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Built In or Built Under?

      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 are solely designed to go under a counter.
Ovens can be either. Unfortunately though, 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.

The most important things to remember are:
  • A 900mm eye level double oven cannot be fitted under your worktop.
  • A 720mm high Built Under double oven cannot be fitted at eye level and does not require a housing unit.
  • Single ovens can be fitted in a housing at eye level or under your worktop.
  • Both types of installation are shown here.

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 however and there is still a limited range of Built In gas ovens available.
Most single ovens will fit into the same unit which is a 60cm wide housing with a 60cm high aperture. There are some single ovens that are larger. Some manufacturers produce larger ovens, which will only fit in a housing unit that has been specially made to accommodate them.
Most ovens have drop down doors, but there are a few with side opening or hinged doors. There are also ovens with doors that fold away under the oven.
Whilst some single ovens only need a 13amp power supply most require 30amps. If in doubt always fit a 30amp supply.

Slide and Hide
Neff offer an exclusive range of 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 and it has become a very popular range.

View our range of Slide and Hide Ovens

Some models are straightforward single fan ovens, usually with a grill however these days there are all sorts of additional cooking functions and cleaning systems.

Full details of the cleaning system can be found later in this guide.

In order to help you find the right model for you we categorise single ovens on our site as follows:

Single electric - Full size standard single oven

Single electric ovens offer regular cooking functions such as fan cooking, conventional heat cooking and grilling. They do not include additional special functions such as microwaving or steaming.
Show all single electric ovens

Single gas - Full size standard single oven

Single gas ovens usually offer conventional heat cooking and grilling. They do not include additional special functions such as microwaving or steaming.

Single electric 900mm - Extra wide single oven

Single electric 900mm ovens offer regular cooking functions such as fan cooking, conventional heat cooking and grilling. They do not include additional special functions such as microwaving or steaming.
Show all single electric 900mm ovens

Single electric pyro - Full size single oven with pyrolytic cleaning

Single electric pyro ovens offer regular cooking functions such as fan cooking, conventional heat cooking and grilling in addition to a Pyrolytic cleaning system. Whilst these do not include additional special functions such as microwaving or steaming some variations below do.
Show all single electric pyro ovens

Single steam combi - Full size single oven with steam combination cooking

Single steam combi ovens offer regular cooking functions such as fan cooking, conventional heat cooking and grilling but with the addition of steam functions to add moisture to the cooking process.
Show all single steam combi ovens

Single steam combi pyro - Full size single oven with steam combination cooking and pyrolytic cleaning

Single steam combi pyro ovens offer regular cooking functions such as fan cooking, conventional heat cooking and grilling but with the addition of steam functions to add moisture to the cooking process. Added to all of this a combination microwave function is also included.
Show all single steam combi pyro ovens

Single steam SousVide - Full size single oven with low temperature steam combination cooking

Single steam SousVide ovens offer regular cooking functions such as fan cooking, conventional heat cooking and grilling but with the addition of steam functions to add moisture to the cooking process. A range of steam-only functions are available as well as special low temperature settings designed to be used in conjunction with a SousVide drawer that vacuum seals the food prior to cooking.

Show all single steam SousVide ovens

Compact ovens

   Compact ovens are smaller than regular single ovens and have a single cavity.
They look like smaller versions of their bigger counterparts and are therefore an excellent match.
These products are designed to be installed alone, combined with other compact models or with full size ovens. For example a compact oven with a warming drawer below is the same height as a standard single oven. It is vital to ensure that the control fascia heights match, generally within a brand single ovens and compact will match but there remain a couple of exceptions. We provide fascia heights for each product on this website.
There are many variations available. The main differences, other than appearance, are the functions or types of cooking that these ovens will perform. Microwaves, steam ovens, pyrolytic cleaning and combination cooking are amongst the many features available.

