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There is often confusion about the terms Built In and Built Under. Built In ovens are so called because whilst they can go underneath a counter, they can also be eye-level mounted in a tall unit. Built Under ovens are designed to the same height as a standard base unit and are solely designed to go under a counter (they have a plinth recess to match your units) and cannot be fitted at eye level. Unfortunately, a Built Under oven can also be described as Built In. This is because it is designed to fit under a worktop, but people think of it as being Built In to their kitchen. It is confusing to say the least.

Single ovens

Single oven means the oven has a single cavity. There are many variations of single oven available. The main differences, other than appearance, are the functions or types of cooking that these ovens will perform. The vast majority of Built In single ovens are now electric although there is still a limited range of Built In gas ovens available. Neff offer an exclusive range of Slide and Hide ovens that feature a door that folds away under the oven. This is extremely useful where space is at a premium or when you simply want unrestricted access to your oven.

Compact ovens

Compact ovens are smaller than regular single ovens and have a single cavity. These products are designed to be installed alone, combined with other compact models or with full size ovens.

Classic microwave ovens

Classic microwave ovens are smaller than both full size and compact ovens. A grill function is available in some models but full combination options are generally only available in compact models.

BE WARNED, this is one of the most mis-ordered items we sell! Most classic (and all compact) models will not fit within a wall unit as they are too deep so it is crucial that you check carefully.


Double Ovens Built In

Double oven means the oven has two cavities. The top (or secondary) oven would normally be a conventional oven and grill. The bottom (or main) oven is normally a fully multifunction oven although some models only offer fan cooking.

Oven Cleaning Systems

Enamelled - Enamelled steel liner cleaned by hand.
Catalytic - Liners that clean themselves but only cover part of the oven.
Pyrolytic - High temperature self cleaning oven.
Steam - An option with all models that have a steam generator.
For a more detailed guide to ovens and other products visit our Product advice section.
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Choosing a new hob for your kitchen can be a daunting prospect, with so many options and cooker types to choose from. Below we have outlined some of the main options available and explained the differences, so that you can make an informed choice.

There are four types of electric hob


Induction

This type of hob uses a powerful magnetic field to heat the bottom of a saucepan. The only types of saucepans that will work with an induction hob are those that have a magnetic base. These pans are easily available from major department stores. When all is taken into account induction is the fastest, cleanest cooking around. The heat can be turned down very quickly to avoid boiling over and with up to 15 heat settings they are extremely flexible.

Ceramic

A hard, brittle heat-resistant material made by firing a mixture of substances at a high temperature. Best described as an electric heating element concealed under glass. This type is much quicker than the solid plate hobs of old.

Solid plate

This type of hob is very common in older kitchens, but is now not so popular apart from rental properties due to the indestructible nature of the hob. The plates are made of cast-iron, which can rust and are slow to cool down so keep them dry and watch the red dot for indication of residual heat.

Gas Hobs

Apart from the obvious colour choices, there are also various types of pan support available.

Cast iron pan supports

These are considered to be the most durable. Generally, this type should not be put into a dishwasher for cleaning as they can rust. Hobs with cast iron supports are normally slightly more expensive.

Enamelled pan supports/burner caps

These are normally manufactured from mild steel and then enamelled. This type can normally be cleaned in a dishwasher. Over a long period of time, the enamel can become brittle and chip off due to the amount of heat generated by the gas burners. The burner caps will become dull, and this can happen relatively quickly.

Stainless steel pan supports/burner caps

Stainless steel pan supports will turn blue when heat is applied. Some brands offer these on some of their hobs, but usually offer alternative black pan supports and burner caps for an extra cost.

Gas on glass

There are also a lot of gas on glass hobs, which are made of the same material as ceramic hobs, very stylish and easy to clean. This glass is in fact a very dark red, and is used because it is hard wearing and can cope well with extremes of temperature.

Controls

Gas hobs are available with touch controls or various types of knobs/controls and these can be situated on the front or side of the hob. We are often asked for hobs with side controls as it is considered that this style is safer when there are young/small children about. Front controls are preferred by those who are left handed, as side controls are always on the right.

For a more detailed guide to hobs and other products visit our Product advice section.
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The main reason for installing an extractor is to take away the smells and grease that are produced during cooking and there are many styles available.

