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.
Great performance for the price. The Whirlpool WOS51EC0AS is by far the least-expensive wall oven to earn a recommendation at ConsumerReports.org, and is also designated as a Best Buy. In testing there, it earns an Excellent score for broiling, Very Good for baking. James Aitchison at Reviewed.com agrees, saying the WOS51EC0AS evenly baked cookies and cakes, an obvious indication of good airflow. The oven and broiler also earned kudos from Aitchison for speedy preheat times -- under 11 minutes for the oven, six minutes for the broiler. Those times are faster than those we saw on even much more expensive wall ovens. Owners are also largely complimentary about this wall oven's performance, although we saw a number of complaints of noise -- a noisy fan or noise when it's heating, cooking and cooling down -- something that puzzled many owners since the oven doesn't have a convection feature so they're not sure where the "fan" noise is coming from. Still, most agree that it's easy to get used to and isn't a deal-breaker.
Fairly basic features. "The Whirlpool WOS51EC0AS isn't exactly stuffed to the gills with features," notes Aitchison, but he also argues that that simplicity makes this wall oven easier to install and use than fancier models. Also, although it lacks a convection feature, which would speed some cooking tasks up a bit, convection cooking tends to be less even when baking than in regular mode anyway, and Aitchison says most people won't miss it. Still, there are a few convenient features included, like a hidden bake element for easy cleaning and a steam-clean option that is reported to work very well both by owners and in Aitchison's testing. ConsumerReports.org agrees, and award it an Excellent score in that category. Other features include Sabbath mode, delayed cooking and a keep-warm option. The WOS51EC0AS's capacity is five cubic feet and it comes with two oven racks with six possible rack positions.
Large viewing window a hit. Even though you're going to be paying $1,000 (or less, if you hit a sale) for the Whirlpool WOS51EC0AS, you'll still be plenty pleased with its clean, modern appearance, reviewers say. "The WOS51EC0AS looks just as fancy as pricier wall ovens," says Aitchison. Owners agree, and we saw a number of positive comments about its "clean; sleek" appearance. What they all love, though, is the large viewing window that Aitchison says adds to the clean aesthetic. It's also functional, unlike most dark oven windows, owners say you can actually see the food through this one. We saw very few durability complaints, even though this wall oven has been around for a while. It's covered by the Whirlpool FIT system guarantee, which promises that it will fit into the same space as a comparable (height and width) wall oven that it's replacing. This oven is stainless steel, but it also comes in black as the Whirlpool WOS51EC0AB (Est. $1,000) and white as the Whirlpool WOS51EC0AW (Est. $1,000).
ConsumerReports.org includes the Whirlpool WOS51EC0AS in its latest coverage of wall ovens. It's rated on its cooking performance, cleaning features and capacity. Discussion is brief, but sufficient to provide an overview of the oven's strengths.
James Aitchison calls the Whirlpool WOS51EC0AS "a great argument in favor of buying an affordable appliance." While the lack of convection cooking is a minus, overall performance is so good that he thinks most users won't mind -- or even notice -- that it's missing.
We found nearly 575 user reviews at HomeDepot.com, though many of those were originally posted at Whirlpool's home page. Satisfaction is generally high, as indicated by the overall rating of 4.2 out of 5 stars. Several reviewers say that the oven fan is a bit noisy, but most say that it's tolerable. Several praise the oven's sleek design and accurate temperatures.