If you are redesigning your kitchen, one of the most important decisions is over what type of oven you’re going to get, as this is a central part of the room. Whether you are working with a small or large area, the benefits of having an integrated oven as opposed to a free-standing one are clear to see. Here we talk you through why we think built-in is best.
Much more contemporary: If you hoping for a chic kitchen, then built-in ovens are your best bet – free-standing cookers can look dated and agas are the opposite of contemporary, which is only good if you want to fashion your kitchen in a traditional style. With sleek worktops and streamlined edges, a modern kitchen is the perfect setting for an integrated oven as it will feel part of the kitchen, making it a single unit.
Space saving: If you’re working with limited space, the last thing you need is a huge cooker taking up all the room. Having an oven built into the work surface could save you a lot more space than you think. You might also consider having other large appliances such as your dishwasher and washing machine integrated, too. There are many options – you can even have your appliances hidden behind a door to give the appearance of a cupboard, which can leave the whole room looking tidier.
Easier to clean: If your oven is built into your work surface, then only the front of the appliance will be on show, meaning only the front will build up dirt and grease. This will save you a lot of cleaning time. When you have freestanding ovens, not only the oven itself needs cleaning, but also the floor beneath and behind it; being built in means there will be no spaces for debris to get trapped in. This also makes it the more hygienic option.
Design: As freestanding ovens are generally bigger than built-in ones, they can be awkward to position in your kitchen and can end up taking up a lot of space. Choosing to have your oven integrated also gives you the option of having it anywhere you like and this can be decided while you are drawing up the plans for your kitchen.
Get the height right: When you buy a freestanding oven, there is no way you can adjust its height. However, with a built-in one there are a lot more options. You can even have your oven positioned at an eye-level height so you can see straight into it. This way you won’t have to bend down every time you want to put food in or take it out.