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

Looking for a new oven but not sure what’s best for you and your kitchen? Whether you’re fitting out your first home or revamping your kitchen, we can help…

22 Jan 2018


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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. It fits into an existing gap in your kitchen and comes in a variety of sizes. What’s more, you can take it with you if you move house.

What do you get with a freestanding oven?

  • Slots neatly in your kitchen – sizes range 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… Zanussi Electric Ceramic Cooker

Zanussi Electric Ceramic CookerThis affordable stainless-steel cooker offers loads of space for all your dishes, with a double oven and integrated grill. Plus, you can fry, boil, simmer and sauté on the ultra-responsive ceramic hob.

Get the Zanussi Electric Ceramic Cooker


Is there anything else I need to know?
Although in theory 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 within a range of about 1.5 metres.

We always recommend you use a qualified electrician to install an electric oven. And if you’re getting a gas oven, make sure it’s fitted by a Gas Safe registered engineer as that’s the law. 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 lavish Sunday roasts

If you want to make a statement – both design and cooking-wise, one of the best types of freestanding oven is a range cooker. It’s designed for serious cooks who like to experiment with new dishes, or those who often cater for lots of people.

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… Rangemaster Kitchener 90

Rangemaster Kitchener 90Whip up sumptuous Sunday roasts in this iconic dual fuel cooker. With a large combined oven capacity of 135 litres, it’s well equipped to cope with family meals or dinner parties. If pan-frying is more your style, you won’t be short of stove-top options either – it has a 5-burner gas hob plus wok burner.

Get the Rangemaster Kitchener 90


Built-in ovens

In a nutshell: An integrated 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 sync with your gorgeous new sleek 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… Bosch HBN331E3B electric oven

Bosch HBN331E3BCreate culinary masterpieces in your cool-looking kitchen with this fantastic multitasking oven. Cook your main next to your dessert without smells and flavours transferring, thanks to the 3D Hot Air function.

Get the 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?
A built-in oven is very tricky to move once it’s 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 put.

And as you're slotting this type of oven into place, you'll need to have it installed by a professional – whether gas or electric.


See our full range of freestanding and built-in ovens