How to Buy a Wall Oven


What the best wall oven has

  • Convection cooking. This cooking mode continuously circulates air in the oven cavity to allow for faster cooking times. If you are interested in a double wall oven, look for one that offers convection in both cavities.
  • Cooking features that allow versatility. Sabbath, delay-start and keep-warm modes all add extra convenience. A built-in temperature probe will help roast the perfect turkey without under cooking or drying out the meat.
  • Enough space to cook everything without overcrowding your kitchen. The largest double ovens allow for the most versatility but also eat up a lot of space. If you regularly cook for a crowd, that's a trade-off that makes sense; if not, a single wall oven might be a better choice, and they are less costly than double wall ovens.
  • 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. Digital controls can look a little overwhelming at first, but are easy to master and allow for precise control over time, temperature and more.
  • Think twice about self-cleaning features. Self-cleaning is an incredibly popular feature, but traditional cleaning cycles are long and are prone to giving off unpleasant odors. Many ovens now offer a fast, steam cleaning mode. These take only 30 minutes or so to complete their job - a good thing because steam cleaning is usually only effective for lightly soiled ovens, so you'll want to use it often.

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? Gas ovens are becoming harder and harder to find. Instead, experts say that electric wall ovens should be your choice for the best cooking performance.

Is a wall oven the right choice for you? Wall ovens can look terrific and add to the layout flexibility of your kitchen, but they have their downsides as well. One is cost. Wall ovens don't outperform the ovens found in good-quality ranges, yet cost more -- and sometimes substantially so -- plus you'll need to budget additional funds for a cooktop. And while wall ovens add layout flexibility, they also add space concerns as you'll need a kitchen large enough to accommodate both it and a cooktop. If a range might be a better choice, those are covered in their own ConsumerSearch report. If a wall oven is right for you, check out our report on cooktops to find top choices among those.

What's to come?

Like everything else in our lives, the Internet and connectivity is rapidly expanding to kitchen appliances, including wall ovens. The GE PT9550SFSS (Est. $3,350) we name as the Best Reviewed double wall oven features GE's Brillion app, which experts say is about the best option out there for controlling an oven from a smartphone or tablet. It's fairly functional, and getting it, your smart device, and your GE wall oven all communicating seamlessly isn't too horrible a hoop to jump through. Even so, at least one reviewer that likes the GE oven very much for its overall performance, allows that dealing with Brillion might be too much for some to deal with É and reviews of other smart apps for oven control don't fare as well. Be that as it may, expect to see some type of smart control coming to more and more appliances, including wall ovens, in the near future.