79. Oven Selection - Formats

Single Wall Oven

The single oven is the most common of the built-in options. As new home designers in Newcastle we found over the last decade, the choice to position the oven higher in wall cabinetry has become more frequent. This allows easy access without the need to bend over and has safety benefits for small children. It is possible to get a double oven effect by using 2 x singles of any type (as per table below). Doing this allows side-by-side setups. Single Ovens are almost always 60cm wide.

Double Wall Oven

A double oven is when two separate oven compartments, (one above the other) share the same housing and control panel. Most ovens will allow two different settings to run on each compartment simultaneously, but care should be taken when purchasing as some only allow one setting over both ovens. Often one oven will be smaller than the other, designed for secondary cooking or else “smaller” cooking using less energy. Sometimes the smaller oven will just be a separate grill. Ovens with equal, full-sized proportions are readily available though.

Single Under-Counter Oven

This oven is the same as the single wall oven, only positioned under a counter (there is no difference in specification of the product itself). It is a common choice to put a cooktop in the counter above the oven (as shown pictured), but not necessary. The benefit to under-counter is that more counter space is available, unlike with a wall-oven setup which dedicates 60cm of potential counter to tall cabinetry.


Our team of contemporary residential designers in Newcastle find the freestanding oven is often the choice of professional or aspiring chefs because it allows a much greater oven width than a built-in option. Widths go as wide as 120cm with side-by-side double ovens being available, though 90cm is the most popular width. Any freestanding ovens 60cm wide will have a very traditional, dated look despite any modern styling. Freestanding ovens are cheaper than buying two separate and equivalent appliances (cooktop and oven) and an electrician is not required to wire them, nor a cabinet maker needed to facilitate any housing.

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