Types of Wall Ovens
Single Electric Wall Ovens
This is the most common type of wall oven. Single electric wall ovens are generally 30 inches wide and have a capacity of between 4.5 and 5 cubic feet. These ovens can be as basic or feature-rich as you need or want, although more features means a higher price. If you want convection cooking expect to shell out $1,500 or more, and if you also want "smart" features prices generally start at around $2,500. The good news is that if all you need are basic cooking options -- and ovens that perform well at those tasks -- we found a couple of great choices for $1,000 or less. Some ovens offer stainless steel versions only, others come in several color options to fit any kitchen décor.
Double Electric Wall Ovens
As the name implies, a double electric wall oven has two oven cavities -- upper and lower. Otherwise, they are much like single electric wall ovens in that the more feature-rich they are, the pricier they are. The biggest selling point with a double wall oven is capacity -- most feature an impressive 10 cubic foot total capacity -- great for large families or those who host a lot of holidays. As with single ovens, most of the double ovens we found come in a couple of color options, while others are offered in stainless steel only.
Gas Wall Ovens
While gas wall ovens seem to be going the way of the flip phone, there are people who still need them, usually because they live in an older, 1950s or 1960s-era home and would rather replace than remodel. The gas ovens we review here are all 24-inch models, the size that is common in those older kitchens. Gas wall ovens are more basic ovens than electric, you'll rarely find convection cooking, for example, but a new one will probably be an upgrade for your kitchen if you're replacing an original appliance.
But what if you want to
Obviously, a wall oven is just an oven built into a wall. They're popular
because built-ins give a kitchen a customized, high end look that many people
love. However, for stovetop cooking you'll need to purchase a separate cooktop,
which is installed in a countertop or kitchen island. A range, by contrast,
combines the oven and cooktop into one unit. Though you do sacrifice kitchen
design flexibility, many people prefer ranges because they tend to cost less
than a cooktop and wall oven combination, they also take up less space overall.
If you are interested in exploring your options, ConsumerSearch has separate
reports on both ranges and cooktops.
Wall oven recalls
While wall oven recalls have been relatively scarce, some have
been recalled over the years over potential safety hazards. In July 2016, some
Frigidaire and Kenmore wall ovens were recalled due to a fire hazard, and in July
2015, Whirlpool recalled some single and double wall ovens sold under the
Jenn-Air brand over the risk of burns. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) website is a good resource to check to make sure that any
wall oven you are considering is free of safety issues.
Finding a prevailing retail price for many major
appliances, including wall ovens, can be a challenge. Sales are commonplace,
and when you spot those, you can sometimes save hundreds compared to the
manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP). Other times, a wall oven you
might want will be available only at full retail. Depending on the brand,
appliance prices can sometimes vary greatly between retailers. However, some
manufacturers, such as LG and Samsung, follow a unilateral pricing policy (UPP)
that dictates the selling price and any discounts. In those cases, the
appliance will be roughly the same price at all authorized dealers (and buying
from an unauthorized dealer could void your warranty).
The bottom line? To put things on an equal
footing for all the wall ovens covered in this report, the
"estimated" price we quote is the full MSRP. Be aware, however, that
in some (but not all cases) it may be possible to buy the appliance for less --
and sometimes substantially so. That means that it's important to shop around
to find the best deal.
Finding The Best Wall Ovens
"Cooktops & wall ovens"
"Oven and Cooktop Reviews"
Wall ovens, both single and double, get a decent
number of reviews from experts. Consumer Reports easily provides the broadest
coverage. In addition, we found a limited number of test-based reviews at sites
like Reviewed, CNET and Digital Trends.
User reviews fill in the balance of the picture
-- and the whole picture when it comes to gas models as those are generally overlooked
by experts. We consulted hundreds of owner reviews at sites such as Home Depot,
Lowe's, Sears and elsewhere, digging in to see how these wall ovens work in
real-world kitchens, and how they hold up over time. With that research under
our belts, we considered performance, features, ease of use, appearance and
durability to make our recommendations for the best wall ovens, at a variety of
budget levels, to please any home cook.