Choosing a Built-In Oven for Your New Kitchen

Choosing a Built-In Oven for Your New Kitchen

Now we’re cooking with gas! Or is electric more your style? Choosing a built-in oven is not as straightforward as you may think. Besides the different types of ovens, they all come with such a range of features. 

Perhaps you have an idea of what you want. Maybe you even have a couple of models saved to a wishlist. If you need help with deciding which unit you should add to your shopping cart, you’ve come to the right place!

Keep reading to find out how to choose a built-in oven

Choosing a Built-In Oven

Choosing an oven is no small matter. It has to last a long time, and you’ll likely use it daily. It’s worth knowing your options to make an informed decision. So here we’re going to give you a quick rundown on all things oven-related. 

Let’s start with single or double. No, this isn’t a gin order! Though if choosing the oven makes you feel like a drink, we understand. Be patient with us, will you?

Single Oven

A single oven is perfect for small-scale kitchens. Where you’re only feeding one or two people at a time. Then again, a single oven is fine if you’re not really that into cooking. 

Single ovens fit comfortably as built-under or built-in options.  

Double Oven

A double oven is pretty much a single oven, but the twin version. It will have two compartments with two doors.

Double ovens are more versatile, with a greater capacity, suitable for family cooking. However, they’re not necessarily double the size of a single oven.

Double ovens work best as built-in ovens.

So, now you might be wondering about built-in versus built-under

In or Under

An oven that’s built-in means it’s built into the kitchen cupboards at eye level. But, if it’s built under, you’ll have to bend to reach it as it will be fitted underneath a counter or work surface. Both options will blend seamlessly into a fitted kitchen.  

An oven is arguably the most important feature of the kitchen; it defines the functionality of the space. The point of a kitchen is to have a space for food preparation. 

Consider what kind of cooking you do and how often your oven will be used. Then make the choice between single or double, built-under or built-in.  

Oven Types

Your oven type will make a difference in the way you cook. Let's have a quick look at the different types. 

A convection oven has a fan inside. It might be powered by gas or electricity. Most electric ovens are convection because the fan circulates heat more evenly. Traditional or conventional ovens are heated by elements on the sides, top and/or bottom. They’re considered a bit out of date now and they don’t cook as evenly as convection ovens. They also take a little more time to heat up. 

A multifunctional oven has a combination of fan heating with electric elements. This allows you to set the oven function based on the type of meal you’re making. 

The settings can be used separately or simultaneously. For example, convection fan only, grill only, or both together - multifunction ovens are a lot more versatile. They let you cook traditional meals and bake in batches. 

In gas ovens, the heat is supplied by gas burners. The way you cook will depend on whether the burners are situated at the top or bottom of the oven. However, most built-in ovens available in South Africa are electric.  

Oven Q&A

Now let’s address a few common oven related questions. This information will help you narrow down your choices a bit more.  

A Double Oven or Two Single Ovens?

A single oven will take up less space. So, you can install it easily under a counter or at eye level. But, when it comes to a double oven, you start to sacrifice storage space.

You can usually find bigger capacity double ovens at eye level if that's what you need. Thus, making the double oven a more worthwhile choice. Choose two single ovens if your kitchen will only accommodate a built-under option. Plus, there are a lot more options for single ovens on the market. 

What About an Oven and Hob Combo?

Usually, in fitted kitchens, you’ll have a built-in oven and a separately installed hob. The nice thing about a separate hob is that you can choose exactly what you want. Some examples are induction, gas on glass, and electric ceramic. 

You can find a wide range of ovens and hobs. However, if you want to take some of the decision making out of the equation, you do get good deals on oven and hob combos too.     

single built in oven

Is a Built-In Oven the Same as an Integrated Oven? 

The short answer is yes. Yes, a built-in oven is one that’s been integrated into the kitchen as part of the cabinet fittings. 

Are Built-In Ovens a Standard Size?

All standard single and double built-in ovens are built to similar dimensions. Most of them are 600mm wide. But, they differ in height and depth.

Remember, ovens also need a certain amount of ventilation. So it’s a smart idea to choose your oven early on before you start building your kitchen. That way you will make sure that you don’t come up short on your spacing. 


Time to Shop

Once you’ve decided on the type and size of your new oven, you can start looking at the different models. The fun part is being able to compare different products and deciding which ones you like the best. 

A great place to start is with Hirsch’s ovens for sale. There is a very useful comparison feature next to all their products. You add the items you’re interested in, and it will give you a side-by-side review of features and prices. 


When you’re shopping, it’s a good idea to get the manufacturer's guidelines. For instance, let’s pretend we’ve settled on the perfect built-in oven. It’s called the Defy Gemini Gourmet Multifunction Double Oven and it has a 184L capacity. 

DEFY 184L Gemini Gourmet Multifunction Double Oven Black Glass DBO467

So, we head over to the Defy website. Once we’ve found our product, all we have to do is scroll down until we see three tabs: details, features, and manual. Under these tabs you’ll find a full product spec and, you can download the product manual.  

The manual provides a full, detailed guide to all the dimensions you’ll need for fitting your brand-new oven. It will also guide you on ventilation requirements and power supply specifications. 


When you buy an oven there are a few accessories that you can expect to be included with the unit. These are made to fit the specific model and you can’t always buy them separately.

  • An oven tray or universal pan
  • A wire rack
  • Wire shelves 
  • Telescopic runners that allow you to draw a dish out halfway to check 

Now We’re Cooking

If you’ve made it this far you’re well on your way to choosing the best oven for your needs. It’s an important choice. Even if you don’t do much cooking now, having a good quality unit might change that.

Getting the right cooking equipment that suits your space and lifestyle is inspiring. You might even want to spend a bit more time in the kitchen.

You probably already do some cooking and have an idea of what you like, but, maybe you're still feeling unsure? If you need professional advice on a built-in oven, why not contact a great manufacturer like Defy?

You can get their expert product advice here