A functional kitchen is one with an oven that meets your needs. Depending on your cooking habits and the size of your household, you may prefer a single oven, which is more like a conventional oven, or a double built-in oven. Here’s a look at what single or double ovens have to offer to help you make an informed decision.

What Is the Difference?

Double ovens offer benefits at a cost, so you may want to weigh the pros and cons to decide if one would be right for you. There are a few key differences between double and single ovens. We will break down a few of them below


Featuring two vertically stacked or side-by-side ovens, a double unit provides the following benefits:

  • More Cooking Capacity: A double Wolf range or wall oven adds cooking space so you can produce more food at once, which is great for larger families. Some options include a 48” or 60” range with two ovens, a 30” or 36” freestanding/slide-in range and a single wall oven nearby or, if you don’t have room for a single double built-in oven, you can install two single built-in units under a counter. But it is quite buy ativan usa popular to install a combo double oven where possible.
  • Less Cooking Time: You can cook different dishes at once. When cooking for the family or entertaining guests, this means less time to put together meals. Each oven can be set to a different temperature. Odors and tastes won’t mix when you cook multiple dishes simultaneously.
  • More Features: Most double ovens have a moisture function that adds steam while cooking, so food can retain moisture. You won’t typically find this in a conventional oven. Other features you might find include better convection heating, touchscreen controls, halogen lights, and triple-paned glass door windows.
  • Better Self-Cleaning Options: A self-cleaning function heats the oven to reduce spilled food to ashes, making it easier to remove. Cleaning a conventional model is usually done at lower temperatures using water and some heat. This requires more manual work compared to the simpler method offered by a double model.


Depending on your kitchen, a single oven may be enough. Here is how a single configuration compares with a double unit:

  • Cheaper: Double ovens cost considerably more than single models. While a conventional unit may cost a few hundred dollars, double models can cost several thousand, so it’s important to weigh the expense vs. the benefits.
  • Bottom Oven Isn’t as Large as Single: The bottom oven is usually a bit smaller than a single oven, so you might not get as much space as you would think. However, a double oven range provides more cooking space overall.
  • Storage Space Below: One distinct advantage of a single conventional oven is there is a storage drawer where you can put large pots and pans. A double oven does not have this drawer built into its design.
  • Less Energy Used: Double ovens can be used simultaneously, but this uses more energy than cooking with a single oven alone. However, you can save some energy if you use a double model’s small oven for your everyday needs.

Contact Wilshire Refrigeration & Appliance

At Wilshire Refrigeration & Appliance, we are factory certified to provide Wolf appliance repair in Las Vegas and Southern California. Whether you’re in Los Angeles, Santa Monica, Santa Barbara, or other surrounding locations, we can help you choose between a single or double Wolf range or oven or fix any problem with your appliance. Contact us at 800-427-3653 for more information or to schedule service.