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Wall Oven Buying Guide

Wall Oven buying guide

Wall ovens are designed to be built directly into the kitchen cabinet, providing a seamless integration with the surrounding cabinetry. Wall ovens offer a flexible installation, which means you can install them at a convenient height for easy loading and unloading of heavy dishes. In addition to that, wall ovens can be a great alternative to a more traditional cooking ranges when upgrading your kitchen. They provide a more modern, built-in look into the cabinetry and can be a great solution for small kitchens where space is limited. Also, wall ovens take up significantly less space than ranges because they are built in the wall. Although, you might need to purchase a cooktop with wall oven. This combination typically is more expensive than a range. On the other hand, built-in wall oven and cooktop combination provide more contemporary look and help maximize the kitchen space.

Single wall ovens vs double wall ovens

Wall ovens come in two styles: single wall oven and double wall oven models. Whether you choose a single or double wall oven depends on your cooking habits, as well as how much space you have in your kitchen. If you don't really cook often and have a small kitchen space, a single wall oven will be an ideal choice. Although, if you are a professional home cook, have a big family, or often throw parties, a double wall oven will be a time saver. Additionally, double wall ovens allow cooking multiple dishes simultaneously, preventing mixing the odors and aromas of different meals.

Gas vs. Electric Wall Ovens

Wall ovens are available in gas and electric models, in sizes ranging from 24" to 36". Both gas and electric wall ovens provide a great performance, although the 30" electric wall ovens are the most popular choice today. While some professional cooks will insist on gas for the cooktop, the debate isn't nearly as heated when it comes to the oven.

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 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.

Both types of wall ovens will provide a great performance, as long as you buy the electric wall oven with hidden lower elements or gas model with diffusers to evenly distribute the heat for the even cooking results.

Types of Convection:

Whether you choose gas or electric wall oven, convection heating is a must have feature. There are three types of convection: Traditional Convection, True European Convection, and Dual (Twin) Convection.

Traditional Convection Ovens use a fan that circulates the hot air around the food, which promotes an even heat distribution in the oven cavity. As a result, the food cooks faster and more evenly than in the conventional ovens.

True Convection (European Convection) features a third heating element behind the fan, providing more uniform temperature throughout the oven cavity and delivering better cooking results than standard convection ovens. True Convection delivers even cooking results on the multiple racks.

Dual Convection Ovens (Twin Convection) is similar to True Convection. The only difference between them the additional fan in the twin convection ovens. They are placed horizontally or vertically in the oven, depending on the model.

Other wall oven features include:

Self-clean is prevalent on most mid-end and higher wall ovens, although this feature uses extreme temperatures to essentially cook off residue. This process usually requires two 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 is an alternative cleaning option to self-clean that lasts only about 30 minutes. It requires just adding of plain water to create a steam inside the oven. This type of cleaning is used for lightly soiled ovens to loosen up the baked on food residue. Ideally, this process should be utilized on a routine basis.

Racks are one of the most important feature to consider when buying an oven. You should purchase the oven with slide-out racks that provide a well-supported full extension. Also, oven racks should be removable for easy cleaning and adjustable to accommodate a various size of food items.

Timer is a useful feature, which allows setting a reminder to notify the user when the food is ready. Most ovens feature an audible alarm when the timer countdown is finished.

Safety Lock feature keeps the control panel locked to prevent the oven from being accidentally turned on. This is a great feature for child safety.

Delay Bake allows programming the oven to start cooking automatically at a later time.

If you are unsure whether you should buy a wall oven or a range, take a look at advantages and disadvantages of wall ovens vs ranges.

Wall Ovens
  • Save space.
  • Can be installed at any height for an easy access.
  • Have no cooktop.
  • Less affordable when combined with cooktop.
  • Take up a lot of space.
  • Hard-to-reach oven access.
  • Have a cooktop.
  • More affordable.