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What would be perfect for your kitchen: Wall oven or range?

Ian Mutuli
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Ian Mutuli

Ian Mutuli

Founder and Managing Editor of Archute. He is also a graduate architect from The University of Nairobi, Kenya.
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If you are just like so many other people who randomly toss to set appliances like wall oven, cooking range, or cooktops in the kitchen, you must change this habit as they repent later on. Before making any final decision, research to see the pros and cons of keeping your space in mind.

Although wall ovens and range equally do their best job, still their selection depends on your choice, need, preference, space, and importantly, the budget. So, spend a few minutes to have an in-depth idea of wall ovens and range and then made a perfect choice that suits your kitchen aesthetics plus cooking habits.

Wall oven VS range

I’m sure you must have an idea what wall oven and range serve for but let’s have a quick overview of both and see how they differ.

Wall ovens are electric, fixed at the wall, and you can easily observe on eye level and see what is going inside even working on the sink or making a salad on the kitchen shelf. They may give you a problem when shifting the hot food, especially when you cook or bake in bulk. 

While range is multifunctional and to use range oven, you have to bend to set the temperature or pull the tray out that is a bit tiring and a major problem if you have back pain issues. So, this ease of handling would be your first checkpoint to mark the wall oven or range your kitchen partner.

Rest, you have to understand what would suit your kitchen looks without hindering your master chef job. 

So, ask yourself these questions and determine what you find most satisfactory.

Do you have space?

Installing an oven on the wall means you must have enough space for a separate cooktop, either electrical or gas. A single wall oven gives you the same cooking capacity as 36 inches cooking range does. If you are in a big family and want more space to bake in big trays, a double oven will give you enough room to satisfy this need with two full-sized wall ovens.

If we talk about cooking range, they come in standard widths ranging from 24, 30, and up to 60in to fix in kitchen configuration and manage space with cooktop and oven combo. The 60 inches range gives two big ovens but to manage this much space in the kitchen is a big thing.   

Installation, handling, and maintenance 

All of the appliances, particularly electrical, need professionals to deal with wiring and you have to spend dollars on it too. Similarly, you cannot fix a wall oven on your own and have to approach a professional, but the cooking range makes you free from this tension, and you just have to give a dedicated space in the kitchen.

Like installation, repairing, and maintenance of the wall oven is problematic as it is difficult to access for its in-built structure.  The range has a plus point of easy repair from the backside, and any problem is managed on time.

Check your pocket – Make a budget plan!

When it comes to buying any appliance, your pocket may fail to survive with you and results in an inexpensive and low-quality product. When you design kitchen interior and styling, make sure you have dedicated a plan to fix the oven or to adjust a range because installing an oven means you need a separate cooktop and the set-up of both will take your thousands of dollars. While the cooking range is available in a wide variety and different prices, below 1,000$ to more depending on functions, durability, and size. So, be wise and make your kitchen budget friendly keeping the functionality undisturbed.

Your preference – wall oven or range? 

Your preference in selection means a lot. After considering all the good or bad parameters, it is still you to decide what you like the most and how you want to add value to your kitchen.

If you appreciate sleek looks and modern designs, wall ovens would help you add modernistic charm with a streamlined body. The different styles of wall oven door allow you to place the food in it by pulling it down, some models have swing doors either single or double that make them unique.

The range would be perfect for you if your kitchen design is an industrial or modern country style, and you like a central cooking point to make it the focal point of your kitchen.

Ian Mutuli

About the author

Ian Mutuli

Founder and Managing Editor of Archute. He is also a graduate architect from The University of Nairobi, Kenya.
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