How highly do you value an easy-to-reach oven?
As an adjunct to my are 2 burners enough? thread, I'm wondering how much do people value having the oven at eye level (or actually at arm level) where it's easy to insert or remove food without leaning down or over, as opposed to an undercounter oven where you have to bend or reach down to use it.
I'm renovating a small kitchen and am weighing whether it's worth losing 24" to 30" of countertop space by adding a wall oven in a full-height countertop rather than placing the oven underneath the countertop (or using an all-in-one range/stove/cooker instead of a separate cooktop and oven).
I have back trouble so I definitely appreciate having the oven up higher. But if I use an undercounter oven, it will be one with a side-hinged door and/or glide-out racks so I don't need to awkwardly reach over or around the open drop-down door and reach in. Actually, I'd prefer such an oven even if do use a separate oven cabinet.
What do you think?