Traditionally, kitchens were equipped with a cooking range unit, a cooktop and oven all in one. But the wall oven and separate cooktop are becoming more popular. Deciding which type of oven and cooktop combination is best depends on the space in the kitchen and your personal needs.
Pro: Space Saving
The first positive aspect of choosing a wall oven is the option to save space. Because a wall oven can be mounted in many places, a wall oven can be placed anywhere there is unused space.
Pro: Minimal Bending
A wall oven can be mounted at nearly any height. If mounted waist-high, a cook does not need to bend over as often or lift a heavy pan from the bottom shelf of a traditional range.
Pro: Many Options Available
Wall ovens are available with every convenience that a range is available with. They work well as double ovens and some are available combined with a microwave oven to save more space.
The first negative aspect of a wall oven is the price. Since purchasing a wall oven usually requires the purchase of a separate cooktop, the total price is greater than purchasing a range. The cost of a wall oven and cooktop is generally $1,300 more than a range with comparable features.
Con: Limited Sizes
While the typical kitchen has a spot for a range that is 30 inches wide, ranges are also available up to 60 inches wide and as small as 20 inches wide. Wall ovens are only available in 24, 27 and 30 inch wide models.
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