Bosch HBL8451UC 800 30" Stainless Steel Electric Single Wall Oven - Convection
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The vast majority of wall ovens sold today are single electric ovens, but if you're looking for a double electric wall oven, or a gas wall oven, head on over to those sections of this report. You might also need a new cooktop, which we cover in a separate report.
Experts and owners make the Whirlpool WOS92EC0AS (Est. $1,750) a great choice among single electric wall ovens. It does a Very Good job at baking and delivers Excellent broiling performance according to testers at Consumer Reports. It scores identically to the Samsung NV51K7770SG/AA, covered below, but costs about $1,000 less, earning it Best Buy status.
The experts at Reviewed also like this Whirlpool wall oven, although with a few small quibbles. James Aitchison says "The Whirlpool WOS92ECOAS exhibited decent performance in most areas," but then he calls out the "sloth-like" pre-heat. On the other hand, he specifically praises the keep-warm setting, saying it provides the "best balance between accuracy and precision."
Despite Aitchison's complaints about the preheat, that's not something we saw echoed in many user reviews; most, in fact, say the Whirlpool WOS92EC0AS is very quick to heat up (although, a few say that's in comparison to older ovens they've had). They also say it's a top performer in cooking tasks -- in keeping with professional testing -- and most absolutely adore the convection feature, which they say excels in turning out perfectly cooked foods more quickly than a regular cycle.
The Whirlpool WOS92EC0AS is a full-size wall oven with a five cubic foot capacity and 30-inch width. It comes equipped with an array of convenience features in addition to the aforementioned convection heating, including a hidden bake element for easy cleanup, a steam-clean option, rapid preheat (which cuts preheat time down to 12 minutes from 17 minutes), delayed-cooking, and Sabbath-mode settings. Although Aitchison is underwhelmed by the WOS92EC0AS's "sparse" oven control panel appearance, users disagree, saying they love the minimalist vibe of this oven, noting that it's very attractive, especially considering the relatively bargain price. We review the stainless steel model here; it's also available in black as the Whirlpool WOS92EC0AB (Est. $1,550).
If you'd like something more fully-featured, but that still can be had at a pretty decent price, we recommend taking a look at the Bosch HBL8451UC (Est. $2,400). It's very well-liked by owners and Reviewed gives it a Best of Year honors, albeit in a review from 2015. Regardless, this oven is still on the market and that longevity has allowed time for owners to come back to weigh in on durability, and we saw almost no negative reviews in that area.
Aitchison at Reviewed has a lot of nice things to say about the Bosch HBL8451UC, noting that it, "actually has what it takes to make you a better home chef." In testing there, performance-wise this Bosch is practically perfect, with "spectacular" broiling and excellent uniformity in baking cookies and cakes. They were a tad bit overdone on the convection setting, a not unusual result when using convection to bake, but Aitchison says that all you need to do to fix that is take a few minutes off the baking time.
Users praise this wall oven's performance in virtually all tasks. A few say they were a bit intimidated at first by the touchscreen and array of options, but found that the controls ended up being easy and intuitive to use.
Everyone agrees that the Bosch HBL8451UC has a great array of features. Convection is the most popular, of course, but also included are a "QuietClose" door feature so the door doesn't slam (and can easily be nudged close with an elbow if your hands are full), a fully telescoping rack to safely remove larger items, a quick self-clean cycle, 12 cooking presets, and a temperature probe that owners say works very well. The oven's capacity is 4.6 cubic feet, and it comes in stainless steel.
If you want to go seriously high-end with your wall oven, two GE Café series single electric wall ovens get good reviews from both experts and owners, the GE Cafe CT9050SHSS (Est. $2,700) and the French door-style GE Cafe CT9070SHSS (Est. $4,000). The first of those, the GE Cafe CT9050SHSS, is the highest rated wall oven at Reviewed, where it earns the only perfect 10 in that category as well as a Best of Year and Editor's Choice awards. There, Aitchison notes that while most "smart" kitchen appliances have poorly designed smartphone apps, the CT9050SHSS "not only features hands-free tech that's actually useful for cooks, but it's also a pretty darn good oven—even if you never connect it to your Wi-Fi network."
To say the five cubic foot GE Cafe CT9050SHSS is feature-rich is almost an understatement. To start, it connects wirelessly with your smartphone and you can control it from there, or through Alexa, the popular Amazon-branded virtual assistant. In testing, this simple interface works very well. In addition to its "smart" capabilities, the CT9050SHSS also has the range of extras one would expect at this price point: a true convection system, hidden bake element (for ease of cleaning), regular and quick self-clean options, the ability to set a broiling temperature, and three racks (including a self-cleaning, heavy-duty roller rack) with six possible rack positions for maximum flexibility. There's also a bread proofing function that can replace your bread maker, but we saw no comments on how well that works. And if it doesn't work as advertised, check out actual bread machines in our separate report.
Bread aside, in testing at Reviewed, the GE Cafe CT9050SHSS was a superior performer in all tasks: baking cookies and cakes, roasting meat and broiling. The only noted downside was that it's slow to preheat, taking 14 minutes to reach 350 degrees; 13 minutes with the convection feature engaged. Aitchison suggests taking out the heavy sliding rack to speed things up even more.
What keeps the GE Cafe CT9050SHSS out of our top spot, besides its premium price, is the relative lack of owner reviews. Though it's been on the market for a little while now, there is still relatively little user feedback, and much of what we found was posted originally at GE's website. That said, the vast majority of users who do weigh in are more than thrilled with this wall oven, saying it's beautiful, easy to use, and does an excellent job of baking and other cooking tasks. There are a few dissenters, but the complaints we spotted didn't seem to have any particular theme -- a couple of mentions of a noisy convection feature and long preheat times, but that's about it.