In order to help you find the right model for you we categorise compact ovens as below:

Compact pyro - Compact size single oven with pyrolytic cleaning

Compact pyro ovens offer regular cooking functions such as fan cooking, conventional heat cooking and grilling. They do not include additional special functions such as microwaving or steaming.
Show all compact pyro ovens

Compact single - Compact size standard single oven

Compact single ovens offer regular cooking functions such as fan cooking, conventional heat cooking and grilling. They do not include additional special functions such as microwaving or steaming.
Show all compact single ovens

Compact steam - Compact size single steam oven

Compact steam ovens offer a range of steam only functions
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Compact steam combi pyro - Full Compact single oven with steam combination cooking and pyrolytic cleaning

Single steam combi pyro ovens offer regular cooking functions such as fan cooking, conventional heat cooking and grilling but with the addition of steam functions to add moisture to the cooking process.
Show all compact steam combi pyro ovens

Compact steam combi - Full Compact single oven with steam combination cooking

Compact steam combi ovens offer regular cooking functions such as fan cooking, conventional heat cooking and grilling but with the addition of steam functions to add moisture to the cooking process.
Show all compact steam combi ovens

Compact micro combi - Compact size single oven with combination cooking and microwave function

Compact micro combi ovens offer regular cooking functions such as fan cooking, conventional heat cooking and grilling but with the addition of microwave cooking that can be used alone or in conjunction with other functions for maximum flexibility and speed.

Show all compact micro combi ovens

Compact micro combi pyro - Compact size single oven with combination cooking and microwave function with pyrolytic cleaning

Compact micro combi pyro ovens offer regular cooking functions such as fan cooking, conventional heat cooking and grilling but with the addition of microwave cooking that can be used alone or in conjunction with other functions for maximum flexibility and speed.

Show all compact micro combi pyro ovens

Compact micro grill - Compact size single oven with microwave and grill

Compact micro grill ovens feature both microwave cooking and traditional grilling
Show all compact micro grill ovens

Classic microwave ovens

   Classic microwave ovens are smaller than both full size and compact ovens. They are designed to complement full size ovens but do have the appearance of a normal microwave oven rather than a smaller version of a full size oven.
Models available include those with left and right hand hinged doors as well as drop down doors. A grill function is available in some models but full combination options are generally only available in compact models. Some classic microwaves can be fitted within a regular wall unit (300mm deep) rather than a tall housing unit (560mm deep) unit.
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. We will specify if a model will fit with in a wall unit, and what width (and depth) that wall unit needs to be, within the key features of the product on this site.

In order to help you find the right model for you we categorise classic microwave ovens as below:

Classic 600mm microwave with grill - Regular sized Built In microwave oven with grill

Classic 600mm microwave ovens with grill feature both microwave cooking and traditional grilling.

Show all classic 600mm microwave ovens with grill

Classic 600mm microwave - Regular sized Built In microwave oven

Classic 600mm microwave ovens feature microwave cooking only.
Show all classic 600mm microwave ovens

Classic 500mm microwave - Regular sized Built In microwave oven

Classic 500mm microwave ovens feature microwave cooking only.
Show all classic 500mm microwave ovens

Double Ovens Built In

   Double oven means the oven has two cavities.
Although described as a double oven, this type of oven normally consists of one and a half ovens.
The cooking functions available are similar to those offered with single ovens.
The top (or secondary) oven would normally be a conventional oven and grill. There are now a few models offering multifunction systems in the smaller oven as well as the main oven.
The bottom (or main) oven could offer fan cooking only or be multifunction.
Generally Built In double ovens fit an aperture of 880mm high within a tall unit.
View our range of eye level double ovens

Double Ovens Built Under

   This model also has two cavities.
Although described as double ovens, this type of oven normally consists of one and a half ovens.
The cooking functions available are similar to those offered with single ovens.
The secondary oven would normally be a conventional oven and grill. There are now a few models offering multifunction systems in the smaller oven as well as the main oven.
The main oven could offer fan cooking only or be multifunction.
Generally Built Under double ovens fit into an aperture of 720mm high (excluding plinth height) and require no housing.
View our range of built under double ovens

Oven Cleaning Systems - Is it self-cleaning?

Oven cleaning is one of the less pleasant jobs in the kitchen!
An oven is used to cook food which contains fat or oil therefore it will get dirty over time.
There are three kinds of oven interior available. Each is cleaned in a different way.
  • 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.

Enamelled

   For generations ovens have had an enamelled liner. This surface is sprayed on then baked to create an extremely tough and long lasting surface.
Cleaning this type of interior requires hot soapy water at best and an oven cleaning cream at worst. A good deal of elbow grease can also be required if burnt-on deposits are allowed to build up over time. If you clean the oven thoroughly after each use cleaning will not become a major problem.

