The benefit of having a built-in oven is the ability to place it wherever suits you. If you are replacing an existing product you are in most cases limited to the size and style of oven you want; if you are starting from scratch or willing to adjust your cabinetry your options are infinite. You need to think and assess what the right oven is for your design and what will work best for your cooking style.
When it comes to designing your kitchen, you need to think about how you like to cook. You want space and appliances to work more efficiently and with you, not against you. A few things to think about are the following:
Consider your cabinetry
Are you looking to have a more traditional design with your cooktop and oven paired one under the other or are you wanting to give your kitchen a more modern design by having your oven in a tower layout? This could be a duo or double oven or a single oven by itself or paired with another oven or microwave. Positioning it close by your cooktop but far enough away that you could have two cooks in the kitchen, one taking care of the oven and the other the cooktop.
Work triangle or work zones
This choice will ideally come down to the size of your kitchen. When looking at a kitchen work triangle you would have your appliances configured so that the line drawn between the refrigerator, cooking appliances, and sink/dishwasher creates a triangle which the cook can easily and efficiently move about the space. Whether you have a small or large space you may look to have the area broken up into 5 zones; consumables, non-consumables, cleaning, preparation and cooking zones, this allows the space to work in unison of each other.
Purpose of your island bench
Island benches have a range of ways they can be used; the key is designing to suit your lifestyle and how you will be using your kitchen. Sinks are the most common element found in a kitchen island with a dishwasher underneath it. However, over a recent year, there have been kitchens designed around the island bench becoming the workbench, the place you prepare, cook and clean with ovens, cooktops or microwaves being incorporated into their design.
Size of Oven
When shopping for a built-in oven, it’s important to consider all elements of its size. How much internal space do you need for your cooking style and how much space within cabinetry you have to work with will impact the external size of your new oven. Your range of options heavily depends on whether you’re replacing an existing oven or installing a new one from scratch. If you’re replacing, you are generally limited to a particular style and size of the oven.
The standard built-in oven width is 60cm, enough to take care of most cooking tasks. Other common widths include 75cm and 90cm, and these ovens more suitable for an entertaining or family home. The external width of an oven is not a clear representation of the amount that can fit inside. Ensure you consider the inside capabilities when shopping for an oven. A guide would be a small capacity is anywhere between 30 and 45 litres. 45 litres to 70 litres is the average, and any capacity greater than 70 litres is on the larger side.
3. Fuel Type
Size, style and cooking functions are all important things that influence your final oven purchase decision, you will also need to consider whether you would like a gas or electric oven.
- More common than gas ovens.
- Generally provide more even heat distribution, especially when equipped with a fan.
- Require pre-heating, this process has become quicker with modern innovation.
- Generate drier air which can assist with crisping and browning.
- Majority of models need to be hardwired by a certified electrician; some ovens will come with a plug and lead suited to a particular amp rating.
- More expensive initial outlay then electric ovens; however, given energy efficiencies with gas cooking, they will cost less over their lifetime.
- Cook with greater moisture, making them ideal for cakes and roasts.
- Faster heating than electric models and more precise temperature control.
- Generally contain fewer parts then an electric oven, so the lifetime maintenance should be easier.
- Can run off natural gas or an LPG bottle - model dependent
4. Types Of Ovens
Westinghouse Oven Range
Whether you're cooking up a tasty roast for the family or putting your favourite recipe to the test, you'll be pleased you chose Westinghouse.
Steam Assisted Cooking
SteamAssist Cooking is ideal for meat, poultry and fish, ensuring an even cook from centre to surface with a crisp golden finish.
AirFry allows you to make healthier, tasty meals for the entire family – right in your oven.
With the press of a button you can keep your oven shiny and clean. No nasty chemicals, no greasy mess – just a sparkling clean oven with minimal effort.
Steam helps you get a better rise, crispier crust, a fluffier centre and tastier textures.
Steam Reheat is great for leftovers, re-heating your meals with a touch of steam. You won’t even be able to tell they’ve been reheated!
Steam Assisted Cleaning
A 30-minute light oven cleaning. Your oven is clean again. Easy.
Step Down Rails
Use every centimetre of available height and space in your oven.
Our latest oven range makes practical look stylish.
5. Design & other considerations
White, Natural or Dark Stainless Steel
A kitchen should feel timeless, using design elements and classic materials that will look good today and in a decade’s time. Whether you’re doing a complete renovation or replacing a single appliance, you can take your kitchen in a fresh new direction. With three options of finishes, you can look to a traditional white appliance or give your kitchen a modern update with natural or dark stainless steel.
Contrast or complement your cabinetry
Take into consideration what will work best with your chosen finish. For example, you could contrast dark stainless with lighter colours like bright whites or creams or complement with dark or stained wood cabinetry.
Coordinate your accessories
From pendant light fixtures to a vase, it is important to think about what will be complemented by its surroundings.
Choose from one brand
One thing to note when upgrading your kitchen is, just as there are 52 shades of white, same goes for appliance finishes. For best results, buy your appliances from one brand to make sure everything is seamless.
Dial or Touch Controls
Whether you are some who likes to the feeling of turning a dial or prefer a touch control panel when setting your oven, there are a number of options to choose from. All designed to be sleek and simple to operate you'll have total control over your cooking temperatures, times and functions.
6. Built in Australia
Producing Westinghouse, Electrolux and Chef ovens, the Electrolux Home Products cooking plant in Dudley Park, Adelaide is the last remaining whitegoods manufacturing facility in Australia. The facility produces around 300,000 cookers and ovens annually. With the vast majority of the energy consumption of the cooking plant being supplied by over 8,000 solar panels, we are continually looking at ways to reduce our carbon footprint and reduce our waste with the aim to make our manufacturing process completely circular.
7. Warranty & Service
Subject to terms and conditions our ovens come with 24 months warranty in Australia and New Zealand, following the date of purchase. Click here to view Terms and Conditions.
Support & Service
We have a Customer Care team available to assist you over the phone seven days a week, and a national network of experienced technicians and selected service agents. Offering a fixed price guarantee with no additional hidden labour costs, giving you peace of mind that your appliance is in good hands. Click here to contact customer care. Click here to book a service.
A steam oven has a function that combines steam with hot air throughout the cooking process. Dependent on the level of steam the oven offers, steam ovens come with a water tank accessible from the front of the oven, that feeds water to the inside of the oven or there is a well at the base of the oven cavity in which you place water.
The steam bake function is ideal to use when baking bread or general bakery products. By using steam with this function, you are able to create a hard crust on your food before they rise over the baking process, which allows your food to retain its moisture and limit drying out.
By creating humidity in your oven cavity you are able to prevent your dishes from drying out, leaving the textures more tender and juicy. You will be able to maintain the nutrients and create richer colours in your food.