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Wall Oven Buying Guide

Considering a wall oven? We've created a comprehensive guide with all the information you need to find the perfect style.

Getting Started

Need to save some space? A built-in wall oven may be your answer. Cabinets are usually placed around a wall oven for convenient cookware storage. Since wall ovens are built into your cabinets or wall, careful measuring of the location is critical.

Types of Wall Ovens

Single Wall Ovens

Space-saving and versatile, single wall ovens are a great option for your kitchen. These ovens can be installed beneath an island countertop or below a cooktop in addition to the wall. Single wall ovens offer one cooking zone, much like standard ranges.

Double Wall Ovens

A double wall oven offers an additional cooking cavity for greater cooking flexibility and increased capacity. These ovens usually come with convection or broiling capabilities in one or both units.

Microwave/Oven Combos

Microwave/oven combos offer the greatest versatility. With both options in one product, you can cook large meals or quickly re-heat leftovers at your convenience.

Wall Oven Fuel Types

Gas

This type of oven requires natural gas or a liquid propane connection. You may have a limited choice of sizes and brands for this type of oven.

Electric

Electric wall ovens require a 230/240 volt connection and they are usually available in all sizes and styles.

Wall Oven Sizes and Capacity

Wall ovens come in several sizes. Most units are widely available in 24", 27" and 30" widths. Some luxury kitchen models can reach 36." A 30" oven is standard for most kitchens. This size can usually accommodate between 2 - 3 racks. On the other hand, a 24" oven is generally better for smaller kitchens that you might find in an apartment.
When comparing oven sizes, consider how many dishes you usually need to cook at the same time. Do you entertain frequently or do you only cook for a few people? Checking the internal oven size is essential before buying an oven.
Some wall oven models offer doors with side swing hinges or French-style double doors instead of the typical bottom hinges. Your oven size and door style will largely depend on your kitchen and the space available for your unit. Measure carefully to figure out which size is best for you.

Wall Oven Main Features

Convection

Convection ovens use a fan to circulate hot, dry air around the food for even and efficient cooking. This method is especially handy when dehydrating or roasting certain foods. It's also great for baked goods like cookies and pies. If you're curious about the differences between convection versus conventional ovens, you can find more helpful information in this post.

Self-Cleaning

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.

High-Low Broil Option

The high-low broil option lets you choose high or low broiling. High broiling is used for most food products while low broiling is used for chicken, fish and other thick meats.

Steam

Steam ovens can inject the right amount of steam into the oven's interior, eliminating the need for additional oils and sauces. These ovens help preserve moisture and lock-in flavor.
Double Wall Oven in Kitchen

Other Features To Consider

Oven Light

A large, clear-view window with an oven light allows you to check the cooking process without opening the door.

Electronic Controls

For the most accurate temperature adjustment, go with a digital or touch-activated screen control. This control is simple to use and its flat surface is great for fast and easy cleaning. This style is available on many wall ovens and most controls also offer LED illuminated knobs to indicate when the oven is on.

Racks

Many ovens offer several racks. Consider roll-out extension racks instead of standard sliding racks for an easier loading process. Adjustable racks also allow you to accommodate several dishes, while a removable half-rack helps make taller dishes easier to bake evenly. An oven with six or seven positions for oven racks will allow you to bake more than one dish at a time.

Removable Doors & Oven Bottoms

When selecting a wall oven, consider cleaning features that will make it as easy as possible for you to clean hard-to-reach places. For example, removable doors and oven bottoms will help you through the cleaning process.

Infrared Grilling Systems

Infrared grilling systems broil food and allow your oven to get hotter faster than traditional heating methods. The good news is that you can quickly cook at very high heats. The bad news is that it's harder to cook more delicate foods, like fish. Still, once you master the technique, infrared grilling systems allow you to prepare food quickly with a juicy taste from the comfort of your kitchen.

Colors and Finishes

Stainless steel is ever popular, but depending on your kitchen's aesthetic, wall ovens come in a variety of colors and finishes. Some options include black, stainless, white, slate, and more.

WiFi Connections

Many modern wall oven brands offer wireless capabilities with remote control operations, like Bluetooth and near-field communication (NFC) straight from your smartphone. This handy feature allows you to preheat the oven, set timers or adjust the temperature--straight from your sofa.

Shop and Save on Wall Ovens from Abt

If you're looking to save space in your kitchen, consider a wall oven to meet all your cooking needs! Once you've decided that a wall oven is for you, refer back to this guide to help you decide on specific features that will meet your needs. At Abt, we're here to help you maximize your cooking experience.

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