Finding a way to channel your inner chef might be easier than you think. Part of cooking like a pro is using kitchen equipment that makes cooking look and feel effortless. Take for instance, a gleaming wall oven—as its name implies—which is installed in a space within your wall, giving your kitchen a sleek and seamless look. Sitting at eye-level, separately from a cooktop, a wall oven eliminates the need to bend down, making the act of cooking a whole lot easier.
With thoughts of veggies roasting and apple pie baking, we reached out to Stefan Bucur, a home-improvement specialist from Rhythm of the Home, to talk about wall ovens and their advantages. “A major benefit of having a wall oven is that it blends in with the rest of the appliances, and it creates a seamless integrated focal point between the oven itself and the cabinets,” he tells The Spruce. Plus, “they are typically positioned at chest or torso level so you don't really have to crouch when checking on the food or lift heavier trays when taking them out of the oven.”
We spent hours researching models from the most popular appliance brands, evaluating each one on size, features, and overall value. Our top pick, the GE Profile 30-inch Electric Wall Oven, is a sleek oven that provides a large cooking surface and multiple functions to help you deliver flawless food every time.
Best Electric: GE Profile 30-inch Smart Single Electric Wall Oven with Convection Self-Cleaning
Can be controlled via app
Dual-broiling element ensures even cooking
No preheat option
Only two oven racks
If you want an oven that delivers perfectly cooked food every time, then look no further than GE Profile’s Smart Electric Wall Oven. This 30-inch oven has a dual-broil element that provides full heat coverage for consistent and even cooking, and its internal probes automatically adjust the temperature and cook times so you don’t have to constantly check on your food.
The oven has a 5.0-cubic-foot cooking area, giving you room to cook large dishes such as a family-sized turkey and a rack of lamb. However, the oven only comes with two oven racks which makes it difficult to cook multiple dishes at once. If you entertain often, you’ll have to do a bit of planning to efficiently use the two racks.
This oven’s smart features are the real star of the show. After you download the GE Appliances Kitchen app, you can control your oven without being in the same room, freeing you up to mingle with guests or tackle your to-do list. The smart oven also has a No Preheat option for a variety of cooking modes, which saves you time. Plus, the oven automatically adjusts temperature and cook times to deliver perfect results.
Price at time of publish: $2,998
Best Gas: Frigidaire 24-inch Self-Cleaning Gas Single Wall Oven FFGW2426US
Baking technology ensures uniform cooking
Multiple finishes available
No broiler drawer option or pan
Frigidaire’s 24-inch gas oven provides 3.3 cubic feet of cooking space, giving you plenty of room to cook multiple items at once. Even baking technology circulates heat evenly throughout the oven for uniform baking, cooking, and roasting every time. Meanwhile, the Vari-Broil temperature control allows you to choose between two heat levels for more precise cooking. Actual broiling, however, may be difficult due to the lack of a broiler drawer or broiler pan.
Available in black, white, and stainless steel, this single oven fits seamlessly into any kitchen. The Ready Select control panel makes it easy to manage cooking temperatures and times. If you finish cooking before mealtime, simply pop your dishes in the warming drawer to keep them at the desired temperature.
Price at time of publish: $1,980
Best Budget: Whirlpool 30-inch Built-In Single Electric Wall Oven
Ability to schedule future baking
Fits into any space in the kitchen
May not come with installation manual
Cutting costs doesn’t have to mean cutting space. With a 5.0-cubic-foot cooking area, Whirlpool’s 30-inch oven is comparable to more expensive models. It also offers similar features to its pricier counterparts. The Delay Start option allows you to program the oven to start baking at a future time so you can do other things while still getting dinner on the table in a reasonable time. There’s also easy-to-operate controls and a Control Lock mode to prevent unintended use.
Installing the oven may be challenging, as there are reports that it may not come with an instruction manual. But it'll be easy to use once it’s properly set up. Plus, thanks to Whirlpool’s FIT System, which provides various installation options, the oven will fit effortlessly into your space.
Price at time of publish: $1,199
Best 30-Inch: Bosch 800 Series 30-inch Self-Cleaning Convection European Element Single Electric Wall Oven
Can be controlled via app
Fast Preheat gets the oven up to temperature quickly
Temperature Meat Probe prevents under- or overcooking
Only room for two racks despite five rack levels
You can count on Bosch’s 30-inch convection oven to get your meals out even faster. The Fast Preheat feature gets the oven up to temperature in less time than standard preheating, while the roast or convection roast modes eliminate the need for any preheating whatsoever. You can even get food cooking without being in the room, thanks to the high-tech Home Connect app!
