New range - double or single oven

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Nov 29, 2008
My wife and I are in the market for a new oven/stove range, all gas. She wants a double oven and I am very hesitant about it.

- Heat bleed between ovens
- Lack of space could make baking more challenging due to lack of flexibility of rack position
- Feels like an all year compromise with once a year upside

I love baking so something that will complicate baking will be a tough sell for me. What is your experience with counter height double ovens?

Andy M.

Certified Pretend Chef
Sep 1, 2004
While I have no direct experience, the one issue I've noticed is that neither oven is "full-sized". Not sure if it's an issue for you but a smaller double oven may not be able to fit a Thanksgiving turkey on a rack in a roasting pan.


Executive Chef
Feb 20, 2011
We just bought a new stove and looked at the double ovens. Some of them are convertible to a full size oven. But each oven has limitations because of that. Also, you have to have a place for the divider when not in use. We ended up just getting a single oven, but we also have a decent sized countertop oven as well if we happen to need a second oven.


Chef Extraordinaire
May 9, 2007
Southeastern Virginia
My father in law's kitchen has a double oven - a short one on top and a full-size one below. The one on top is nice for baking a tray of cookies or rolls, or broiling meat. The other holds a whole turkey easily, but you have to lean way down to put things in and take them out, so that might be an issue.

Each can be set to a different temperature; I never noticed any bleed-through of the temperatures. Ovens these days are very well insulated.


Senior Cook
Jul 1, 2007
Levittown Pa
Have a GE dual oven electric stove. Glass top. Smaller top oven full size bottom over. No problem to put a 25 Lb turkey in the lower oven. Like the five burner top. Two front burners have a large or small setting for the pot diameter. Had it about 12 years now. We were just talking that it is so handy we would never go back to a single oven even if the price was much higher.


Senior Cook
Jun 26, 2021
Parma, Ohio
I put in a Jen Air double oven, electric. This thing had to be dead level, way beyond any level could measure. He is a pastry chef.

So I used the shallow plate method. I got it peerect but not after the cabinet broke under the weight. I had to rebuild the bottom.

So if two guys come and install the oven, figurre $300.

Even if it is a little more, I would go to the local union hall.

You need the wiring already in the wall, you ran it and actually in a situation like this I don't try to hide it. On that job I left like a whip, flexible conduit with all needed wires. They come from the basement where I put them in, metal conduit all the way.

This was a show kitchen, it could have been on TV.

The guy was Colin Powell's personal chef. He had pictures, one with the whole staff I think Clinton and all that. Then don't ask don't tell made him want out.

But his oven was level no matter what.

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