What makes the best baking oven in Japan has more to do with pushing the right buttons than turning knobs. Essentially, an oven needs to fit your needs, your budget, but not necessarily your waste line. Secondly, for a small baking oven, convection is a must-have. The choice of a bit of hot wind can make all the difference. There are other considerations too, but the pros and cons we highlight for each oven will help you decide which is the one for you.
Overview of the Best 3 Baking Ovens in Japan
W41.7 x D32.9 x H28.5 cm
W51.5 × D40.5 × H30 cm
W33 x D37 x H38 cm
15 L / 1 300 W
20 L / 1 400 W
14 L / 1 400 W
60℃ ‒ 220℃
100℃ ‒ 220℃
50℃ ‒ 220℃
1 - 8 hrs
Warm ; Preheat; Defrost
Warm; Preheat; Deforst; Dehydrate; Ferment
W29 x D27 x H19.5 cm
W32 × D31.5 × H20 cm
W26 x D27 x H20.3 cm
The inside space:
The key thing to note about these 3 ovens is there’s not a big difference in internal dimensions. You could do a 30 cm pizza in the Delonghi, but the other two would only manage around 25 cm.
The advertised height, however, is another issue. Both the Delonghi and the Iris give you about 14 cm from the bottom rack to below the top element. So that’s about 11.5 cm of available cooking height.
The Iris looks bigger, but the lower rack is higher up, while the Delonghi has circular elements and a lower down rack. The Epeios has no lower element and a low down rack giving you about 5 cm or more extra on the height. The Epeios, due to its increased height, is better for two rack baking.
The Delonghi does keep warm, but the cooking temperature only sets from 100℃, while the Iris is 60℃ and Epeios 50℃. All three ovens have a convection fan and 3 rack positions. The major drawback of the Iris Ohyama is only 60 min on the timer. It’s more of a baking oven rather than a roasting oven.
The best all round value is probably the Epeios because you can do two rack baking, of course rotisserie roasting, fermenting, long timed dehydration, or even coffee bean roasting. However, the Epeios doesn’t have a lower element and toasting therefore takes time.
Larger ovens up to 30 L:
The three ovens reviewed here are simple and easy to use. A larger (30 L) Japanese steam oven range or superheated steam oven takes up more space. They have with a myriad of functions and presets to navigate, but many of them now also feature convection.
Best Bargain Baking Oven in Japan – Iris Ohyama
The Iris Ohyama convection oven is our preferred economy oven that keeps us baking through the week as well as through ups, flops, and downs. It’s superbly priced, relatively spacious, and easy to use.
On the Ohyama you get 60 min on the timer which is on a wind up starter – like an oven toaster. The dial clicks down to the end, but the noise is quite okay. Also, heating choices are upper element or lower element only, both together as in oven mode, and oven mode with convection. The cord is a fairly standard 1.2 m long.
The Space Inside:
The mesh rack itself measures (W) 28.9 cm by (D) 24 cm. From the rack on the bottom position to just below the top element is 14 cm, but this is reduced at least 2-3 cm for clearage. The middle rack position is likewise 11 cm to the top element.
The oven fits about a 25 cm pizza, and for baking bread it’s a perfect fir for two 1 pound pullman pans. A 28 cm baking dish with a width of 23 cm is probably the most it can do at a tight squeeze. It also comes with a really nice enamel grill pan over which you can slip the mesh rack.
Downsides to the Iris Ohyama
- THE RACK IS DODGY.
This is the key hassle you get for the bargain price. You have to be very careful with sliding the rack in and out. It can easily slip down – especially when taking it out – so it’s best to remove your pan or tray without sliding the rack.
- CONVECTION IS LIMITED.
You can only use the convection on oven mode with upper and lower elements operating together. This is good enough, however, for the choice of static and convection fan baking.
This Iris Ohyama convection oven gives excellent baking results, and the space you get is not so bad. It toasts both sides well at the same time and we like how the mesh rack fits easily over the griddle pan. It’s also pretty easy to clean inside.
Best Bread Oven in Japan – Delonghi Pangourmet
The Delonghi Pangourmet is an oven with more than three knobs and a ching. As the name suggests, it’s also a kind of bread maker and, being partly digital, has more to offer than the Iris Ohyama. It is always a much sturdier construction, but all this comes for at least four times the price.