But a quicker cook time doesn't mean sacrificing quality. The Temperature Meat Probe monitors the internal temperature of poultry, beef, and pork to prevent under- or overcooking. When it comes to casseroles and baked goods, the closed-door broiling prevents intense heat from escaping the oven, resulting in even browning on your dish. Although the oven has five rack levels, there may only be room for two racks. Still, with 4.6 cubic feet of cooking area, there's plenty of room to cook multiple dishes all at once, making an at-home five-course dinner a total reality.
Price at time of publish: $3,049
Best 27-Inch: Frigidaire Gallery 27-inch Single Electric Wall Oven with Total Convection
15 cook modes
Steam- or self-cleaning options
The secret to a pastry that’s crusty on the outside and fluffy on the inside is steam. Luckily, the Frigidaire Gallery has a baking mode that evenly circulates steam throughout the oven cavity, resulting in moist breads and muffins that have a flaky exterior. And if that wasn’t enough to entice home bakers, the bread proof mode provides the optimal temperature for the all-important rise stage.
But, rest assured, this 3.8-cubic-foot oven isn’t just for bakers. With 15 cook modes, including Air Fry, Slow Cook, Air Sous Vide, and Dehydrate, there’s something for every home chef of all different specialties. When it’s time to clean, you can choose between a 30-minute steam clean or a 2-, 3-, or 4-hour self clean. The number of features drive up the price, but it’s definitely worth the money.
Price at time of publish: $1,949
Best 24-Inch: Magic Chef MCSWOE24S 24 in. 2.2 cu. ft. Single Electric Wall Oven with Convection
Programmable cooking mode
Adjustable oven racks
A budget-friendly option, this 2.2-cubic-foot electric oven is great for small kitchen spaces. The stainless steel oven offers an array of features, including programmable convection cooking that takes the guesswork out of cooking times and temperatures. You can also choose between four modes, including defrost, broil, convection, and fan/grill. The defrost setting circulates air at room temperature to quickly defrost food without heating or cooking, which is ideal for busy chefs and anyone who might forget to pull out that block of frozen ground beef earlier in the day.
When it comes to the interior, there are two removable and adjustable oven racks so you can fit any of your bakeware or roasting pans with ease. Dials let you choose your cooking mode and temperature, but they may take practice and time to master, as the instructions aren't exactly clear. For safety, a cooling fan turns on automatically when the oven is hot so its exterior stays cool. If you're willing to overlook its lack of a self-cleaning option, then it's a solid pick.
Price at time of publish: $878
Best with Double Oven: KitchenAid 30 in. Double Electric Self-Cleaning Wall Oven with Convection
Even heating for uniform bake
Oven alarms may be too quiet to hear
This double oven from KitchenAid has a unique bow-tie shaped design and convection fan that prevents burnt edges or undercooked centers. Meanwhile, even-heat preheat mode removes cold spots and heats the entire oven—including walls and racks—to the correct temperature to help ensure even baking. Both ovens feature a SatinGlide roll-out extension rack with an easy-grip handle, so you can remove large or heavy dishes with ease.
With multiple fans maintaining temperatures, you’d think the oven would be noisy. But it's a quiet appliance. Maybe too quiet, as the timer does not alert as loudly as others. But this may be easy to overlook given the number of features and sleek design.
Price at time of publish: $3,149
Best Oven-Microwave Combination: GE JK3800SHSS 27 in. Double Electric Wall Oven with Built-In Microwave
Oven racks can remain in place during self-cleaning
Efficient oven-microwave combo
Microwave sensors adjust cooking times and power levels
Microwave door collects steam
Oven capacity not as large as others
This wall oven and microwave combo by GE blends efficiency and convenience into a single, multi-functional appliance. The 4.3-cubic-foot oven has a 10-pass baking element to create a greater surface area for even baking, and full broil coverage for even browning. Hate washing dirty oven racks? They can stay in the oven while it's in self-clean mode.
Meanwhile, the 1.7-cubic-foot microwave will make heating your favorite foods easier with a built-in sensor that adjusts cooking times and power levels. Simply put a plate of leftovers or a bag of frozen veggies into the unit, and let it work its magic. If you're the type who likes to keep an eye on their food, be warned that the microwave door tends to collect steam.
