Range Cookers vs Built In Ovens

Range Cooker vs Built-In Oven

Your guide to range cookers vs built in ovens.

Can’t decide between a range cooker or a built-in oven? You’ve come to the perfect place! In this article we are going to compare the two choices based on a number of factors. This includes things such as capacity, colours, or how easy they are to clean.

Although we’ll be competing the two against each other, there is no ‘winner’ or ‘loser’. Each comes with their own set of pros and cons. It’s up to you to decide if a range cooker or a built-in oven has the most to offer you.

What’s the Difference Between a Range Cooker and a Built In Oven?

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Range Cookers

What is a range cooker?

A range cooker is a freestanding cooking appliance. They will normally come with a grill, oven, and hob in the same unit. Many will also come with additional features, such as wok supports. Although similar to a standard cooker, a range cooker is a bigger, more versatile appliance.

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Built In Ovens

What is a built-in oven?

A built-in oven is pretty self-explanatory; it’s an oven that’s built in. They’re designed to be integrated into a worktop or a cabinet, often freeing up floor space. Depending on the model you opt for, you can get up to two separate chambers. Built-in ovens do not have a cooktop.

We have wide selections of both range cookers and built in ovens on our website from some market-leading brands. We only stock our appliances from brands that we know and trust, so you can browse from both sections on our website with confidence.

Freestanding vs Built In – Which is Right for Me?

There are lots of pros and cons to consider when choosing between a freestanding range cooker or a built-in oven. Figuring out which is the right choice for you involves looking at the benefits of each one. Everyone has different priorities and preferences – Just because one works better in one household, doesn’t mean it’ll work in yours.

Oven Space

On average, range cookers have 50% more oven space than a built-in oven. Range cookers also give more cooking flexibility due to having more oven compartments. Although you can get a built-in double oven, a range cooker can have up to 3 or even 4 oven compartments. This allows you to cook different dishes at different temperatures at the same time.

In regards to oven space, range cookers get our vote.

Range Cookers

Built In Ovens

Hob Choices

Range cookers come with hobs as standard. You also have a choice as to what kind of cooktop you’d prefer. Your choices typically include gas, ceramic or induction. Of course, if you opt for a built-in oven, you have full freedom to choose a separate hob of your choice. You could even choose an air venting hob, which is a hob with a built-in extractor.

Therefore, although there are lots of hob choices in a range cooker, you do have more choice when buying a separate cooktop and built-in oven.

Range Cookers

Built In Ovens


There are a lot more cooking segments in a range cooker. Although this means you have more cooking flexibility, it also means it’s more time consuming to clean. You can get some easy-to-clean models with pyrolytic and catalytic self-cleaning functions. However, these are also available in built-in oven models.

Ultimately though, because of the additional oven space and cooktop, there is more involvement in cleaning a range cooker.

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Built In Ovens


A built-in oven gives you a bit more choice on positioning. For instance, if you don’t like having to bend down to retrieve your food every time, or you have a condition that makes this hard for you, a built-in oven can be installed at eye level. This makes it easier to take out, or even to just check on your food.

It sounds like a small thing, but it actually makes quite a big difference. This isn’t a flexibility that you can get with a range cooker unfortunately.

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Built In Ovens


Does your kitchen need a splash of colour? Range cookers can come in a huge variety of colours. This includes the option of bright hues that would add a dynamic element to your kitchen. Built in ovens do also come in a range of colour choices, however it’s fairly limited compared to range cookers.

If colour is an important factor for you, you’ll want to consider a range cooker for sure.

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Built In Ovens


You can turn your kitchen into a more versatile cooking zone with either a built-in oven or a range cooker. Buying a built-in oven means that you can choose additional appliances to build your own range. For example, you could pair a built in double oven with a separate hob that you can position anywhere in your kitchen. This can give you more design freedom.

On the other hand, you could purchase a range cooker that has additional features, such as warming drawers, separate grills, various hob types or a griddle. Range cookers often have more features and functions than your typical built-in oven, giving you more cooking versatility with just one purchase.

In order to get the same versatility out of a built-in oven than a range cooker, you’d have to purchase many additional appliances and accessories. Because of this, we believe range cookers win the versatility vote.

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Energy Efficiency

It’s important to consider the energy efficiency and running costs of your home appliances. By using less energy, you’ll save money on your energy bills and also help the planet.

It’s difficult to compare the energy efficiency of a range cooker vs a built-in oven. That’s because a range cooker also includes a hob. Therefore, if you’re running both the hob and the oven, you’ll more than likely be using more energy than just with a built-in oven. However, if you were to just compare the range cooker oven to a built-in oven, there would be almost no noticeable difference.

Many factors influence the energy efficiency of a cooking appliance, such as size, model, age, and energy rating. So, regardless of if you choose a range cooker or a built-in oven, we always recommend looking for the most energy efficient options.

Range Cookers

Built In Ovens


Whether you choose to go with a range cooker or a built-in oven, you will find many benefits. A range cooker is a fantastic choice for additional oven space, cooking versatility, and colour options. On the other hand, a built-in oven offers height flexibility, easier cleaning, and full freedom to choose a separate cooktop of your choosing.

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