The majority of electric wall ovens cost upwards of $1,500, but we did find a couple that fall well below that price range. While these budget-priced ovens don't sacrifice performance for price, they lack some of the convenient features found on more expensive models -- namely convection heating.
The Whirlpool WOS51EC0A (Est. $950) is a 30-inch, five-cubic-foot oven with a large viewing window. It has six rack positions and comes with two racks. It also has both bake and broil functions as well as Sabbath-mode, delayed-cooking and keep-warm options. The wall oven is equipped with a steam-clean option that "aced" the tough cleaning tests of one professional reviewer.
The Maytag MEW7530A (Est. $1,050) is another budget option that's very similar to the Whirlpool. It's the same size and has the same features except that it is equipped with a standard time-based self-clean option rather than steam cleaning. Both ovens also have hidden bake elements for easy cleanup and are equipped with the FIT System -- an installation system that helps to ensure the ovens will fit into existing wall cutouts.
Both wall ovens perform well in one professional test, but the Whirlpool places slightly ahead of the Maytag -- although they both have the same overall score. Testers say the Whirlpool evenly browned cakes and cookies and produced excellently browned broiled burgers. Likewise, editors say the Maytag "outperformed wall ovens that cost two to three times as much."
Users at HomeDepot.com and Sears.com praise the Whirlpool WOS51EC0A for having accurate temperatures and a stylish, attractive design. Several say that the oven heats up quickly, but many complain that it is quite loud. The oven has a cooling fan that runs from the time the oven is turned on until it has completely cooled off after cooking. For several owners the noise is a deal breaker, but others say that it's only a minor nuisance.
The Maytag MEW7530A is also fairly loud, according to users. Some say that you can hear the fan from other rooms in the house. Owners, however, like the large capacity and accurate temperatures. Several say that it takes a long time to warm up, however -- up to 20 minutes. The Maytag is available in black, white and stainless steel (for an additional $250) and has a 10-year warranty. The Whirlpool, on the other hand, is available in black, white, and biscuit as well as stainless steel (for an additional $200). It has a one-year warranty.
Both ovens do well in professional and user reviews, but we ultimately chose to list the Whirlpool WOS51EC0A as a best-reviewed product because it is reviewed more often by users.