With The Great British Bake Off back on our screens, and past seasons now available on Netflix to binge-watch, I thought it would be the perfect time to look at what oven the home bakers use on the show.
If you’ve seen GBBO you’ll know the one I’m talking about. Everybody loves the sliding door that neatly tucks away, hidden underneath the oven. It’s a fantastic and very cool feature – but what oven is it? I hear you ask.
The oven they use on The Great British Bake Off is the NEFF Slide&Hide Oven. To be more precise, I believe they use the N90 B57CS24N0B Slide&Hide Single Oven.
It’s easy to identify because of its unique Slide&Hide door, which is only available on Neff ovens. Then it’s a quick look at the front to narrow it down to Neff’s N90 range where the B57CS24N0B lives. It also helps to be a kitchen designer, as I’m looking at ovens every day. I can spot this one a mile away!
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What are the features of the Neff B57CS24N0B?
The Neff B57CS24N0B built-in single oven is a fantastic all-round oven packed with great features. It’s a multifunction oven with 13 cooking functions, such as bread baking and dough proving. Perfect for GBBO bakers and home chefs alike.
The most unique feature (and the one that everyone talks about) is the Slide&Hide oven door. Neff has patented this design, so it is the only manufacturer that has this feature on its ovens. The door neatly slides away underneath the oven when you open it. This allows you to get up closer to the oven to place in or remove dishes.
It also comes with a quadruple glazed door to keep the heat locked in and help to stop the outside of the door getting too hot. So even if you have the bad luck of Stacey on Series 8 of GBBO and the door falls off while you’re baking, you can hold it up and keep cooking!
- Capacity: 71 litres
- Oven type: Multifunction
- Pyrolytic cleaning
- Slide&Hide door
- CircoTherm technology
- Soft close door
- Energy rating: A
Read on to find out more about each of these features.
What Is Pyrolytic Cleaning?
Some ovens have a type of self-cleaning function known as Pyrolytic.
This feature allows the oven to reach temperatures upwards of 500oC, burning off grease, dirt and leftover food that has built up in your oven over time.
These bits are incinerated and turned to ash that can be simply swept out, returning your oven to its sparkling, good-as-new condition.
I always recommend this feature – it saves you the hassle of cleaning by hand and the expense of having your oven professionally cleaned.
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What Is CircoTherm Cooking?
CircoTherm is Neff’s unique hot air system that allows you to cook different dishes simultaneously on all three levels without the smells and odours mixing into the different dishes.
The fan at the back of the oven draws air in and pushes it out around the oven. The sides of the oven are designed to then push the air around evenly and back inside.
This creates an even cooking temperature throughout the oven. It also means that when you open the door, hot air doesn’t rush out and you don’t lose the temperature as rapidly.
Are There Other NEFF Slide&Hide Ovens?
Yes, there is a range of Neff Slide&Hide ovens that all have different features and functions – and with that, prices. Neff has divided its range of ovens into different groups based on price and number of features.
It starts with N30 at the lower end of the range, moving up to N50, N70 and top of the range N90.
There are different models available within each range as well, giving you lots of choices to find the perfect fit for your needs and budget.
Here are just some of the other fantastic Neff ovens that have the Slide&Hide door feature:
- Low – Neff N50 Slide&Hide B3ACE4HN0B
- Mid – Neff N70 Slide&Hide B57CR22N0B
- High – Neff N90 Slide&Hide B57VS24H0B Wifi Connected Built In Electric Single Oven with added Steam Function
If you’re not looking at buying an oven right now why don’t you treat the GBBO fan in your life to a fun Bake-Off themed gifts such as these cute ‘Bake-Off’ oven gloves or the ‘Star Baker’ wooden spoon
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What Other Appliances Do They Use On The Great British Bake Off?
There are lots of other great appliances used on GBBO, including the Kitchenaid Artisan Stand Mixer, Gorenje Retro Collection Fridge/Freezer and a Neff warming drawer.
The first of these stand out appliances is the Kitchenaid Artisan Stand Mixer.
You may recognise this from your parents’ and grandparents’ kitchens – it’s an absolute classic. Kitchenaid started in 1919 with the stand mixer as its first product and has been going strong ever since.
In fact, the current model hasn’t really changed much in the past 50 years. If you are looking for a classic mixer that has stood the test of time, this is the one for you.
The next item is the fridge/freezer you see in the GBBO tent. You may have noticed in the background this rather cool looking retro fridge (pun intended).
Available in a few different colour options, this retro-looking fridge freezer looks right at home in The Great British Bake Off kitchen. Just make sure no one takes your custard (looking at you, Deborah).
Another Neff appliance used in the Bake Off kitchen is the Neff N90 N17HH20N0B Built-In Warming Drawer.
This large warming drawer is perfect for bread proving or keeping elements warm when preparing a meal. The version they use on the show is the deeper of the two types of warming drawer at 30cm high.
This is deep enough to hold 30 plates or a lovely large loaf of bread.
The ovens (and appliances) used on The Great British Bake-Off are excellent mid-level options for both home bakers and contestants. I recommend Neff all the time to my customers, as you’ll get good value for money and a stylish look, with useful features built-in.
If you’d like to read more about pyrolytic ovens then check out my post Pyrolytic Ovens: Are They A Must Have?
If you are more of a MasterChef fan then you can find out what oven they use by reading my post What Oven Do They Use On MasterChef?