Help and advice

Built-in ovens

Things to consider when choosing your new built-in oven

Fuel types

Electric: Offers even heat distribution and accurate temperatures for controlled and reliable cooking.

Gas: Most gas ovens are conventional with the heat source being at the bottom of the appliance and heat rising, making the top of the oven the hottest part.

Build types

Built-in: Sits within a column cabinet, usually at eye level.

Built-under: Fitted underneath a worktop.


Single: Contains one cavity for all your cooking requirements. They usually come at around 60cm in height.

Double: Comes with two cavities; the smaller top cavity houses a grill and in some models also an oven. Built-under double ovens are on average 70cm in height, while the built-in alternatives can be up to 90cm.


Measured in litres, oven capacity varies among the various fuel and build types.


Fan: Distributes heat evenly.

Top-and-bottom controls: Allows for heat settings that are specific to each section.

Defrost: Thaws frozen food quickly and safely.

Extra information

Cleaning type: The three most popular cleaning types are

  1. Pyrolytic – The programme heats the oven to around 500°C to burn off grease.
  2. Catalytic – The special lined surfaces absorb grease, which then breaks down when you cook above 200°C.
  3. Easy-clean enamel – Makes it easy to wipe surfaces clean.

Timer: Can set the oven to cook for a specific time, and also programme it to switch on and off at a time that’s convenient.

Grill: Offers intense heat for a grilled effect. Double grills give you more space, and variable grills allow for controlled temperature setting.

Slide & hide: A slide & hide oven features a mechanism that neatly tucks the oven door beneath the oven when opened.

Steam: This cooking method retains moisture, preventing raw minerals and vitamins from escaping.

Compact ovens: Measure around 46cm and can be found with both oven and grill options.