Ovens are repeatedly the corner stone of the kitchen. In a wide range of sizes, types, and fuels it has become overwhelming and frequently difficult to know which oven is right for your lifestyle and your kitchen.
To help you out, we have broken it down into the basics in our straightforward Oven Buying Guide!
Put simply, a cooker is freestanding, and an oven is built into your kitchen.
Because a cooker is freestanding, it has both a main cooking unit, plus a set of either gas or electric hobs on the top.
An oven on the other hand, because it’s built-in, is just the cooking unit - which means you have the option of buying a hob or not, depending on what you cook, and depending on your kitchen space.
Take a look at the ovens below to choose the best solution for your kitchen.
Built-in ovens are placed in column cabinets at eye-level, making it easier to take hot food out rather than bending down to retrieve dishes.
These ovens go underneath your countertop and fit alongside your kitchen cabinets, making your oven integrated and subtle in your kitchen.
Single ovens can be built-in or built-under, with just one oven space. Often coming with multiple functions, this type of oven is ideal if you’re short on space or only need a small oven.
Firstly decide where in your kitchen you would like your oven to be placed, as double ovens are designed to be either built in or built under they are not transferable. Built in double ovens are positioned into a column at eye level and built under will sit below your worktop.
Gas fuelled ovens are the cheapest to cook with, providing a fast and responsive heat. Running by hot air circulation from a flame or gas burner at the rear of the base, this fuel is suited to all types of food.
Electric fuelled ovens are great for an even heat distribution throughout the oven. Heating to a more accurate temperature, you can be sure it will cook your food quickly and correctly.
Many ovens come with handy features; the most common have been explained below:
Steam fuelled ovens boil water to create a cloud of steam inside the main cooking zone to cook your food. It retains a lot of the natural moisture and flavour in the food, so that you’re not likely to have burnt, dry meals!
Measuring only 46cm, compact ovens are perfect for kitchens where space is limited or one person cooking. Coming with both oven and grilling functions, these ovens are small in space but big in potential.
Grills provide an added variety to your cooking style and deliver a nice flavour. From cuts of meat, to cheese on toast, the grill will help towards some truly tasty meals!
For the more speedy or hungry of us, a fan-assisted oven speeds up cooking 10 minutes for every hour producing food cooked to the same temperature and high standard - only quicker!
There are two types of self-cleaning ovens: one has catalytic liners (usually of a rough, grey-speckled appearance) that absorb grease and fat splashes, the second is a pyrolytic oven which burns any stray cooking bits, leaving only a little pile of ash for you to sweep away.
Both will save you time and elbow-grease scrubbing out cemented food from the oven!
To help you decide what oven you want, here is a reminder of the key things you need to be thinking about when purchasing an oven:
|What type of oven do I need?|
|What type of fuel do I need?|
|What extra features would I like?|
Frequently asked questions
The standard width size of most ovens is 60cm, heights of ovens can vary depending on the number of ovens. It is always best make sure if you are replacing an existing appliance that you measure the space which the appliance will sit in your kitchen.
When choosing a location for your new oven it is extremely important that it is positioned near the fuel supply. A single oven can be positioned either built in or built under.
However if you would like a double oven you need to decide where you would like to position the oven in your kitchen before you choose your oven. Double ovens are made to be specifically built in which would be placed at head height in a column to blend in with your existing kitchen cupboards. They are also designed to be built under which would sit under your worktop.
Oven capacity is the size of the cavity which will be used to cook your food. If you are cooking for one or two then you will not need a large oven capacity, however if you have a family or you like to entertain you would need a larger oven capacity. We have ovens that range from under 30L to above 80L.
Due to the amount of electricity which is used to power an oven it is advised that ovens should be hard wired.
When fitting an induction hob over a double oven please make sure enough space is left for ventilation.