Your oven and your cooktop are both crucial parts of your kitchen, whether you cook every day or just on special holidays. As you plan your kitchen remodel and go about choosing a cooktop and oven, you’ll likely face this question. Do you want a range that includes both an oven and cooktop, or a separate cooktop and a wall oven? There are pros and cons to each option. Read on to learn more about your two choices and which may be right for you.
Factors to Consider
When choosing between a range or wall oven, the answer isn’t always cut and dry. While your personal preference certainly takes priority, you must think about the function of the appliances as well as the style. Think about how much space you have to spare in your kitchen, and how much room you have in your remodeling budget. If you’re tight on both space and money, a range wins out in both areas.
Also, consider how you cook. First, do you cook on a daily basis, or just for special occasions? Do you often use both your cooktop and oven at the same time? Lastly, do you cook together with family members or friends? Sometimes having two separate cooking spaces (i.e. both an oven and a cooktop) can be a benefit, while other times it may be a drawback.
And lastly, consider the aesthetic point of view. Does your kitchen need a pop of visual appeal? A range can be a stunning centerpiece for a kitchen, while a wall oven can give the room a more sleek and modern vibe. But if you’re still not sure which is the right choice for you, the pros and cons of both wall ovens and ranges are listed below.
Benefits of a Wall Oven
- Easy-to-access height – wall ovens are at the perfect height on your wall so that you don’t have to bend down to take food out. Wall ovens are also usually around the same height as your countertops, which makes it easier to move food from the oven to a counter at the same height. They are also easier to see into when you’re checking on your food. Instead of bending down to see if the food is ready, you can simply look into an oven that is around eye level.
- Double oven – with a wall oven, you have the option to add a second unit. If you’re an avid chef or baker, you know how convenient it is to be able to cook two dishes at two different temperatures at the same time. You can have a full dinner on the table in less time, and if you often entertain, you can cook for larger parties with ease. With a wall oven, you can also include a warming drawer, which keeps dishes at a warm temperature so they’re ready to serve without overcooking them or drying them out.
- Room for multiple cooks – if you like to cook with friends or family, a wall oven with a separate cooktop can give you the space that all of your chefs need to stay out of each other’s ways.
Drawbacks of a Wall Oven
- Expense – a wall oven is much more expensive than a range, with basic models starting at around $800. In addition to the expense of a wall oven, you’ll also need to buy a separate cooktop, which can be a few hundred dollars on top of the price of the oven. If you’re trying to squeeze value into a tight budget, a wall oven may not be your best choice.
- Space – one of the biggest factors that influence which appliance you choose for your kitchen is how much space you have available. A wall oven can take up space that would otherwise be used for cabinets or drawers, and your cooktop means that you’ll be dedicating a lot of valuable space to two separate cooking areas. It can also be a drawback to have your two cooking spaces separate, as you may have to run back and forth between your oven and your cooktop to check on different dishes.
Benefits of a Range
- Budget-friendly – a range includes both your cooktop and oven, which means you’re paying for everything in a single package, and it ends up being a lot more cost-effective than buying these two appliances separately. Combining your cooktop and oven into a single appliance can end up saving you hundreds, or even thousands.
- Visual appeal – a range can be a visual centerpiece for your entire kitchen. Ranges tend to have an industrial aesthetic and their large, front-facing knobs add a unique vibe to the whole room. Wall ovens, on the other hand, are more about blending into your cabinetry, and they just don’t have the same decorative appeal.
- Space – choosing to buy a range is the most effective use of your kitchen space, as it means that most of your cooking will be done in one area of your kitchen. If you frequently transfer dishes from your cooktop to your oven, having both of those appliances right at your fingertips can be a huge benefit. If you have a kitchen that is short on space, a range really is your best bet.
Drawbacks of a Range
- Accessibility issues – if bending down is difficult for you, a range might not be the best choice for your kitchen. Dishes and cookware can sometimes be heavy, especially when they are full, and lifting something that’s both heavy and hot can lead to a dangerous situation.
- Less customization – if you’re looking for a more customized cooktop (i.e. an odd amount of burners, induction burners, different sized burners, etc.), a range won’t offer you the same amount of options that a separate cooktop will.
Now that you know the basics about wall ovens and ranges, you can make a more informed decision about which is right for you. And if you’re looking for more tips on choosing the right appliances for your kitchen remodel, contact us.