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The Best Combi Steam Ovens – Nutritious And Delicious Cooking

Cooking with steam is becoming more popular as more of us strive to create healthier and more nutritious meals, and a combi steam oven is a fantastic and often easy way to introduce this cooking technique into your day-to-day life.

Whether it’s making your bread loaf golden and crispy or serving up a super succulent Sunday roast, combi steam ovens can be a great option.

In this post, I’m sharing my favourite combi steam ovens and explaining a little bit about the different types.

👋 FYI: This post focuses on full-size combi steam ovens and not compact or pure steam ovens. There is a difference, which I’ll explain in a moment, but this particular post will focus on full size built-in single ovens that have some form of a steam function or steam assist. 

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BEST BUDGET

BEST OVERALL

BEST PREMIUM

AEG BES355010M with Added Steam

Neff B3AVH4HH0B N50 Slide & Hide AddedSteam 

Miele H7164BP with Added Steam

What Is The Steam Function On An Oven?

When it comes to oven cooking with steam, there are two types: pure steam ovens and combination steam ovens (combi steam ovens).

Other names for combi steam ovens are SteamAssist, SteamBake, Variosteam, PulseSteam, PlusSteam, addedSteam and ovens with full steam.

They are called different things by different manufacturers but all serve the same purpose – they add steam to the oven while you cook.

Pure Steam

Pure steam ovens are often (but not always) compact ovens. This means that they tend to be smaller in height compared to a regular single oven. Usually around 45cm high, rather than 60cm.

The sole cooking function of pure steam ovens is using steam to heat and cook what’s inside the oven. They do not use a regular convection fan or grill. It’s all in the steam! 💨 

They will have a water tank that you fill and insert into the oven, which is then used to heat and create the steam required to cook the food.

Food cooked using steam cannot only help to retain the natural flavours more; it can also keep more of their vitamins.

A study concluded that “the loss of vitamin C in broccoli, spinach, and lettuce during steaming was 14.3, 11.1, and 8.6 per cent, respectively, while the loss of vitamin C during boiling was 54.6, 50.5, and 40.4 per cent, respectively.”

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Combi Steam

A combi steam oven is a regular multifunction or convection oven with the added feature of a steam setting.

This means you can cook as you would in a normal oven, but have the ability to insert steam into the cooking process to enhance your meals.

The exact ability of this function will differ between models. Some can go from generally adding steam for the whole cooking time, others can be more precise and inject steam at particular stages throughout and control how much steam is added.

Some models can even use full steam to cook using only steam, not to be confused with pure steam, as these ovens can also use regular convection cooking too.

Adding steam to your oven while cooking has a number of benefits. It’s particularly popular with baking. Bread or cakes will get a better rise and have a springier texture to them.

It’s also great for a Sunday roast. Meats won’t get dry inside but will remain moist and succulent throughout. 

Adding steam alongside the regular oven cooking process really is the best of both worlds. You can achieve a crispy outside using the oven’s normal heat while maintaining flavours, vitamins and moisture inside the food you’re cooking.

If you’ve not used an oven with an added steam function, it’s a game changer!

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What To Look For When Buying An Oven

There are a couple of important factors to take into consideration when buying an oven. Price and build quality are usually the top priority and often go hand in hand.

Make sure you know what your budget is first. Once you have your price range you can start to compare the different factors below.

Multi-Functions

Multi-functions are all the different cooking modes that the oven has. Things like fan, grill, pizza, top and bottom heat or added steam – all of those things.

Nowadays, ovens can have loads of functions – sometimes more than you need. Make sure that if you do use particular functions on a regular basis or want a specific new function the oven you’re buying has this.

Ease Of Use

Quite often overlooked, ease of use is by far the thing I hear feedback about the most. How easy is it to use the oven?

Having loads of functions and a touchscreen control with built-in WiFi may all sound cool, but you might find it difficult to simply turn the oven on.

This will, of course, depend on the type of person you are. If you’re the person who loves the latest tech and enjoys trying out all the special features and settings, then great. There are a lot of smart ovens out there for you.

If, like a lot of my clients, you just want a good quality oven that you can use every day, consider skipping the oven with a built-in touchscreen recipe book. Yes, that actually exists!

Cleaning Functions

Yes, cleaning is another function, but it’s not a cooking one, so it deserves its own section.

Ovens with self-cleaning functions are becoming far more popular. How the oven cleans itself will differ between the types of functions it has.

Functions such as catalytic cleaning, eco-clean and (arguably the most popular) pyrolytic cleaning are all available – as well as no cleaning function at all.

If you don’t want to be cleaning the oven yourself by hand, consider one of these.

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The Best Combi Steam Ovens

Below are my favourite combi steam ovens that I have either personally used at home or in the showroom during cooking demonstrations, or get great feedback on from customers.

AEG BES355010M Built-In Electric Single Oven with added Steam Function

AEG BES351010M combi steam oven
  • Energy rating: A
  • Control type: Buttons/dial
  • Oven Capacity: 71 Litres
  • Number of functions: 9

This is a great entry-level combi steam oven. AEG call their added steam function ‘SteamBake’ or ‘PlusSteam’.

