Wall Ovens vs. Ranges

When it comes to choosing an oven, you have two primary options: a full kitchen range or a wall oven. If you're just replacing your current appliance, you may want to choose the kind that fits the existing setup and wiring in your kitchen. If you're doing a full remodel, on the other hand, you'll have more versatility in your decision. You can find gas and electric models for both wall ovens and ranges. You can also find dual fuel ranges if your biggest concern is having both a gas cooktop and an electric oven.

Ranges

Wall Ovens

Width*

Can have a larger widthSmaller width

Space*

Takes up more spaceTakes up less space

Capacity*

LargerSmaller

Number of ovens

1-21-2

Built-in cooktop

YesNo

Oven Access

Lower to the groundHigher up at eye level

Installation

Customized cabinetry optionalCustomized cabinetry required

Cost*

Lower priceHigher price

Wall Ovens

Advantages of wall ovens

  • Space-savers - These ovens are built into your wall or cabinetry to preserve floor space.
  • Easy access - Wall ovens are built higher off the ground, so you can reach food without bending down.
  • Options - You can choose from one or two ovens and even find models with an attached microwave.

Limitations of wall ovens

  • Width - Wall ovens have fewer options when it comes to their sizes. The span of wall oven width is 24-36 inches.
  • Capacity - Because of their smaller size, wall ovens can hold less food than a standard oven range.
  • Cooktop not included - A wall oven does not come with an attached cooktop.
  • Higher cost - When you purchase wall ovens and cooktops separately, expect to pay a premium for the appliances, plus customization costs.
  • Installation required - Wall ovens are built into walls or cabinetry, so you'll likely need a custom-designed kitchen to accommodate your new oven.
     

Ranges

Advantages of ranges

  • Dual functions - Ranges are single units with two functions: they have an oven and a cooktop stove so you can cook and bake your food in one area of the kitchen.
  • Width - Ranges vary in width from 24-48 inches, so you can find larger or smaller models to accommodate your kitchen.
  • Capacity - Because there are more sizes available, you can find ranges that have larger and smaller capacities to fit your needs.
  • Lower cost - While ranges vary in price from a few hundred dollars to several thousand dollars, there are models to fit every budget.
  • Installation - Not all models need customized cabinetry. Freestanding ranges and slide-in ranges can easily fit into an open space in your kitchen.
  • Options - You can choose from one or two ovens to suit your culinary needs.  

Limitations of ranges

  • Space - Ranges take up a larger area of floor space than wall ovens.
  • Access - It can be difficult to bend down to reach items inside the oven of a freestanding or slide-in range.
  • Installation - Some ranges, such as drop-in ranges, require installation into custom cabinetry.