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In the market for a new oven? Before you buy, here are the pros and cons of wall ovens and free-standing ovens.

Wall ovens: pros and cons
Pros
– wall ovens give you more flexibility with your kitchen layout than free-standing ovens do. For example, your oven doesn’t have to go under your cooktop, and can fit in an island bench.
– you can install a wall oven at custom height if you like, for ease of use.
– wall ovens offer a streamlined look that you can’t really get with a freestanding oven.
– you can get a combination of gas and electric with wall ovens – that is, you can get a gas cooktop with an electric oven.

Cons
– built-in wall ovens are generally more expensive – both in terms of the product itself and the installation.
– when you remove a wall oven, your cabinetry may be impacted.

Free-standing ovens: pros and cons
Pros

– free-standing ovens are typically less expensive (and less expensive to install)
– they’re also easier to install, as you don’t need to worry about fitting in around cabinetry

Cons
– most free-standing ovens don’t offer a combination of gas and electric cooktop/ovens. Your cooktop and oven will either both be gas or both electric.
– the appearance of a free-standing oven won’t be as streamlined as a built-in oven.

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