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 that it’s one complete package. Whether you’re redecorating or taking it with you when you move house, it can go almost anywhere in your kitchen and comes in a variety of sizes to fit the space.

What do you get with a freestanding oven?

  • Fits neatly in your kitchen – there’s a range of sizes, from 50cm to 120cm wide
  • Choose from gas or electric – whichever you prefer to cook with
  • Stress-free cleaning with enamel easy clean, pyrolytic self-clean or catalytic liners
  • Flexibility for more ways to cook – go for a single or double oven

 

Why not try…

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, and you can fry, boil, simmer and sauté on the ultra-responsive ceramic hob.

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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.

 

Range cookers

In a nutshell: A combination of ovens, grills and hobs that are perfect for feeding big families and cooking Sunday roastsRange master 90

 

One of the best types of freestanding oven is a range cooker. If you’re a serious chef, often cook for lots of people, or know exactly what you want from your oven, a freestanding range cooker will be your best bet.

What do you get with a range cooker?

  • Up to 50% more oven space than smaller freestanding ovens 
  • Cook dishes at different temperatures with a choice of up to 4 oven compartments
  • Several hob plates so you can have lots of pans on the go at once
  • Spend less time scrubbing with easy-clean oven interior and hobs

 

Why not try…
Whip up sumptuous Sunday roasts in the spacious Rangemaster Platinum 90. Have several roasting trays on the go at once with a double 66 and 69 litre electric oven. If pan-frying is more your style, you won’t be short of stove-top options – it has a wok burner and a healthy griddle.

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Built-in ovens

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

If you want the flexibility of a range cooker but don’t have the space for one, or worry it’ll be out of step with your sleek new kitchen units, a built-in oven is the way to go.

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.

What do you get with a built-in oven?

  • You're free to choose the type, model and style of hobs and ovens so you can mix and match 
  • Option to place it at eye level so it's easy to see how your dishes are cooking
  • Flexibility to put the hob where you like – according to where it works best for you
  • The choice of conventional, fan or multifunction ovens

 

Why not try…

Create culinary masterpieces in a cool looking kitchen 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.

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Bosch HBN331E3B

Need a hob to go with it? The super-efficient Bosch electric induction hob has a sleek frameless design and touch controls for a minimalist feel.

 

Is there anything else I need to know?

Built-in ovens are difficult to move once in place – you can’t just pull it out like you can with freestanding models. 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