As kitchen design fashions change over time, appliance sizes change with them. Those of us with older fitted kitchens are left at a real disadvantage when needing to replace original built-ins. Here are a few tips I learned from personal experience in shopping for a replacement wall oven.
Basic measurements aren’t enough:
New ovens are sized by width at 24, 27, 30, or 36 inches, with the biggest selection in the 27 and 30 inch options. We soon learned that these basic dimensions pertain only to the outer facing of the oven. In fact, the facing width is only a very rough guide as to whether a particular oven will fit into the available cutout space. As measured on its face, our old oven was just over 25 inches wide. So could we fit a 27 inch oven, or did we need to drop down to 24?
What you need to know:
You need to have the height, width, and depth of the actual cutout in your kitchen. The space has to be large enough to accommodate your new oven, including sufficient area for air circulation behind the unit. Then you will need to check the detailed specifications for each oven model of interest, to determine if it will fit. All this before you can even think about what features you might like.
We were lucky enough to still have the specification sheet for our old oven, so we had the dimensions of the original cutout. Without that, the old oven has to be removed so that exact measurements can be made. You don’t want to have a brand new oven delivered only to find out the installers can’t fit it.
Even with the dimensions in hand, checking the specifications for each and every model proved to be a time-consuming and frustrating task. Among 27 inch ovens, only a very few seemed like they might fit our kitchen – and even that would depend on how much wood could be shaved down at the opening of the cutout.
Work with a professional:
Check your local listings for appliance specialists in your area. We thought we would find a larger selection and lower prices online or at big box stores, but this was not the case. In working with a local small business, we had access to a professional installer who came out and confirmed measurements in our kitchen before we made a final oven selection. Sales staff were then able to provide us with details of ovens they could guarantee would fit.
Thanks to their help, I was able to choose from among a handful of models based on features and price, knowing that any I selected would fit. Much better than spending hours online reading specifications and hoping I was choosing correctly. After we made a selection, I did some price comparing online, and found that our local vendor was giving us a better price than we could have gotten elsewhere. Our new oven was then installed by professionals who were able to make the minor adjustments to our woodwork that were required to fit the new oven.
So don’t despair if you find yourself needing to replace a built-in oven in your older fitted kitchen. With a little help, you can find the perfect option – and no need go for a complete kitchen remodel!
Goedeker’s. Wall Ovens.