Can I plug my oven into a normal socket?
Do single electric ovens need to be hardwired?
The electrical requirements for single electric ovens can vary depending on the specific model and local electrical codes. In many cases, single electric ovens do not necessarily need to be hardwired. They can be either hardwired or connected using a suitable power cord and plugged into a dedicated electrical outlet.
Ovens under 3000 watts
Electric ovens have a wattage rating that tells you how much power they use. For ovens under 3000 watts, it is perfectly acceptable to power them using a regular 13 amp plug and socket. In most cases (but not all, every home is different), this should mean any plug socket is fair game.
If you want to check on your own oven, then look for the data badge on the oven and if the total power is less than 3000 watts then it’s fine to plug in. The badge is usually located on the oven door frame and will look something towards the example below:
Ovens over 3000 watts
When it comes to larger ovens with advanced features and higher power requirements, it's important to note that they typically have a rating exceeding 3000 watts, which makes them unsuitable for a standard 13-amp wall socket. These ovens require a dedicated hardwired connection to your home's electrical network and necessitate their own isolated breaker or fuse. This is where the expertise of qualified electricians becomes essential.
Ovens Buying Guides
Ovens Buying Guides
At the core of every home lies the kitchen, with the oven taking centre stage. This essential appliance is relied upon and used daily, underscoring the significance of selecting the right one. The multitude of options in terms of style, size, and functions can be daunting. To simplify the process, we have created practical guides that will help you determine precisely what to look for. By following these guides, you can confidently choose an oven that caters to your cooking needs and aligns with your lifestyle.