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Wall Ovens & Cooktop Combos | The New Range Replacement?

Designing your ideal kitchen setup can be an overwhelming process due to the sheer number of viable options on the market today. Budget and space constraints can hold you back from achieving the aesthetic you desire. Making your kitchen the cornerstone of your home can be realized in a number of ways. One modern option to consider is having a built-in oven and a separate cooktop in your kitchen. In this article, we will examine the benefits and logistics of having the elements of an oven as separate units.

Having your cooktop and oven separate can offer a spacious, open design for your kitchen. This configuration can be both stylish and convenient for those passionate about cooking. Choosing a separate cooktop and built-in wall oven can save under counter storage space and reduce clutter in the kitchen. Purchasing separate units may require you to stretch your budget to accommodate these options. When determining whether or not to pursue this arrangement, there are several things to consider:

Budget

  • In addition to the price of the cooktop and wall oven, you should take into account all potential secondary costs. Aside from purchasing one of these cooktop & wall oven models, installation, house/kitchen preparation (installing proper gas or electric lines), potential repairs and replacement options should be addressed.

Size

  • Standard cooktops range from 30 to 36 inches wide, typically with four or five burners. While this may be adequate for most kitchens, if you prepare large, elaborate meals, it may be worth considering additional burners. Be mindful that a larger cooktop configuration will require extra counter space. However, these arrangements may save space by making your kitchen more open and less cluttered.

Aesthetic

  • Technical and budgetary concerns aside, a separate wall oven/cooktop combination may add a touch of modern style to your kitchen. This configuration lends itself well to an open kitchen design or connected kitchen/dining area.

Fuel Types

  • Gas fuel models are often the preferred design as it is easier to judge heat levels and transitioning from higher to lower heat levels can be accomplished quickly. Gas fuel cooktops come in sizes ranging from small to large.
  • Electric cooktops, especially those with a smoothtop burner setup, are often less expensive and are easy to clean. One drawback of electric cooktops is it takes several minutes to cool down after use.
  • Induction cooktops heat up via magnetic coils rather than flames or electric heating elements. These models transfer heat to conductive cookware leading to cooler temperatures in the kitchen. This modern technology will generally cost more than its counterparts.

Ventilation & Cleaning

  • Range hoods are efficient at providing ample ventilation in your kitchen but are another additional cost and style choice to consider.
  • As mentioned before, the different variations of cooktop require different levels of cleaning effort. If this is a primary concern, spending a little extra for the induction cooktop may be optimal in the long run.
  • Installing your wall oven close to eye level offers convenient cleaning as you don't have to kneel or crouch for a thorough cleaning.

Extra Features

  • Additional features may vary between cooktop brands and models so it's important to discern what you consider necessary for your cooking habits.
  • Power burners are capable of rapid boiling as well as precise, gentle simmering.
  • The control lockout feature on some models disables the cooktop from being accessed by accident or by certain individuals. This option can be very popular among those with young children.
  • Mix and match features such as fuel types, control knobs, colors, and brands.

Built-in oven models are installed onto a wall or fixed to cabinet doors. They are available as single or double ovens and utilize gas or electric fuel. Typically, built-in ovens are offered as 30 inch wide models but are also available as 24 to 27 inches wide. These models can be customized to your tastes and can be installed nearly eye level, offering a convenient view of the oven interior. Additionally, these ovens can be mixed and matched to your liking. Should you desire some combination of convection oven, microwave oven, and/or steam oven, this configuration offers increased flexibility in that regard.

With this layout, you are not necessarily restricted to one fuel type to power separate cooking appliances (e.g. an electric cooktop and gas fueled convection wall oven). Choosing a separate cooktop and built-in oven arrangement allows you to mix and match brands as well. It is important to consider that, often, the installation costs of this configuration can be higher than with freestanding appliances. The built-in designs require ample space and can be costly to relocate in the future due to the impact on the cabinetry and counter space.

In conclusion, opting for a separate cooktop and built-in wall oven offers unparalleled versatility and convenience for the cook in the house. The flexibility of this configuration comes at a price but may be justifiable depending on your dream kitchen layout. As with traditional range ovens, it is vital to determine your budget, space, and fuel restrictions in order to make an educated decision.

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