The Bosch HBL5450UC is a 30-inch single electric wall oven with an impressive number of convenient features, including 14 cooking modes, 30 pre-programmed settings in recipe mode and a built-in meat thermometer. It preheats quickly and is reported to reach the correct temperature settings. There are some reliability issues reported, which is problematic for a pricey appliance.
Good performance, but reliability issues. The Bosch HBL5450UC wall oven gets high ratings in professional tests with very good scores for both baking and broiling. It includes a convection feature and a number of pre-programmed recipe settings. It preheats quickly. User reviews for the Bosch HBL5450UC are generally positive, saying the oven is well made, easy to use and easy to clean, but we did see a couple of complaints about reliability. This is consistent with the findings of J.D. Power and Associates' latest customer-satisfaction survey for ovens, cooktops and ranges, which gives the Bosch brand as a whole only average ratings.
Decent size. The Bosch HBL5450UC is a 30-inch wall oven with a total capacity of 4.7 cubic feet. It comes with three oven racks and a broiling pan. It also has a large viewing window. The recessed broil element and hidden bake element increase the usable space of both the oven and the broiler.
Loaded with convenience. The Bosch HBL5450UC has a number of cooking modes in addition to the standard bake/broil. They include a convection feature, Sabbath mode, proof, delay-start and keep-warm modes; it's also equipped with a self-cleaning cycle, hidden bake element for easy cleanup, two oven lights and a temperature probe, which ensures that meats cook to the correct internal temperature. The oven, which is made of stainless steel, is backed by a one-year warranty.
ConsumerReports.org tests and rates 54 electric wall ovens, including the Bosch HBL5450UC. Each oven is rated on capacity, baking, broiling and self-cleaning features. Seven single-double and seven double wall ovens are recommended.
Review: Cooktops and Wall Ovens, Editors of ConsumerReports.org, Updated January 2013
Buzzillions.com compiles user ratings from a variety of retail and review sites around the web. We found about 13 reviews here for the Bosch HBL5450UC with an overall rating of 4.1 stars out of 5. Most users say the oven is well made, easy to clean and has simple controls. We did find one complaint about reliability.
Review: Bosch 500 Series 30" Electric Oven, Contributors to Buzzillions.com, As of August 2013
3. J.D. Power & Associates
More than 4,000 consumers contribute to J.D. Power and Associates' annual survey about cooktops, ranges and ovens. They rate brands (but not individual models) on factors such as performance, style and price. Bosch comes in around the middle of the pack with average ratings in nearly every category.
Review: 2013 Kitchen Appliance Satisfaction Study: Range/Cooktop/Oven, Editors of J.D. Power and Associates, July 17, 2013
Only one owner reviews the Bosch HBL5450UC at Epinions.com, giving it 2 stars out of a possible 5. The owner says the oven looks good and the convection feature works well, but the user describes repeated breakdowns during the first four months and unsatisfactory customer service from Bosch.
Review: Bosch HBL5450UC Electric Oven, Contributor to Epinions.com, As of August 2013