Last Updated: 3/20/2023
Author: James Zhao, Sr. Tech Specialist & Alex Park, Product Specialist
Built-in ovens are a popular choice for modern kitchens, as they provide homeowners with convenience and a range of cooking options and features. However, with so many options and features available, it can be challenging to know which built-in oven is best for your needs.
In this article, FOTILE will provide answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about built-in ovens, so you can make an informed decision and select the best oven for your needs.
Questions we’ll answer include:
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A built-in oven is designed to be installed directly into a kitchen cabinet or wall. Unlike freestanding ovens, built-in ovens do not have a base or a cooktop, and they are typically installed at a height that is convenient for the user. Built-in ovens can be electric or gas-powered and come in various sizes and configurations, including steam ovens, convection ovens, single ovens, double ovens, and combination ovens. They are a popular choice for homeowners who want to create a streamlined and modern look in their kitchen.
There are several advantages of a built-in oven, including:
To ensure that a built-in oven fits perfectly into the designated space, start by taking accurate measurements and ensuring the correct electrical or gas requirements are met.
You should measure the height, width, and depth of the space where you would like your oven to be installed. Standard built-in ovens come in 24”, 27”, and 30” widths, and most are 24” deep to accommodate the standard width of kitchen cabinets. The height will vary depending on the style of oven you want, but most single-wall ovens are between 27 and 28 inches.
As a good rule of thumb, you should add an extra three inches to your measurements when considering a built-in oven. For example, if you want a 24-inch oven, you would need to cut out a space in your cabinets that is at least 27 inches wide.
There are several types of built-in ovens available, including:
Convection ovens use hot air circulated by a fan to cook food, while steam ovens use water siphoned from a small water tank to generate steam and cook food that way. The main issue with convection ovens is that they have a tendency to dry out dishes, while steam ovens hold the moisture in. This makes for healthier cooking, as food maintains its nutrients better with steam cooking, and you don’t have to use extra oils or butter to keep food moist.
However, steam ovens have their limitations. Because they use steam for cooking food, you won’t be able to successfully bake, roast, or broil dishes the way you can in a convection oven. Steam ovens are best for cooking poultry, fish, and vegetables. Steam ovens also require more maintenance, as the steam can cause mineral buildup on the walls of the oven.
When deciding which built-in oven to choose, it’s important to consider the kinds of foods you’ll typically be cooking. Fortunately, some more high-end models combine steam and convection ovens, so if you’re torn between the two, that may be your best option.
The main difference between a convection oven and a conventional oven is how they circulate the hot air inside the oven. In a conventional oven, the heat comes from the bottom and top heating elements, which rely on natural heat convection to circulate the air inside the oven.
In contrast, a convection oven has a fan and an additional heating element that circulates hot air throughout the oven. This creates a more even cooking environment and can reduce cooking times by up to 25%. Additionally, the hot air flow in a convection oven can help to brown and crisp food more effectively.
However, conventional ovens are often easier to use, and most standard recipes are designed for these models. Additionally, they are better suited for baking and keeping food moist, as convection ovens have a tendency to dry out dishes.
If you prioritize even cooking and browning, a convection oven may be the best choice for you. If you prefer a simple and straightforward oven without too many features, a conventional oven may be a better option.
Installing a built-in oven requires some basic knowledge of electrical wiring and woodworking. If you are unsure about the installation process, you should hire a professional installer or licensed electrician to ensure that the installation of your built-in oven is done safely and correctly.
Here are the general steps for installing a built-in oven:
Regular maintenance, such as cleaning spills immediately, checking the oven seals, and replacing faulty parts, can help extend the lifespan of a built-in oven. You should regularly check the temperature with an oven thermometer to make sure the oven is functioning correctly, and look at your user’s manual to see if your built-in oven has a self-cleaning feature.
Additionally, using a built-in oven correctly and avoiding excessive heat or overuse can also help prolong its lifespan. If you notice any signs of malfunction, such as uneven cooking or strange noises, it's important to have the oven checked by a technician to avoid further damage and to ensure it continues to perform efficiently.
In general, a built-in oven can last anywhere from 10 to 15 years or more, with some high-end models lasting up to 20 years or more. However, the average lifespan depends on several factors, including the quality of the oven, frequency of use, and how well it is maintained. If the oven is not maintained properly, it may require repairs or replacement before this time.
Here are some common issues that can occur with a built-in oven and how to troubleshoot them:
If you are unsure how to troubleshoot or repair a built-in oven, contact a professional technician to avoid any risk of electrical shock or injury.
You should choose a built-in oven that fits your cooking needs while providing you with reliable performance and energy efficiency. The features that are most important will depend on several factors, including how often you cook, the kinds of meals you make, and the number of people you are cooking for.
Built-in ovens come in a variety of styles and sizes. If you have an average-sized family, a single-wall oven will likely be sufficient for your needs. However, if you have a large family, run a small baking business, or frequently invite friends and family over for dinner parties, a double oven might be best.
Built-in ovens also come in a range of cooking modes, including conventional, convection, and steam cooking. There are also a few models that combine all three, giving you more flexibility and versatility in your meals. These models may also have built-in microwave ovens as well.
If you are concerned about convenience, there are a number of built-in ovens with self-cleaning features and user-friendly controls. This makes it easier to set the oven temperature and maintain your oven without the time-consuming maintenance.
If you have children, you might be interested in looking for an oven with safety features like an automatic shut-off or child locks to prevent accidents. If you are concerned about energy consumption, there are also energy-efficient options to reduce your carbon footprint and lower your monthly energy costs.
Finally, you should search for a high-quality oven from a reputable brand. While the style and size of your oven will vary depending on your preferences, choosing a built-in oven from a well-known brand will help ensure that you are satisfied with your choice.
Yes, most built-in ovens have multiple cooking modes, including baking, broiling, and grilling. The oven's heating element provides a consistent temperature and allows for even baking, while the broil and grill settings provide high heat to brown meats and vegetables.
Both steam and convection ovens can be used for baking and grilling, but they each have their own strengths and weaknesses.
A steam oven is ideal for baking bread, cakes, and pastries, as the steam keeps the dough moist and produces a crisp crust. Steam ovens often have a grill mode, which can help to keep meats and vegetables moist while still achieving a crispy exterior.
However, a convection oven will likely be ideal for grilling because it circulates hot air throughout the oven, which ensures even cooking and faster cooking times. This makes it ideal for roasting meats and vegetables and grilling.
When searching for a built-in oven, you should choose a model that has the best capabilities for the types of food you cook most often. If you’re an amateur baker looking to up the quality of your pastries, a steam oven might be best for you. However, if you miss the taste of grilled food during the winter months, a convection oven might be the better choice.
The average cost of a built-in oven is around $1,600 to $2,000. However, prices can range from as low as $500 to more than $3,000, depending on the brand, type, quality, and features.
Built-in steam ovens can range in price from $1,000 to over $3,000, with most models falling in the $1,600 to $1,800 range. Convection ovens can range in price from $500 to over $3,000, with most models falling in the $1,800 to $2,000 range.