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Eye-Level Oven Height – Ideal Heights Off Floor

We have had a few queries lately from people asking what height an eye-level oven and a countertop convection oven be off the ground, so I decided I should do a quick blog post on the subject.

There isn’t exactly a strict rule when it comes to the height of eye level ovens in a kitchen, but there are some general rules of thumb.  I’m going to break this down in to three possible scenarios.  Double eye level oven, single eye level oven and two appliances stacked at eye level.

Double Eye Level Oven Height

Generally, a double oven should be built in at about 720mm off the floor.  This allows for a 150mm plinth and a 570mm high door under the double oven.  This could also be two pan drawers underneath.  At this height, both the main oven and the top oven are at good height for the average person.

Single Eye Level Oven Height

Again as with the double oven, the single oven can be 720mm off the floor.  However you have more scope with the height of a single oven.  For instance, you can build it in at 870mm off the floor to keep the oven at an ideal height.  This is my personal recommendation.  In the picture to the right, you can see single ovens built in at this height.

Two Appliances Stacked at Eye Level

If you have chosen a single oven and microwave/combi microwave oven for your kitchen, then you generally use the same height as with the double oven.  To keep the top oven, in this instance the microwave/combi microwave oven, at a safe and convenient height, 720mm off the floor is a good height for the single oven underneath it.

Remember this is only a guide.  Your kitchen supplier may have slight variations of these measurements.  However it is a good guide to work from and will ensure your eye level ovens are at the ideal height.

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7 Responses to “Eye-Level Oven Height – Ideal Heights Off Floor”

  1. Ron Tedwater Says:

    Thanks for the post

  2. F S Goodchild Says:

    Re height of single oven — is the reference to 720mm from the floor to the bottom or the top of the oven please?

  3. Kitchen Index Says:

    720mm is to the bottom of the oven so that the oven remains at eye level. Remember this is for built in eye level ovens and not freestanding or under counter ovens.

  4. colin Says:

    Hi I have just been given an eye level oven free of charge as my oven went on fire and I am wondering if I could install this oven as normal if i got a housing unit for it, I had a free standing electric oven but i have gas pipes there for it, so just wondering if I could install it like under-counter if i got a unit made up for it or would It have to be eye level? I have a massive space where the old oven stood and nothing above it (no counter or cupboard above it) but i cant really afford a big expensive eye level unit and then it wouldnt match my outdated kitchen. Any help would be greatly appreciated, thanks!

  5. Kitchen Index Says:


    Thanks for your question.

    You really need to measure the width of your space first. If the space is “massive” like you say then the oven you have inherited will not fill the space. You have not stated whether the oven is single or double. If it is double I doubt very much it will fit under your counter. It will also need a cabinet to sit into. A single oven will work under the counter but again a cabinet is required. Regardless of whether it is double or single, once it is built in you will need to fit a piece of countertop over it and join it to both sides of your existing countertop.

    It will be really hard to get this looking right to be honest. My advice would be to go with the tall housing if at all possible.

  6. Lindsay Says:

    Hi there if in have a Siemens single oven plus combi above does this still apply? Is it safer for small kids to have it higher or lower? I am 5ft 4

  7. Kitchen Index Says:

    Hi Lindsay,

    For a single oven and combi oven combined I would recommend to start the single oven at 725mm off the floor. However, this can be reduced to 610mm off the ground to accommodate your height while still keeping it safe for small children. Please keep in mind that I am working off standard off the shelf door sizes when calculating these heights. If you are having a bespoke kitchen made the kitchen designer can alter these heights to suit you but the above heights should be good for you.

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