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Wall Oven Buying Guide

A comprehensive guide that will give you all the information you need on how to buy a new wall oven.

Getting Started

Need to save some space? A built-in wall oven may be your answer. Cabinets are usually built under and above the built-in oven, so you’ll have space to store your cookware. Wall ovens come in several sizes. There are 24", 27", and 30" widths and depending on the wall oven being a single or a double oven determines the size needed. Since the wall oven is going to be built-in, careful measuring of the location is critical.

Types

Gas or Electric?
Gas Electric
This type of oven requires natural gas or a liquid propane connection. You may be limited in choices of sizes and manufacturers for this type of oven. This type of oven requires a 230/240 volt connection. This type is generally available in all sizes and styles.

Features

Cooking and Cleaning Options

  • Convection ovens use a fan to circulate hot air around the food, cooking food evenly.
  • A hidden bake element makes the oven easier to wipe clean. A self-cleaning oven turns spills into a gray ash that can be easily wiped off.
  • Although it is slightly more expensive, eliminating the task of cleaning the oven manually is well worth it. The high-low broil option let's you choose high or low broiling.
  • High broiling is used for most food products. Low broiling is used for chicken, fish, and thicker meats.

Other Buying Options

  • A large, clear-view window with an oven light allows your to check the cooking process without opening the door.
  • Checking the internal oven size is also an important factor. An oven with six or seven positions for the oven racks allows you to bake more than one dish at a time.

Tips

  • Move the racks around to see if they are easy to adjust and sturdy enough.
  • Ask about cleaning features such as a removable door and oven bottom, a tilting electric element, and digital controls.
  • Also ask for other special features such as controls that automatically start or turn off the the oven in your absence, digital control panels, LED displays, digital timers, even-baking features, high and low broiler or double-broiler settings, storage drawers, meat probes, and available colors.

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