Saving Space with Cooking Appliances
Microwave technology has developed over recent years, and some models now offer multiple cooking options – these include grilling, steaming and convention heating features. This makes them a great option if you don’t cook a huge amount. For ovens, there’s quite a large variation in size. If you’re tight on kitchen space, there are a couple of options which still let you cook all the meals you need.
Regular microwaves are flexible, coming with controls for temperature, time and weight.
While they’re often used alongside full-sized ovens, they can still be used to create a full meal. They’re ideal if you’re restricted by space in a caravan or small flat.
Microwave & Grill
More sophisticated models offer a grill function, and can even cook crispy bacon.
Unlike standard microwaves, these models can brown food, making them a great space-saving option in comparison to an oven with grill.
Integrated models are ideal for smaller kitchens where space is tighter.
Combi microwaves come with a convection oven.
Alongside grilling and steaming functions, they can also work as conventional microwaves. These models tend to be more expensive, but can take away the need to purchase a regular oven.
Integrated models are fitted into your kitchen units for a flawless finish, and they’re a perfect design if you prefer your microwave at eye level. There are also freestanding models, which can be placed on a worktop or in a kitchen unit cupboard.
Single, compact ovens are built-in appliances, and probably the best option if you’re looking to save space.
At around 45 cm tall, they’re a similar size to larger integrated microwaves. This size would work well for a single person or couple, but a larger meal would need to be cooked in stages. They’re usually fitted with a grill, offering more flexibility (like the more advanced microwave models).
If you’re looking for a freestanding cooker, there isn’t a huge range of sizes.
The smallest full-size cooker is around 90 cm (H) x 50 cm (W) x 60 cm (D), and the width is usually the only variable. For kitchens without that space, there are a number of table top cookers available – these models have a main oven, around 25–30 litres, and two electric hob rings. They’re closer in size to a microwave than a standard cooker, with sizes starting from around 34 cm (H) x 51 cm (W) x 41 cm (D).
Integrated ovens provide the most practical finish, but it’s more expensive to design an integrated kitchen.