The second of these two GE Café wall ovens, the GE Cafe CT9070SHSS, gets quite a bit more feedback, and boy are those owners a happy bunch. This French door-style oven is beyond gorgeous, they agree, and cooks as beautifully as it looks. Experts like it, too. It earns Recommended status at Consumer Reports, though it scores a few points lower than the Whirlpool WOS92EC0AS. Still, the editors say that baking and broiling performance are both Very Good, and that they didn't note any shortfalls in performance.
The GE Cafe CT9070SHSS has all of the same features as the CT9050SHSS, including Wi-Fi connectivity, two self-cleaning options, bread proofing and true convection. Instead of one self-cleaning heavy-duty roller rack, it has two, with six possible rack positions. Its big selling point over the CT9050SHSS is that French door. It's not only adds a commercial-level look to your kitchen, but owners are thrilled with how much easier it is to use the oven, with no bending or reaching involved. If your budget is unlimited and you want the most modern appliance available now, that's the GE Cafe CT9070SHSS.
All of the ovens covered in this section have a single cooking cavity, and we cover double wall ovens in their own section elsewhere in this report. But if you don't have the larger space that a double wall oven requires (roughly 50 inches tall versus 30 inches for a typical single wall oven), or think that you'll only occasionally want the flexibility to cook two different dishes at different temperatures and settings, the Samsung NV51K7770SG/AA (Est. $2,900) could be worth considering.
The NV51K7770SG/AA is a single oven that incorporates Samsung's Flex Duo technology. Use its 5.1 cubic-foot capacity as a single oven, or slide in the Smart Divider to split that into two cooking cavities with independent settings and temperatures. It's feature packed otherwise as well, including a steam cook feature, dual convection fans so you can convection cook in both halves of the oven if the Smart Divider is in place, Wi-Fi connectivity to allow for remote monitoring and control, and more.
Among experts, it gets top marks from Consumer Reports, earning the same score overall as the Whirlpool WOS92EC0AS. It scores a notch lower (but still Very Good) than the Whirlpool when it comes to capacity and self-cleaning, but a notch higher (Excellent) when it comes to broiling. User feedback is still scant, however. That said, we found roughly a couple of dozen reviews scattered across the Internet at sites like Best Buy and Home Depot, and recommendations from virtually all owners who opted for this wall oven. The NV51K7770SG/AA comes in black stainless, but you can save around $100 by opting for this model as the Samsung NV51K7770SS/AA (Est. $2,800), which is "plain" stainless steel.
Considering the price of most wall ovens, it's pretty remarkable that our Best Reviewed single electric wall oven overall carries an MSRP of around $1,750 -- and a bit less if a color option other than stainless steel will fit in your kitchen's décor (and less still if you can find it on sale, which is often the case). However, for those who have a smaller budget, we wanted to offer up a couple of less expensive choices, starting with the Whirlpool WOS51EC0AS (Est. $1,300). This is a 30-inch, five cubic foot oven with a large viewing window that adds to what reviewers describe as its "clean" aesthetic, and to its function as well -- you can actually see the food through it, unlike some dark, almost opaque oven windows.
The WOS51EC0AS is a pretty basic oven, but generally comes with an array of features that will please most people, including two oven racks and six possible rack positions, bake and broil functions, Sabbath mode, delayed-cooking, and keep-warm options. The wall oven is also equipped with a steam-clean option that earned an Excellent score at Consumer Reports, which grants this Whirlpool wall oven Best Buy status, and impressed Aitchison in his testing at Reviewed as well. Owners agree, and we saw positive comments about how well that quick cleaning mode works.
Experts also say that the Whirlpool WOS51EC0AS's cooking performance is better than the low price tag might indicate. "Whirlpool certainly hasn't cut any corners where cooking performance is concerned," Reviewed says. In testing at Consumer Reports, the WOS51EC0A earns a Very Good rating for baking and an Excellent rating for broiling. The lack of convection keeps Aitchison from recommending it for every user, but says that it should go to the top of the list for wall-oven buyers on a budget. He's also not sure that the lack of convection is all that big a deal in this model. "The only thing missing from this potent package is a convection mode, but with performance this good, we imagine users will barely notice its absence," he says.
The only real, consistent complaint we saw about the Whirlpool WOS51EC0AS is that it's noisy. Users note a loud "fan" or "whistling" noise at different points in the cooking cycle -- while heating, cooking and cooling down -- something that puzzles many considering there's no convection cycle -- they can't figure out why a fan is running. Still, user feedback is largely positive and almost all agree that, for the price, the WOS51EC0AS is a terrific choice. This version is stainless, it also comes in black as the Whirlpool WOS51EC0AB (Est. $1,100) and white as the Whirlpool WOS51EC0AW (Est. $1,100).
The Whirlpool WOS51EC0A is the absolute cheapest oven we spotted that earned a recommendation in any expert reviews. However, we wanted to add a sub-$1,000 wall oven in this category so we turned to user reviews, which brought us to the Amana AWO6313SFW (Est. $1,000). While its list price just touches the $1,000 mark, it can often be found on sale for less than $800. Although there aren't a lot of reviews, this wall oven's owner satisfaction is quite high; with most saying its temperatures are accurate and it bakes evenly.
The Amana AWO6313SFW is a five cubic foot oven with electronic controls, a large viewing window, two oven racks with six possible positions, a Sabbath mode, keep warm and a self-clean option. The hidden bake element also makes it easy to keep this oven clean, owners say. This oven is white, but is also available in black as the Amana AWO6313SFB (Est. $1,000). If want something just a little jazzier, and your budget will allow it, this Amana wall oven is also available in stainless steel as the Amana AWO6313SFB (Est. $1,100).
Bosch HBL8451UC 800 30" Stainless Steel Electric Single Wall Oven - Convection
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