Wall Ovens: Ratings of Sources
ConsumerReports.org includes ratings on its site for 28 single and double electric wall ovens, but only some of these models have actually been tested; others are recommended based on their similarity to tested models. Each oven is rated on capacity, baking, broiling and self-cleaning features. Eight models perform (or are expected to perform) well enough to earn recommended status, with two models singled out as Best Buys.
Experts at Reviewed.com perform hands on testing of a variety of products, including wall ovens. Reviews are thorough and provide detailed information about performance, reliability and features of ovens. While only a handful of wall ovens have been tested, four perform well enough to earn Editors' Choice or Best of the Year honors.
About 5,600 consumers contributed to 2015 J.D. Power and Associates' survey about cooktops, ranges and wall ovens. Brands (but not individual models) are rated in six categories, including style, performance, price, features, ease of use and warranty. The top slot among wall ovens goes to GE, with KitchenAid not far behind. However, these are the only two makers to score above the segment average when it comes to overall satisfaction.
DigitalTrends.com is a site that's better known for reviews of consumer electronics than of major appliances, but be that as it may, the site hosts a trio of relatively recent wall oven reviews. Testing, including tests of cooking performance are hands on, though the bulk of the information focuses on appearance and features. The top rated oven receives an Editors' Choice award.
HomeDepot.com has about 90 wall ovens for sale. While many get only a handful of reviews, others get dozens and sometime hundreds, making the site a good destination for user feedback. One caveat is that the reviews hosted here include many that were written at manufacturer web sites, and may also be repeated at other retail websites.
Sears.com also allows consumers to post reviews of appliances and wall ovens. Sears is the exclusive distributor of Kenmore wall oven, and this site is the only one to host user reviews of those. Wall ovens from many other manufacturers are also available, and many look to have ample reviews, but a closer examination reveal that many of those reviews were originally posted elsewhere.
As is the case at HomeDepot.com and Sears.com, we found lots of wall ovens at Lowes.com, and many seem to have lots of reviews. However, while some reviews written by Lowes.com customers can also be found, most of the reviews are originally sourced from manufacturer web sites.
BestBuy.com breaks from the pack by only posting reviews written by its own customers. The downside is that most wall ovens get only a handful of reviews. Still, if you are looking for additional, unique user perspectives of a wall oven that you are considering, BestBuy.com is worth a look-see.
While CNET has expanded its major appliance coverage greatly in the last few years, there is still only a little bit of information here about wall ovens, including just a couple of reviews. Coverage is supplemented with some brief "Editors' Take" reports, which typically focus on things like features and aesthetics, but don't include any of CNET's typically well-regarded testing.
This is the blog of YaleAppliance.com, a Massachusetts-based appliance retailer. Here various writers review and compare appliances, including wall ovens. The focus is primarily on features and value, though comments about brand reliability can also be helpful. Though no testing is done, this commentary from an appliance retailer's point of view is worth a read.
Amazon.com is a great place to get feedback about lots of different products. Unfortunately, wall ovens isn't among those. While a good assortment of wall ovens are listed, most get little if any feedback, and navigation is a pain as the category returns results for lots of unrelated products. On the plus side, Amazon.com doesn't borrow feedback from other sources, so any user reviews that you do find here will be unique to the site.
GardenWeb.com forums are full of discussions on every sort of appliance, including wall ovens. Some threads discuss the pros and cons of a cooktop/wall oven combo as compared to a range; others consider the merits of particular brands. While some threads span years, you won't find any ratings or direct comparisons between specific models here, and you'll need to navigate past discussions of other appliances to find those that focus on wall ovens.