Updated: Oct 12, 2016
Wall Oven Reviews:
- What is a wall oven?
- Benefits of using a convection oven
- How much do double wall ovens cost? Which should I buy?
We have written this article as an attempt to provide you with a buying guide for wall ovens. Many of us use our ovens daily, so buying a quality built wall oven makes sense. Purchasing a built-in wall oven is a great space saver too in todays modern kitchens and cabinets are often located above or below the units so you can have quick access to all your cookware. The 3 general sizes of wall ovens are 24", 27", and 30" widths - make sure your measurements are exact since the oven will be built-in and needs to be flush with the cabinetry.
If you are an avid cook or chef and want access to 2 ovens consider a double wall oven if you have space. My wife recently talked me into double ovens and they do come in handy when we have large parties or family get togethers and need to heat up or cook multiple dishes. Do you go with a gas or electric oven? That has probably already been pre-determined by the hard wiring in your home. Gas wall ovens are cheaper to run, but you will find you are limited in sizes and manufacturers for this type. Electric wall ovens are much more common and available in all styles and sizes.
The video below shows how to measure for a new oven and take advantage of the space in your kitchen:
What to look for in a wall oven?
Convection ovens use a fan to circulate hot air around the food which helps cook up the food evenly. A hidden bake element allows the oven to wipe clean with ease. Self cleaning ovens are great since there is virtually never any cleaning to do. Just put it on the self cleaning mode and the oven will do the rest - a small amount of gray ash is left behind after the self-cleaning option has run and wipes clean.
The high-low broil feature found on many ovens is great for cooking foods with a low or high broil. You will use high broiling for most dishes you make, however, low broiling works best on fish, chicken, and thicker cuts of meat. I prefer ovens that have a large viewing window so you can check how the food is coming along without opening the door and letting all the heat out.
Also, having a large interior with multiple oven racks lets you bake multiple dishes at once. Other features to look for when buying a wall oven are LED displays, digital timers, double-broiler settings, meat probes, storage drawers, even-baking features, digital control panels, and an option which will automatically start or turn off the oven when you are not there. One of the latest technology advancements in ovens is Trivection - it combines thermal, convection and microwave energies to produce quaility food incredibly fast.
In order to come up with the best wall ovens in our review, we researched consumer feedback at Epinions.com, Consumer Reports and the forums on GardenWeb.com. The top manufacturers of mainstream models are GE, Jenn-Air, Kenmore, KitchenAid, Maytag and Whirlpool. High end models are the Kenmore Elite, GE Profile, and Whirlpool Gold while commercial style brands include Thermador, Viking, Wolf, Dacor, Bosch, GE Monogram, and KitchenAid Pro-Line.
Prices range from $350 to $3000 for double-oven models. We recently bought a Kenmore PRO Double Oven (Consumer Reports put it down as a "recommended buy") from Sears for $2800 and we are totally happy with the results. You can browse the best selling wall ovens here.
Best Single Wall Oven:
After reading countless reviews and researching the various features on a basic single wall oven, the Whirlpool RBS275PR Electric Single Oven ($949) made it out on top. Although there are dozens of models from other manufacturers that are also highly rated, the Whirlpool seems to be chosen more often.
The Whirlpool oven will bake, roast, and broil with no problem and it's self-cleaning. There is 3.6 cubic feet of capacity, comes with a 1 year warranty, and offers plenty of programmable options. The AccuBake Heat Distribution System and the EZ-Touch 300 Electronic Oven, Timer, & Clock Controls make for perfect results.
When it comes to reliability, GE gets some of the best scores like Thermador and Dacor are lacking with close to 20% of their ovens needing a repair. See all GE single wall ovens here. There are single ovens with convection functions on them - Bosch are ones that come to mind. The Bosch single ovens score high on customer satisfaction and with convection bake and convection broil cooking is made even simpler.
To check out how to install or remove a wall oven - click the image below to go to video.
Double Wall Oven:
We have always liked GE appliances and the most popular double wall oven is made by none other than GE. The GE Profile 30" Built-In Double Convection/Thermal Wall Oven tops the list of experts and consumers with all the cooking features it offers for less than $3000 (stainless steel model). This 30 inch double oven has both a convection oven up top and a regular thermal oven down below.
The Convection Roast function will roast meats up to 25% faster than conventional ovens and still provide even and consistent cooking results. Owners say the recipe converter is a huge bonus since it will automatically calculate the baking and roasting times for the convection oven based on standard oven times. The smooth glass design make it both easy to operate and easy to clean. The interior can be self-cleaned by the oven eliminating another tedious chore.
The large oven capacity lets you cook more dishes at the same time. The KitchenAid KEBC278KBL 27" Double Electric Wall Oven with True Convection Upper & Lower Ovens & Self Cleaning ($2500) is another great choice for the home chef. View top rated double ovens here.
Trivection technology produces optimal texture, moistness, crispness and browning for all food types and it works up to 5X's faster than a traditional oven. GE offers 2 new Trivection ovens which have a Auto Recipe Conversion feature that will automatically adjust standard recipe time and temperature for the faster cooking modes so any meal you prepare will be cooked evenly and taste delicious.
The 2 models we recommend you look into are the GE Profile 30" Built-In Double Wall Oven (Model JT980) and the GE Profile 30" Built-In Single Wall Oven (Model: JT930). The single oven goes for slightly less than $3000 and the double oven model sells for $4300. In the future, as with all new technology, prices will fall and be more competitive but the public has yet to embrace the Trivection technology.
Single Convection Wall Oven:
Convection ovens do cook faster and seem to be taking market share from traditional ovens. The best rated convection ovens are the Thermador 30" ($2300) and the Jenn-Air JJW9530 ($1600). The Thermador C301B is a high end oven with tons of features - CookControl temperature probe, FullAccess telescopic racks, curved front styling with robust handle, advance third element convection oven, self-cleaning oven with hidden bake element, professional style racks, large viewing area, soft-open door hinges, and ultra-fast preheat.
Although expensive, the Thermador is rated right up there with other high end wall ovens from Viking and Dacor and sells for less. If you want the perfect broiled steak, go with the Thermador. A close second place and perhaps even winning the hearts of some users as being better than the Thermador is the Jenn-Air. It's less expensive than the Thermador model and performs with the same results.
The Jenn-Air comes with touch controls, self-cleaning, a keep warm feature, 3 oven racks, and 4.1 cubic feet of space. Users say this model is the one to choose for exceptional baking results. You can get the Jenn-Air model in black, white, or stainless steel (add $250). The 30" Jenn-Air ProStyle Electric Single Wall Oven with convection cooking offers Convect Bake, Roast, Broil, Pastry, Drying, Thaw, and Serve settings.
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