Price at time of publish: $5,110
Best with Air Fryer: Café 30-inch Smart Single Electric Wall Oven with Convection Self-Cleaning
Can be controlled via app
Air fry mode
Top-down true convection perfects roasts
Numbers may be difficult to read
Make your favorite "fried" foods with the air fryer mode on Café's 30-inch Smart Single Electric Wall Oven. This handy feature crisps fish, fries, and more using hot air, not oil, for a less greasy dish. If you prefer food that's baked or roasted, the oven’s top-down true convection crisps the outside of roasts, chickens, and turkeys without drying them out.
Although this oven lacks a No Preheat mode, you can get the temperature rising while doing yard work or even while doing laundry with the CaféAppliances Kitchen app. You may also want to use the app to time your cooking; the numbers on the oven are small and can be difficult to read.
Price at time of publish: $3,443
Best with French Doors: Café CTS90FP2NS1 30-Inch Smart Single Electric French-Door Wall Oven
Smart System to track progress, modify temperatures, and adjust cook time
Steam-clean and self-clean cycles to keep oven free from messes
This wall oven with French doors will add a luxurious air to your kitchen. The Café appliance provides a spacious 5-cubic-feet area for baking, air frying, roasting, and more. It also uses a smart system to automatically track progress, modify temperatures, and adjust cook times to ensure perfection in every dish.
Of course, the real highlight of this appliance is its French doors, which are both sleek and chic. And you can keep your oven looking like new at all times with a steam-clean option for small spills and a self-clean cycle for larger messes. Like most new purchases, you will need to get familiar with its ins and outs during the first few uses. However, the Cafe appliance will prove to be worth the hearty investment.
Price at time of publish: $4.498
If you're looking for a wall oven that’s spacious, sleek, and ensures perfection, look no further than the GE Profile 30 in. Electric Wall Oven. This appliance features a large cooking surface, dual-broil element, and internal probes to help you deliver flawless food every time. For homes that require a gas-powered appliance, the Frigidaire Series Single Wall Oven is your best bet. The oven’s control panel makes it easy to manage cooking temperatures, while Even Baking Technology and Vari-Broil temperature make for more precise cooking.
What to Look for in a Wall Oven
The types, or styles, of wall ovens are single, double, combination, and French door. The style that's best for your household will depend on your personal preferences, budget, and layout of your home. Single wall ovens are the most common, as they include one oven cavity that's suitable for prepping many meals and aren't as expensive as their counterparts. A double wall oven has two oven cavities and is most ideal for households that entertain often.
A combination wall oven is paired with a built-in microwave or, more recently, an air fryer. Stefan Bucur, a home-improvement specialist from Rhythm of the Home, says this is ideal for people who want to save on counter space and purchase items as a unit. Finally, a French door model has two doors that open to the sides. Bucur tells The Spruce that this wall oven style is “a great space saver for kitchens with limited floor space” and “more stylish and from an interior design perspective.” However, it’s expensive and will require more space to install.
Your wall oven can either be powered by gas or electricity, and you'll want to consider what your home is equipped for before buying your new appliance. Gas units, for example, require a gas line to be run into a kitchen.
Gas ovens heat up quickly to give you more temperature control and can be cheaper upfront. That’s why we chose Frigidaire Series' 24-inch Self-Cleaning Gas Single Wall Oven. Frigidaire’s Ready Select control panel makes it easy to manage cooking temperatures and times.
In contrast, an electric wall oven can be more expensive upfront, but cheaper to operate and great for baking. Bucur adds, "Gas wall ovens are usually less energy efficient than electric ones, and gas ovens are also prone to gas leaks so that can weigh heavily into the buying decision. That's why more people have made the switch to electric." They tend to keep a consistent, even temperature, and have a smooth, stylish cooktop. For electric, our must-have pick is GE Profile’s 30-inch Smart Single Electric Wall Oven with Convection Self-Cleaning in Stainless Steel, which has a dual-broil element that provides full heat coverage for consistent and even cooking.
