Choosing a Single Oven With Separate Components or a Double Oven (Reviews)

Steve Sheinkopf  |  October 20, 2014  |  3 Min. Read

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The placement of your cooking products is the single most important decision in your kitchen.

Most other appliances are standard and fit basic cabinets. Refrigerators are 30, 36, 42 or 48 inches (Sub-Zero can be 27"). Dishwashers are 24 inches (or 18 inch for smaller spaces).

Range and cooktop sizes vary depending on your choice. How you vent as well as the flow and layout of the kitchen are based on your decision of a range or wall oven and cooktop. You can look at previous Makeover Mondays for some interesting ideas and solutions.

For this post, we are looking at wall ovens only. However, think about how you cook and use your appliances before you choose.

Single Oven vs. Double Oven

I love this pic of both a double oven and the single with a speed oven and warming drawer. When I was selling appliances, I would always recommend the double and placing a microwave under a cabinet or somewhere else.

It is still a good option. You certainly are covered for Thanksgiving meals with two equal sized ovens. Back then, placing a microwave over an oven involved a trim kit, so the product never looked finished to me. I may have changed my mind, because there may be a better way for you.

Single Ovens With Other Cooking Products

Bosch Benchmark, Miele and Jenn-Air have different options for microwaves, speed ovens, steam ovens,coffee systems and warming drawers. They now are styled exactly like the wall oven, but can be placed anywhere.

I like this option because you buy exactly what you need and open your kitchen to different possibilities than just two ovens. You can have different capabilities. For example speed ovens combine microwave and convection for faster cooking.

Steam ovens inject moisture into the cooking process for a healthier way to cook. Coffee systems allow you to custom grind your own coffee. Warming drawers can refresh leftovers or keep food warm for up to 2 hours without dehydrating the food.

These options can be more attractive than a double oven depending on how you cook. I really like the pull out drawer microwaves mounted in islands for teenagers to use.


Key Takeaways

Double ovens are still a good option for caterers and big families. However, single ovens with different components will open your kitchen plan. At the same time, different components can be utilized to cook differently than a straight oven with speed or steam. You may have better options depending on how you cook.

One Final Word

Don’t do this. Seriously. You should stack a wall oven, another component and a warming drawer at the most. You do not want to reach for hot food and burn yourself.

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Steve Sheinkopf

Steve is the third-generation CEO of Yale and a lifelong Bostonian. He currently resides in Boston, one mile from where he was born. Despite being one of the worst goalies of all time, he is a huge hockey fan of college hockey and the Boston Bruins. The love of his life is his daughter Sophie.

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