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Wall Oven Buying Guide
When in the market for a wall oven, typically most consumers will also be in the market for a cooktop. Wall ovens are a great alternative to a more traditional cooking range setup for folks with the space and budget for their next kitchen renovation or remodel project. Although, wall ovens may seem like a luxury appliance, it has been around for many years and today, offer new and innovative technology to get the most out of oven cooking. An important aspect to consider when replacing an existing wall oven is to purchase the same sized wall oven. Some would recommend purchasing the same brand to ensure a fit, but most manufacturers nowadays offer guarantees and fit solutions with their wall ovens with most, if not all, brands on the market today. This effectively makes buying a new wall oven much easier with more concern given towards other functions.
A wall oven is typically placed into cabinetry, but as the name implies, can be placed inside a wall, as well, if space permits. As long as there is enough room and the correct connections to accommodate, a wall oven can fit anywhere. It is designed to fit flush and streamlined into existing kitchen layouts. Wall ovens also provide a more ergonomic and easier way to add and remove food items from the oven interior without bending over as with traditional built-in ovens on range stoves. In the same regard, wall ovens can be adjusted to any height deemed fit to its user.
It is entirely possible and useful to purchase an additional wall oven to a preexisting cooking range setup. For those who have a large kitchen, an additional wall oven is useful for cooking and serving up large family meals.
Convection: Convection oven cooking is widely regarded as the best way to oven cook. It incorporates the use of fan circulation of heated air around the interior of an oven to promote a more consistent and even baking. Additionally, convection cooking is also offered in a “true” or “European” convection feature, named as such to indicate the use of an additional third heating element with fan air circulation to promote faster and effective oven cooking.
|Timer: A timer function is useful to set a reminder as to when your food is ready without having to manually remember. Also, most ovens feature an audible alarm when the timer countdown is finished. Some ovens also offer a premium shutoff function with their timer feature to provide an automatic oven shutoff feature when the timer is done.|
Delay Cook: In addition to a timer feature, a delay start feature is useful to have the oven automatically start cooking at a later time to coincide when you're ready for meal time.
|Self-Clean: A self-clean option is prevalent on most mid-end and higher wall ovens, but traditional self-cleaning functions use extreme temperatures to essentially cook off residue. This process usually requires hours to complete. While this is effective, it is not very tolerable at the amount of heat and odor that comes off with this function. Also, a hidden or covered heating element is useful when cleaning your oven, as an exposed heating element proves cumbersome to clean around.
Steam clean: This cleaning option has been offered fairly recently on newer wall ovens as an alternative to self-cleaning. Usually a sunken cavity within the interior of the oven is intended for the adding of plain water to create steam inside the oven. Usually, this ordeal is quick, lasting about 30 minutes. This process is good for lightly soiled ovens and loosening up baked on food residue for easier cleaning. Ideally, this process should be utilized on a routine basis.
|Racks: Most, if not all, wall ovens will provide racks. The most important function to consider with oven racks is the ease of which they slide out and whether or not they provide a well-supported full extension. Also, oven racks should be easy to remove for cleaning and adjusting for differing heights to accommodate food items.|
|Control: A good wall oven will provide easy-to-read and easy-to-use controls.
Dials: Most folks are more accustomed to turn dial knobs and prefer this option as a standard for controlling their wall ovens.
Touchpad: Some ovens nowadays offer push button or touchpad controls. This provides a more precise level of temperature control, as well as, an easier to clean control display.
Control Lock: A useful feature for households with young children, this will prevent any unauthorized use of wall ovens.
Gas versus Electric
There are primarily two fuel hookups. Typically, whether or not your home is capable of a gas fuel hookup is predetermined. Electric is more versatile in fuel hookup and is arguably more efficient for oven cooking over its gas counterpart.
Purchasing a New Wall Oven
Wall ovens range in price from around $600 for basic single oven cavity options to double cavity ovens offerings with a plethora of bells and whistles well over $3,000. Depending on your culinary needs, the price should match the amount of useful features your wall oven provides.
Wall ovens come in a variety of widths including 24”, 27”, 30” and 36” with 30” wide wall ovens being the most popular in choice.
Types of Wall Ovens
This is the most standard offering of wall ovens. A single cavity wall oven provides one interior space of cooking capacity.
A double wall oven is an upgrade from a single cavity wall oven. This is ideal for folks who bake a lot. Another distinct advantage a double cavity wall oven provides is being able to cook both, a savory dish in one cavity and a sweet dish in another without having flavors being mixed.
A microwave combination wall oven usually provides the best of oven cooking with microwave cooking. Typically, this type of wall oven will use convection heating along with microwave cooking to offer a very effective approach in cooking meals faster.
Also, there are combination wall ovens with an additional microwave oven usually located on top. Depending on the effectiveness of cooking application or practical use, there are two different kinds of appliances in this category.
Built-In Range Ovens
For folks who are looking for a cooking range with an oven built in, the same features and functions applies towards the oven portion of the appliance.
This is a common mount option for range hoods. It is designed to fit underneath a cabinet as implied and duct work will be installed through the wall or ceiling and perhaps the cabinet as well.
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Some Practical Advice
Space: Wall ovens look great as a stylish design choice in any home kitchen, but not everyone can afford the luxury of space to accommodate them. They also require a bit of construction work with having cabinetry being able to hold them. For those who use wall ovens with cooktops, they free up cabinet space underneath the cooktop.
Capacity: A wall oven is only as good for its user with the amount of cooking space it provides. Consider opting for a wall oven that can provide an adequate amount of space for large food items, as well as, offering the adjustable options with racks to accommodate being able to cook more food items at once.
Fuel: For homes that have gas hookups, it is almost an obvious choice to look for wall ovens with a gas hookup option. However, most manufacturers nowadays have slowly shifted over to only offering electric fuel options with few gas hookup options available. There are still plenty of gas options for those who seek it and gas hookup is good and sufficient, but electric hookup for wall ovens in general have certain advantages with better baking performance.