If you’re serious about cooking at your home, you need to outfit your kitchen with appliances and design features that are flexible and allow for the most utility. Where ovens are concerned, however, you have a lot of choice and it can be difficult to determine the best one for your needs. Double oven ranges, as the name implies, feature two ovens (generally a smaller space on top and a larger one on the bottom) which can be extremely valuable for the serious gourmand. But there are a few disadvantages which you’ll need to consider before purchasing one. Here are some of the pros and cons of double oven ranges.
Pro: Maximum Cooking Utility
With two separately controlled cooking spaces in a double oven range, you get maximum utility out of your oven. Use the smaller oven as part of your everyday dinner cooking routine and the larger oven for roasting the turkey on Thanksgiving or for other special events. If you need to cook for a lot of people, having two ovens going at the same time can be a huge timesaver. You can cook two different foods at different temperatures simultaneously!
Pro: Flexible Design Options
While the actual size of double oven ranges on the market is fairly standard, there is a wide variety of design points to look at. You’ll want to take a close look at the capacities for both ovens – you’ll find that some double oven ranges have higher capacities than others. You could even opt for an oven with a slide-in partition for added utility!
Con: Bottom Oven is Low to the Ground
One tangible result of the double oven range design is the rather low setting of the bottom oven. This makes the bottom rack of the bottom oven only slightly higher than ground level – imagine lifting a roaster from that height! It’s important to take this design characteristic into consideration when looking at double oven ranges for your home.
Con: Lower Overall Kitchen Storage
Another point: you do have to sacrifice the under-oven storage drawer if you opt for a double range oven in your kitchen, which reduces the amount of storage space in your kitchen. Oversized pans will need a new storage location if you install a double range oven. However, if you can stay reasonably organized, you should be able to work around this reduction in storage space!
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