When you’re in the middle of a kitchen renovation, there are many decisions that need to be made that affect your daily life for many years to come. This includes deciding between purchasing an oven or a cooktop with a separate wall oven. There are benefits to both of these cooking tools, and you need to determine which one most suits your habits and tastes. Here are a few things to consider when choosing between the two.
How Much Space Do You Have?
This is one consideration that might make the choice for you and limit your options. If you have a large kitchen area, then you can choose between an oven or a cooktop with a separate wall oven. However, if your space is limited, you almost have to install an oven. Ovens come in a variety of widths to accommodate your available space, including 24, 30, 36, and 48 inches.
Technically, a cooktop and wall oven take up the same amount of counter space and cabinet space, just in different areas. If you choose this option in a smaller kitchen, it may feel crowded. Also, many people who choose this option ask for a double oven, which takes up a lot more space. In fact, a double oven can take away up to 30 to 33 inches of countertop space, and this is in addition to the space already taken by a separate cooktop.
Do You Need a Focal Point in Your Renovated Kitchen?
If your current renovation plan lacks character, you may need a focal point in your new kitchen. An oven is the best solution for creating a focal point. Due to its size and job, an oven draws the eye when you enter the room. Opting for a cooktop and wall oven adds two items to your kitchen but they’re smaller and split focus.
How Many Cooks Are in Your Kitchen?
When it comes time to whip up a meal, are you a lone wolf, or do you prefer to work with your partner? Working with a partner can make space tight. In that case, a cooktop with a wall oven may give the two of you the space you need to work together without bumping into each other.
If you prefer to cook alone, you may enjoy the convenience of being able to work on the cooktop while easily check on items baking in the oven. An oven makes it easier to stand in one location and prepare the entire meal.
Do You Prefer a Sleek Look?
If you have all the space you need and who cooks in the kitchen isn’t an issue, you may just need to decide based on which type of appliance you think looks better in your kitchen. If you go for the sleek, polished visual, then you should probably order a cooktop with a wall oven.
However, an oven makes your kitchen look a little more professional and functional with everything you need to whip up a gourmet meal in one spot. The aesthetics of your kitchen is a personal preference, and you should find as many pictures of newly renovated kitchens as you can to determine which you prefer.
How Do You Cook a Meal?
When you’re cooking, do you prefer to bring all the ingredients to a central location and work there? If you start a lot of your entrees on the stovetop and then transform them into the oven for the final cook, then an oven might be your best choice.
How you cook a meal should play a part in the cooking appliance you choose. You need to make sure that the set up is as functional as it is pretty to make cooking easier.
Do You Need One or Two Ovens?
On Thanksgiving, everyone believes that they need two ovens. However, day-to-day most people only need a single oven. It’s possible that you have a large family and routinely make elaborate meals, where you’d benefit from a second oven. You might consider tracking how often you use your cooktop and oven for a couple of weeks to get a realistic look at your normal usage.
If you decide that you do need two ovens, you can choose between a cooktop with a double oven or opt to install a traditional oven with a second wall oven. You need to let the layout of your kitchen be the deciding factor between these two options.
How Much Do You Want to Spend?
Even the most luxurious kitchen renovation has a budget. One deciding factor between an oven or a cooktop with a separate wall oven might be the pricing. So which costs more?
Two factors make up the total costs of ovens and cooktops, and they are the cost of the appliance and installation. You’ll probably find more of a selection on the lower cost end with an oven than a cooktop with a wall oven. Also, an oven is easier and less expensive to install.
Another thing to consider with a renovation is the type of unit you had before. If you choose the same type, it’ll cut down on installation costs. When the budget is tight, an oven is almost always going to be more cost-effective.
A Last Looks at the Benefits
You probably have a lot to think about with all this information. Here’s a last look at the benefits of an oven and of a cooktop and wall oven:
Cooktop With Wall Oven Benefits Include:
- You can opt for two full-size ovens.
- It’s convenient for multiple cooks.
- It makes it easier to configure since you can have the cooktop one size and the oven another.
- You make the set up more ergonomic.
- You can create separate areas for baking and cooking in your kitchen.
Cooktop Oven Benefits Include:
- It tends to be more budget-friendly.
- It’s easy to install
- You can meet all your cooking and baking needs in one area.
- It offers you space efficiency for smaller kitchens
- It creates a focal point for the kitchen.
Learn More About a Cooktop vs. a Wall Oven
After looking over each option’s benefits again, it should be easy to make a decision for the best appliance set up for your new kitchen. You just need to choose the option that works best for your lifestyle and personal needs. If you need any more help, contact us with your questions.