Wall Ovens: Ratings of Sources
ConsumerReports.org includes ratings on its site for nearly 30 single and double electric wall ovens. Each oven is rated on capacity, baking, broiling and self-cleaning features. Five double electric wall ovens earn Recommended status; seven single wall ovens do; with two also named 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. Each is assigned a score of up to 10, and some perform well enough to earn Editors' Choice or Best of Year honors.
CNET is a tough critic when it comes to kitchen appliances, which gives them a lot of credibility in their exhaustive reviews. Editors here focus mainly on high-end ovens with high-end features, such as "smart" features that allow you to sync your appliance with your smartphone via an app. Testing is thorough and well-documented, and the oven's performance is often graphed and compared to other ovens the editors have tested.
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 more than 115 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 well.
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.
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 a lot 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.