Catalytic

   This type of oven has rough grey liners (often a microfine ceramic bead coating) that react to high temperatures (approximately 220 degrees C) causing fat etc. to be burnt off or oxidised. This type of cleaning is fairly low maintenance, as the linings tend to take care of themselves.
Liners are available for the top, back and sides of the oven although not all catalytic lined ovens have all of these as standard.
In any event you will still need to clean the base of the oven and inside of the door manually.
Most ovens have liners that are replaceable as over a long period they can become saturated and will no longer burn off all the fat and grease. This system is also known as EcoClean and Ceramiclean amongst others.

Pyrolytic

   This type of oven utilises a process called pyrolysis.
Described in the dictionary as: py-rol-y-sis (n) it refers to the use of heat to break down complex chemical substances into simpler substances. Or in other words, when the pyrolytic function is used, the oven door locks and the oven heats up to approximately 500 degrees centigrade and turns any fat or grease to ash.
This process is regarded as the most efficient method of cleaning and is economical and environmentally friendly as it uses no chemicals. An average oven clean costs 18 pence.
These ovens are normally slightly more expensive, but are available from every major appliance manufacturer.
It is important that the cleaning programme is run when required (the oven will often prompt you) as in extreme circumstances a large quantity of fat is likely to catch fire when heated at 500 degrees.
In most models all shelves and pans should be removed from the oven prior to activating the cleaning function.

Steam

   Steam ovens are generally kept clean by the steam itself so a wipe down after use is often all that is required. Some models have a specific steam cleaning programme and all have a descaling programme to keep the system in good order.

Cooking Functions - fan, conventional or multifunction

A basic single oven is normally described as a fan oven. This type of oven forces hot air into the oven cavity. This type of cooking is generally regarded as more energy efficient as heat is evenly distributed and the time that the oven takes to heat up to the required temperature is reduced. Fan ovens usually require temperature settings 20% below that of a conventional oven. This type of cooking does not always produce the best results (e.g. when roasting larger pieces of meat and poultry that should be cooked slowly). All manufacturers offer multifunction ovens that have alternative methods of cooking to the one described above. Cakes, pastries and foods that require long, slow cooking are best cooked using conventional heat. This type of heat is provided by elements encased in the top and bottom of the oven. There are a few other functions offered by oven manufacturers, but they are normally regarded as extra functions and not requested by our clients as much as the two described above.

Cooking function examples

Here are examples of cooking function symbols and descriptions (in this case from Siemens) to give an indication of the options available

ActiveClean   ActiveClean - Hassle-free, the oven cleans itself thoroughly with activeClean. It does so by heating up to very high temperatures - turning all residues into ash, which can easily be wiped away. This process is called pyrolysis and is the most convenient and efficient way to clean the whole interior of your oven. Even the telescopic rails, bars and tray are specially designed to be used with activeClean so you do not need to remove them at all. Only the wire shelf needs to be removed.

HotairEco   HotairEco - Perfect for frozen or convenience food, bread, cakes and meat, hotairEco, featured on all activeClean models, is 30% more economical than the standard energy class A rated oven and is optimised for single shelf cooking, saving energy.

TFT-Touchdisplay Plus   TFT-Touchdisplay Plus - It has never been this easy to keep an eye on your cooking. Bigger size, brighter colours, higher contrast and better resolution. And now controllable with the touch of a finger. The new TFT touchDisplay Plus is the most innovative and intuitive user interface available for an oven.

pulseSteam   pulseSteam - Used in combination with a conventional cooking function, pulseSteam can be added with three intensities. Prepare perfectly crispy and juicy dishes, ideal for adding moisture and avoiding dried out food when reheating. It is also quicker to defrost food too. pulseSteam offers more flexibility in just one appliance.

softMove   softMove - An oven door that opens and closes gently and quietly thanks to the intelligent mechanism

Conventional Heat Eco   Conventional Heat Eco - Ideal for cooking on a single shelf while using minimal energy, the conventional heat eco setting heats up the centre of the oven and maintains the average temperature in a more economical way.

roastingSensor Plus   roastingSensor Plus - Achieve the best roasting results - easier than ever before. Thanks to three measuring points, the innovative roasting thermometer is able to precisely and reliably measure the core temperature of your dishes. Ideal for meat, poultry and fish, it can even be combined with the integrated microwave and the pulseSteam function. Without the need to keep checking, the roastingSensor gives you the freedom to get on with the rest of your cooking.

