Built-in ovens fit into your unit casing and are available as single ovens, double ovens or combination, which mix functions such as a microwave with a standard oven. A standard double oven will have a large main oven and smaller oven/grill on top, while a true double oven has two full-size cook areas. Freestanding cookers mix a single or double oven with a hob and are usually standard worktop depth and 60cm wide. Steam ovens are becoming increasingly popular as a healthy eating option which retains nutrients in food and can be combined with a standard oven.
Styles and sizes
A standard oven is 60cm wide, but extrawide 90cm ovens are good for keen cooks. Building-in at eyelevel is a good ergonomic solution, and AEG-Electrolux (aeg-electrolux.co.uk) make a side-opening oven. The facing is most commonly stainless steel but can also be aluminium or black glass.
Different types of cooking, from fan-assisted to convection and radiant are incorporated into many models, and offer quicker cooking at lower temperatures. Programmes for defrosting or ovens with pre-programmed cook cycles for specific foods make life easier. Ergonomic features include telescopic shelves which bring the food to you. For safety choose child locks and cool-touch doors.
Pyrolytic cleaning adds cost to your oven but is very effective, heating the oven to 500 degrees and reducing burnt-on food to an easily removed ash. An alternative is a catalytic liner which absorbs grease at high temperatures, or an enamelled finish with a smooth, easyto- clean surface.
Choose A-rated ovens and above, and opt for fast-cooking solutions like fanassistance to reduce cooking times.
Dance Partners from Baumatic
These brightly coloured ovens are part of the Dance Partner collection by Baumatic. Colour match them with a ceramic hob or extractor for a contemporary and vibrant edition to your kitchen. The oven also includes a removable double glazed door, roof liner and side tracks for ease of cleaning.
“Functional as well as stylish, these built-in ovens have an impressive 65-litre capacity, yet fits into a standard 60cm housing, making them perfect for those large family gatherings” Fiona Pavely, Baumatic.
Available in red, yellow and orange.
The Inspiro oven from Electrolux
The revolutionary Inspiro oven by Electrolux, uses breakthrough heat management techniques to cook your food perfectly. Heat sensors calculate the precise energy consumption and time needed to bring your food to the required temperature. The new technology allows you to simply select what type of cooking you need, ie roasting and how well you want your meat cooked. Push the button and the oven will cook your food with absolute precision before alerting you when it has finished. Perfect for all those budding chefs out there!
Top German chef Christian Mittermeier says
“With Inspiro, Electrolux has managed to transfer professional cooking techniques into consumer homes,”
Available this autumn, expected price £1000 aprox
Double Oven from Gaggenau
Alongside a choice of left hand or right handed hinging, the Gaggenau large capacity Double Oven comes with twelve cooking settings including a baking stone and dough proving settings. Pyrolytic self cleaning features allows the oven to burn off grease at a specific temperature for a wipe perfect finish. Gagganau also produce a stylish new range of steam ovens, tipped as the most healthy way to cook.
Availiable in stainless steel or aluminum
H1428 x W752 x D547 mm
Price around £4,250.
Rc1090 in stainless steel finish from Mercury
This contemporary range cooker comes in a small range of subtle colours with one standard oven and a multifunctional oven. You can by separate matching hobs to fit into the design of your kitchen. The range is also availiable is subtle pastel colours for personal touch.
100cm Range cooker from Maytag
Stainless steel is considered the most hygienic materials for the kitchen. The range cooker from Maytag includes an easy clean surface, wok burner, and responsive fingertip controls. Can be used stand alone or fitted.
£2062 from Comet
*Prices may differ