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    Built-in Cooking

    Did you know?

    Single ovens give you more features than double ovens

    If you need a lot of oven space, you might be considering a double model. But did you know single ovens come with more features? If you've got enough space, you could go for a combination of two single models, or a single unit paired with a compact or combi oven.

    All ovens come in standard sizes

    While some models might vary ever so slightly, ovens often come in standard sizes – most single ovens will fit in a 60cm tall oven housing unit, for example.

    Get prepped for your new extractor hob

    If you’re looking at an extractor hob, it’s worth noting that this takes up a bit of extra space under your counter. Some models don’t come with a ducting kit to install them, so you may need to pick one up separately.

    Check when you need a professional

    Most hobs need hardwiring in, but some models do come with plugs. Check your connection before you choose, as a lot of homes don’t have a socket beneath the cabinet, so they’ll need to be installed by an electrician anyway.

    Upsize without the faff

    Most standard induction models are super thin, so they don’t take up cupboard space underneath. That means if you fancy getting a wider hob, you’ll only need to alter your worktop to fit it in.

    Compact ovens, built-in microwaves and coffee machines are the same size

    They usually fit in the same 45cm tall cabinet space, but always measure up just in case. That'll make planning your dream kitchen easier.

    Speak to a specialist to get a flawless finish

    When you buy built-in cooking appliances, you might find you need a stainless strip to fill a gap if it’s not a perfect fit. So, keep in mind that we don’t sell filler panels – they’ve got to come from specialist kitchen fitters.

    Measure up for a snug fit

    Whether you’re stacking appliances or slotting them next to each other, remember that if you buy models from multiple brands or ranges, the doors and top panels might not line up properly. Make sure to check the dimensions before you buy.

    Squeeze in a warming or Sous Vide drawer

    When planning your dream kitchen, it’s worth remembering that warming drawers usually measure in at 14 or 30cm. On the other hand, Sous Vide drawers measure in at about 14cm.

    Island hobs need a power supply

    If you're thinking of fitting a hob on your island, remember you'll need a power supply. You might find it easier to have an induction hob – that way, you won’t need to install a gas supply too.

    Keep your island clear

    If you've got a hob on your kitchen island, you'll want a cooker hood to sit above it. Luckily there are plenty of island cooker hoods to complete your dream setup. Alternatively, if you don't want something overhead, a downdraft hood or extractor hob sits within your worktop. Just bear in mind they will take up cupboard space underneath.

    Mind the gap

    The ‘Hot Zone’ is the gap between the hob and cooker hood. We recommend the distance between the two to be at least 75cm, and above 65cm if it's an electric hob. It’s also a good idea to have at least a 9cm gap on either side of the hot zone for ventilation.

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