bakingSensor   bakingSensor - An oven that can detect when the baking process is complete. All that is left for you to do when baking is prepare the pastry or mix and select the required dish. Innovative sensor technology fitted inside the oven can automatically control the baking process for consistently delicious baking. The bakingSensor constantly measures the moisture levels in the oven interior and is therefore able to tell you when the dish is fully cooked and ready.

coolStart   coolStart - Finally, pre-heating is no longer necessary and you can save time. Cooking frozen convenience food in the oven is now even faster thanks to the innovative coolStart function. Using an intelligent heating phase, you can now successfully cook frozen food quickly and without the need to wait for the oven to preheat. Simply place the frozen food into the cold oven, press start, and the dish will be ready according to the manufacturers stated cooking time.

Microwave   Microwave - An invaluable asset in your kitchen, a microwave cooks food quickly and safely, with low energy consumption saving you money.

varioSpeed   varioSpeed - Twice as fast in combination: by choosing the Integrated microwave function with a up the preparation – doesn’t make sense of your dishes when you need to - without compromising on the quality you would expect. Save up to 50% of your time, to give you the freedom when you require it.

cookControl Plus   cookControl Plus - Pre-installed settings guarantee the best results for numerous dishes. Simply select the required dish and enter the weight - the cookControl Plus function immediately provides full colour images with individual recommended settings for perfectly cooking the dish you want. Using cookControl. Plus you can achieve the best results for a variety of meals with less to worry about and complete peace of mind.

Sabbath Setting   Sabbath Setting - Oven is automatically set to conventional heat at a temperature of 85 - 140 degrees C. You can adjust the Sabbath setting duration for between 24 to 73 hours.

Combination Cooking   Combination Cooking - As well as the convenience of microwaving, combination microwave ovens can also be used for convection cooking, by using a fan and heating element to create air flow patterns inside the microwave. In addition, the integrated grill is ideal for browning and crisping dishes.

Steam Combination Cooking   Steam Combination Cooking - Offering traditional hot air cooking methods with steam

View our full range of ovens

Energy Efficiency

   Cameo Kitchens will display energy efficiency ratings whenever one is available.
The majority of Built In appliances have energy efficiency ratings. The only ones that do not are: hobs, hoods, steam ovens and microwaves. The ratings are in alphabetical form. The best is A (sometimes even AAA+) and the poorest is G. Double ovens will have two ratings, one for the top oven and one for the bottom oven. Of late some manufacturers have taken to expressing efficiency as a percentage better than A. For example A-30 is 30% more efficient than A and usually equal to A+++.
Please call our helpline for the latest information and energy efficient models.

Avoid common ordering and installation errors....

  
  • Be sure you know the difference between a Built In oven and a Built Under.
  • There is a range of Built Under double ovens to fit under your worktop that cannot be fitted at eye level.
  • There is a range of eye level double ovens to fit in a tall housing at eye level that cannot be fitted under your worktop.
  • Remember to check the aperture required matches your housing.
  • Please check that there is an adequate power supply.
  • Whilst some microwaves will fit within a wall unit most will not.
  • You cannot build in a Freestanding microwave.
  • When ordering a bank of appliances ensure that they have matching fascia sizes and styles.

Cleaning Appliances



We are often asked questions about keeping appliances clean. The most popular question being, How do I stop fingerprints appearing on stainless steel?.
The short answer is You can't!. That said many manufacturers use anti fingerprint stainless steel so it is far less of an issue than it was.
If baby oil on a soft cloth is used to clean the front of the oven, this will keep them at bay, but will not stop them completely. Another useful aid to cleaning is the E-Cloth. This is a cloth that manufacturers recommend to use on the exterior of ovens etc., particularly stainless steel. These cloths are similar to a face flannel, and are best used slightly damp. Some manufacturers have tried to solve the problem by using a clear lacquer, which coats the steel and protects it from our greasy fingers. This does seem to be effective.
Generally, appliances that are offered in a colour are easier to clean. Often the surfaces are glass and colour is sprayed on the back. However there are still a large number of appliances that have an enamel finish, e.g. hobs and cooker hoods. These are relatively easy to clean, but enamel/painted finishes can chip.
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