Should you care what the standard size of an electric cooker is? Whether you are buying a new home, remodelling your kitchen, or simply replacing your existing cooker with a new model, it’s essential to know what kind of space you will need. As cookers are detached appliances that stand alone, you will need an allocated space in your kitchen, either between countertops, next to another machine, etc.
Luckily for you, most cookers do not vary much in size. As it stands, electric cookers generally measure either 50 cm, 55 cm, or 60 cm in width. They are also usually 90 cm in height and 60 cm in depth.
However, despite their small differences in sizing, you can get significantly different features from cooker to cooker. Within that small space, you can choose to have a single oven, one with a separate grill, a gas burning hob on top of an electric oven, etc. Also, depending on the make that you buy, you could also have many different cooking features for the oven itself.
Simply put, the size of your electric cooker will only dictate the space that you need; it will not, however, restrict you in your cooking options!
What is the Standard Size of an Electric Cooker?
Although the width and depth will remain the same no matter the model, the height will vary when it comes to electric ovens.
Generally speaking, all-electric cookers the standard size of an electric cooker will measure 59. 7 cm in width and 56 cm in depth. However, the height of the appliance will depend on the model that you choose.
For example, if you only need a compact oven, then you should know that the height of those ovens is usually around 45 cm. When it comes to the bigger single oven, these measure more, approximately 60 cm.
Of course, this changes significantly if you are looking at purchasing a double oven. A ‘double’ oven can be a very general term and will vary depending on what you and your loved ones need specifically.
If you only need one standard oven and a separate grill, for example, then you should need a space of at least 70 cm tall. However, if you need two single ovens, you will need to measure a space that is long or wide enough (depending on the layout you choose), which could end up being more than 90 cm.
However, thankfully, even double ovens measure the same in width (59. 7 cm) and depth (56 cm).
Are 60cm cookers actually 60cm?
Yes, generally speaking, the standard size of an electric cooker will be 60 cm in height. However, their size isn’t the only thing that will determine the space that you need.
First of all, even if all 60 cm cookers do measure 60 cm, you should always leave enough space for wiggle room. If your measurements are off by a small amount, this can greatly impact your chances of actually fitting the cooker into your allocated space.
Secondly, no matter the cooker that you choose, you will automatically have to factor in an extra 5 mm space between the cooker and all of its sides for ventilation purposes. The ventilation space around a cooker or any heating appliance is essential. It allows for the steam and heat to safely exit the appliance while mixing with cooler, and dryer air, making for good air circulation. This will ensure that the machine does not rust or overheat quickly and is therefore essential for the unit’s longevity.
It is also for the health and safety of everyone within the household and should not be ignored! The professional who will install the cooker for you will let you know if the space is big enough for the cooker to run safely; however, you will not want to run the risk of them having to come back at a later time because you did not initially measure the space to be wider than the oven’s size.
What are Standard Oven Sizes?
As previously mentioned, the standard sizes of an electric cooker is limited. They all measure approximately 59. 7 cm in width and 56 cm in depth; however, their height can vary from 45 cm to 60 cm (counting only single ovens). A built-in double oven will obviously need a lot more space in height (or width, depending on the layout in your kitchen), which you will have to choose depending on your available space.
Now, despite the fact that a standard oven will come in a standard size, nowadays, there is nothing ‘standard’ about the oven that you choose!
You will, first of all, have a choice between a built-in oven, a double oven, or a single oven. This will obviously be determined by the room that you have in your kitchen, but also by what you and your family need and can afford.
From there, you will have to choose the fuel source of your oven. This may also be determined by the installation that you already have in your kitchen (i.e. whether or not you have a gas line, an electrical outlet that is capable of handling an oven, room for a water container, etc.). However, depending on the specificities of your home, you could have the power source changed to your preferred method of cooking.
Why ‘Standard’ doesn’t Really Apply
There’s no one or two unit sizes that really fit the bill. Cavity volume will differ from case to case, which is why it’s always a good idea to compare litres of capacity across different models for your kitchen.
Let’s consider an example of ‘non standard’ ovens. Nowadays, more and more people are becoming interested in steam cooking. Plenty of steam ovens are available on the market, but in order to install and run one, you will need to measure more than just the space that the oven will take up. In order for the steam oven to function, it will require a water container, large enough to provide the water for the steam.
There are containers of different sizes available, but you will need to ensure that you have enough cavities that are close enough to fit both your oven and the container.
Of course, this is just one type of heating source, and there are others to choose from, including gas, electric, convection, etc. There’s range cookers to consider, too!
If you do have a reasonable budget set aside for your oven, then there is no reason why you could not get everything that you need from a single model. Nowadays, most range cookers, built-in ovens, single ovens, and cookers come with different functions for different cooking methods. Built in oven models, in fact, are often easy to measure for.
You will be able to choose whether or not you have a baking setting, a grill setting, a fan, the different temperatures, etc.
As cooking home-cooked meals has become increasingly popular, and more and more people care about taking the time to cook their meals in a healthy and efficient way, the kitchen appliances industry has had to adapt to these new requirements that so many of us now have.
Are All Ovens 60cm Deep?
Typically, any built-in oven (be it in range cookers or directly into a kitchen cavity), double oven, single oven, or double, is 60 cm deep. These details are really unlikely to change with built-in ovens, so breathe a sigh of relief when shopping online!
However, some ovens do vary in depth size, though this is rare.
When looking for a new oven, the most important thing to do is always measure the space that you have available and be sure of the measurements of the different models that you may be looking at. They should not differ, and if they do, it shouldn’t be by too much; however, you do not want to be caught out, leaving you with an oven that you will not be able to install, or at least the way that you would like!
There’s no denying that purchasing any kind of oven or cooker is a great investment. Although they do vary in price, a good oven or cooker will set you back at least a few hundred pounds. They are also appliances that we expect to last us for a very long time, and good ones that are well looked after can last a lifetime! With that in mind, it is crucial to take the time that you need to find the right one for you.
That means measuring the space that you have, identifying what cooking features you want and need, what kind of hob you want (if you want a cooker), what capacity you need the oven cavity to hold (whether or not you frequently cook for many people), the layout that you have to hold the litres of water next to the oven (obviously, this only applies to steam ovens ), etc.
Spatial planning is really important! While you may have your eye on a built in oven with a digital menu and all the bells and whistles, if you can’t slot your new cooker into your kitchen, then you’re stuck.
The best things to check for aren’t always the fuel or the heat potential – but the capacity of your oven or ovens, and how easy installation is going to be. A great cooker or oven might have everything you need – but if you don’t have easy access to it, checking those lengths and widths will make all the difference!
Traditional cooker, built in oven, range cooker, you name it – make sure your kitchen is big enough!