Install a wall oven to keep your kitchen spacious and stylish
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 what size and style wall ovens are best for your home.
Gas vs. Electric
Depending on the hook-ups available in your kitchen, you can install a gas or electric oven. If you have the option to install either, choose based on your needs and budget.
Many wall ovens use a standard or thermal heating technology; however, it is not the only option available. You can also choose from microwave and convection cooking ovens.
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.
Though convection cooking can prepare food more quickly, the fan may take up room within the oven cavity, slightly reducing the amount of usable space and adding a significant amount to the total cost.
Wall ovens typically come in 24-, 27- or 30-inch varieties. They are available in both single- and double-oven 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 of the units.
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.