If you’re planning a redesign of or building a new kitchen, or simply replacing your oven with a built in model, then read on for our expert advice on built in oven measurements. Making sure everything is going to fit and fit well is crucial to your project. Your new built in oven not fitting into your kitchen is the stuff nightmares are made of.
In this post, we’re going to run through some hot tips and things to consider when measuring out and fitting a single oven, a double oven and also the ventilation requirements for your built in oven. Before we get into that, we’re going to quickly deal with a couple questions we get a lot pertaining to oven size.
Are Built In Ovens All The Same Size?
Built in ovens do come in different sizes. These normally relate to the width of the unit. You’ll find that they are either 55-65cm wide or 85-95cm wide. 60cm and 90cm are the standard widths of built in ovens. A wider oven will have a bigger capacity so think about your oven size needs and whether you would benefit from a wider, bigger oven before you commit to your purchase.
What Size Oven Do I Need?
Oven capacity is not measured off of width but rather litres. So, if you think that you’ll need a bigger oven for your home, just double check that you’ve found the correct capacity and have taken it into account.
A single built in oven will have a capacity of between 60 and 110 litres. You can only cook things at one temperature and this will be enough to accommodate a family and entertaining guests for a dinner party.
A double built in oven will up the capacity levels. You can expect to get between 90 and 130 litres if capacity. If you go for a built under double oven, then this will reduce to between 70 and 100 litres. If your family is large, you need to be able to cook two things at different temperatures at once, or you like entertaining for larger groups, then a double oven is more suited to your needs.
Single Oven Measurement Guide
Fortunately, built in ovens will pretty much only ever go into oven housing units. These come in standardised sizes, so you need not worry too much about the size of your oven. The only thing you need to note down is the height of the model. Note the height of your existing oven and use that measurement on your purchasing travels.
Double Oven Measurement Guide
The same rules apply to a double oven and again you’ll only need to note down the height. Built under double ovens will be a fair amount taller than a standard single oven and you should allow for a height of up to 75cm if you’re going for this option.
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Built In Oven Ventilation Requirements
Your standardised oven cabinet should already have accounted for the ventilation need but just to be sure, here are the ventilation requirements for a built in oven.
- You need at least 5mm of space along the sides of the built in oven.
- 35mm of space should be provided at the back of the unit for ventilation
- If the top of the oven is flush with the worktop, this is fine. In other cases, there may be up to 20mm of ventilation space provided at the top, but generally your built in oven is okay to be completely flush at the top.
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