spit, which rotates evenly around its own axis. This spit is included in the delivery price of some models. If a supplier does not supply this spit, you can order it as an accessory. Make sure that the spit is suitable for your mini-oven.

The spit should be stable and rotate at a constant speed. Meanwhile, there are universal spits on the market, which can be used for all common baking and grilling ovens.

Step-by-step instructions:

Form the chicken to be grilled as round as possible.
Now cross the two legs and fix them with kitchen thread.
Then cross the wings and tie them together with kitchen yarn.
Lead the yarn both over the tips and under the shoulders and stretch the yarn around the back of the chicken.

When the spit is attached, prepare a marinade or spice paste from your favourite spices. However, sugar-containing BBQ sauces should not be applied until about ten minutes before the end of grilling, as they burn quickly.

Be sure to skewer the meat in the middle so that it can fry evenly.
Take the grill skewer and push it through the chicken breast. The skewer should run parallel to the spine. Push the skewer through the chicken until it emerges from the opposite opening.

Next, insert the meat chambers on the skewer into both the chest and the tail area. Convince yourself that the meat chambers are stuck.

It is especially important to roll the spit between both hands. When rolling, you can determine whether the skewered chicken is ideally balanced or whether one side is too heavily loaded. If the chicken on the skewer is not optimally balanced, you should adjust the meat chambers.

Now you can fix the grill skewer with the chicken in the cooking chamber and grill on high heat for about ten minutes. After the first ten minutes, lower the temperature and roast the chicken for another 60 to 90 minutes at medium heat. As soon as the chicken has reached a core temperature of 75 degrees Celsius, the grilled chicken is ready!

The compact baking and grilling ovens are ideal for confined spaces in the kitchen and are ideal for campers. The multifunctional kitchen aid consumes little energy, heats up extremely quickly and is no less than conventional ovens.

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Our test winner is the Rommelsbacher BG 1805/E Baking Oven: The oven is easy to handle, well processed and offers many ventilation functions and accessories. Our favourite with the test grade 9.1/10!

We have tested 4 mini ovens for baking and grilling, paying particular attention to handling and functionality.

A baking and grilling oven is a good slightly smaller variant of a built-in oven, which has the same functions and sometimes even more. If you don't have an oven in your apartment or if you need a more space-saving variant in your campervan, this is no longer a problem. Our tested mini ovens all have a spit, with which you can heat up your perfect grill chicken and this at any place!

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