Wall ovens (also known as built-in ovens) get recessed into a wall in the kitchen; they lend a custom or built-in look to even budget kitchens. Use a single or double wall oven in combination with a separate cooktop to create a functional kitchen with different zones for food prep and cooking. Wall installation allows more room for a double oven and can be more convenient for use since it can be installed at a height that doesn't require bending. The big drawback of a cooktop/wall oven combination is price. Shoppers can buy a standard, no-frills range for less than $500, while even the cheapest oven/cooktop combo will cost at least $1,000. ConsumerSearch has separate reports on ranges and cooktops.
The vast majority of today's wall ovens are electric but gas models do still exist. According to experts, electric ovens generally heat faster and more evenly than gas ovens. Gas ovens are naturally hotter at the top and cooler at the bottom, so food cooked on multiple racks must be rotated regularly for even browning. On the plus side, gas ovens are less likely to dry out food than electric ovens without convection (discussed below).
Most wall ovens are 30 inches wide but smaller versions are out there as well. Single ovens are the most common, but manufacturers also offer single-double and double ovens, which can considerably expand a user's cooking options. Single-double ovens have the capacity of a single oven, but divide the space between two smaller ovens. Double models include at least one full-size oven. Both types allow home chefs to cook two items simultaneously at different temperatures.
Highly rated electric wall ovens generally cost $1,500 to $2,000. Budget models (under $1,000) are usually smaller and lack popular features like convection. Convection ovens use high-speed fans to circulate hot air, cutting cooking time and improving browning. Nearly every wall oven comes with a one-year warranty.
Additionally, keep in mind how and what you cook. If you don't do a lot of roasting or baking and you aren't concerned about cooking times, you can probably skip the convection feature -- and the several hundred dollars it adds to the overall price of the appliance. Here are some other tips to consider before you buy a wall oven: