When it comes to ovens, you have two basic choices: wall ovens and stand-alone ovens. It seems like it should be a simple choice, but it can be challenging. At Reno’s Appliance, we’re oven experts and we recommend asking yourself three basic questions that can help you decide on the right oven for your home design.
- What’s the size of my kitchen?
The first thing to consider when deciding between a wall oven or a stand-alone range, is the size of your kitchen. A range is typically 30-inches wide, 36-inches high, and 25-inches deep. You should carefully measure to make sure you have space in your kitchen that can comfortably fit a range with those dimensions.
A single wall oven averages around 30-inches wide, 30-inches high, and 24-inches deep. It’s true that a wall oven can be a space saver, because it’s built right into the wall. But consider that with a wall oven, you’re giving up about 5 or 6 feet of cabinet space and you’ll also need a stand-alone cooktop, which will eat into your counter space.
Finally, your measurements should take into account landing zones, which is just a fancy way of saying “a place to put hot pans.” For example, you don’t want to pull a turkey out of the oven and have to walk across the kitchen before you can put it down. It’s more safe and convenient to have a landing zone nearby. The standard recommendation is that you have 12-inches of landing space on one side of the stove, and another 15-inches on the other side.
Bottom line, if space isn’t an issue, then a wall oven/cooktop combo can a great addition to your home design. Plus, a wall oven/ cooktop combo offers a lot more flexibility when it comes to design options for a kitchen remodel. If your space is lacking, however, a stand-alone range is the better option.
- What’s my budget?
A stand-alone range is the typically the less expensive choice because you’ll only need to buy one appliance, and they start at about $300. Of course, there are pro ranges and more high-tech models that have price tags that can go well into the thousands of dollars.
If you choose s a wall oven/cooktop combo, then you’ll need to consider that you’re buying two appliances that will start at a combined minimum of about $1300. That cost can easily rise as you add bells and whistles.
The cost of installation should also be factored in. An electric range typically needs a 240V line installed, which may require an electrician. A gas range will need the expertise of a plumber, especially if a gas line isn’t already in place. All in all, if it's a new install, there is little difference between a gas or electric range in terms of cost. You’ll also likely be working with a contractor, which is an added cost you should take into account.
- What’s my lifestyle?
Do you entertain often? How many times per week do you cook? Do you prepare big holidays meals in your home? If you prefer to dine out or you just don’t cook for large gatherings often, then a stand-alone range may be a better choice for you. It’ll be there for times you need it, but you’ll be keeping a lot more counter and cabinet space.
If you do a lot of cooking and entertaining, then a wall oven/cooktop combo is the great option because of their large capacity. Also, a spouse or partner can be at the cooktop while you’re tending to the oven or vice versa.
Also, be sure to take into account any health concerns like back pain, arthritis, or joint pain you or a partner may have. It may be inconvenient to have to bend down to remove heavy pans from the oven of a stand-alone range. A wall oven may make things easier for you.
Once you have determined your space, budget, and lifestyle, you can rest assured that you have all of the information you need to decide which type of oven is right for your home design.
If you’re in need of a new oven, but still aren’t sure which type is right for you, then head over to Reno’s showroom in Paterson, NJ. We carry top-of-the-line electric and gas ranges and a full line of wall ovens and pro ranges. Our friendly and knowledgeable sales staff will help you find the right cooking appliance for your home.