Wall ovens feature many perks, but learning how to measure for a wall oven before making a purchase is crucial. Wall ovens are highly popular because of the capability of positioning them ergonomically - but whether you're installing a new wall oven in a home you're building, or need a replacement wall oven, getting the dimensions right is important. Measuring kitchen appliances is one of the essential tasks to complete when purchasing new models.
Whether you routinely cook for multiple guests, a family of six, you and your spouse or partner, or just for yourself, comfort and convenience are priorities in the kitchen. Wall ovens are typically installed at eye level, so you don't have to bend over to monitor the baking process of breads, cakes, or roasts. There is greater flexibility when it comes to placement, and you have the option to choose a model with two ovens.
Wall ovens are available with a variety of features, in styles to suit a variety of kitchen designs. But you must also consider the size and placement of your unit to be certain that it fits and functions as intended. The following guidelines will help you learn to properly measure for a wall oven and make a wise selection.
How to Measure for a Wall Oven - and Make the Right Choice for Your Space
If you're building a new home or completely remodeling your kitchen:
You can have the space and cabinetry designed to accommodate the wall oven of your choice. You'll need to measure all dimensions of the wall oven you've chosen: height, width, and depth.
Measure the dimensions at the widest points of the oven and let your construction crew know how high you want the oven mounted. Typically, people choose to mount wall ovens above the counter for convenience. But they can be mounted at a lower level, if you prefer. The construction crew will then build the space, leaving a gap for the oven's insertion.
If you're purchasing a replacement wall oven:
Measure the height, width, and depth of the wall oven you now have in your kitchen. Measure each dimension at the widest point. Also measure each dimension of the space surrounding the wall oven so you can be sure to purchase another that will fit in its place.
Follow this process to remove the oven and measure the space:
Open the oven door. Loosen the screws in the frame that attach the oven to the cabinet. Remove the screws and any trim pieces. Pull the oven forward approximately 1 - 2 in. (Avoid pulling on the door, and be careful - be sure you can handle the oven's weight.) Measure height, width, and depth.
Now you have the dimensions you need to choose a replacement wall oven that's a perfect fit. Return the oven to its position by reversing the process, carefully reattaching the support screws and any trim strips.
Some Popular Examples of Wall Ovens
A wide range of wall ovens with sleek designs and modern features are available from well known, dependable manufacturers. Here are a few of popular models.
This Bosch 500 Series 30-in. single electric wall oven features a stainless steel finish, and an EcoClean® 2-hour self-clean cycle that burns off grease. Its recessed eight-pass broil element provides increased capacity and safety. Thermal cooking capabilities include bake, broil, roast, and warm functions.
Whirlpool's 27-in. 4.3 cu. ft. Total Capacity electric single wall oven has a keep-warm setting, adjustable self-cleaning technology, and a FIT System Limited Guarantee. Whirlpool® wall ovens are sold with the parts to fit, guaranteed. That means, If your new wall oven doesn't fit, the Whirlpool brand will provide up to $300 toward cabinet modification.
The Frigidaire Professional Series 30-in. single electric wall oven features PowerPlus convection for consistent results, No Preheat for instant baking, and Temperature Probe for accurate cooking, in addition to many other perks.
Placement Considerations for Wall Ovens
Choosing a wall oven that's right for your kitchen requires several considerations.
- Type of Fuel Hookup - Electric or gas hookup needs will be a primary consideration when determining wall oven placement. The location in the cutout of the fuel hookup also enters into the choice of an appropriate wall oven.
- Can you install a wall oven under a cooktop? - You can install some wall oven models beneath a cooktop. But if you're looking to do so, you must verify that the model you choose can be installed in such a manner.
- Ventilation requirements for gas wall ovens - If buying a gas wall oven, don't forget that it's necessary to allow space for the ventilation outlet. Proper ventilation is an essential factor for gas-fueled wall oven operation.
What are the most common measurements of wall ovens on the market?
Wall ovens are identified by width. Most standard single wall ovens are available in 24, 27, or 30 in. widths. Each model's depth and height remain nearly the same no matter the width.
The depth of most wall ovens is between 22 to 24 in., facilitating a suitable fit within standard cabinet dimensions - (or a total depth of 27 in., when including handles and doors). The height of most single-wall ovens is 27 to 29 inches.
How large should the cabinet opening be in comparison to the measurements of a wall oven?
The general guideline is that the cabinet space should be three inches wider than the wall oven's dimensions - in all directions. Note that when replacing an existing wall oven that's - for example classified by its 30 in. width, the new replacement 30 in. model may likely be larger in depth and/or height.
Another reason why its essential to measure for a wall oven before making a purchase. Accurate, expert measurements ensure you'll choose a wall oven that not only looks and performs great, but is also a pleasure to use because it's a perfect fit for your cabinet space.