Wall Oven Buying Guide
Having a wall oven is definitely a matter of personal preference. Some people prefer to cook in range ovens because they have been using them all of their lives, but a wall oven has some major advantages. The first one is easy to recognize – you don’t have to bend over to check on food or to insert it or remove it from the oven. This means that wall ovens are better for your physical health but also much safer since there is less chance of being burned if you don’t have to bend over.
The wall oven also saves space in your kitchen since it can be built right into the kitchen cabinets. When you don’t need a range in your kitchen you free up a great deal of space. However, buying and installing a wall oven has a downside as well. For one thing, they are more expensive than range models. Second, you don’t have burners to go with a wall-mounted oven so you are either going to have to have a separate range anyway, or at the very least, a couple of burners that you can use for skillets, pots and pans.
What is a Wall Oven?
A wall oven is very simply an oven that is mounted into the wall or cabinetry of your kitchen. Wall ovens are easy to recognize because the only part of the oven that is usually visible is the face. You can open the door and put items inside of the oven and then set the temperature, time and other details. Other than the fact that the wall ovens rebuilt into the wall, there is no difference between wall overs and range models.
Advantages and Disadvantages of Wall Ovens
We have already discussed some of the advantages and disadvantages of having a wall oven, but if you are seriously thinking about having one installed, you should know all of the advantages of having one and be familiar with the reasons why many people don’t get one as well so that you can make the best decision possible.
Wall Oven Pros
- Assuming that you have decided to install a wall oven in addition to your current range you now have the ability to use two ovens at once. This can be a major advantage if you have a lot of food to cook such as on Thanksgiving and Christmas.
- Another benefit to having a wall oven is that you free up some room in your kitchen. If you have a small space, the absence of a range can make a huge difference.
Wall Oven Cons
- There are definitely more disadvantages to having a wall oven than a range. The first is that a wall-mounted oven is going to be something that stays with the house whether you are living there or not. If you purchase a range, it can go with you when you leave if you want. That’s not the case with a wall oven.
- Also, wall ovens do not include stovetops so you are either going to have to have a separate stovetop to cook on, or have a range installed anyway, which will give you two ovens.
- Wall ovens almost always work on electricity, which is more expensive than gas to operate. If being able to choose different energy sources is important to you, you might not want to go with a wall oven.
Best Brands of Wall Ovens to Buy
Frigidaire is definitely the number one brand of wall ovens in the world. They consistently take up more than half of any top ten or twenty wall oven list. Frigidaire makes many different models of wall ovens and they are all very highly rated, consistently garnering between four and five-star reviews on every model they put out. Many Frigidaire models include extras like a convection oven combined with a microwave.
GE is also a well-known and well-liked brand of wall oven. They have a lot of great models out there as well, using both element and convection oven technology.
Installation Options for Wall Ovens
If you decide that you are going to buy and install a wall oven, there are a few questions that you should answer first, and then a number of buying options that you’ll need to decide between. A wall oven is a great purchase but you want to make sure that you have the right one. Here are some questions that you’re going to want to answer.
How many people are you going to be serving with it? If you have a very large family you probably want to go bigger while a small family will just be increasing their energy costs by getting a huge wall oven, unless you have guests over that you are feeding most nights.
Why are you installing it? Are you upgrading your kitchen, remodeling or doing repairs after a flood or other disaster? Are you simply replacing an existing appliance? How much space do you have to install an oven?
You also need to answer some questions about the models. For example: what size will you have to have? Do you need a double oven for cooking or baking more than one thing at a time? Do you need a very large oven to make certain dishes that you are planning on?
Single Wall Ovens That Are Built-In
Single wall ovens can be built right into your cabinetry to look great as well as be extremely functional and convenient. Single wall ovens are usually placed at waist height so that you can easily put stuff in and take stuff out without having to bend over. Single wall ovens are most appropriate when you don’t need more than one oven and you don’t have very much space to install it.
Cooktops Combined With Single Wall Ovens
If you are going to install a single wall oven, and you plan on replacing your current range with it, you might want to think about single wall ovens that come with a cooktop. You are almost certainly going to need burners to cook with, and if you are getting rid of your range, you will need burners to cook on, making this a great way to free up space in your kitchen. One thing to keep in mind, however, is that you are going to need to install a single wall oven with a cooktop in the lower cabinets instead of the upper ones.
Side-by-Side Single Wall Ovens
You also might want to think about two single wall ovens that are placed side-by-side to give you more space to cook. There is also the double wall oven that works the same way except that the ovens are stacked on top of each other instead of being side-by-side. Both of these options give you a great deal more cooking space, which is great when you have guests or for holidays, and
Built-In Microwave Oven Combination
There are also ovens that have a microwave built in as well. This can be a huge space saver if you are currently storing your microwave on the countertop. A microwave and oven combination takes up about the same amount of space as the double oven combination that are stacked on top of each other.