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Oven buying guide

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The advantage of having a built-in oven is that you can put it in any place of your choice. If you are looking for a replacement for your old appliance, you are usually limited by the size and style of oven you want.

If, on the other hand, you are beginning from scratch or willing to change your existing cabinetry, you have a wide range of possibilities to pick from. You must consider and assess what the ideal kitchen oven for your design is as well as what will work best for your cooking style.

1. Oven size & capacity

Oven size

The size of your ideal kitchen oven is determined by the type of cooking you do, the frequency of your cooking, space of your kitchen and the size of your family. In addition to width and height, ovens are also measured for volume in liter.

Oven size


45 cm in height

A compact oven

60 cm in width

A single standard size oven

90 cm in width

A large model with side-by-side trays


Oven capacity

You may use the capacity guide below to choose the best cooking oven for your needs:

Oven capacity


30-40 liter oven

Ideal for single or small family of 1-2 people, who frequently dine out, yet want the compact convenience of a small capacity oven.

40-70 liter oven

Ideal for most households of 3-4 people and can fit a large roast and the trimmings if you choose one with multiple shelf positions.

70+ liter oven

Best for large households of 4+ people or those who like to entertain, offering unparalleled capacity.


2. How to choose oven fuel type

Size, design and cooking functions are all significant factors to consider when purchasing a kitchen oven. You will also need to decide whether you want a gas or electric oven.

Electric ovens

  • More prevalent than gas ovens.
  • Generally provide more consistent heat distribution, especially when equipped with a fan.
  • Require pre-heating, with contemporary innovation, this process has become faster.
  • Create drier air, which can help with crisping and browning.
  • Most models need to be hardwired by a trained electrician; some ovens will come with a plug and lead suited to a specific amp rating.

Recommended electric ovens from Frigidaire Arabia:

  • AirFry feature allows you to make healthier, tasty meals for the entire family
  • PyroClean feature offers sparkling clean oven with minimal effort
  • New cooking fan oven concept for more even air circulation
  • Twin fan system to evenly distribute heat throughout the oven
  • 5 shelf positions provide enough room to cook for a large family
  • 2 halogen lights at the back give the best view of your food from any angle
  • PyroClean feature offers sparkling clean oven with minimal effort
  • Sensitive touch controls to apply precise changes
  • Grill oven perfect for cooking crispy chicken wings

Gas Ovens

  • Initially cost more than electric ovens; but, due to energy efficiencies with gas cooking, they will cost less in the long run.
  • Cook with more moisture, which makes them suitable for cakes and roasts.
  • More accurate temperature control and faster heating than electric ones.
  • Generally include fewer parts than an electric oven, thus maintenance should be easier over time.
  • Can be powered by natural gas or an LPG bottle - model dependent

Recommended gas oven from Frigidaire Arabia:

  • Grill oven perfect for cooking crispy chicken wings
  • Even rotisserie cooking thanks to automatic turnspits
  • Fingerprint resistant and timeless stainless steel finish

3. Choosing different types of ovens

Single Ovens

A single oven, by far the most popular and widely used type of built-in oven, can be place anywhere you want it. With the capability to go within a wall cabinetry or beneath a bench, your kitchen design is infinite. Full with useful features and available in widths of 60cm and 90cm making sure that there is an oven for any family size.

Ideal for:

  • Small family - large family
  • Apartment living
  • Rental properties


80 - 125L

Cooler to touch oven doors

The multi-layer glazing of our oven doors is cooler to the touch when the oven is hot.

Ovens that clean up after themselves

Even cleaning up is easier with Frigidaire. Choose a PyroClean oven and with the press of a button, you can keep your oven shiny and clean.

You set, we will do the rest

Our programmable timer gives you the flexibility to set when you would like to cook and how long you would like to cook for.

Designed for ease and safety

Telescopic runners are another piece of thoughtful design that makes it easy to draw racks out and a safety check on your dishes during cooking.

Even cooking twin fan system

Our twin fan system works to evenly distribute heat throughout the oven so you can enjoy delicious results every time.

AirFry Ovens

When you want the latest in culinary technology, but don't have the space for a countertop airfryer, an airfry oven could be the solution. Now you can have it all in one appliance since you are now able to air fry in your oven, which means you can cook for the whole family, getting results similar to deep-frying while using less oil.

Ideal for:

  • Families
  • Apartment living


60 – 125L

With air, not oil

By using the circulation of hot air, air frying cooks the outside of your food first which creates a crispy outer layer and keeps the inside soft, similar to deep frying, but you are cooking with air, not oil.

Cook for the whole family

With a larger capacity space than a benchtop appliance, you are able to AirFry all in one hit, rather than cooking in batches ensuring no one goes hungry.

4. Oven Design & Other Considerations

White, Natural or Dark Stainless Steel

A kitchen should have a timeless vibe, with design elements and classic materials that will look great now and in ten years. You can give your kitchen a new look by conducting a total upgrade or replacing a single appliance. With three finishes options, you go with a traditional white appliance or a modern update with natural or dark stainless steel.

Contrast or complement your cabinetry

Consider what will complement your selected finish the best. You may, for instance, contrast dark stainless with lighter colours such as bright whites or creams or complement with dark or stained wood cabinetry.

Coordinate your accessories

From pendant light fixtures to a vase, it is essential to consider how the surroundings will enhance the item.

Choose from one brand

One thing to keep in mind when renovating your kitchen is, just as there are 52 different shades of white, and the same applies to appliance finishes.  Purchase all of your appliances from one brand to ensure all your appliances perfectly suit one another.

Dial or Touch Controls

Whether you enjoy the feel of turning a dial or prefer a touch control panel when setting your oven, there are several choices for you to choose from. All built to be sleek and simple to use, you'll have complete control over your cooking temperatures, timings and functions.

5. Support & Service

We have a Customer Care team available seven days a week to help you over the phone, as well as a nationwide network of professional technicians and carefully selected service agents. Offering a set price guarantee with no additional hidden labour expenses, giving you peace of mind that your appliance is in good hands. Click here to contact customer care.

Oven FAQs

  • What is a fan forced oven?

    A fan forced oven features a heating element along with a fan on the oven’s back wall. The electric element heats up and the fan circulates the warm air evenly across all level of the oven. The main advantage of a fan forced oven is the even temperature distribution, which allows multiple dishes to be cooked at the same time without the need to rotate.

  • How do you clean your oven?

    Combine four parts of baking soda with one part of water and mix it together untila thick paste is formed. Then use a cooking spatula (or other similar utensil that helps spread the mixture) and spread the mixture on the dirtiest areas of your oven only and let it set for around thirty minutes. After that, use a grout sponge and soak it in pure vinegar and then just scrub vigorously. All of the dirt should come out effortlessly.


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