Types of Ovens For Cooking and Baking
Finding your ideal oven helps you bake, broil and roast your culinary creations just the way you like them, and you’ve got options: choose from freestanding ranges, slide-in ranges, wall ovens, combination ovens, countertop ovens and commercial-style ovens. Then, consider things like convection vs. regular cooking, gas vs. electric heat, as well as oven size and style. This guide will break down various types of ovens, their features and how each can enrich your creative process.
What Different Types of Ovens are Available?
There are a wide variety of oven types available for your kitchen, including freestanding or slide-in ranges, wall ovens, combination wall ovens, countertop ovens and commercial-style ranges. Each type offers different capacities, features and installations to match your space and your cooking style.
The wide selection of KitchenAid® ranges and ovens, large and small, can help ensure the right fit for your cooking style and kitchen flow. Learn more about each type of oven below.
Types of Oven Ranges
Oven ranges come in gas or electric fuel types, and some have convection heating capabilities. An oven range consists of the cooktop (also called a stovetop) and oven cavity combined into one appliance, making it a convenient appliance for all of your creating needs. With a range, you can sear lamb chops and saute mushrooms on the stovetop while baking, broiling or roasting your favorite meals on the inside.
Freestanding ranges feature a built-in backguard where the oven controls are located. With this backguard and finished sides, they can be installed standing alone, between cabinets or at the edge of the counter with one side exposed. The backguard also helps protect the wall behind the oven from grease and food splatters.
Freestanding ranges from KitchenAid brand allow you to cook multiple meals at once with oven capacities between 5.8 to 6.2 cu.ft, and select models include convenient features, such as Even-Heat™ True Convection, to help you experiment and get the most out of your recipes.
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Slide-in ranges are typically designed to slide between cabinets or other appliances to create a built-in look and feature easy-to-reach controls in the front of the oven. Since slide-in ranges do not have a backguard, they are ideal for installation in kitchen islands or against a wall that features a decorative backsplash. However, since many of today’s slide-in ranges have finished sides, you can now install one almost anywhere in your kitchen.
With oven capacities as large as 6.4 cu. ft. in KitchenAid® slide-in ranges, enjoy the freedom to simultaneously roast a chicken for dinner and bake a pie for dessert.
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Double Oven Ranges
Double oven ranges include a stovetop with both an upper oven and lower oven for even more possibilities and freedom to prepare multiple meals at once. Take on two techniques by broiling or roasting with high heat in the top oven, while gently baking a soufflé in the bottom oven.
Double ovens from KitchenAid brand can provide the best of both worlds with capacities up to 6.7 cu. ft. and stainless steel finish for ample room to cook and seamless integrations with your kitchen flow.
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Slide-in ovens vs. freestanding ovens: What’s the difference?
The main difference between freestanding and slide-in ranges is the location of the controls and whether or not they feature a backguard. Freestanding ranges have a backguard that doubles as a control panel, while slide-in ranges do not have a backguard and all controls are located on the front. You can find both types of ranges in gas, electric, induction and dual-fuel options with a wide selection of features and functions. Learn more about the benefits of slide-in ovens vs. freestanding ranges.
Wall Oven Types
A wall oven is a type of oven designed to be installed directly into your cabinets for a built-in look. Typically, these are coupled with a standalone cooktop that is integrated into your countertops. A wide selection of wall oven types including KitchenAid® single, double and combination ovens offer you more ways to explore, experiment and create.
Single Wall Ovens
Single wall ovens are versatile with options to install within a wall, cabinet or underneath a counter. With some models from KitchenAid brand boasting a bold, sleek stainless steel finish, enjoy the convenience of both waist-height installation and an elegant look for your kitchen.
Double Wall Ovens
Double wall ovens provide even more room to create with the ability to simultaneously cook multiple meals at different temperatures, as well as the option to keep your recipes ready to enjoy with warming drawers on select models. Take the guesswork out of convection cooking with the EasyConvect™ Conversion System on select KitchenAid® double wall ovens.
To figure out if a wall oven is right for your kitchen, explore KitchenAid® wall ovens or read about wall oven sizes and dimensions. You can also explore our best double wall oven options to find the perfect fit for your cooking needs.
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Combination Wall Ovens
Combination wall ovens combine a single oven with a microwave on top. This configuration can help get your microwave off the countertop or free up space above the cooktop for a decorative hood or more cabinet space. Combination wall ovens from KitchenAid brand also help consolidate cooking tasks, letting you move easily between the standard oven and the microwave oven.
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Commercial-style ovens deliver restaurant-inspired styling in a wide range of sizes to fit your space. They pair commercial aesthetics with convenient features on select models, like high-BTU gas burners and grill or griddle inserts, to help keep up with your creativity when grilling a variety of foods. These large ovens can range from 30 to 48 inches wide with six burners, allowing you the freedom to simmer, sear and saute all at once.
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Microwave ovens are versatile with options to install above the range, within your cabinetry or rest on a countertop. KitchenAid® over-the-range, built-in and countertop microwaves are designed to integrate with your kitchen flow and serve as a true second oven. Some convection microwave models from KitchenAid brand include convection cooking, which provides more even heating for your recipes.
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Ovens by Fuel Type
Most kitchens are set up for an electric range or oven—all you need is a 240-volt outlet. To install a gas oven, you’ll need a dedicated gas line, which can usually be installed by a professional if you don’t already have one. There are also dual fuel ranges, which combine a gas cooktop with an electric oven. Contact a professional for any questions regarding your electrical or gas connections or read our guide to troubleshoot if your gas oven is not heating.
Gas ovens can provide a slightly more humid heating style, making it ideal for baking and keeping dishes moist, such as banana bread and carrot cake. These ovens also yield fast cooking times and are able to preheat quickly.
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Electric ovens tend to have drier heating capabilities due the slow, even heating of the electric coils. This can be ideal for browning, crisping and roasting meals, such as turkey or chicken. The heating elements in an electric oven cycle on and off more frequently to help maintain consistent temperatures. This can be ideal for more temperature-sensitive bakes. Avoid rotating dishes from rack to rack with a convection option like this electric oven with convection heating from KitchenAid brand.
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DUAL FUEL OVENS
“Dual fuel” refers to ovens that utilize a combination of gas and electric fuel sources. These ovens are an excellent choice for those who enjoy both the responsive temperature control of gas burners and the dry electric oven heat that’s ideal for certain baking tasks.
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Style & Finishes
White, black and stainless steel are the most common color options. You can also upgrade to a fingerprint-resistant exterior finish, often in both traditional stainless steel and black stainless steel ovens from KitchenAid brand. Or, opt for something unconventional, like KitchenAid® commercial-style ranges in nine inspiring colors.
Convection Ovens vs. Conventional Ovens
A convection oven features a fan that circulates hot air inside the oven and around dishes to help promote even cooking when multi-rack baking. A regular or conventional oven doesn’t have a fan. Another type of convection, called True Convection, offers a third heating element in addition to the fan, usually located in the back of the oven. Even-Heat™ True Convection by KitchenAid brand uses a unique bow-tie design with heating element and fan that circulates hot air throughout the entire oven, providing optimal temperatures combined with airflow for crisp, flaky baked goods, juicy, well-browned roasts and caramelized vegetables.
Self-cleaning ovens help handle the mess and give you the freedom to focus on what’s important, your creations. KitchenAid® self-cleaning ovens help make baking and cleaning a breeze. Read this guide on how to properly clean your oven door glass to remove tough stains. And for more tips, learn how to troubleshoot an oven that’s not baking evenly.
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