Wall ovens can come with a range of extra features including a temperature probe and safety lock. A temperature probe lets you set a desired internal temperature for a dish you're roasting or baking, and be notified when it's reached that temperature. A safety lock feature prevents the oven from being used unless it’s turned off, so children can’t turn the heat on and accidentally burn themselves. On top of these extras, some wall ovens also have smart features. Another newer feature that you should consider is whether the wall oven has smart tools and settings built into it. Bucur explains that some new models come with app control, where you can set cooking times, temperatures, and other useful commands straight from your phone—without having to be right next to the oven. "That can be useful if you are planning to cook a turkey or other difficult food because you can set a temperature control, a cool off period, and even a door opening feature when it's done," he says.
While these extra features can add to the price of a model, they are worth considering when shopping. They can make your experience more streamlined.
Keep warm setting
The “keep warm” setting on wall ovens preserves dishes at the ideal temperature for serving without drying them out. If you entertain often or have household members who eat dinner at different times, you can still serve a meal that’s well-prepared. The setting works similarly to adjusting your oven to a very low temperature, but is more precise so that taste and texture aren’t altered.
Built-in air fryer
Instead of purchasing a separate appliance to prepare crunchy wings and tater tots, a few wall ovens come with a built-in air fryer. This feature turns your oven into the perfect environment for that "crispy but not greasy" food. To use it, you will need to purchase a separate air frying pan, so that your oven won't smoke from the oil and residue.
Hidden bake element
If your oven's bake element is hidden, it's tucked under the bottom surface of your oven, where it won't get dirty. A wall oven with this feature is usually fueled by electricity and may take a bit longer to preheat. However, the inner surfaces of the oven will be significantly easier to clean because the most sensitive area is concealed. Any household that frequently cooks, and therefore cleans their oven regularly, can freely apply cleaner and not feel stressed about their routine.
Cleaning an oven is no easy task, which is why the self-cleaning feature is a definite perk and “worth having if you frequently cook at home,” according to Bucur. With this feature, the oven’s temperature reaches 1,000 degrees in order to burn spills, stains, and food particles to ash. The way it can be easily wiped once the cycle ends. Allison Brady, Home Depot’s Merchant of Cooking, tells The Spruce that some self-cleaning ovens have bottoms that you can pop out, wash, and slide back into place for an even easier process. Similarly, Brady tells The Spruce that steam cleaning is a newer innovation in ovens that reduces and simplifies the cleaning process.
How do you measure for a wall oven?
Before shopping, measure the height, depth, and width of the cutout within your cabinets where your wall oven will live. Write down the measurements on a paper, so you can compare the dimensions to that of a wall oven online or in stores. Standard widths for wall ovens are 24, 27, and 30 inches—whether they have one or two oven cavities. The standard height for a single wall oven is between 28 and 30 inches, and a double wall oven is between 50 and 53 inches. You'll want to leave a little bit of clearance on all sides, so your unit can slide into the space with ease.
How do you install a wall oven?
To install a wall oven, first make sure the base of your cutout is strong enough to hold the appliance. In most cases, you want to consider not just the weight of the appliance, but also the heaviest dish you'll cook inside of it. The next steps include unpacking your wall oven and setting up either the electric or gas connections. These steps can get complicated, so it's recommended that you have a professional help you with the rest of the installation process. A pro can not only double-check the strength of your base, but also ensure that all lines are adjusted properly. Installation services may even come with the unit's delivery package, depending on which retailer you purchase your wall oven from.
Can you put a wall oven next to a refrigerator?
It's not recommended that you put a wall oven next to a refrigerator. Whenever the wall oven is in use, heat will radiate from it and warm up the refrigerator. This will cause the refrigerator to work harder or even break. For the best experience, make sure there's plenty of space between the two appliances if you want to put them on the same wall.
Do wall ovens need a vent?
It depends on what type of wall oven you have. Electric wall ovens do not require a vent or ventilation system because they already have one built-in internally. Gas wall ovens, on the other hand, require a ventilation system to disperse the gases and heat that it releases while the oven is in use. A properly installed ventilation system will help prevent fires and other dangerous environments in your kitchen.
Why Trust The Spruce?
This article was written by Leah Rocketto, a lifestyle writer and editor for The Spruce. Her articles have appeared on sites such as INSIDER, Romper, Bustle, WomansDay.com, and POPSUGAR.
To select the best wall ovens, Leah researched several models. She also spoke with Allison Brady and Stefan Bucur to select a top wall oven. Brady is Home Depot’s Merchant of Cooking and is responsible for staying up-to-date on all devices in these categories. Bucur is a home-improvement specialist at Rhythm of the Home, with a focus on kitchen appliances.