Ranges - double oven or single oven?

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Posted: 12/4/2011 7:45:23 PM
It appears I'm in the market for a new range. Today was the last straw when my "vintage" caloric oven gave out halfway through cooking dinner. Ugh.

I'm kind of torn on single vs double oven ranges. I do a lot of baking, so I can see how this could come in handy.

If you have/had a double oven range, did you like it? Did you find the sizes of the ovens hindered your cooking?

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Posted: 12/4/2011 7:52:53 PM
I've always had double wall ovens and a stovetop. I upgraded them about 10 years ago and if I had to do it all over again, I'd NEVER be without double ovens. Mine were both standard sizes (I could fit a 28 lb turkey in both of them), so I cooked and baked with speed and ease. Believe me, you'd use them!!









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Posted: 12/4/2011 7:56:36 PM
I currently have two wall ovens that are the same size, and I like having two. To be honest, though, I don't use both at the same time very often, but when I do I'm very happy to have them. Prior to this, I had a range with two ovens, one normal sized and one small. The small one could fit a small cookie sheet or a casserole dish, but I couldn't use my large cookie sheets in there, and I certainly couldn't cook a roast. The range was the 8 burner size (6 burners plus a griddle) so the first oven didn't suffer sizewise, but I would not give up size in the first oven to have a second small oven - it definitely wouldn't be worth the tradeoff.

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Posted: 12/4/2011 8:00:21 PM
I have been planning to get a double range oven for years, but had a realization over Thanksgiving: there's no way I could fit a roasting pan and a 18lb turkey into a double range oven! A double wall oven, no problem. But my kitchen won't accommodate a double wall oven short of a total remodel.

Then I saw the new Samsung microwave/convection/toaster oven. It's an over-the-range multipurpose oven that will totally serve as the "double" for my oven.

So - my thoughts. FWIW.

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Posted: 12/4/2011 8:52:25 PM
I had one where one oven was under the cooktop and the other was over it (where you'd ordinarily find a microwave). The top oven was a little smaller, but plenty big enough for a cookie sheet or a couple of loaves of bread.

I it.

My current kitchen has a single, modestly-sized oven. It pains me often. LOL

If you're a baker, you will never look back after having two ovens!

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Posted: 12/4/2011 9:10:13 PM
While I was shopping for appliances this fall I found a range with double ovens where the divider between the ovens came out so that you could use it as a single oven if you needed to put something taller in it. I liked that but I also liked that the upper oven was smaller so if what you were baking only took up a small space you wouldn't have to heat up a big oven to bake it. I don't remember the brand but I saw it at Sears.


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Posted: 12/4/2011 9:35:24 PM
I just got rid of the double wall ovens and cooktop. Ripped them right out 2 weeks ago.
I never cooked enough to justify having them. Both were big enough for cooking turkeys. And HEAVY to take out for renovation!

We just picked cabinets for the redo and I think I would rather have something else in the space the cooktop and ovens took(right now extra counter space, but eyeballing dishwasher or pantry as we move forward).

Mine were 'vintage' (think BRADY BUNCH...REALLY, I had a Brady bunch Kitchen without Alice!). So it was an easy decision to make. All were hard wired so we are having a typical oven outlet put in and going with a standard oven/range and a microwave/hood. Moving into the 21st century!

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ETA: I'm going to look at the microwave/oven over the range units. I hadn't thought of somthing like that.

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Posted: 12/4/2011 9:51:16 PM
It sounds like you are not talking about a wall oven, but rather the single oven being divided into two ovens in a stove combo, yes? If you bake shallow things, then I think that would be great, but if you do things with large roasters, then likely not.

Any chance of removing the current stove combo, putting a cabinet in, installing a cooktop on it and then having a double wall oven? I have that set up and love it and highly recommend it, especially if you cook a lot!



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Posted: 12/4/2011 9:53:05 PM
We bought a house that they installed a double oven in and well if you go that route make sure you stand in front of the thing and pretend you are taking that turkey or casserole out of a hot oven and see how easy it is... for me I have to straddle the door on the floor and pull hard to get the rack out. It's a pain but I hear there are others that are much much easier to use.

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Posted: 12/4/2011 9:58:04 PM
I have a double wall oven and a cooktop. The double ovens are both full size. If I didn't have a wall oven and instead had a stove/oven combination, I would still like to have a double oven as long as the main oven was large enough for things I might like to cook. What AKathy saw sounds interesting where you can pull something out and make it one big oven.

I don't use my second oven a lot but I sure like having it when I need it. It was a cheap upgrade when I built my house.





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Posted: 12/4/2011 10:02:00 PM
I saw an ad for what I think AKathy was talking about. Samsung offers a double oven with removable divider.




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Posted: 12/4/2011 10:07:14 PM
We just completed a remodel of our kitchen. I probably would have preferred double wall ovens and a cooktop, but those two options are quite a bit more pricy than even a really good range, and additionally, we just couldn't figure out a good way to make that work in terms of layout (even though we did knock out a wall, extend another, and re-route the gas line).

I have an Electrolux range with a warming oven on the bottom. I haven't used the warming oven feature yet. Even on Thanksgiving, I really didn't need to, as the side dishes were able to fit into the oven once I pulled the turkey out. We looked at double-oven ranges, and something to consider is that there are definitely more restrictions with a double-oven setup in a range than there are if you have wall-ovens.

Kenmore makes a very nice double-oven range, where the top oven is quite small, height-wise, and the larger oven is on the bottom. You would have to stoop down a bit to load that oven. I really liked that one, but did wonder how it would be to haul a roast or turkey out of it.

