As one of the most popular rooms in the house, the kitchen is where we gather, converse, and enjoy the warmth and aromas of the delicious meals we prepare. For those of you who appreciate the art of cooking, a new range or wall oven could mean a major improvement in your ability to do what you love.
Whether you are building a whole new kitchen from scratch, or thinking about a small upgrade, this is a decision that you will have to live with everyday. Here are a few pointers to keep in mind when deciding on which cooking appliance to choose.
Wall ovens are ideal for those that value comfort in the kitchen above everything else. Generally installed at eye-level, a wall oven is often a favourite for it’s practical height, thus eliminating the need to bend over with heavy dishes or that 15lb turkey you roast a couple of times a year.
Wall ovens come in specific sizes due to the space and electrical component of where they fit. They can be as big as 30”, 48” or 60”. The 30” being the smallest of the options is ideal for small sized kitchen cooking areas. The 48” gives you a fairly large oven and a half setup (ideal for a large roast and some side dishes). The 60” option is basically two ovens, with varying heating options from convection and induction. This comes down to cooking style and how many dishes you commonly use the wall oven for.
Remember that a wall oven will take up two separate areas of your kitchen; one for the wall unit and the other is the stovetop cooking surface. Other areas surrounding it can be used for prep, dining, or storage for smaller appliances.
The wall oven does have a beautiful aesthetic as it divides the kitchen up into two specifically large appliance areas, which tends to make the kitchen look bigger! These appliances are also trendy, and can add a little shine to your kitchen.
As the oven is located under the cooktop, the range can be less accessible and not as comfortable. You will have to kneel, bend or crouch to get your food in the oven. However, this is a common style in many traditional kitchens and may be a system you are accustomed to. Whether you decide on a freestanding range, or a slide-in, a range provides the comforts of a traditional home.
The range doesn’t have as much flexibility as the wall oven for larger cooking options. If you find yourself often hosting events or large-styled dinner parties, the 60” range might be your best option if you have a space big enough to accommodate it. On the other hand, two average sized wall unit stack ovens can be a convenient option for those accustomed to cooking for larger groups or multiple course meals.
A standard range is typically 30 inches wide and is usually the more economical and traditional option. The range is the perfect option if space is your primary concern. You basically get a two-in-one cooking appliance that can be placed together. Whether you choose, a small, medium or large range, both are installed as a package. This is ideal if you’d rather have all your cooking done in one small area and reserve the rest of your kitchen for storage and hosting.
A range is known for its traditional front facing knobs – an aesthetic well-known for traditional home chefs. Today, however, you can get custom knobs and dials that one may choose to use as a focal point of the kitchen.
An alternative idea is having both a mix of cooking options. Can’t decide between a range and the convenience of wall oven? You can get the best of both worlds by getting a range and then investing in a convection microwave oven. While these can be a bit smaller and less precise than traditional ovens, a convection microwave oven is a great back up if you find your range isn’t big enough to accommodate your needs when cooking large meals.
Another, more unique alternative is the modular cooktop. Modular cooktops are essentially cooktops a la carte. They bring the versatility of a professional chef into your home with the option to include a steamer, grill, fryer, simmer, sautéing cook space and regular hot cooking surface all in one. This modular option is not for the faint of heart, it’s for the home chef who wants to own the experience of cooking right from his/her own home comforts. Steaming veggies, grilling a steak and deep-frying sweet potato fries can all be done at the same cooking station.
In conclusion, when choosing a new cooking appliance, your biggest considerations will be your cooking style and your lifestyle as they impact how you use your appliances. You ultimately need to settle on an option is functional, fits your lifestyle, and as stylish as you’d like to be. Our designers are here to help you every step of the way, just give us a call!