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As an independent kitchen appliance, the built-in oven is now an important part of every modern kitchen. Unlike freestanding appliances, built-in ovens can be flexibly installed in kitchen cabinets independently of the hob and thus make your everyday kitchen life easier.

From self-cleaning pyrolysis to steam support, built-in ovens are available with many useful functions. The dimensions of the appliance and its energy efficiency also play an important role in the purchase decision. In order not to lose track of the variety, we have summarised the most important facts and recommendations on the topic of built-in ovens.




Summary

  • When it comes to built-in ovens, a basic distinction is made between built-in oven sets, double built-in ovens and single built-in ovens without a hob. These variants are offered with different equipment and in various price ranges.
  • Built-in ovens in tall cabinets are also considered to be ergonomically sensible. The installation height is important here.
  • Cleaning plays a major role in the purchase of a built-in oven. Self-cleaning appliances are now available that eliminate the need for manual scrubbing.

The Best Built-In Oven: Our Picks

Buying and evaluation criteria for built-in ovens

To help you find the best built-in oven for you, we have listed the most important criteria to consider when making your choice. These criteria are as follows:

In this section, we explain what to consider in these criteria so that you can make well-considered decisions.

Dimensions

The most common dimensions of a built-in oven are standard size, compact size and large volume, which are explained in the table below.

Standard size Compact size Large volume
Width 60 cm 60 cm 60 cm
Height 60 cm 38-45 cm 60 cm
Volume 54 litres 27 litres 60-75 litres

In contrast to the compact size, the standard size offers twice the volume and is particularly suitable for people who like to bake pizzas by the tray. The compact size, on the other hand, saves energy and heating time, as the reduced height means that the interior heats up more quickly. The larger interior volume of the large size is again particularly suitable for large families.

If you opt for the standard size of 60 centimetres wide, the built-in oven can be easily accommodated in standard built-in niches. In the meantime, many suppliers also take individual customer wishes into account and produce specifically tailored dimensions.

Energy consumption & efficiency

When choosing a built-in oven, you should also consider the energy consumption. The EU energy efficiency classes for ovens range from A+++ (= very low consumption) to B (= high consumption).

Class A and A+ ovens are the most common, although appliances with energy classes A+++ and A++ are rarely on sale. Please note that electricity consumption can vary greatly between the individual classes. A built-in oven in energy efficiency class A can thus have a considerably higher energy consumption than an appliance in class A+.

It is best to choose a built-in oven with multiple glazed oven doors, as the better insulation keeps energy consumption low.

Functions

In addition to the classic top and bottom heat function, hot air and grill functions are now part of the standard range of many built-in ovens. Other heating modes are also becoming increasingly popular.

Manufacturers also offer combi ovens, which combine the advantages of an oven and a steamer and are also space-saving. If the built-in oven is equipped with a gentle cooking function, the vitamins and nutrients of your food are better preserved and your dishes are prepared particularly gently.

Cleaning

With conventional appliances, household remedies such as lemon juice, baking soda, washing-up liquid and vinegar are used to clean built-in ovens. Alternatively, modern appliances have cleaning aids that save you manual scrubbing.

Built-in ovens with catalysis function have a special coating on the inner walls that dissolves greasy residues. Built-in ovens with pyrolysis, on the other hand, are self-cleaning ovens that burn any grease and dirt particles into ash.

After the automatic pyrolysis process, which can take up to 3 hours and is rather energy-intensive, you only have to remove the ash residues from the oven. In contrast to catalysis, pyrolysis can remove not only fats but also residues containing protein or starch and even baked-on food.

Guide: Frequently asked questions about built-in ovens answered in detail

In order to give you the best possible advice when buying a built-in oven, we have answered the most frequently asked questions in this section.

Who is a built-in oven suitable for?

A built-in oven is an independent kitchen appliance that can be built into a kitchen surface, such as a cupboard. This results in all the advantages, such as planning freedom in kitchen design and ergonomic operation of the appliances.

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Built-in ovens are available in different versions and can thus be easily integrated into any kitchen. (Image source: Jason Briscoe / Unsplash)

Since the height of the oven can be individually adjusted, they make everyday kitchen life easier and are easy on your back. If individual design options in your kitchen and easy operation are important to you, a built-in oven is the best choice.

What types of built-in ovens are there?

Basically, you can distinguish between built-in oven sets, double built-in ovens and single built-in ovens without a hob. However, there are many different ovens, and they differ particularly in their dimensions and functions, but also in their design. Particularly practical are built-in ovens with retractable doors that can simply be pushed into the oven.

Which oven is right for you depends on your ideas and tastes. It is best to think in advance about which functions you will actually use, which appliance will fit where in your kitchen and how much money you want to spend on a built-in oven.

What does a built-in oven cost?

The price of a built-in oven is determined by the performance and functions of the appliance as well as the brand. Accordingly, the price ranges are very wide, from cheap to expensive. The table below should give you more information about the different prices of a built-in oven:

Price range Available products
Low-priced (180 – 500 €) Standard heating modes
Medium-priced (500 – 1000 €) Various heating modes, cleaning aid, timer
High-priced (from 1000 €) Many different heating modes, self-cleaning function, timer, touchpad

As you can see, you can buy simple built-in ovens for little money. If you attach more importance to quality and performance, you should go for a mid-priced appliance. High-priced luxury models score particularly well with their design and wide range of functions and can cost up to €5,000.

What is the correct installation height of a built-in oven?

As a stand-alone appliance in modern kitchen planning, the built-in oven with a standard size of 60 centimetres wide can be easily accommodated in ordinary built-in niches or tall cabinets. For easy and ergonomic operation of the built-in oven, the viewing and working height should be adjusted to your individual height.

To ensure that you can operate the oven comfortably at working height, you should mount it so that its lower edge is at about the same height as the worktop. For particularly short or tall users, it is also recommended to place the lower edge 10 to 15 centimetres below the elbow. The oven in the tall wall unit can also be ideally combined with matching warming drawers of the same width.

Conclusion

Built-in ovens are characterised by their wide range of variants, innovative functions and free design options. Thanks to their practical features, it is hard to imagine modern kitchens without them.

In addition to size and energy consumption, cleaning should also be taken into account. When deciding on a purchase, personal preferences in terms of use and price are the most important factors.

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