I think this was the one we looked at: Kenmore double-oven range

In the end I chose the Electrolux because overall I liked the features better, even though it just has the warming oven and not two separate ovens. This is the one I have: Electrolux range


We also looked at Kitchen Aid double-oven ranges, but I eliminated them quickly because the way the cooktop knobs are arranged at at angle on the front of the range really reduces the amount of space you have on the burners. I don't see how you could get a skillet and a saucepan on adjacent burners with this setup. Here's an example:
Kitchen Aid

Note that if you are looking for a slide-in range as opposed to a conventional range--those are single-oven only, at least that's what I found when I shopped this past summer. Those models also only tend to have four burner elements instead of five.

Hope this helps.


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Posted: 12/5/2011 7:58:22 AM

It sounds like you are not talking about a wall oven, but rather the single oven being divided into two ovens in a stove combo, yes?


Yes. That's what I mean.

I would love, love, love to have wall ovens, but to do so would require a full kitchen remodel. Something that's definitely not a priority right now.

I was really worried about being restricted on having the oven split in two. While I don't roast turkeys on a daily, weekly or even monthly basis, I do large roasts occasionally.


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Posted: 12/5/2011 8:36:00 AM
Double. We rented a house with a double and at first I thought I'd never use both at the same time, until I have had held parties that I had to cook a few dishes at the same time. Now out house that we have only has one oven and now can not wait until I get another double oven! It was a smaller one on top and larger on bottom.



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Posted: 12/5/2011 8:41:29 AM

I have been planning to get a double range oven for years, but had a realization over Thanksgiving: there's no way I could fit a roasting pan and a 18lb turkey into a double range oven! A double wall oven, no problem. But my kitchen won't accommodate a double wall oven short of a total remodel.




I have a Jen air dual fuel double oven! I love it. My cook top is gas and my ovens are electric. I can easilly do a large turkey. I did a 20 lb last Thanksgiving. The bottom oven is normally size. My top oven is smaller. I use the top more often than the bottom. Casseroles, cookies, pizza(if I'm only doing one, rolls. The top oven heats up super quick. i will never cook without a double oven again.
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Posted: 12/5/2011 9:16:08 AM
I have a Maytag oven/range with two ovens. The top is a smaller oven for bread/pizza/cookies and the bottom is a regular size. I love this appliance! It is super fast preheating and has a warming option.

I roasted a 26 pound turkey in the bottom oven for Thanksgiving. I was also able to fit my sweet potato casserole in there and did the dressing in the top oven.

I think some ovens are smaller but this Maytag is quite large and the racks roll out easily.

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Posted: 12/5/2011 9:22:28 AM
I have a double oven, regular size stove type. The top oven is smaller, used most often.

I cooked a 15lb turkey in the bottom one recently, was plenty big.

I love not only not having to heat the whole oven each time, but being able to 2 things at 2 different temps is great.




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Posted: 12/5/2011 10:03:13 AM
My range is a GE Profile. It has a 3 rack convection oven, and the drawer at the bottom is an oven as well. I LOVE the convection feature. I can bake 3 sheets of cookies at a time (15"x21" cookie sheets). I make pizza every Friday night, and I again I can bake 3 at a time. It also has a convection roast option--the meat comes out just right, tender and juicy.

As for the lower oven drawer, I really don't use it often. I've baked things like rolls or a side dish in there at Thanksgiving or Christmas, and they turn out fine. But with the three racks, I don't use it often. My sister has a double wall oven, and she can cook less at a time than I can in my little range.

Hope you find something that works well for you!

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Posted: 12/5/2011 10:25:02 AM
We purchased a Maytag MGT8655XS Gas Range Double Oven. I love it! I had no problem cooking the turkey and all the fixings using both the ovens on Thanksgiving. I love being able to cook at 2 different temperatures if needed, and having the option to only use the small top oven is great.


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Posted: 12/5/2011 12:28:07 PM
bookmarking this one... I want a double oven feature as well, but was unsure if I could fit a good size (23-25l turkey in one..

another question also.. are they all "convection" ovens? do they cook the same only faster ???

glad I found this thread...

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Posted: 12/5/2011 12:36:12 PM
We're going shopping tomorrow night so I'll keep everyone updated as to what I decide. I'm going to measure the inside of my current oven and compare it to the others.

As an aside, Home Depot's website SUCKS. I've tried to look at ranges on there but everyone I find is "online only." How can you buy an oven online? I need to see it! Play with the controls! Do my little Betty Crocker pose!


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Posted: 12/5/2011 12:37:16 PM
I have a single oven but would give my eye teeth for a double oven!!!



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Posted: 12/5/2011 2:21:33 PM
" If you have/had a double oven range, did you like it? Did you find the sizes of the ovens hindered your cooking? "

At the apartment we lived in before we moved here, we had a range with a full-size oven below, and a smaller oven with a convection setting above (like where a microwave would go). It was made that way, so it's not like there was originally a microwave and they swapped it out with another oven.

I loved it because the smaller oven was the perfect size to cook a meal for two, or a half batch of baked goods. And I liked the convection feature a lot as well. There was the flexibility of using either the small or full-sized oven, and it came in handy whenever we had company are were making a really involved special meal. Having two ovens, that could be used with two different temperatures was great.

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Posted: 12/5/2011 2:33:28 PM
maytag gemini range

This is probably closest to what we have. Ours is not a convection oven. We have the smaller "pizza" oven on top, the larger oven on the bottom. We use the smaller oven all the time, use the bigger oven when we are making batches of cookies or cooking something like a roast, turkey or ham.
The larger oven is low. You do have to work a bit harder to get everything in and out as as one OP put it, nearly have to straddle the door to get the food out. But I do love having the two ovens.
For years we had the single oven and used a toaster oven/counter oven to make small items.

Like I said ours is not a convection oven so I don't know what the overall difference would be.


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