It’s a great look, yes, to put an oven inset under your cook-top instead of using a stand-alone slide in unit. But there are  things to be aware of before you run out and purchase your appliances.

Not all cook-tops can be installed on top of wall ovens. There are factors to consider.

You look at the specs and see that the new cook-top is 2-3/4″ high, perfect/ your oven is 29″ tall. 29″ +2-3/4″ = 31-1/4″…Plenty of room in a 36″ base cabinet right? Actually NO!

What you really need to look at are the “cutout” specs and actual appliance distentions. These are found in separate spec sheets and installation guides about your appliance.  You need to look at both.

If you can’t find these specs on the Home Depot, Lowes, or Sears  Sites, that’s no surprise. These are big box stores selling appliances, not appliance stores. Google the appliance model number and find a site that has these specs detailed.

So what does “cutout” dimension mean?  This is the hole in the cabinet that must be available for the oven. Lets say your new oven in 30″ wide, it may be a 29″ actual unit with a trim kit in front of 1/2″ on each side that will overlay the face frames of your cabinets on the sides. If it is 20″ high, it may actually be a 27″ high unit with 1-1/2″ trim overlay on the top and 1-1/2″ overhang on the bottom.

Now lets look at the cook-top specs. Chances are it’s actually a 5-6″ deep unit and requires another 1/2″ underneath before it hits anything for cords or gas lines. This spec is usually in the installation guide.

So lets calculate. A base cabinet is 36″ deep, it has a toe kick, lets say 4″, so the cabinet is available space is now 31″. Subtract the 5-1/2″ deep cook-top = 24-1/2″ remaining. So the oven can only be 24-1/2″ tall.  Hmm- not likely.

So what do you do?

  1. Look for a thinner cook-top. There are not a huge selection, but GE and LG do make some that require only 3-4″ below the cook-top space. In general a gas cook-top will be thinner than an electric as well.
  2. Find an oven that is smaller. Perhaps a 27″ instead of a 30″.
  3. Consider having a lower toe kick under the stove area to gain a few inches of available height space. Be careful it’s not too low that when you open the oven the handle hits the floor

My last piece of advise- Don’t always trust the appliance store’s recommendation. Do your homework and check out the specs for yourself or you may be in for a sad surprise when the oven is installed.