Wall Ovens: Ratings of Sources
Total of 16 Sources
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Cooktops and Wall Ovens
by Editors of ConsumerReports.org
Our AssessmentConsumerReports.org includes ratings on its site for 20 electric wall ovens, but only some of these models have actually been tested; others are recommended based on their similarity to tested models that are no longer available. Each oven is rated on capacity, baking and broiling, and three models are recommended. Tests of baking performance involve baking cakes and cookies on two racks to see whether they browned evenly. Broiling performance is tested by broiling a pan of hamburgers and checking the high-heat searing ability. Most of the rated ovens include a convection feature, which saves roasting time and improves browning. Most of them also include a smooth cover over the baking element to protect it from drips, and several have a temperature probe for roasting meats. There are also a few reviews from users available on the site, as well as a handy buyer's guide that can be viewed without a subscription.
Built-in Oven Reviews
by Editors of Which? magazine
Our AssessmentWhich? magazine is the United Kingdom's answer to ConsumerReports.org. The site currently rates 91 single and double ovens -- both gas and electric models -- for performance, convenience and cleaning. However, none of the recommended models is available in the U.S.
Electric Built-in Ovens Review
by Editors of Choice magazine
Our AssessmentThis Australian magazine conducts testing similar to ConsumerReports.org. Its latest round of testing covers 19 electric wall ovens. Editors cook various pastries, meats and pizza, and they also evaluate each model for ease of use. While this is a thorough report with clearly explained ratings, the tested models are not available in the United States.
Can a $4,000 Oven Cook a Better Turkey?
by Renee DeFranco
Our AssessmentCelebrity chef Cat Cora evaluates five high-end wall ovens in this report from SmartMoney magazine. She roasts Cornish game hens and sweet potatoes in each oven while commenting on features, appearance and ease of use. Each oven is rated for performance and design. Cora chooses the Wolf L Series (*Est. $3,850), which produces juicy, tender hens and "perfectly crisp" sweet potatoes, as her favorite. Interestingly, despite the article's catchy title, there's no comparison between these fancy ovens and a standard oven, and the testers never actually cook a turkey.
Beyond the Hype in the Kitchen
by Editors of ConsumerReports.org
Our AssessmentConsumerReports.org editors discuss nine of the most hyped kitchen products and recommend what to buy. One of the kitchen trends mentioned, speed cooking, is included on some wall ovens. Speed cooking combines baking with microwave technology to cut cooking time, but editors report mixed results with this feature and say convection ovens are a better choice. The article also notes that pro-style ranges costing more than $4,000 normally don't offer any performance benefits over cheaper ranges -- an observation that applies to wall ovens as well.
2011 Home Appliance Study: Range/Cooktop/Oven
by Editors of J.D. Power and Associates
Our AssessmentMore than 4,000 consumers have contributed to J.D. Power and Associates' annual survey about cooktops, ranges and ovens. Brands (but not individual models) are rated in six categories, including style and feel, performance, price, features, ease of use and warranty. The top slot in the ratings is a tie between LG and high-end manufacturer Wolf, both of which receive an overall score of 804 points out of a possible thousand. GE Monogram, Electrolux and Whirlpool Gold also earn very high marks. Amana and Hotpoint are the worst performers, with below-average scores in nearly every category. Although the ratings are helpful, there's no distinction among wall ovens, cooktops and ranges.
by Contributors to Sears.com
Our AssessmentSears.com allows consumers to post reviews of appliances and wall ovens. The site sells hundreds of wall ovens, and it's the only retailer that sells Kenmore appliances. Unfortunately, few wall ovens have more than one or two consumer reviews. However, the Whirlpool RBS245PRQ stands out with a 4-star average rating (out of 5) from about a dozen consumers.
by Contributors to AJMadison.com
Our AssessmentAJMadison.com, an online appliance retailer, allows customers to rate and review their purchases. Of the nearly 300 wall ovens for sale, however, only a few attract a significant number of reviews. Ratings are displayed on the main page, making it easy to determine which wall ovens attract the best feedback. You can also sort by the ovens with the highest ratings or most reviews -- a handy feature that many sites lack. Some reviews from AJMadison.com are also posted on Buzzillions.com.
by Contributors to Buzzillions.com
Our AssessmentBuzzillions.com compiles owner reviews from several appliance retailers, including AJMadison.com and ABT.com. This is helpful for getting an overall picture of user opinion, but the way the site ranks products can be confusing. Some wall ovens with only a few reviews are ranked ahead of others with more reviews and higher average ratings. Most ovens have only a few ratings here, but we found four wall ovens with at least 10 comments and high overall ratings. Interestingly, three of the four are gas ovens, which are less common than electric models and are not widely reviewed.
by Contributors to Google.com
Our AssessmentLike Buzzillions.com, Google's product search is a good aggregator source for user reviews. This is especially handy with products like wall ovens, which generally do not receive a large number of reviews on any single site. A glance through the search results in Google can give a good overall picture of user opinion about a specific model. However, because the results from this search engine overlap with those from other sources we have used, we have counted recommendations from this site only when we could not find a sufficient number of user reviews from other sources.
by Contributors to Viewpoints.com
Our AssessmentLike Epinions.com, this site offers owner-written reviews on a range of products. Reviews here are often more detailed than at other sites, and the site offers a handy summary of pros and cons for each model. About 75 wall ovens have been reviewed here, but most have no more than five or six comments from users. The GE Profile PT960SMSS earns very high overall ratings from more than 10 owners, but it has been discontinued.
by Contributors to HomeDepot.com
Our AssessmentHomeDepot.com has about 50 wall ovens for sale, but most of them have received no more than one or two user reviews. In addition, finding the best-reviewed models is difficult, as the site shows neither the number of reviews nor the overall rating on its main page. Those reviews that are available, however, are often nicely detailed. HomeDepot.com also offers user reviews for ranges and cooktops.
Electric Ovens Reviews and Prices
by Editors of ConsumerGuide.com
Our AssessmentConsumerGuide.com is a website that reviews many types of consumer products, including appliances like wall ovens. There are 13 reviews for gas wall ovens, and five products are recommended as Best Buys; however, for electric ovens, only the three "spotlight reviews" are shown. Stranger still, of those three reviews, the one product named as a Best Buy actually gets lower overall scores than the other two. No new reviews have been added to the site in more than three years, and three of the seven recommended products are no longer available. Moreover, all the reviews appear to be based on the ovens' features; there's no indication that the editors have done any hands-on testing.
by Contributors to Epinions.com
Our AssessmentEpinions.com presents owner-written reviews for wall ovens. Though more than 2,000 wall ovens are listed, few receive any reviews, and we found none with more than four comments.
by Contributors to GardenWeb.com
Our AssessmentGardenWeb.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. High-end brands, such as Miele, Bosch and Gaggenau, are discussed often. However, you won't find any ratings or direct comparisons between specific models here.
Kitchen Products Review: Wall Ovens
by Linda C. Lentz
Our AssessmentBuilding Products Magazine is a trade publication aimed at contractors, and it periodically offers articles on large appliances. Although this report is billed as a review, it's more of a discussion of the newest and most innovative wall ovens available at the time it was written. No specific wall ovens are chosen as the best, but there is some insightful commentary from kitchen designers and building contractors. However, this article is dated, so it's less useful than it could be.