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Wall Oven Reviews

By: Kelly Burgess on February 08, 2017

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 GE, Whirlpool and Frigidaire are the undisputed leaders when it comes to great performing, fully-featured single and double wall ovens. In our newly updated report, we also cover ovens with well-reviewed "smart" features, as well as gas wall ovens -- a dying breed, but a necessity for some.

The Whirlpool WOS92EC0AS is one of the top rated wall ovens in both professional and owner reviews for its good looks and equally good performance in baking, broiling and roasting. Owners praise its "sleek, modern" styling, and particularly appreciate the large viewing window. It's fully featured, too, with true convection heating and two cleaning options, including a fast steam clean for everyday messes. It's available in four colors.

If you want an attractive, good performing wall oven on a budget, you'll want to take a look at the Whirlpool WOS51EC0AS. It does an excellent job in testing at baking and broiling, while earning raves for accuracy and its fast preheat. The WOS51EC0AS is equipped with a few handy features, like a covered bake element, a steam-clean mode and a keep-warm function. It comes in three colors.

If you want the ultimate in high-tech cooking, the GE Profile PT9550SFSS is as good as it gets. Its most-praised feature is the easy-to-pair app that lets you control the oven from your smartphone, but there's more to it than just brains. The PT9550SFSS is fully loaded with convenience features, has a more-than-generous five cubic feet of capacity in each oven, and, most important, is a top performer in all cooking tasks.

Most wall ovens cost upwards of $2,000, but the GE JT3500SFSS offers very good cooking performance without a budget-burning price. There aren't a lot of bells and whistles, but it's a solid choice for those who don't need professional-level appliances and prefer something more basic in their kitchen. The capacity on both ovens is five cubic feet, and both offer a self-clean option as well. It comes in four colors.

Gas wall ovens are pretty rare in general, but if you have an older home from the 1950s or 1960s, you might be in the market for a replacement. If so, check out the Frigidaire FFGW2425QS. It has a decent, 3.3 cubic foot capacity in spite of its 24-inch width. Other convenient features include two broil settings, a self-cleaning cycle with delay option, and a bottom storage drawer.

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 boil water?

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

Several wall ovens 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 The Best Wall Ovens
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Wall ovens, both single and double, get a decent number of reviews from experts. We also found a good amount of consensus between those professional review sites that helped us to narrow down our top picks. These sources include ConsumerReports.org, Reviewed.com, CNET and DigitalTrends.com. We also consulted hundreds of owner reviews to see how these wall ovens work in real-world kitchens, and how they hold up over time. 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.

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What every Wall Ovens has:

  • Good to great cooking performance.
  • Convection cooking.
  • Cooking features that allow versatility.

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