The ultimate guide to built-in ovens

Miele's Culinart H5247 BP oven, shown with warming drawer
Miele's Culinart H5247 BP oven, shown with warming drawer (Image credit: Miele)

Opting for a built-in oven instead of a free-standing model offers many benefits. One of the main advantages is that it can be positioned wherever you desire in your fitted kitchen, at a height that suits you, as opposed to a free-standing oven which will require you to bend down to carry food in and out from the low-level cavity. And, if, when designing a kitchen, you opt to have your oven fitted at eye level, it will also be out of the reach of curious toddlers.

Unlike free-standing cookers, which come as one unit with a hob included, built-in ovens require a separate hob, which again gives you flexibility in terms of your kitchen layout. The way that they slot neatly into units looks great and suits contemporary kitchens particularly well.

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Natasha Brinsmead

Natasha is Homebuilding & Renovating’s Associate Content Editor and has been a member of the team for over two decades. An experienced journalist and renovation expert, she has written for a number of homes titles. Over the years Natasha has renovated and carried out a side extension to a Victorian terrace. She is currently living in the rural Edwardian cottage she renovated and extended on a largely DIY basis, living on site for the duration of the project. She is now looking for her next project — something which is proving far harder than she thought it would be.