Mini ovens may seem like a good idea, but are these tiny ovens actually any good in practice?
Well, today, we’re looking at mini ovens and finding out whether they are an asset in your kitchen or not.
We will also cover some of the best mini ovens available in the UK right now if you decide that one of these ovens will really suit your way of cooking or your cooking needs.
Are Mini Ovens Worth It?
Mini ovens can be a fantastic addition to your kitchen. Firstly, getting a mini oven means that you have a handy backup if your main oven goes wrong.
However, if you don’t have the main oven, you can use a good quality mini oven as a direct replacement.
If you live alone, for example, a mini oven could be all you need to cook with. Or, if you don’t have too much space in your kitchen, a mini oven can provide you with a good amount of cooking space but save you loads of room.
Mini ovens are also brilliant for small kitchens in caravans and motorhomes, for example. They can really help you make beautiful meals while you are exploring the world while saving you loads of space.
If you’re turning a van into a motorhome, for example, a mini oven could offer you everything you need to make a cup of tea or a slap-up meal and save you money and space.
Pros of Mini Ovens
Mini ovens have much more space inside than most of us think. Some models are just as wide as a standard oven, so you can use full-sized baking trays in them.
Other mini ovens are much more compact but can still fit an impressive amount of food in the cavity.
Most mini ovens can easily roast a chicken. Granted, you will struggle to roast the potatoes and make Yorkshire puddings in ovens at the same time as roasting a chicken.
However, they still have an impressive amount of space.
As you’ll see from our list of mini ovens, the prices are very reasonable for these handy little units. For not too much money, you can get a good quality oven that has a surprising amount of room in it.
If you do want a mini oven as a backup to your main oven, or you’d like one for preparing very big meals, storing it away may be a concern.
Most mini ovens are in rectangular boxes when they aren’t in use, and so you can store them in your larder, in a big kitchen cupboard, or even in a wardrobe. You can also stack lighter things on top of the oven when not in use too.
While a lot of mini ovens are fairly basic, with simple controls, there are some models of mini ovens that offer loads of functions.
As you’ll see from our list of mini ovens below, the functions on offer can be awesome or simple. And both certainly have a place in the kitchen. It just depends if you’d like plug-and-play or options.
Standard UK plugs
Unlike most regular ovens, mini ovens come with a standard plug. This means they can be used in any plug socket, and you can place them just about anywhere in your kitchen.
Smaller ovens are more energy-efficient than bigger ovens. This means you’ll be spending less on your energy bill and wait less time for the oven to heat up too.
We have a whole article about electricity costs for mini ovens that is well worth reading if this is a big reason why you’re buying a mini oven.
Cons of Mini Ovens
Losing counter space
If you don’t have too much space in your kitchen, it is worth remembering that a mini oven will be another kitchen appliance on your worktop. They may be called ‘mini ovens’, but many have quite a big footprint.
Of course, if you do have a small kitchen, you may want to make space for a mini oven underneath the worktop. If you do this, you’ll save valuable worktop space and have an oven that can cook way more than most of us think.
While mini ovens are fairly spacious inside, they do come with restrictions when compared to a standard oven.
If you’re looking at mini ovens as a direct replacement for your current oven, the cooking space will be a lot less. However, for a single person, an additional cooking tool, or for a small kitchen, mini ovens are excellent.
Just know that you may want to cook more food than a mini oven can handle at some point.
A lot of mini ovens are not designed to be used every day, and this means that many won’t last very long if you want to use them every day.
If you are considering a mini oven for your everyday cooking needs, it is worth spending a bit more money and ensuring you get a quality model.
So, mini ovens are fantastic, and they can really provide an impressive amount of cooking power and space into your kitchen.
Some even have built-in hobs on the top as well as loads of other handy features. But which mini-oven should you choose? Well, here are our favourite mini ovens in the UK right now.
The Best Mini Ovens in the UK
We have split our list of mini ovens into categories to help you choose the right oven for you. The categories are everyday mini ovens, backup ovens, and handy gadgets you’ll use all the time, but that could also be used as a backup oven too.
Everyday mini ovens
Tower Mini Oven with Hot Plates
The mini oven is big enough to cook a meal for two, and the two hob rings allow you to boil some water for veg or pasta while you cook in the oven.
The controls on this mini oven are pretty basic, but that is great if you want a very easy-to-use oven. There is a temperature control knob and a 90-minute timer, and that is it.
While this mini oven is very practical and perfect for anyone that wants a mini oven for every day, it also looks great. So, it adds some style points to your kitchen too.
Russell Hobbs Mini Multi-Cooker
This mini oven from Russell Hobbs has some impressive power for such a small oven. It is a 1920-watt oven that has a 30-litre capacity.
You can easily use this oven to prepare a good meal for two people, and the two hob rings on top allow you to cook even more food as well.
So, whether you want a mini oven that will allow you to prepare a full fry up while out in your motorhome, or you’d like a mini oven that will do everything you need every day of the week, this is a solid choice. Once again, the controls are simple, but the style is nice and modern.
Backup mini ovens
Belaco 9L Mini Oven
You can use this oven along with your main oven to cook massive meals whenever you are throwing a party or having guests round to try your latest culinary delights.
This is a 750-watt oven with a max temp of 230 degrees Celsius, so you can use it as a warming oven or use it for cooking components of dishes too.
This is a toaster oven and works perfectly for toasties and other lunchtime snacks. But where this mini oven really comes into its own is backing up your main oven when you simply don’t have the space you need.
Plus, this toaster oven is a fantastic price making it a must-have addition to your kitchen.
NETTA 18L Mini Oven
This NETTA mini oven is very similar to the one above, but it is double the size. This has a capacity of 18 litres, so it’s perfect for keeping food warm or cooking components of meals too.
Plus, this oven has a few different functions allowing you to cook loads of different stuff in different ways.
You can use this oven to grill, bake, and roast, and with 1200 watts of power, it will be able to keep up with your main oven too.
NETTA has really thought out the design of this mini oven. The controls are easy to use. It has a light allowing you to see the food as it cooks.
Plus, it is compact enough to store away but well-built with robust feet, so it won’t go anywhere while you are cooking with it.
The handiest and most impressive mini oven on the market
Ninja Foodi Mini Oven
This oven is extremely powerful, with 2,400 watts are your disposal. You can use this power to fry, roast, bake, toast, broil, and more.
This mini oven works a bit like an air fryer, so you can achieve really beautifully crisp chips and roast potatoes. However, it also acts like a regular oven too.
So, if you’re weighing up whether the space on your kitchen counter should be filled with an air fryer or a mini oven, we say, why not both?
This Ninja Foodi mini oven is a serious bit of kit and does way more than a regular mini oven and more than an air fryer. It’s the best of both worlds, but better than both worlds too!
We hope this look at mini ovens has been helpful. We love mini ovens. Whether you’re looking for a mini oven that you can use every day, one to save some space in a small kitchen, or a gadget that will further your cooking, mini ovens can be an extremely valuable kitchen tool.
Don’t forget to check out Chef’s Pick’s other articles. You’ll find all of the cooking accessories, tips and tricks you need to make the most of your new mini-oven right here.
Scott is a writer and a passionate home chef. His passion for cooking began when he was 10 years old. Scott has been writing professionally for over five years now and loves to combine his passion for cooking with his day job.