Difference Between Built-In, Built-Under and Freestanding Ovens

Woman putting tray of vegetables into built-under oven

During your quest to find the perfect oven for your kitchen, I am sure you have heard of the three types of oven that we are about to discuss.

But do you know what built-in, built under and freestanding ovens are? Do you know what benefits and drawbacks each of these ovens offer?

If you have found this oven article because you are confused as to which of these ovens are perfect for your new kitchen, or you just want to find the right replacement oven, stick around.

Let’s first talk about these ovens and find out exactly what each one is, shall we?

 

What is a built-in oven?

Built-in ovens are integrated ovens that slot into your kitchen seamlessly. Your oven will slot into any place you’d like it to be, and then it will be surrounded with the wooden detailing that your cupboards are lined with.

So, if you want a very modern-looking kitchen, but still want an easy way of cooking, then a built-in oven is for you.

Having a built-in oven installed in your kitchen is much like having a range cooker (the oven part, anyway) installed into your wall.

Benefits

  • Very modern
  • The hob you choose can differ from the oven (could be induction or gas, for example)
  • Flexibility to put your oven wherever you like
  • Can be placed at any level for easy cooking

Downsides

  • You will need to buy a separate hob
  • Can be a bit more costly than a freestanding oven to repair
  • Tricky to move once in place

 

What is a built-under oven?

A built-under oven is much like a built-in oven. However, unlike a built-in oven, a built-under is designed to go under your countertop.

The advantages of a built-under oven are that they can offer more style points to a kitchen than a freestanding oven.

However, they function the same as a freestanding oven. So, you will likely have the hob above a built-under oven, but it is isn’t essential.

So, I suppose the way to look at a built-under oven is that they are the best of both worlds. They can extend the design elements of your kitchen, but they still feel and work very much like a freestanding oven.

Benefits

  • Added design elements (compared with a freestanding oven)
  • The hob you choose can be different
  • Slots neatly into the kitchen

Downsides

  • Tricky to move once installed
  • You’ll need to buy a hob too

So, those are the differences between these ovens and a few benefits and downside to each type of oven too. Now, you may be thinking “as built-in ovens, and built-under ovens are very similar, can one be used as the other?” What a great question. Let’s tackle that next, shall we?

 

What is a freestanding oven?

A freestanding oven, in a nutshell, is a cooker that stands all on its own. So, it has a hob on top and an oven below, and sometimes has a grill too (see these with an eye-level grill).

Freestanding ovens are great because they offer the whole package. Plus, you likely already have a space in your kitchen for a freestanding oven. You can also take a freestanding oven with you if you are moving.

The downside to a freestanding oven is that they aren’t the most fashionable of ovens. So, if you fancy making your kitchen look modern, perhaps another oven is more suited to you.

Benefits

  • Stress free cleaning
  • Slots neatly into the kitchen
  • Choose gas or electric
  • Flexible cooking

Downsides:

  • Not as modern-looking as other ovens

So, those are the differences between these ovens and a few benefits and downside to each type of oven too. Now, you may be thinking “as built-in ovens, and built-under ovens are very similar, can one be used as the other”? What a great question. Let’s tackle that next, shall we?

 

Can a built-in oven be used as a built under oven?

If you want to move your built-in oven and use it as a built-under oven, then you’ll want to know whether you can do that or not. As with most oven-related questions, it depends.

If you have a built-in single oven, then you can use this as a built-under oven.

However, with a double oven, it is a bit tricker. The reason for this is that built-in double ovens are often taller than your countertops. Some built-in double ovens can be used, but most won’t work.

We have measuring guides for built-in ovens on here, how to measure for built-in ovens and built-under ovens too. So, if you fancy checking whether your built-in will work as a built-under, please do read these.

If you do require a built-under double oven, they do exist. So, don’t worry about not getting the perfect oven for your kitchen. It is just reasonably likely that you’ll have to buy a new oven if you wish to have a double oven built under your cabinets.

We hope this look at different oven types has helped you understand what they do and what they could provide you in your new kitchen. For more information on ovens and other essential kitchen equipment, please explore our website further!