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The Kitchen Appliance Store Buyers Guide to Built In Ovens

Avoid common ordering and installation errors....

  • Be sure you know the difference between a built in oven and a built under.
  • There is a range of double ovens to fit under your worktop that cannot be fitted at eye level.
  • There is a range of double ovens to fit in a tall housing at eye level that cannot be fitted under your worktop.
  • Remember to check the aperture required matches your housing.
  • Please check that there is an adequate power supply.
  • Ovens do not come with a fitted plug.

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Built in or built under?

      There is often confusion about the terms built in and built under. Ovens are either built under or built in. Unfortunately though, a built under oven can also be described as built in! This is because it is designed to fit under a worktop, but people think of it as being built in to their kitchen. It is confusing to say the least!

The most important things to remember are that a 900mm eye level double oven cannot be fitted under your worktop. A 720mm high built under double oven cannot be fitted at eye level and does not require a housing unit.

Single ovens can be fitted in a housing at eye level or under your worktop.

Both types of installation are shown here.

Single ovens

   Single oven means the oven has a single cavity.
There are many variations of single oven available. The main differences, other than appearance, are the functions or types of cooking that these ovens will perform.
The vast majority of built in single ovens are now electric. This was not always the case and there is still a very limited range of built in gas ovens.
Most single ovens will fit into the same space, which is 60cm. There are some single ovens that are larger. Some manufacturers produce larger ovens, which will only fit in a housing that has been specially made to accommodate them. Beware - these are not standard size ovens and require non-standard furniture!
Most ovens have drop down doors, but there are a few with side opening or hinged doors, there are even a few with doors that fold away under the oven. These will be covered in more detail in the special needs section.
The majority of single ovens only need a 13amp power supply. Always check first as there are some that need 30amps. If in doubt always fit a 30amp supply.

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Double Ovens Built In

   Double oven means the oven has two cavities.
Although described as double ovens, this type of oven normally consists of one and a half ovens.
The cooking functions available are similar to those offered with single ovens.
The top (or secondary) oven would normally be a conventional oven and grill. There are now a few models offering multifunction systems in the smaller oven as well as the main oven.
The bottom (or main) oven could offer fan cooking only or be multifunction.
Generally built in double ovens fit an aperture of 880mm high within a tall unit.

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Double Ovens Built Under

   This model too has two cavities.
Although described as double ovens, this type of oven normally consists of one and a half ovens.
The cooking functions available are similar to those offered with single ovens.
The secondary oven would normally be a conventional oven and grill. There are now a few models offering multifunction systems in the smaller oven as well as the main oven.
The main oven could offer fan cooking only or be multifunction.
Generally built under double ovens fit into an aperture of 720mm high (excluding plinth height) and require no housing.

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Oven Cleaning Systems - Is it self-cleaning?

One of the most often asked questions!
Oven cleaning is one of the less pleasant jobs in the kitchen!
Because an oven is used to cook food which contains fat or oil it will get dirty.
There are three kinds of oven interior available each is cleaned in a different way.
  • Enamelled
  • Catalytic
  • Pyrolytic


   For generations ovens have had an enamelled liner. This surface is sprayed on then baked to create an extremely tough and long lasting surface.
Cleaning this type of interior requires hot soapy water at best and an oven cleaning cream at worst. A good deal of elbow grease can also be required if burnt on deposits are allowed to build up over time. If you clean the oven thoroughly after each use cleaning will not become a major problem.


   This type of oven has rough grey liners that react to high temperatures (approximately 220 degrees C) causing fat etc. to be burnt off or oxidised. This type of cleaning is fairly low maintenance, as the linings tend to take care of themselves.
Liners are available for the top, back and sides of the oven although not all Catalytic lined ovens have all of these as standard.
In any event you will still need to clean the base of the oven and inside of the door manually.
Most ovens have liners that are replaceable as over a long period they can become saturated and will no longer burn off all the fat and grease.
This system is also known as Ceramiclean and Oxylytic amongst others.


   More science!! This type of oven utilises a process called Pyrolysis.
Described in the dictionary as: Py-rol-y-sis (n)
The use of heat to break down complex chemical substances into simpler substances
Or in other words - when the Pyrolytic function is performed, the oven door locks and the oven heat up to approximately 500 degrees centigrade and turns any fat or grease to ash.
This process is regarded as the most efficient method of cleaning and is economical and environmentally friendly as it uses no chemicals. An average oven clean costs 18 pence!
These ovens are normally slightly more expensive, but are available from every major appliance manufacturer.

WARNING The Pyrolytic function must be used regularly. If fat and grease is allowed to build up it is likely to catch fire when heated at 500 degrees!