There are many types of hood/extractor available:


Sloping hoods – Fitted against a wall and gently sloping to improve headroom
Chimney – Fitted against a wall in the classic style
Island and Pendant Hoods – Suspended from the ceiling, away from the wall, above a furniture island or peninsular
Integrated – Fitted between your cupboards and with a furniture "flap" door fitted to the front
Canopy Motor Units – A fixed unit that is to the underside of a wall unit, canopy or chimney breast
Conventional – A fixed depth hood that is fitted against a wall either alone or below a shorter wall unit
Telescopic – A pull-out hood that is fitted to the underside of a wall unit
Downdraft – Designed for use in an island or peninsular with a section that rises from the worktop
Ceiling – Designed for use above an island or peninsular and fitted flush with your ceiling

Extractors will clean dirty air caused by cooking by passing it through a grease filter first, which is normally made up of layers of aluminium mesh (metal grease filters). A few extractors do still use paper or fibre grease filters, which can be washed a few times but will eventually need to be replaced. Metal grease filters can be washed in the sink or a dishwasher, and therefore do not need to be replaced.
In addition to passing the air through a grease filter the air is then directed to an outside wall through ducting or recirculated, via a charcoal filter to remove smells, back in to the room. Ducting out is the most desirable method as this is more efficient and quieter.


Correct Hood Width

It is not necessary to match the width of the hob and hood. We recommend that the hood is at least as wide as the hob for maximum efficiency. In any event furniture MUST NOT be fitted above, or overlap, a hob unless some form of extraction system is between the hob and your units.

Remote motors

Some manufacturers offer extractors with a remote motor. This means that the motor/fan unit is not situated inside the appliance (or base unit in the case of a downdraft), but is fitted remotely either inside the property along the ducting run or on an outside wall. The main advantage of this type of motor is that they are a lot quieter than standard hoods. The extraction rate is also improved.
For a more detailed guide to hoods and other products visit our Product advice section.
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A dishwasher can be Freestanding, Fully Integrated or Semi Integrated. Fully Integrated is the term used to describe an appliance that is completely covered by a furniture door when installed. Semi Integrated means that there will be a control panel visible above the furniture door. Freestanding products are far less complicated as they simply stand in a space in your kitchen.

Fully Integrated

Fully Integrated is, by far, the most popular type of Built In dishwasher. Once installed, this machine is virtually undetectable. A full height furniture door (approx. 715mm high) is fitted to the front of the appliance and covers it completely. The controls for this type of machine are on the top edge of the dishwasher door.

Semi Integrated

This type of dishwasher has a visible control panel, which is very similar in size to a standard drawer front.

Compact

A compact dishwasher would typically have a capacity of 4/5 place settings. Built In models are often designed to fit with other compact models and warming drawers in a bank of appliances. As with other types of dishwasher Freestanding models are also available.

In-column

In Column dishwashers do not stand on the floor. These dishwashers are Built In to a tall or mid height housing unit, which does mean that they are slightly smaller in width. Caution: This design must be installed at a higher level to allow the waste water to drain properly. They cannot be installed at floor level.

Dish Drawer

Unusual to say the least - basically, these models are a dishwasher inside a drawer!
For a more detailed guide to dishwashers and other products visit our Product advice section.
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Many people search for an oven when they actually require a cooker. A cooker is a Freestanding product that includes an oven and a hob.

Range cookers are available in a wide range of sizes, from 800mm to 1500mm wide. Generally they are 600mm deep but always check first if this dimension is critical.

There are also a variety of styles available. Most manufacturers offer both traditional and contemporary designs often with solid door and porthole doors available.

Many range cookers have a greater oven capacity than Built In ovens. Some Smeg and Britannia models for example have a capacity of almost 80 litres as opposed to regular ovens that vary from 50 to 74 litres.

Standard cooker widths vary from 500mm to 600mm wide. Generally they are 600mm deep overall. Again, always check first if this dimension is critical.

Standard and Range cookers are offered in different fuel types and combinations: Dual Fuel, All Electric, All Gas and often include induction hobs these days.

Many manufacturers recommend that a gap of 50mm, for gas or dual fuel cookers, is left either side of the appliance. A gap of between 5mm-15mm is normally recommended for all electric cookers. Britannia ranges can be fitted right up to adjacent furniture due to the very high quality insulation of the cooker.

