Kitchen design disadvantages of wall ovens

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Kitchen design disadvantages of wall ovens
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Wall ovens are mounted within a wall or "cook center" so that the oven is not located directly under the range. Wall ovens are typically stacked (often two of them are placed together), and the doors often open at eye-level. Wall ovens have a distinct set of advantages and disadvantages when compared to conventional all-in-one oven ranges.

Interior Space

Wall ovens are popular choices in kitchens where the range is located on a centre island or installed in a counter top. While this may save space in the kitchen as a whole, typical wall-oven models are narrower and boast less interior space than their conventional oven counterparts. Many designers make up for the difference by placing two wall ovens together (usually stacked on top of one another). This configuration may not work for serious cooks who use ovens to cook large turkeys and other high-volume items. Before choosing a wall oven, consider the oven specs and decide whether your model of choice will be big enough to accommodate your cooking preferences.

Relatively Small Incidence of Usage

Wall ovens, which typically form one of the focal points of cook centres, are typically used for only 15 per cent of food preparation. This may be due to the limited space available in the oven or to practical limitations of having the oven placed separately from the cooktop. If you cook a great deal, having the cooktop in close proximity to a conventional oven (directly overhead) may be a better configuration. Many cooks prefer the eye-level wall oven and its freedom from bending (as well as opportunities for storage space beneath), making the matter a decision based on personal tastes and habits.


Wall ovens and separate cooktops can offer freedom of design and even save space. However, they likely won't save money. A wall oven and separate cooktop usually retail for £845 or more, whereas top-quality, high-performance conventional ranges, both gas and electric, usually sell for less than half that price. If cost is a concern, you may get more value for your dollar with a conventional range. When calculating price, also be aware that in the U.S. each kitchen appliance is required to have a dedicated circuit, which can raise the costs of installation. A full range needs only one circuit, whereas a separate oven and cooktop will need two (plus gas lines).

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