In most models all shelves and pans should be removed from the oven prior to activating the cleaning function.
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Cooking Functions - Fan, conventional or multifunction

A basic single oven is normally described as a fan oven. This type of oven forces hot air into the oven cavity. This type of cooking is generally regarded as more energy efficient as heat is evenly distributed and the time that the oven takes to heat up to the required temperature is reduced. Fan ovens usually require temperature settings 20% below that of a conventional oven. This type of cooking does not always produce the best results (e.g. when roasting larger pieces of meat and poultry that should be cooked slowly). All manufacturers offer Multifunction ovens that have alternative methods of cooking to the one described above. Cakes, pastries and foods that require long, slow cooking are best cooked using conventional heat. This type of heat is provided by elements encased in the top and bottom of the oven. There are a few other functions offered by oven manufacturers, but they are normally regarded as extra functions and not specified by our clients as much as the two described above.

Cooking Function examples

Here are examples of cooking function symbols and descriptions (in this case from Neff) to give an indication of the options available
CircoTherm - A powerful fan draws air from the interior of the oven. It then heats up the air and forces it right back into the oven cavity through strategically placed shaped ducts in the rear wall. This system means the oven heats up rapidly, and needs little or no preheating.
Low temperature cooking - A special setting for hob sealed prime cuts of meat and poultry. Meat/poultry is placed in a pre-heated dish and transferred into the oven. The low temperature setting uses a fixed temperature to gently and slowly tenderise without overcooking, resulting in meat/poultry that is pink, juicy and melts in the mouth.
CircoTherm intensive - Uses a combination of CircoTherm and bottom heat. This is ideal for anything that needs a crispy underside like pizzas, or speciality breads. It can also be used for one stage pastry such as lemon meringue pie, eliminating the need for blind baking.
Bread baking - Available on series 4 and 5 Neff ovens, the bread baking temperature varies between 180 deg C and 220 deg C. This is ideally suited to baking crusty bread with an open texture. Up to three levels of bread can be baked at the same time.
Defrost - The CircoTherm fan will circulate unheated air through the oven to speed up defrosting times. Ideal for delicate foods as well as fish and poultry.
Top/bottom heat - Providing conventional cooking heat sources at the top and bottom of the oven. Heat travels to the centre of the oven by natural conduction. This is ideal for baking pastries and scones.
Bottom heat - Providing heat from the bottom of the oven only, for more focused heat and control. This method is ideal for pizza bases and pastry cases where you need a crispy underside or bain marie and casseroles.
Full surface grill - The grill element is situated in the oven roof. It is thermostatically controlled and will cycle on and off to maintain the required temperature.
Centre surface grill - You can use just the centre section of the grill for smaller quantities.
CircoRoasting - The grill element cycles on and off alternately, and the fan distributes the heat produced by the grill. This method can reduce cooking times by 35%-40% and is ideal for meats and poultry if you are after a rotisserie result.
Dough proving - This function provides a warm, damp environment perfect for proving dough yeast.
Steam setting - A setting specifically used in conjuction with the Neff system steamer accessory N8642X0. Giving you one of the healthiest cooking methods around.
Rapid heat - Reduces preheating times and where necessary is ideal for making scones and cooking from frozen quicker than ever.
Oven cleaning - A special setting designed to keep CeramiClean surfaces inside the oven as clean as possible. On some models of Series 3 range, this is a manual feature, but on the Series 5 and 6 range, the setting is fully electronic. Used on a regular basis, it can keep your oven interior lines remarkably clean.
Pyrolytic - Pyrolytic cleaning is a self cleaning system for ovens. The process superheats the oven to approximately 500 degrees C, which burns off any deposits from baking, roasting and grilling. You are left with a perfectly clean oven and a residue of fine ash that is easily removed with a damp cloth.

Cleaning appliances

   We are often asked questions about keeping appliances clean. The most popular question being, How do I stop fingerprints appearing on stainless steel?.
The short answer is You cannot!. That said many manufacturers use anti fingerprint stainless steel so it is far less of an issue than it was.
If baby oil on a soft cloth is used to clean the front of the oven, this will keep them at bay, but will not stop them completely. Another useful aid to cleaning is the E-Cloth. This is a cloth that manufacturers recommend to use on the exterior of ovens etc., particularly stainless steel. These cloths are similar to a face flannel, and are best used slightly damp. Some manufacturers have tried to solve the problem by using a clear lacquer, which coats the steel and protects it from our greasy fingers. This does seem to be effective.
Generally, appliances that are offered in a colour are easier to clean. Often the surfaces are glass and colour is sprayed on the back. However there are still a large number of appliances that have an enamel finish, e.g. hobs and cooker hoods. These are relatively easy to clean, but enamel/painted finishes can chip.

Induction hobs area a revelation when it comes to cleaning. As the hob heats the pan not the hob surface burnt on spillage is no longer a problem. Water is generally all that is needed for cleaning with a soft dry cloth to finish off. A liquid cleaner may me required on occasions.

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