Freestanding Ovens vs Wall Ovens – We Put Them Head to Head

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When designing a kitchen, what do you usually think about? The layout, the cabinetry, the benchtop and the tiles, right? Wrong. When designing a kitchen, you should be thinking about the layout, the cabinetry, the benchtop, the tiles and the appliances – more specifically, the oven.

Not all ovens are the same. There are freestanding ovens and wall ovens, and which you choose for your kitchen will impact its layout and design. Freestanding ovens are characterised as being an oven that can be placed directly onto the floor and usually feature a combined cooktop. On the other hand, wall ovens are described as being an oven that built into the cabinetry and is stand-alone – that being, it does not include a cooktop.

So, needless to say, it’s essential to decide which oven you want to include in your new kitchen during the design process, not after.

To help you decide which type of oven to choose for your kitchen, I’ve put them head to head.

Freestanding Ovens

kitchen with Freestanding Oven

Freestanding ovens are a popular choice for contemporary and traditional kitchens because they create a focal point of kitchen design.

They require more space than wall ovens, but they are available in various sizes (our collection ranges from 50 cm to 90 cm). However, don’t expect them to fit flush with your benchtop. Some great options include our 90cm Electric Freestanding Oven, 60cm Dual Freestanding Oven and 90cm Dual Freestanding Oven.

On the other hand, they look fantastic, and having both the cooktop and oven combined, they offer greater convenience than a wall oven. And newer models are available with gas, induction, electric or ceramic cooktops.

The consensus at the forum is not great for freestanding ovens. Because a gap is left between the oven and the benchtop, it becomes a honeytrap for food scraps and spills and is very difficult to clean.

Wall Ovens

kitchen with wall oven

Wall ovens don’t have the visual dominance of a freestanding oven, but that is ideal for modern and minimalistic design styles.

Wall ovens are available in a range of sizes (our collection range in size from 45 cm to 90 cm) and can be seamlessly integrated into kitchen cabinetry. They can be positioned at any height to provide easy access and are often paired with the microwave for added convenience.

The only real downside to a wall oven is that they don’t include a cooktop.

The consensus for wall ovens at the forum is good. This gets a thumbs up mostly because they are easier to clean and access and are better for children.


Before you start designing your new kitchen, consider your appliances, specifically your oven. If you are looking to change from a wall oven to a freestanding oven, or vice versa, then you will need to make the decision first, as each will dramatically change the way your new kitchen is designed.

To help you choose between the two, we’ve made a comparison. If you want to create a contemporary or traditional kitchen and don’t mind a little mess, choose a freestanding oven. On the other hand, if you’d prefer a modern or minimalistic kitchen that is easy to clean, choose a wall oven.

Whether you want a freestanding oven or a wall oven, you can find the perfect oven for your kitchen here at Ross’s Discount Home Centre. We have a great selection of each in-store and online, all in stock and all at the lowest possible price.



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