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As with many kitchen decisions, there is not necessarily a right or wrong answer here, and there are pros and cons to each option. It very much depends on a combination of factors such as your preferences, space, budget and accessibility needs.

The range of appliances available nowadays allows for most requirements to be met by either option.

If your needs or wants veer towards having two full size ovens then double wall ovens are a good solution. To get the same capacity in a range cooker you are likely to need one in excess of 1200mm wide (with many American style ranges this increases to 1500mm plus) and many kitchens just do not have the available floor space.

Built-in ovens are mostly installed around eye-level and using the oven does not involve the bending, kneeling or crouching associated with range (or indeed built under) ovens. However, separate eye-level oven(s) mean a separate hob installation, and this can be an advantage (when you only need one oven but want expansive hob space) or a disadvantage as it restricts valuable worktop space. Of course, a range combines the oven and hob surface in one appliance which takes up less space (a big advantage in smaller kitchens) but a two-oven range = huge hob, which may not be what you want or need.

Many people are attracted to the glamourous look of a large range cooker. Individual decorative features (e.g. Wolf’s iconic front facing red control knobs) are a selling point and other ranges offer unique styling and a variety of colours all of which provide an immediate focal point to the kitchen. For others the clean lines of built-in ovens in and the variety of individual hob designs that can be mixed / matched are more satisfying. A well designed multiple oven configuration can add a statement look to any kitchen.

(insert picture here of wolf range cooker and one of the multiple oven config from showroom)

These are just some of the pros and cons to be considered. As you can see, there is no cut and dry answer to which appliance or appliance combination to go with.

Space availability, your specific cooking needs and an appealing aesthetic are our guides when designing your kitchen. We’d welcome the opportunity to help you make the best decisions for you and your kitchen.

NB: We can supply and fit appliances from a variety of manufacturers. We are also a Premier Dealer for Wolf / Sub-Zero and examples of their offerings can be viewed at our new showrooms near Bishops Stortford.

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