From the 1980s to the early 2000s, wall ovens were something of a throwback. They hadn’t been de rigeur in American residential kitchens for a couple of decades. Wall ovens were normally found in homes where a full-time homemaker spending a good portion of the day cooking and cleaning was commonplace. Home cooking was in the doldrums of a culture mired in fast food and fast casual dining. The 21st Century brought the rise of the celebrity chef and, with it, a resurgence in domestic epicurean experiments. Wall ovens once again became a valuable tool for avid home cooks. Let’s take a look at some of the best wall ovens of 2020.
Which brands manufacture some of the best wall ovens?
Miele has released one of the most advanced cooking tools on the market with the speed oven from their SensorTronic Series. It uses microwave and convection technologies in concert to cook food quicker without a traditional microwave’s notorious tendency to dry things out. Highlights include:
- Pre-programmed MasterChef settings that store over 100 food types so whatever you’re preparing comes out perfectly.
- An integrated probe can precisely measure the internal temperature of meats without needing to open the oven door.
- A brilliant TFT screen displays the time along the oven’s mode and timer so you can tell the status of dishes at a glance.
If there’s one thing you don’t need more of in life, it’s guesswork. That’s why you’ll surely appreciate how much precision and control the Miele wall oven offers. The digitally-controlled oven makes use of Miele’s MasterChef Programs and can be set to choose the perfect cooking time and method for more than 100 types of food, so you’re at minimum risk of Thanksgiving turkey being disastrously overcooked or a roast that needs another hour in the heat.
The design of this single wall oven is sleek and simple. One broad, slender steel handle spans the width of the black glass face, while all controls are handled with buttons flanking a five-line TFT LCD display screen. It has 19 different operating modes and can store up to 20 preset heating and timing configurations, so your favorite meals are just a few taps of the fingers away.
This commanding double oven from GE Profile offers more than enough space to prepare huge meals thanks to its capacious 5 cu ft lower oven and capable 1.7 cu ft upper microwave. Highlights include:
- A powerful 1,000 watt microwave can re-heat food extremely quickly.
- Self-clean with the option to assist with steam can loosen even the most stubborn, cooked-in grime.
- A large ten-pass bake element and eight-pass broil element means no cool spots wherever dishes are placed in the oven cavity.
This double wall oven is a do-it-all appliance. The lower oven uses True European convection which adds a heating element to the traditional convection fan to cook more quickly and evenly. It also has standard cooking methods you’ll find in ovens such as defrost, broil, and bake. Its warm mode allows for temperatures between 75 and 95 degrees F, perfect for proofing dough.
With a 1,000 watts of power, the microwave isn’t a mere afterthought. No matter how much food you prepared the evening before in the conventional oven, the upper unit can re-heat it for several meals to come. The large 16-inch turntable rotates dishes of food to ensure thorough cooking.
The most important feature for some is the oven’s Sabbath mode which allows the oven to stay on for a set period of time and deactivates lights and displays. This allows users to adhere to certain religious obligations.
Bosch HBL8752UC 800 Series 30-Inch Electric Convection Oven and Speed Oven Combination Double Wall Oven
This large and capable double wall oven from the top-of-the-line 800 Series by Bosch can be used to make all sorts of meals perfectly, from pizza to breads to finishing thick ribeye steaks. The unit includes a traditional convection oven on the bottom with a speed oven, whose innovative technology was described previously, on the top. Highlights include:
- Telescopic racks extend out of the conventional oven fully for easy access.
- Wide cook temp range (100 - 450 degrees F) make it ideal for almost every cooking application.
- Timer with delayed start option lets you begin cooking dishes at your convenience.
You have enough complications in life, so don’t let cooking be another. From precision controls to automatic programs – including everything from a butter melting to a pizza baking program – this oven has got your back when it comes to ease of use. It even makes this physically less challenging thanks to a telescopic rack that slides out and makes it easy to load in foods and easy to retrieve your cooked foods, a serious bonus especially when you’re dealing with a 20-pound turkey.
This 30-inch wall oven fits in your wall at nearly 49 inches tall, so it will become a new focal point of your kitchen, but as it’s counter depth, it will blend nicely with the existing tableau. Thanks to its minimalist design, this double wall oven will fit in with the décor of just about any kitchen, from the modern Scandinavian style space to a classic kitchen to everything in between.
The Frigidaire double wall oven from their upmarket Gallery Series is the proof that a great appliance need not come at great expense; it is reliable and capable yet retails for less than $2,000. Highlights include:
- Beyond having Sabbath Mode, Star K Certification means the unit has been reviewed by certain religious authorities and officially approved to be compliant with their standards.
- 30-minute steam clean in the conventional oven will cleanse a lightly soiled interior without harsh chemicals.
- The 1.6 cu ft capacity microwave has the largest interior in a double oven on the market.
What’s the greatest challenge for most otherwise decent ovens? Multi-rack cooking, of course. When you have a large oven loaded with foods cooking on racks at different heights, it’s always a guessing game as to which foods are cooking too slowly, which too fast, and which if any are just right. With this Frigidaire double wall oven, the lower oven features a trio of heating elements and a powerful convection fan that work in concert to ensure heat is truly even all throughout the chamber.
The upper oven, meanwhile, doubles as a microwave with multiple pre-programmed settings, such as for popcorn, a baked potato, defrosting, reheating, and more. The microwave is perfect for quick cooking, while the lower oven’s rapid preheat means you won’t lose much time waiting to get that roast started. And variable broil options, at between 400 and 550 degrees F, mean superlative control as you quickly cook foods at high temperature.
Viking is one of the brands synonymous with luxury American made appliances. This gorgeous double wall oven from their 7 Series is evidence of that and will be the envy of all who enter your kitchen. Highlights include:
- Variable speed dual flow convection which uses one of the largest fans in the industry which directs air flow back and forth within each oven cavity.
- Rapid Ready Preheat in both ovens uses all available elements to raise interior temperatures up to 25% faster than competing models.
- The meat probe shuts off the oven and sounds a chime when desired temperature is reached, alerting you even if your attention is elsewhere.
This elegant unit would have looked right at home in a kitchen a generation or two back and it will be a beautiful part of a kitchen decades into the future. Its styling is truly timeless and its quality immediately apparent on beholding this large, lovely appliance. But the true beauty of this double oven is in the quality of the cooking. Both the upper and lower ovens have a capacious 4.7 cubic foot capacity for an overall cooking space of 9.4 cubic feet, which is hard to rival in a home appliance. The upper French doors add style and are easy to use, and both ovens offer precision temperature control.
You can delay start times and can slow roast foods for up to 12 hours in this oven. When the cooking is done for the day, the ovens can clean themselves in just 20 minutes using a steam clean function. Read enough wall oven reviews and you will always see a Viking among the top picks.
How much does a wall oven cost?
The price range for wall ovens is wide depending on brands and the amount of features included, with some units costing more than $8,000 and many costing between $3,000 and $4,000. However, you can find a great wall oven for just under $2,000.
How large are wall ovens?
Wall ovens range in width, with most somewhere between 24- and 30-inches in width. Measure the space where yours will be installed and you will likely have the field of choices narrowed then and there.
What features do the best wall ovens have?
Many wall ovens have a range of features, like a built-in microwave, a dual oven, digital controls, convection cooking, and so on. If spending more on your wall oven means no need for a separate appliance, that’s money well spent.