What the best wall oven has

  • Cooking modes that allow versatility. Most wall ovens come with bake and broil modes but convection-heating, Sabbath, delay-start and keep-warm modes all add extra convenience.
  • Enough space to cook everything without overcrowding your kitchen. The largest double ovens allow for the most versatility but won't fit in every kitchen. If you regularly cook for a crowd, you may be willing to sacrifice counter space for cooking space; if not, you may want to go for the smallest oven you can get by with.
  • Features that add convenience but not confusion. Look for simple but useful features, such as a timer, an audible preheat alert and a covered element for easy cleanup.
  • Think twice about self-cleaning features. Self-cleaning is an incredibly popular feature, but it's also very trouble-prone and doesn't always work well.  

Know before you go

How big is your current available space? It's important to know your existing cabinet cutout dimensions to ensure that the wall oven you choose will fit. Be sure to compare your dimensions with the cutout dimensions listed for the wall ovens you are considering. These dimensions are slightly different from the dimensions of the oven itself.

How will you power your oven? If your kitchen is stubbed for gas, you will need a gas oven. If not, you will need an electric wall oven. Gas can be converted to electric, but that adds to the cost.

Do you need a cooktop? If you replace a range with a wall oven, you'll probably need a cooktop as well for the type of cooking you normally do on a range top. Be sure you have the money and the space for both.

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