With this model, you simply pour water into a special cavity at the base of the oven, and then press the steam button. The oven will heat this section and introduce steam into the cooking process.

It even has a fantastic Aqua Clean function, which uses a combination of water and heat to break down any greasy food splatters. This makes it a bit easier to clean your oven.

AEG is a brand I have worked with and recommended for a few years. This is a really great choice if you want a good basic oven with the added steam function at an affordable price.

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– Comes with a food probe

Neff B3AVH4HH0B N50 Slide & Hide AddedSteam Single Oven

Neff B3AVH4HH0B N50 Slide & Hide AddedSteam Single Oven
  • Energy rating: A+
  • Control type: Touch/shift button
  • Oven Capacity: 71 Litres
  • Number of functions: 12

If you’re into baking, then this is the oven for you. Neff is renowned for making the best ovens for bakers. This is all to do with the cavity construction and the way their fans work.

This model uses CircoTherm technology, which is Neff’s particular way of circulating heat evenly across every shelf.

Not only is this ideal if you’re cooking lots at once, but because the air is constantly moving, flavours won’t transfer between foods. This means you can cook a sponge cake and a piece of salmon at the same time, without ending up with a fishy cake.

It even has Neff’s unique Slide&Hide door that tucks neatly away beneath the oven, so it’s really easy to reach your meals. You may have seen this rather cool feature before if you’re a fan of The Great British Bake Off.

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Siemens HR776G1B1B IQ-700 Pyrolytic Multifunction Oven With AddedSteam

Siemens HR776G1B1B IQ-700 Pyrolytic Multifunction Oven With AddedSteam
  • Energy rating: A+
  • Control type: Touchscreen/dial
  • Oven Capacity: 71 Litres
  • Number of functions: 13

I love the Siemens combi steam ovens. I’ve used the previous model (HR676GBS6B) numerous times in cooking demonstrations and have even used the addedSteam function when baking bread – which turned out fantastic, if I do say so myself. 😀

Siemens is known for its strong build quality and innovative new features. Not only does this oven come with the incredible 4D hot air feature but it also has a coolStart feature allowing you to cook frozen food straight away without the need to preheat the oven.

This oven is packed with cooking functions and the latest technology, such as WiFi App control and built-in recipe/meal cooking recommendations.

This Siemens oven will appeal to those who want a bit more of a gadget alongside a high-quality combi steam oven.

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Bosch HSG7364B1B Serie 8 Multifunction Single Oven With FullSteam

Bosch HSG7364B1B Serie 8 Multifunction Single Oven With FullSteam
  • Energy rating: A
  • Control type: Dial/touch
  • Oven Capacity: 71 Litres
  • Number of functions: 17

The only combi steam oven on my list that has a full steam cooking mode!

This Bosch oven comes packed with features and technology wrapped in high build quality. With 17 cooking functions, there’s plenty of help at hand and its rapid heating means it gets the oven up to temperature in no time.

It also has a fantastic everyday fan cooking function called 4D Hot Air, where you get evenly distributed heat throughout the oven. The fan at the back rotates in both directions to give an even spread that avoids any cold spots while cooking.

You can even make homemade crisps with your choice of potatoes or other fresh veggies. Simply arrange thin slices on the Air Fry & Grill tray, toss with a bit of oil, and pop it in using the Air Fry setting for quick, delicious snacking. The tray needs to be purchased separately though, still pretty fun! (Air Fry & Grill tray – HEZ629070).

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Miele H7164BP Built In Electric Single Oven with added Steam Function

Miele H7164BP Combi steam oven
  • Energy rating: A+
  • Control type: Touch
  • Oven Capacity: 76 Litres
  • Number of functions: 12

When it comes to kitchen appliances, Miele is just in that next level of quality. Their machines are tested for the equivalent of 20 years of use in your home. These appliances are not only built to last but they are also built to perform to perfection. 

This Miele combi steam oven boasts the largest capacity out of my top 6 at a whopping 76 litres. It also comes with a good selection of cooking functions along with pyrolytic cleaning.

Along with this, it has helpful safety features such as automatically switching off if the maximum cooking time is exceeded. So no need to worry if you’ve walked out and left the oven on.

The oven is constructed so that it is cooled on all sides. This ensures that controls, handles and adjacent cabinets stay relatively cool to the touch. The multi-layer panels insulate the oven door and ensure a lower temperature on the outside of the door, providing greater safety and protection against burns.

It may not have as many functions or have a door that slides away, but this Miele oven is pure quality and precision.

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Final Thoughts…

There you have it! The best combination steam ovens.

I hope this post has helped explain what a combi steam oven is and given you some fantastic options if you are buying one.

I wholeheartedly recommend each of these ovens. They are all great products. Whichever you choose will ultimately be up to your individual needs and budget.

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Michael from Kitchinsider.com

Michael is a kitchen designer from the UK. He's been designing and project managing new kitchen installations for over 10 years. Before that, he was an electrician and part of a team that fitted kitchens. He created Kitchinsider in early 2019 to help give people advice when it comes to getting a new kitchen.