Freestanding oven buying guide: How to find the best oven for you

We'll help you compare ovens to find the perfect appliance for your kitchen.

A freestanding oven combines your oven and cooktop into one appliance, allowing you to find a cooker that matches your kitchen space and your desired cooking capacity.

Traditionally cheaper to buy and install than a built-in oven, freestanding ovens are now available in a wide range of sizes and designs to suit a variety of spaces. Typical freestanding prices range from $500 to $10,000.

Our guide will help you compare upright cookers and their key features to find the best freestanding oven for your kitchen.

Compare some of the best freestanding ovens

Data obtained December 2018. Prices are subject to change and should be used only as a general guide.
Name Product Average Price (AUD) Fuel type No. of burners Oven size (litres) Dimensions (W x D x H) Purchase today
Chef CFE536WB
Chef CFE536WB
$618
Electric
4
80
540 x 635 x 910 mm
The Chef CFE536WB comes with a fan-forced oven, an electric hob with 4 hotplates, a timer and built-in lighting.
Chef CFE535WB
Chef CFE535WB
$668
Electric
4
80
540 x 635 x 910 mm
The Chef CFE535WB comes with an electric hob with 4 solid hotplates and a separate grilling compartment.
Euromaid FSG54S
Euromaid FSG54S
$898
Gas
4
83
540 x 600 x 950 mm
The Euromaid FSG54S is an affordable, fan-assisted gas oven with 4 multi-size burners including wok support and a flame failure safety device.
Chef CFE547WB
Chef CFE547WB
$949
Electric
4
80
540 x 635 x 910 mm
Chef’s CFE547WB has a fan-forced oven, an electric hob with a ceramic glass stovetop and a separate grilling compartment for easy entertaining.
Westinghouse WLG517WB
Westinghouse WLG517WB
$1,151
Gas
4
80
540 x 620 x 1150 mm
The Westinghouse WLG517WB includes oven and grill functions, as well as a 4 burner gas hob with a triple ring wok burner.
Midea MFS90CSS
Midea MFS90CSS
$1,635
Electric
5
121
895 x 600 x 769 mm
Midea’s MFS90CSS has a ceramic cooktop, a removable oven door for easy cleaning and a rotisserie function.
Euromaid GG90S
Euromaid GG90S
$1,645
Gas
5
113
900 x 600 x 920 mm
Euromaid’s GG90S has a 5 burner gas cooktop that includes a wok burner.
Beko BFC918GMX
Beko BFC918GMX
$2,046.12
Dual fuel
6
130
894 x 611 x 760 mm
The Beko BFC918GMX comes with a 5-year warranty, 6 multi-size burners, pull out shelves and grease-absorbing, odour-reducing panels for easy cleaning.
Emilia DI965MVI4
Emilia DI965MVI4
$2,099
Gas
5
116
900 x 600 x 920 mm
The Emilia DI965MVI4 is a fan assisted gas oven with a 5 burner gas hob and a centre triple ring wok burner.
Bosch Serie | 6 HSB738357A
Bosch Serie | 6 HSB738357A
$2,399
Dual fuel
6
112
898 x 600 x 900 mm
The Bosch Series HSB738357A is a professional grade cooker with up to 8 heating modes, a dual wok burner and cast-iron pan support with rubber feet for more stability.

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What is a freestanding oven?

Also known as an upright oven or upright cooker, a freestanding oven is an all-in-one appliance with a cooktop on top and the oven underneath. If you don't have cabinetry where you can mount your oven or enough bench space for a cooktop, a freestanding oven offers a practical solution.

Why should I consider a freestanding oven?

A freestanding oven can offer a few key advantages to the right kitchen and the right home cook. Freestanding ovens are the following:

Who should not consider a freestanding oven?

If you prefer the sleek, streamlined look of an inbuilt oven and cooktop, a freestanding oven may not be the best choice for you. Also, you can install a wall oven at a height that suits you, so you don't need to worry about bending and squatting to open a freestanding oven. A wall oven also gives you plenty of flexibility when choosing the layout of your kitchen.

Cleaning your kitchen can be more of a hassle with a freestanding oven. The gaps between your cooker and your benchtop can attract dropped food that's difficult to get to without moving the entire oven.

What types are available?

There are several types of freestanding oven available:

  • Electric freestanding ovens. These feature an electric oven and an electric cooktop. The advantage of an electric oven is that it provides an even, dry heat, while the cooktop should be relatively easy to clean. However, it's more expensive to use than an all-gas model and can't match the performance of a gas or induction stove.
  • Gas freestanding ovens. A gas oven provides moist heat that shouldn't dry out your food and also provides the fast and powerful heating of a gas cooktop. However, cleaning a gas cooktop can be hard work, and freestanding cookers with electric ovens are much more widely available than those with gas ovens.
  • Dual-fuel freestanding ovens. These models combine an electric oven and a gas cooktop together into one appliance, offering the best of both worlds. The downside is that you'll need both gas and electrical connections and installation can be a little more involved. Dual-fuel models are also known to be quite expensive, but some more affordable options have started to become available in recent years.
  • Induction freestanding ovens. If you like the convenience and improved performance of an induction cooktop, some high-end models offer this option along with an electric oven. Induction cooktops rely on electromagnetic fields to heat pots and pans and are faster and safer to use. However, they only work with specific types of cookware and usually come with a higher price tag. Find out more in our guide to choosing an induction cooktop.

How to compare freestanding ovens

Freestanding ovens come in a variety of shapes and sizes and with an overwhelming number of features. You can pick up a basic and fully functional freestanding cooker for around $500. Most dual-fuel models will be $1,000 and up and top-spec models can exceed $10,000.

Here are the key factors you need to consider when purchasing a freestanding oven:

Which freestanding oven is best for me?

The best freestanding oven for you depends on your personal preferences, the size of your kitchen and your budget.

Think about the type of home cook you are. If you're an aspiring MasterChef contestant who is always tackling new and challenging dishes, you'll likely choose a very different freestanding oven to someone who simply needs something affordable and practical to fit into a small kitchen.

Once you know exactly what you want for your kitchen, you can then start comparing the available options. To help make this easier, we've compared the pros and cons of five popular freestanding ovens below:

The goodThe bad
Westinghouse WLG517WB
  • Easy to use
  • Solid performance
  • Gas hob cleaning is a chore
  • Hot oven exterior
Euromaid FSG54S
  • Under $1,000
  • Stainless steel
  • Some users find it difficult to tell when the oven has been turned on
  • Shortcomings of gas oven compared to electric
Smeg S9GMXU
  • Dual-fuel flexibility
  • Impressive results
  • Not cheap
  • Reviews indicate that it can be difficult to install
ILVE NT906WVG
  • Family size
  • Packed with features
  • Expensive
  • Reviews indicate that it can be difficult to install
Chef CFE535WB
  • Budget price point
  • Easy to use
  • Stove slow to heat
  • Some users report the grill to be fiddly

Getting the right oven and cooktop for your home will improve your cooking and turn your kitchen into a practical and inviting space.


 

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