It may seem obvious but ensure there is a gas supply in the appropriate location, if required, before ordering
For a more detailed guide to cookers and other products visit our Product advice section.
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There is often confusion about the terms Built In and Built Under.
Built In appliances are so called because whilst they can go underneath a counter, they can also be eye-level mounted in a tall unit. Built Under appliances are designed to the same height as a standard base unit and have a plinth recess so are solely designed to go under a counter.

Refrigeration is either Freestanding, Built Under or Built In. Unfortunately though, a Built Under fridge or freezer can also be described as Built In. This is because it is designed to fit under a worktop, but people think of it as being Built In to their kitchen. It is confusing to say the least.

These days most Built In or Built Under refrigeration is integrated. In other words they are hidden by your furniture door although there are some models that take a flat decor panel or have steel or coloured doors that are not designed to be covered.

The most important things to remember are:
Eye level refrigeration cannot be fitted under your worktop.
A Built Under refrigeration cannot be fitted at eye level (and does not require a housing unit).

Freestanding products are far less complicated as they simply stand in a space in your kitchen. Whilst much of the advice in our guides relate to Integrated products much of the information should prove to be useful

It is vital that Integrated refrigeration is correctly installed and ventilated


Fridges

Fridges can be Built Under, Built In or Freestanding, and may or may not have a small freezer compartment or icebox.

A fridge without an icebox is called a larder fridge, and one with an icebox is normally just called a fridge or refrigerator. Matching freezers are available.

All Integrated fridges have an automatic defrost feature, which helps keep the interior of the fridge free from frost.

The bottom section is normally only half depth as the compressor is housed behind this area.


Fridge Freezers

Integrated fridge freezers, due to their size, are always Built In to a tall housing unit and are almost always Fully Integrated (There are some models that take a flat decor panel or have steel or coloured doors that are not designed to be covered).

Frost free Integrated fridge freezers are available from all good manufacturers. This system is also known as No Frost.

The freezer section is usually at the bottom (to give easy access to pull out drawers) but the proportions will vary. The split between fridge and freezer is usually referred to as 50/50, 70/30 or 60/40. If you are buying an integrated model it is vital that you check the compatibility of you housing to ensure the doors line up.


American fridge freezers

These days "American" fridge freezers come from all over the world and now include French Door fridge freezers (Models that have a pair of fridge doors at the top side by side). Many models are also described as "side by side" and comprise a large fridge beside a large freezer.

Whist these are generally Freestanding products they are often surrounded by kitchen furniture. As the doors need to open past 90 degrees and often feature chunky handles check the technical diagrams for these machines to ensure that doors will open fully and internal pullout storage can be used. Where appropriate ensure a water feed is available for fridge freezers with water and ice dispensers. You can also buy some very large fully integrated side by side models if you want to retails a sleek look.


Freezers

Freezers can be Built Under, Built In or Freestanding
The bottom freezer drawer is normally only half depth as the compressor is housed behind this area.
Frost Free Freezers are available from all good manufacturers. This system is also known as No Frost.
For a more detailed guide to refrigeration and other products visit our Product advice section.
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Built In Washing Machines

These are available from virtually every brand. The furniture door can normally be hinged on either side, but in most cases the drum door opens to the left only. There are various spin speeds offered. They range from a 1000rpm spin up to a 1600rpm spin, with the latter considered to be better as these machines are given a better energy rating. Spin speeds are usually varied automatically up to the maximum to suit the type of wash. Load capacities are increasing all the time. and large capacity machines can be a real time saver for a busy family. To get an A energy rating (or better, yes there is a rating better than A), modern washing machines have been designed to use a cold water feed only. This means that they heat water as it is needed, rather than use hot water from the domestic supply.

Freestanding, Fully Integrated or Semi Integrated?

Washing machines are nearly always Fully Integrated, although there are a few Semi Integrated models available. Fully Integrated is the term used to describe an appliance that is completely covered by a furniture door when installed.

Semi Integrated means that there will be a control panel visible above the furniture door.

Freestanding products are far less complicated as they simply stand in a space in your kitchen. Whilst much of the advice in our guides relates to Built In and Integrated products much of the information should prove to be useful.


