In many traditional kitchen layouts, a built-in wall oven can utilize kitchen space more efficiently than a traditional freestanding range. Since built-in ovens can be integrated into the wall at eye level, they eliminate the need to bend over when placing cookware in the oven. Residential wall ovens are typically sold as single or double oven units. There are a few questions you should consider when comparing single and double ovens.
|A double oven offers the flexibility to prepare two dishes at different temperatures at the same time.|
The most obvious question for consumers, after budget, is what size oven do I need? For this, you need to look at the volume of food you cook at one time, types of foods, and your cooking style. How often do you bake, broil or use a rotisserie? Most wall ovens have one or more options for baking, roasting or broiling. When debating the attributes of a single vs double oven, consider how often you throw parties or cook large meals. If you’re constantly cooking for friends or extended family, a double wall oven is a time-saver. You can bake bread in one oven and roast turkey in another. Double wall ovens come in different configurations. Some manufacturers offer a small, energy-efficient upper oven paired with a large capacity oven for main dishes.
If you need to keep food warm while the rest if the meal is still cooking, consider a single oven with a warming drawer instead of a double oven. Double ovens may offer convection heat in one oven and conventional heat in the other oven. Convection heating adds $200 or more to a wall oven’s price tag, but is well worth the investment for some home chefs. A convection oven features an internal fan to circulate heat evenly. Most wall ovens are electric, though some commercial-style wall ovens are powered by natural gas.
When considering double oven vs single oven options, be aware of the cut-out size and installation process. Most wall ovens measure 27” or 30” wide, although 24” and 36” wide models are available. Installation details differ by model and manufacturer. For a 27” single wall oven, a cutout width of 25”, a height of 28” and a cutout depth of 24” is standard. A 30” double oven requires a cutout measuring roughly 28”-29” width, 51”-52” height and 24” depth. Cutout size may differ an inch or two depending on the manufacturer.
|Research and planning before a wall oven purchase will result in a new appliance that meets your needs and fits your kitchen decor.|
Before buying a wall oven, consider the amount of space in your kitchen, proximity to your cooktop, dishwasher and other appliances, the oven’s special features, power source, and the time and cost of installation. Consult a Designer Homes Surplus sales rep today to discuss which oven is best for your kitchen. We have discounted double and single wall ovens available on a limited basis from several name-brand manufacturers.