If you want a great wall oven with convection cooking and a gliding extendable rack, the KitchenAid KOSE500ESS 30-Inch Single Wall Oven with Even-Heat True Convection (view at Home Depot) will tick all your boxes. If a double oven with smart features is more what you’d like, the LG LWC3063BD 30-Inch Combination Double Electric Convection Wall Oven (view at Home Depot) is your best bet.
What to Look for in a Wall Oven
Controls and Settings
Oven controls are generally knobs, a control pad (buttons), or a digital touchscreen. A touchscreen is the most modern technology, while knobs will be the easiest to use. Digital controls let you set a precise temperature and will most likely also have a timer. A few ovens now come with variable broil settings behind the classic high and low.
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Self-Cleaning or Manual Cleaning
A self-cleaning oven uses a high heat cycle to clean any baked-on food, spills, etc., without the need to use oven cleaners. There is technology available for self-cleaning at lower temperatures with less odor, which might appeal to those who will use this feature. An oven without a self-cleaning feature must be cleaned manually with chemical products.
Additional features include convection heating, smart technology integration, and infrared heating. Convection heating uses fans to create currents in your oven and will shorten your cook times. Smart technology helps you remotely monitor your oven, including starting it up for preheating, while infrared heating means you don’t need to preheat at all. There are also flexible double ovens, storage drawers, hidden bake elements for more interior space, and better interior lights.
How do you measure for a wall oven?
If you’re replacing an existing wall oven, measure what’s currently in your kitchen as a reference when shopping for a new one. “Many wall ovens have a lip that hangs over the opening, so oftentimes the oven’s façade is a bit wider and taller than the actual cabinet cutout it sits in,” says Kevin Busch, VP of Operations of Mr. Handyman, a Neighborly company. “If you’re able to measure the depth of the cabinets from a different area (opening a door to the side of the oven), that would be best. Otherwise, you will have to entirely remove the oven to measure the depth of the cabinet it sits in.”
Can wall ovens be installed under the counter?
“Yes, depending on their size,” says Busch. “A single oven will likely fit under most standard heights of counters. It’s larger models that may need to be installed elsewhere, but that’s the only thing that would prevent you from installing it under a counter.”
What else should people know about the installation of wall ovens?
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If you don’t currently have a wall oven but are thinking of installing one, ensure the planned install location is suitable for an oven. “Generally, there are specs about clearances around all sides of the oven for a safe installation. Also, ovens will require electrical, gas, or both. You should always contact a professional when dealing with those elements,” explains Busch.
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This article is written by Amanda Lauren, an ongoing contributor to Simply Recipes, Forbes, The Balance, Investopedia, Reader’s Digest, and A Sweat Life. Amanda has written hundreds of articles about interior design and lifestyle. While she loves to cook, she prefers to grill because it’s easier to clean up. One day, Amanda hopes to have a kitchen large enough for an island, but would easily settle for a peninsula.
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