All About The Wall Oven

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There are so many options in size, configurations, and cooking functions of ranges, cooktops, and ovens that theres virtually a model to suit every kitchen size and cooking need, but it also makes the selection more complicated. One of the most commonly heard questions is this: Should I get a wall oven or range? At Appliances Connection, we can honestly say we love the wall oven. Our answer is, that dependsupon your professional and personal requirements, the size of your kitchen, your budget and even your aesthetics.

Wall Oven VS. Range Oven

Miele Wall Oven
GE Monogram Wall Oven

A wall oven is built right into the wall, while the range features all cooking functions in one unit. From an aesthetic point of view, some people do favor the sleek look of the built-in oven, as opposed to the pro-style of a range. On the other hand, a range can make a strong design statement when it's the focal point of the room but some designers solve that problem by adding a decorative hood above the cooktop! Wall ovens can be more expensive and the installation is more difficult. Since the wall oven is built right into the wall, you'll need an installer who has the skillset to handle this. Also, factor in the cost of replacement; the range has standard widths: 24, 30, 36 and 48-inches so it's easier to find parts.

The wall oven does offer more flexibility with the kitchen floorplan since the cooking and baking units are separate. While the cooktop does take up some counter space, the cabinet base is often free for storage. The single wall oven really requires pretty much the same space as the range, it's the double oven where you can lose up to 33-inches of space. The wall oven is also more ergonomic; since it's up on the wall, theres no bending required, a boon for those with back problems, and it's easier to pull heavy pots and pans in an out of the oven. These ovens come in single or double versions, and often there are amenities like gas hook-ups, convection cooking, electronic displays, and contemporary design features. So, if you have the square footage, the storage and the budget go for it!

Double Wall Oven VS. Single Wall Oven

Whether the single or double oven is for you depends upon how often you use it. Do you entertain frequently, or do you just cook a lot once or twice a year? Are there multiple cooks in the household who compete for appliance time? Do you bake, broil and roast frequently? You may not want to wait until one is done until you start another. Also, whats your kitchen size? While a single wall oven has fairly similar space requirements as a range, you can count on losing between 30-33 inches with a double unit. Can you afford that space and still have a good work flow and storage? GE Profile PT9200SLSS 30 Inch 5 cu. ft. Total Capacity Electric Double Wall Oven, PreciseAir Convection Oven, Self-Clean Ovens, glass touch controls and ADA Compliant in stainless steel.

GE Wall Oven

Gas Oven VS. Electric Oven

Dacor Double Wall Oven

While some professional cooks will insist on gas for the cooktop, the debate isn't nearly as heated (pun intended) when it comes to the oven. What you really want to be sure of is that it cooks evenly. Look for hidden lower elements on the electric models, and diffusers on the gas ones to evenly distribute heat. You might also want to be sure there are hook-ups available. Dacor - DTO227S 27 Inch 9.3 cu. ft. Total Capacity Electric Double Wall Oven with Convection, Sabbath Mode, Delay Bake, Steam Clean, in Stainless Steel

Convection Heating

Whether gas or electric, this is one of those must have features; in fact, most professional chefs insist upon it, because convection cooks faster, more evenly and thoroughly and at lower temperatures than many traditional ovens. Although it's commonly on most wall-mounted ovens, it still is by no means considered standard. You'd do well to consider this feature into your budget!

Convection in Wall OVens

Warming Drawer

Warming Drawers

Timing is everything, especially when cooking. Warming drawers take up no more room than a cabinet to ready to come out of the oven, place it in the warming drawer right away. (DESIGN HINT: Since they take up so little space, it can be a great way to use those unused spaces, such as on a kitchen peninsula or under the stove.)

Familiarize Yourself With These Terms

Quick Preheat

Quick Preheat

Gone are the days of waiting for your oven to warm up before cooking your meals. Be sure to look for ovens with quick preheating and watch as your oven takes mere moments to be ready to cook!

True Convection

True Convection

To understand True convection, you need some basic understanding of a conventional oven, as well as regular convection. A regular convection oven just adds a fan to move air continuously throughout the oven cavity-- the bake element in the bottom and a broil element in the top. When air blows on the food, it helps it cook faster and adds greater efficiency than it would in a conventional oven. A true-convection oven actually has a third heating element along with the fan and is sometimes referred to as European convection or third-element convection.

Steam Clean

Steam Cleaning

A quick clean; 20 minute clean when youre too pressed for time to do a full clean.

Quick Clean

Quick Clean

Traditional heat induced self-clean in 2 hours, as opposed to the 4+ hours it can sometimes take.

Smudge Proof

Smudge-Proof Stainless Steel

Keep smudges away and easy to clean stainless steel.

One Touch Keep Warm Settings

One-Touch Keep Warm Setting

As the name implies, keep your food warm with one button.

Effortless Convection

Effortless Convection

Automatically adjusts heating inside this oven for your cooking needs.

Power Broil

Power Broil

More power for faster broils.

add a minute

Add-A-Minute

Able to add a minute during a cooking cycle.

express select controls

Express-Select Controls

Specific cooking options for temperature, as well as, one-touch selection.

even bake technology

Even Baking Technology

Cooks food evenly

star-k certification sabbath mode

Star-K Certification Sabbath Mode

Many of the newer models include this feature which overrides features of modern ovens that conflict with the needs of a Kosher home, for example, by allowing one to program exactly when the oven can be started and shut off. This is sometimes referred to as Delayed Start.

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