How to Choose an Oven – The Complete Guide

Oven buying guide

If you’re looking for a guide on how to choose an oven, you’ve definitely landed on the right page. An oven is absolutely essential for any kitchen, which is why it will probably come as no surprise to learn that a new oven is the most popular appliance to be replaced or added to an Australian home (1).

As the head of purchasing at Ross’s Discount Home Centre, source ovens in Perth to sell to customers such as yourself. Today, I’ll share my buying knowledge with you to help you choose your next oven.

You can thank me by choosing to buy from our store.

Type of oven

If you’re new to ovens, then I bet you’re confused – there are just so many types of ovens to choose from! First, you’ll need to choose between electric ovens and gas ovens (provided you have a mains gas connection).

At Ross’s, electric ovens are the most popular choice. They are cheaper and much more versatile than their gas counterparts. Moreover, they offer a variety of functions and controls, and they can suit almost any cooking requirement.

Gas ovens, on the other hand, are a more traditional choice. They are often a preferred option because they retain moisture in food while cooking. However, unless it is a fan-forced oven, expect it not to distribute heat evenly.

Size of oven

Once you’ve decided which type of oven you want, you then need to choose the size. Ovens in Perth are available in a few standard-size options, making your choice simpler.

  • Single ovens (built-in): are the most common type of oven at Ross’s. They are suitable for small and medium-sized families and are generally available in 60cm, 70cm and 90cm size variants.
  • Double ovens (built-in): these are essentially two single ovens stacked on each other. They are perfect for larger families and for those who like to entertain. Some double ovens consist of a single oven, and a smaller secondary oven called 1½ oven. However, be wary of these, the secondary oven is usually limited in functionality.
  • Freestanding ovens: are a complete unit in themselves and usually include a cooktop on top of the oven. I’ll explain these further below.

Kitchen budget and layout

The size of the oven you choose will also affect your budget and layout.

Freestanding ovens are considered as standalone appliances as they are not built into your cabinetry like single or double ovens. They are also much more expensive than built-in ovens but will certainly become a focal point of your kitchen design, which is very much the trend for 2017.

Built-in ovens are commonly available as wall ovens and under-bench ovens. These can be mounted under the kitchen bench or into a wall recess. They suit a variety of styles and layouts, but you’ll need to purchase one before installing your cabinetry to ensure it fits.

Start shopping!

Now that you know what to consider, you’re all ready to go out and start looking for ovens in Perth. For this, head over to Ross’s Discount Home Centre in Guildford. We’re a one-stop shop for all your kitchen appliance needs.

We have a huge selection of both ovens and freestanding ovens for you to choose from – our 90cm Electric Freestanding Oven is just one example. Moreover, when you buy from us, you’ll avail of delivery all across Perth metro, so there’s really no need to look anywhere else.


When it comes to choosing the right oven for your needs, you need to make a few considerations. First, you’ll need to choose what type of oven you want. Next, you need to consider the size of the oven as per your family size and personal requirements. Finally, you’ll need to choose an oven based on your kitchen layout and your budget.

For ovens in Perth that offer the best value for money, look no further than Ross’s Discount Home Centre. Browse through our online store and buy the oven you need today!

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