With the kitchen fast becoming the new ?entertainment hub? of the home, the oven you buy, along with your matching cooktop and rangehood, can mean the difference between a soggy pie and a perfectly baked one for your next dinner party or family meal.

Whether you love healthy steam cooking, a combination of electric and gas fuel options, or the convenience of pyrolytic cleaning, there?s never been a broader choice of looks, finishes and technologies to choose from. Gadgetguy.com.au home appliance managing editor Ella Smith brings you some of the latest product highlights.

European freestanding flair from Fisher & Paykel

If you are considering buying a freestanding oven to make a style statement in the kitchen, Fisher & Paykel has announced a 900 mm model, available in August (OR90SDBGFX1).

This freestanding oven has a cool touch door for safety and heat efficiency, seven cooking options, cast iron trivets, which are durable, hard-wearing and easy to clean, plus an accessories compartment.

Made and designed in Italy, it combines dials and touch controls (something old, something new?) and is styled in stainless steel and contrasting dark grey glass.

Twin convection technology from Samsung

Samsung?s Twin Convection ovens, the BT62CDBST ($1,899 RRP) and the Fast Cook FQ159UST (which can cook a 1.3 kg chicken in 24 minutes- $1,499 RRP) give you the ability to cook two separate dishes simultaneously at different temperatures without mixing aromas.

An installed shelf automates the oven?s dual control system and LED display to ensure control of both compartments. Samsung?s Fast Cook oven (FQ159UST – $1,499 RRP) meanwhile, ideal for the time-poor cook, has five heat sources including two convection, two grills and microwave cooking options.