Wall ovens are a great alternative for many cooks and kitchens
As their name suggests, wall ovens (also known as built-in ovens) are recessed into a wall. They look terrific, most say, and offer flexibility in terms of kitchen layout.
However, a wall oven isn't necessarily the best choice for every kitchen É or every budget. Opting for a wall oven means that you'll also need to purchase a separate cooktop, which is installed in a countertop or kitchen island. That's fine in a spacious kitchen, but can be a tight fit in smaller spaces.
A range, by contrast, combines the oven and cooktop into one unit. Though you do sacrifice kitchen design flexibility, many consumers prefer ranges because they tend to cost less than a cooktop and wall oven combination. If you are interested in exploring your options, ConsumerSearch has separate reports on ranges and cooktops.
Types of ovens
Most wall ovens are 30 inches wide, though compact versions that measure 24 or 27 inches in width are also available. Wall ovens with a single cavity are the most common, but manufacturers also offer single-double and double ovens that allow cooks to prepare food at different temperatures. Single-double ovens have the capacity of a single oven divided between two smaller ovens, while double models include at least one full-size wall oven cavity, and sometimes two.
Gas or electric?
Fewer and fewer manufacturers are making gas wall ovens. For the models still available, user feedback is scant, and reliable expert guidance is non-existent. Because of that, we've elected to not make a recommendation for a Best Reviewed gas wall oven -- or even one that's worth considering -- for this edition of our wall ovens report. That's not necessarily a bad thing, however, as experts largely say that electric wall ovens produce better and more consistent results than their gas counterparts.
Wall oven recalls
Several wall ovens have been recalled over the years over potential safety hazards. Most recently, in July 2015, Whirlpool recalled some single and double wall ovens sold under the Jenn-Air brand over the risk of burns. "The extendable roller rack can unexpectedly disengage when fully extended, posing a risk of burns to consumers," the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) reports. The CPSC website is a good resource to check to make sure that any wall oven you are considering is free of safety issues.
Finding the best wall ovens
To find the best electric wall ovens, including good-performing budget options, ConsumerSearch editors combed through expert and user wall oven reviews to learn which models performed best. We also considered flexibility, features and relative value. The end result are our picks for the best electric single and double ovens and a top budget choice.