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Buying Guides 2015 – Cooking Built in Oven

Built-in ovens

Built-in ovens, also called integrated ovens, are appliances that are installed directly into a cavity in your kitchen units, creating a seamless and streamlined look to your kitchen and saving floor space.

If you are redesigning you kitchen it's good to know that built-in ovens can be installed in-column, at eye-level or under your worktop.

Look out for user-friendly features, such as programmable LED timers and telescopic rails to help with loading and unloading heavier portions and don't forget that built-in ovens often need to be professionally installed by a registered engineer.

Step 1: Choose the height

Built-in ovens come in various heights and can be installed in different positions within your kitchen.

Built-in ovens are available in three different heights:

60 cm: Ideal for anyone who wants an uncomplicated way to cook. All grilling and cooking occurs in the same cavity without sacrificing oven space to a separate grill but you cannot use both at the same time. Usually the capacity of a single oven will be larger than double cavities.

View all 60 cm built-in ovens

70 cm: One oven with a separate grill which means you can cook with both cavities at the same time. Typically the oven will be slightly smaller than a single cavity but you can use the oven to roast vegetables and grill fish simultaneously for greater versatility.

View our range of 70 cm built-in ovens

90 cm: Two ovens with the top doubling up as a grill to help you tackle even the hardest recipes. Use both ovens to cook at different temperatures simultaneously or put the finishing touches on a meal with the top oven grilling away while the main oven is roasting.

View our range of 90 cm built-in ovens

Step 2: Choose the oven type

Conventional ovens

Conventional ovens let you cook with slightly different heat zones depending on where the food is within the cavity. The heat source is positioned at the top or bottom of the oven without a fan circulating it. Hot air rises to the top of the oven meaning you can cook at different temperatures simultaneously - making them ideal for traditional cooking and baking.

Fan oven

Fan ovens cook with a uniform temperature no matter where you position your food within them. A rotating fan by the heat source evenly distributes heat throughout the cavity, helping to reduce preheating times and lower overall cooking times by up to 30%. This makes them ideal if you do a lot of batch baking or want to cook different foods at the same temperature. Watch the short video below to learn more.

Multifunction ovens

Multifunction ovens combine a host of different settings with additional heating controls that give you greater versatility compared to conventional and fan ovens. This makes them the most adaptable ovens on the market as they can offer up to nine different cooking methods so you can cook virtually any dish. Learn more about multifunction ovens with the short video below.

Step 3: Choose how to clean your oven

Keeping your oven clean and hygienic after use is important but can be time consuming. Manufacturers include various labour-saving ways to reduce the time you have to spend cleaning the cavity. The two main cleaning systems featured in our freestanding cookers are catalytic & easy-clean enamel, all you have to do is decide how much hard work you want to put into oven cleaning.

Enamel liners

Easy-clean enamel lined ovens have a smooth coating and are easy to wipe down but you do still have to do most of the work yourself.

Catalytic liners

Catalytic liners are specially treated with a coating that absorbs grease and food residue. Once absorbed the food waste is oxidised when the oven reaches 200°C, making it much easier to wipe down.


Pyrolytic ovens burn all residues within the cavity into ash at the push of a button. The door locks and the cavity heats up to around 500°C reducing everything to a fine ash that you can easily wipe away with a cloth.

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