Built In Dryers

A must for every busy family, there are two types of tumble dryer available. A condenser dryer pumps moisture away to a tank or through a drain hose. Many condenser models incorporate heat pump technology for greater energy efficiency. You can find more on this below.

A ducted dryer requires venting through an outside wall via a flexible hose.
Load capacities are increasing all the time. Large capacity machines can be a real time saver for a busy family. On Integrated models the furniture door can normally be hinged on either side, but in most cases the drum door opens to the left only.


Freestanding, Fully Integrated or Semi Integrated?

Tumble Dryers are nearly always Fully Integrated, although there are a few Semi Integrated models available. Fully Integrated is the term used to describe an appliance that is completely covered by a furniture door when installed.

Semi Integrated means that there will be a control panel visible above the furniture door.

Freestanding products are far less complicated as they simply stand in a space in your kitchen. Whilst much of the advice in our guides relates to Built In and Integrated products much of the information should prove to be useful.


Built In Washer Dryers

These appliances are designed to both wash and dry in the same machine. These machines are often described as good washers but not so good dryers. The water from both cycles is taken out via the drain hose so there is no need for ducting. These machines are ideal for use where space is a premium and a separate washer and dryer cannot be accommodated. As these machines perform two functions, the drying load is often around half that of the wash load so either smaller loads are washed and dried or the drying is carried out in two separate loads. These machines can also take longer than a standard washer. Load capacities are increasing all the time, large capacity machines can be a real time saver for a busy family. To get the best possible energy rating modern washer dryers have been designed to use a cold water feed only. This means that they heat water as it is needed, rather than using hot water from the domestic supply.

Freestanding, Fully Integrated or Semi Integrated?

Tumble Dryers and Washer Dryers are nearly always Fully Integrated, although there are a few Semi Integrated models available. Fully Integrated is the term used to describe an appliance that is completely covered by a furniture door when installed.

Semi Integrated means that there will be a control panel visible above the furniture door.

Freestanding products are far less complicated as they simply stand in a space in your kitchen. Whilst much of the advice in our guides relates to Built-In and Integrated products much of the information should prove to be useful.
For a more detailed guide to laundry and other products visit our Product advice section.
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Sinks

Cameo can offer an extensive range of sinks that are available in various materials. These include stainless steel, ceramic, composites and granite. A large range of inset or under-mount models are available. Sinks also come in a wide range of bowl configurations and installation methods. There are single bowl, one and a half bowl and two bowl versions, and these can be Inset, Under-mounted or Flush mounting. Inset sinks with a drainer are either left hand drainer, right hand drainer or are reversible.

Inset or Under-mounted?

Inset sinks sit on the top of your work-surface and can be installed within any type of worktop.

Under-mounted sinks fit under your worktop so it is vital that the worktop material is not porous. Stone worktops are the most popular material used with these sinks. Drainer grooves are often cut into the work-surface beside the sink cut-out.

Some sinks are universal and can be either under-mounted or inset. These have a very thin lip to give a flushline look when inset.
For a more detailed guide to inset sinks and other products visit our Product advice section.
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Sinks

Cameo can offer an extensive range of sinks that are available in various materials. These include stainless steel, ceramic, composites and granite. A large range of inset or under-mount models are available. Sinks also come in a wide range of bowl configurations and installation methods. There are single bowl, one and a half bowl and two bowl versions, and these can be Inset, Under-mounted or Flush mounting.

Inset or Under-mounted?

Inset sinks sit on the top of your work-surface and can be installed within any type of worktop.

Under-mounted sinks fit under your worktop so it is vital that the worktop material is not porous. Stone worktops are the most popular material used with these sinks. Drainer grooves are often cut into the work-surface beside the sink cut-out.

Some sinks are universal and can be either under-mounted or inset. These have a very thin lip to give a flushline look when inset.
For a more detailed guide to undermount sinks and other products visit our Product advice section.
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Standard Taps

Tap finishes include chrome, silk steel, brushed steel, stainless steel, nickel and brass. You will also find many options to match coloured composite sinks. There are many types of single tap or mixer too. A mixer is a tap with both hot and cold water coming from a single spout. The water usually mixes when it leaves the spout. Taps that mix the water within the body or spout can be troublesome if your hot and cold water pressures are not balanced.

