The Wolf SO30FS is a 30-inch single electric wall oven that's loaded with features that may justify its designer price tag. It includes 10 cooking modes, a 4.5-cubic-foot capacity, dual convection system, hidden bake and broil elements, proof and delayed-start modes, and a temperature probe -- all in a sleek, stylish package. The one flaw is that it takes a long time to preheat -- 20 minutes according to one professional tester.
Ten cooking modes. If you're looking for a top-of-the-line wall oven, the 30-inch Wolf SO30FS has more to offer than most other high-end models. This oven boasts 10 cooking modes and a sleek, stylish design. Moreover, Wolf ovens get top ratings for reliability and performance in consumer surveys. Professional chef Cat Cora, who reviews this oven for SmartMoney magazine, says the Wolf's dual-fan convection system produces beautifully roasted meats and perfectly crisped potatoes. However, she notes that it takes an unusually long time to preheat -- about 20 minutes.
Large capacity. The Wolf SO30FS is a 30-inch oven with a 4.5-cubic-foot capacity. It has a large triple-paned viewing window. There are six rack positions, and three racks are included: one standard and two full-extension.
High-end features. The Wolf SO30FS has a host of high-end features, including a hydraulic door (which descends gently with a touch) and a hideaway control panel. It also has hidden bake elements for easy cleanup, recessed broil element, self-cleaning mode and temperature probe. In addition to baking, broiling and dual convection modes, the Wolf wall oven also has Sabbath, proof and delayed-start modes. The Wolf SO30FS has a two-year warranty.
Celebrity chef Cat Cora tests five high-end wall ovens in this report from SmartMoney magazine. The Wolf SO30FS outperforms the competition, providing "perfectly browned" sweet potatoes and crisp, juicy Cornish hens. (Interestingly, the question posed in the title is never actually addressed.)
Review: Can a $4,000 Oven Cook a Better Turkey?, Renee DeFranco, Nov. 7, 2008
2. J.D. Power & Associates
Wolf places second in J.D. Power and Associates' annual survey about cooktops, ranges and ovens. More than 4,000 consumers rate brands (but not individual models) on factors such as performance, reliability, style and price. Wolf earns 4 or 5 points out of 5 in every category except price, for which it gets two points.
Review: 2013 Kitchen Appliance Satisfaction Study: Range/Cooktop/Oven, Editors of J.D. Power and Associates, July 17, 2013
The appliances forum at GardenWeb.com includes many fans of high-end cooking gear. There are several discussions here about Wolf wall ovens, which most owners say offer great performance and reliability. However, others feel that different brands offer better value.
Review: Appliances Forum, Contributors to GardenWeb.com, As of August 2013
4. Building Products magazine
Although this article calls itself a review, it's more of a discussion of trends in wall ovens. Wolf ovens are discussed here and included in the photo gallery.
Review: Kitchen Products Review: Wall Ovens, Linda C. Lentz, Sept. 11, 2007