Ovens have come on in leaps and bounds since those freestanding ones with the over-hanging grills. Most people these days go for built-in ovens when redesigning their kitchen because they're more discreet, and because they have more control over where to put them. So if you're not in the market for a range style cooker, what should you look for in a built-in oven?
Built-in oven types
Single built-in oven
Standing around 60cm high and available as gas or electric, single built-in ovens fit snugly beneath most kitchen worktops. You don't have to put one there, though - it'll also look great within a tall oven housing if having the Sunday roast at eye-level is important to you.
Double built-under oven
A little taller than the single built-in oven, the double built-under version stands roughly 72cm high. Again, it's available as gas or electric, and is designed to fit beneath a kitchen worktop. Take note, this type of oven isn't right for fitting within a tall oven housing.
Double built-in oven
Like all other built-in ovens, the double built-in oven comes as gas or electric. It's a tall character, though, standing around 90cm high. So you'll only be able to fit one in a tall oven housing. Try to squeeze one of these under a kitchen worktop and you'll quickly find it doesn't fit.
Here are the main features and benefits you'll find available on the majority of built-in ovens:
Put simply, this is the space your food goes into. Single ovens have the one cavity, while doubles have two - usually, one larger than the other. Handy for cooking more than one dish at once.
Some single ovens are clever - they give you different temperatures in different areas within their cavity, each individually controllable. So you could bake one meal while reheating another.