What is a steam oven? Why it might be worth updating your cooker

built in steam oven in contemporary kitchen
(Image credit: Miele)

Exactly what is a steam oven and is one worth buying? There are many different types of cooker to choose from and in the world of kitchen appliances it can seem as though there is a never ending stream of new gadgets and must-have features for us to squeeze into our kitchen design.

However, while some gizmos are very much worth investing in – such as the best kitchen extractor fans – successfully making life easier and contributing to our overall enjoyment of cooking and eating in our kitchens, others are nothing more than expensive fads.

Natasha Brinsmead

Natasha is Homebuilding & Renovating’s Associate Content Editor and has been a member of the team for over two decades. An experienced journalist and renovation expert, she has written for a number of homes titles. Over the years Natasha has renovated and carried out a side extension to a Victorian terrace. She is currently living in the rural Edwardian cottage she renovated and extended on a largely DIY basis, living on site for the duration of the project. She is now looking for her next project — something which is proving far harder than she thought it would be.