How to Choose the Best Wall Oven for Your Kitchen

Install a wall oven to keep your kitchen spacious and stylish

 

Wall Ovens


Wall ovens are a great alternative to a traditional range unit that eliminate the need to bend over when cooking and make it easier to keep an eye on your food. They are designed to provide an excellent fit in any kitchen regardless of the layout or space restrictions. This guide will help determine the best wall oven for your home and what to look for in a wall oven when shopping.

Gas vs. Electric


Depending on the hook-ups available in your kitchen, you can install a gas wall oven or electric wall oven. If you have the option to install either, choose based on your needs and budget.

Electric wall ovens:

• Lower price range & more models
• Larger capacity
• Requires a 230/240 V connection
• Price of electricity determines operating cost

Gas wall ovens:

• Price of natural gas determines operating cost
• May have electronic controls
• Fewer options available

Wall ovens typically come in 24-, 27- or 30-inch varieties. They are available in both single-wall oven, double-wall oven and microwave-wall oven combo configurations.

  • Some wall ovens feature a one-and-a-half oven configuration, with the half oven providing room for warming, grilling and reheating.
  • Multiple rack positions also allow you to accommodate larger cookware.
  • Double ovens may offer convection cooking in one or both of the units.

Convection ovens use an internal fan to circulate hot air throughout the oven compartment, improving heat circulation throughout the entire oven, ensuring more even cooking. True convection ovens have an additional heating element around the fan.

Most common wall oven widths are 30, 27, and 24 inches, with 30-inch models being the most common. 27-inch models are less common and 24 fairly rare. Not all models come in all sizes, so be sure to measure your available space. Detailed cut out specifications are available on all product pages for each model.

Some units combine different cooking technologies for increased versatility. Convection heating involves moving air around with a fan to cook food evenly from all sides, allowing for a nicely browned exterior and a fully cooked inside.

There are a wide variety of features available in wall ovens that can help make cooking easy and hassle-free.

  • Accurate Preheat: Many ovens monitor preheating based on a set period of time. However, some measure the temperature of the oven indicating that it is fully preheated and ready for use only when it actually reaches the preset temperature.
  • Self-Cleaning: Many ovens come with a self-cleaning feature to make clean-up easier after cooking. Removable oven bottoms will also make cleaning easier, as you can pop out the bottom, wash it and then slide it back into place.
  • Delayed Start: A delayed-start feature lets you program your oven to begin cooking even when you’re not home.
  • Safety Lock: A safety lock feature prevents the oven from being used unless it’s turned off, so children can’t turn the heat on and accidentally burn themselves.
  • Steam Oven: Steam cooking combines steaming power with standard thermal cooking to heat foods thoroughly all the way through while helping them retain moisture and succulence.