Freestanding vs built-in ovens – which is right for me?

Looking to spruce up your kitchen but not sure whether to go for a freestanding or built-in oven? Here’s a guide to finding the best one.

Freestanding ovens

In a nutshell: An all-in-one cooker that stands on its own 4 legs. It’s got a hob on top, oven space below and sometimes a separate grill.

The main advantage of a freestanding oven is its flexibility it can go almost anywhere in your kitchen and comes in a variety of sizes to fit the space. You can even take it with you if you move.

Range master 90

What do you get with a freestanding oven?

  • choose from gas or electric – whichever you prefer to cook with
  • fits neatly in your kitchen – a choice of size from 50cm to 120cm wide, slim line to large range cookers
  • more ways to cook with a single or double oven – the second oven usually doubles as a grill
  • stress-free cleaning with enamel easy clean, pyrolytic self-clean or catalytic liners

Our freestanding choice: if you’re cooking for the whole family, you can’t go wrong with the Zanussi Electric Ceramic Cooker.


There’s space for all your dishes, with a double oven and integrated grill. You can fry, boil, simmer and sauté using the ultra-responsive ceramic hob. And when you’re done, wiping up food spills is a breeze with the easy clean enamel interior.


Range cookers

If you’re a serious chef or often cook for lots of people, a freestanding range cooker will be your best bet.

What are my options?

  • several hob plates so you can have lots of pans on the go at once
  • up to 4 oven compartments to cook dishes at different temperatures
  • huge oven space – up to 50% more than smaller freestanding ovens
  • easy-clean oven interior and hobs so you spend less time scrubbing

Our range cooker choice: whip up the most sumptuous of Sunday roasts in the spacious Rangemaster Platinum 90 range cooker. Have several roasting trays on the go at once with a double 66 and 69 litre electric oven.

If frying is more your style, you won’t be short of stove-top options – it has a wok burner and griddle for healthy cooking.

Get the Rangemaster Platinum 90 Dual Fuel Range Cooker

Ringmaster Kitchener 90 dual

Is there anything else I need to know?

Although you can choose where to put your freestanding cooker, it will need to be close to a power source – whether that's a plug or gas outlet. Usually this is about 1.5 metres.

We always recommend you use a qualified electrician to install an electric oven, and you’re required by law to use a Gas Safe registered engineer to install a gas oven. Remember our Knowhow experts are on hand to install your new oven.


Built-in ovens

In a nutshell: A built-in cooker that seamlessly blends into your kitchen for a modern and stylish look.

Built-in ovens, as the name suggests, are installed into kitchen units or fixed to cupboard doors. A built-in oven is usually 60cm wide, which is the same as standard kitchen units.

Built in

What do you get with a built-in oven?

  • choice of gas or electric
  • single or double oven – capacity varies from 50 up to 70 litres in the main oven
  • option to mix and match hobs and ovens – you're free to choose the type, model and style of both appliances
  • place it at eye level so it's easy to see how your dishes are cooking
  • you can put the hob where you like – it doesn't have to be right above the oven
  • the choice of conventional, fan or multifunction ovens

Our built-in choice: create culinary masterpieces with the Bosch HBN331E3B electric oven. It’s a multitasking dream – cook your main next to your dessert without smells and flavours transferring thanks to the 3D Hot Air function. And leave everything to broil without worrying about burning dinner – just set the electronic timer for stress-free cooking. 

Need a hob to go with it? Cook faster with a super-efficient Bosch electric induction hob that uses a magnetic field to generate heat – so it’s much quicker than using gas or electric hobs. It will look great in your kitchen too, with a sleek frameless design and touch controls for a minimalist feel.


Is there anything else I need to know?

They're difficult to move once in place, so if you have a problem with your oven, it might be harder to get to than with a freestanding one that you can pull out.

If you're moving house, your built-in oven will have to stay behind.

And as you're slotting these ovens into place, you'll need to have them installed by a professional – whether they're gas or electric.

See our full range of freestanding or built-in ovens