Spray Taps

Many models feature a pull out spray either included in the spout or separately. The hose on these taps, similar to a shower hose is extremely useful but takes a lot of wear and is likely to need replacing with use. A decent water pressure is required in order for these taps to function correctly.

Filter Taps

Taps that include a drinking water filter provide bottled water quality at a fraction of the price.

For a more detailed guide to taps and other products visit our Product advice section.
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A great addition to any kitchen, a Built In coffee machine is designed to be installed within a full depth tall housing. However, you will need to add an accessory or warming drawer beneath if you wish to match the height side by side with a full size single oven.

Whilst Built In coffee machines will generally handle either fresh beans or powder, coffee made from beans is usually vastly superior in flavour. A variety of strengths will be available to suit your taste with most machines offering a cappuccino milk frothing option too. Most will also allow you to store your favourite coffee options and will also be able to make two cups at the same time.

Many machines will also allow you to make coffee in a variety of cup sizes from small espresso cups to large mugs. Temperature is controlled precisely in order to ensure that perfect coffee is delivered time after time. Telescopic runners usually allow the machine to slide forward to give access to beans (or powder) that are stored within the machine. Most coffee machines have a water tank that needs to be refilled and that can usually also be found here.
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These days a warming drawer is something of a must have for a serious cook. Both useful and versatile, they will not only keep your food and plates warm but can be used for dough proving and defrosting delicate food.

Warming and Accessory Drawers

There are two heights available, one is 140mm high, which holds 12 plates; the other 290mm high, which holds 40 plates.

Some brands offer versions with co-ordinating handles to match ovens. Many are handle-less with a push catch closer.

Warming drawers have a heated ceramic glass base plate that is easy to clean, so spillages wipe off really easily.

Warming drawers (and accessory drawers) 140mm high can be installed below a compact appliance such as a microwave or coffee machine.

The compact appliance sits directly on top of the drawer and together they will equal the height of a single oven so will match when installed side by side.
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A waste disposal unit can be a great addition to your kitchen although it is very important that the installation is carried out by a qualified plumber and electrician. All waste disposal units are generally very similar with the exception of the control mechanisms. There is a choice of horsepower from model to model with the more powerful models being able to handle tougher challenges. These models are usually larger partly because they have greater insulation to ensure they are not too noisy.

Models described as continuous feed are controlled by a switch on the wall, and are switched off the same way when you have finished pushing waste into the machine.

Models described as batch feed are activated by putting the plug in place and turning it after feeding a batch of waste into the unit.

An air switch is included with, or can be added to, continuous feed units. This is a simple push button set into your worktop to safely activate the unit without the direct use of an electrical switch
For a more detailed guide to waste disposal units and other products visit our Product advice section.
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Wine coolers are essentially fridges with a glass door and they are designed to store wine at the desired temperature.

Dual zone models (usually 600mm wide) will store red and white wine at different temperatures.

They are normally installed under a worktop however eye level models are also available. The door usually has a steel or aluminium frame and these machines are not designed to take a matching furniture door.

If the machine is to be fitted in a tall housing please ensure adequate ventilation is provided as per the relevant installation diagram.

Many people use these machines for beer and soft drinks as well as wine storage.


Freestanding, Built In or Built Under?

Built In appliances are so called because whilst they can go underneath a counter, they can also be eye-level mounted in a tall unit. Built Under appliances are designed to the same height as a standard base unit and have a plinth recess so are solely designed to go under a counter.

Freestanding models require free air space all around and should not be fitted below a work-surface. These models do not have a plinth recess at the bottom to align with your furniture.

The most important things to remember are:
An eye level wine cooler cannot be fitted under your worktop as it does not have a plinth recess.
A Built Under wine cooler cannot be fitted at eye level (and does not require a housing unit) as it has a plinth recess.

It is vital that Built In wine coolers are correctly installed and ventilated
For a more detailed guide to wine coolers and other products visit our Product advice section.
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Boiling Water Taps and Combination Taps

Boiling water taps provide boiling water from a tank either in your sink base unit or below the plinth.

This tank stores water in a vacuum so it only boils as water leaves the tap and meets normal air pressure.

Combination taps will provide not just boiling water but also regular hot and cold water and, in some cases, filtered water as well.
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