- 20 L
- 100℃ – 220℃
- Keep warm 80℃
- Pre-heat mode
- Fan only defrost
- 2 hour timer
- 2 racks; 2 baking pans, pizza stone
- 14 bread presets
- Oven light
You may pay a top price for the Delonghi Pangourmet, but it does come with all the extras. One rack has a little extra length for pizza toast etc. The pizza stone needs to be preheated before use, and you should never put oil directly on top of it and dry immediately afterwards. The round bread pan and paddle is only for one size and shape of bread.
The grill with the upper element is set to 180℃ and slow bake with just the lower element is 130℃. Since a lot of heat can escape when you open the door, preheating should be done to at least 140℃ or above. Once you have plugged in, there’s a little switch on the side you have to flip to get starter.
The Space Inside:
The advertised space inside is WDH: 32 × 31.5 × 20 cm, however, the actually cooking height as mentioned is only around 11.5 cm. The extra width and depth do you get just a little more space inside which fits some pretty nice premium baking dishes and accessories. This includes the Staub 31 cm long baking dish, and the Iwachu 30.5×24.5 cm cast iron square pan:
Downside to the Delonghi Pangourmet
- SOME FUNCTIONS LIMITED.
You can only use the fan with both the upper and lower elements for cooking. However, you do have the option of the fan only for fast defrosting. The cooking temperature starts from 100℃, so you can’t do low temperature cooking or stuff like making clotted cream.
- REPAIRS EXPENSIVE.
If your oven even requires repair outside of the warranty window, it can be quite expensive. Therefore, if you can, it is recommended to buy an extended warranty. Most reports have this oven lasting 5-years, which is pretty standard, but they can last longer depending.
The Delonghi Pangourmet is a classic small oven and an excellent choice for baking in Japan. Apart from the integrated bread making function, not may small ovens will give you preheating, a light, and two racks to boot. The EOB2071J reviewed here is a Japanese model and the instruction manual with recipes only comes in Japanese. A similar English version is available online.
Best Value Baking Oven in Japan – Epeios Rotisserie
These Epeios ovens are also available on the European market, but they customized locally. The interface is only Japanese, and it has full PSE certification for domestic electrical compliance. The parent company is Patozon corporation out of China, famous for their Mpow headphone brand.
- 14 L
- 50℃ ‒ 220℃
- Keep warm
- Ferment, defrost
- 1-8 hour timer
- Delay start timer
- Oil tray and mesh basket
- Rotisserie drum
- Optional deep pan
- Optional airfry basket
The highlight of this oven is of course the rotisserie as well as the air-fry basket for things like chicken wings, tonkatsu, and potato fries etc. The wire barrel can be used for making popcorn, fries, or roasting coffee beans. To roast coffee beans, it may take a couple of cycles running the oven at 190-200℃ for 15 minutes
As a match to a typical Japanese oven, there are 16 presets. These include chicken, chicken wings, fish, steak, skewers, potato fries, pizza, toast, and vegetables.
The timer runs from 1 to 8 hours depending on the function or temperature range. This means that you can do proper dehydration operations, like making jerky, which often run from 4 to 6 hours. It’s also suitable for slow cooking without using convection.
There is also an IOT – Internet of Things – model available that connects to your smartphone. You can search your app store for Epeios Life. Many of their IOT products are related to the MPOW brand and various electrical and computer peripheries. You have to register in order to use the app.
The Space Inside:
The advantage of the Epeios is the increased height for the rotisserie function which can also be used for two rack baking. The shorted width, however, means that you can often only fit smaller sized baking pans. A rough guide to what you can fit inside is a 25cm pizza, 6 chicken wings, or 4 slices of standard shokupan, and a 25 – 26 cm baking pan.
Downside of the Epeios Rotisserie Oven
- NO LOWER ELEMENT
Perhaps the annoying thing about the Epeios is that it functions like an airfryer so there is no element on the bottom. Toasting is one side at a time and low element slow baking is not possible.
- WIDTH RESTRICTIVE
The depth and height of the Epeios is, by comparison, not really an issue. The width, however, is considerable less – some 3 cm compared to the Iris. Therefore, the Epeios tends to only take smaller bakeware and doesn’t fit a baguette tray or a 28cm baking dish.
The Epeios is a great value baking oven for Japan and a welcomed contender for a mid-priced convection oven. It’s numerous features are really attractive, especially the ferment and do dehydration functions. However, it relies entirely on the force of convection and doesn’t allow conventional or static baking options with two elements.
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