Wall ovens have become a staple of today’s gourmet kitchens. Aside from their streamlined look, they also offer a couple of other key advantages, including saving you from having to strain your back when inserting or removing food and also freeing up some extra space for lower level cabinetry.
While they’re certainly not cheap (the cost of a wall oven tends to range from about $700 to $3,500—not including installation), opting for a wall oven can lend a significantly updated look to your kitchen, plus a bit of added luxury as well.
So, how do you decide on the right wall oven for your home? In addition to your budget, you’ll also want to keep a couple other major considerations in mind, including standard wall oven sizes and the various features that set different models apart. Here’s what to know.
Standard Wall Oven Sizes
If you’re replacing an existing wall oven with a new one, then the easiest thing to do is to just stick with the same size, since it will save you from having to do any additional structural work.
But if you’re renovating your kitchen and starting from scratch, the standard sizes that you’ll have to choose from are usually going to be 24, 27, and 30 inches wide, though you can find wall ovens as wide as 36 inches. The interior of a wall oven is generally smaller than a standard range by about 1.5 cubic feet, so keep that in mind when choosing a size, as well as when choosing whether you want one or two wall ovens installed.
Consider the amount of wall space that you’ll have to devote to your wall oven. If it’s limited, your size options likely will be too. If you’ve got space to spare, go with the size that you like the look of the best and that will look balanced with the rest of your kitchen appliances.
Types of Wall Ovens
Size isn’t the only style factor to keep in mind with wall ovens. As you do your research, be sure to figure out what you’d like in terms of door style and stacking style.
Wall oven doors come in three styles: a standard swing style hinge on the bottom (like you see in most ranges), a swing style hinge on the side, or double French doors with side hinges.
As for stacking style, you can choose to have a single wall oven, double stacked wall ovens, or triple stacked wall ovens that usually include a microwave or warming drawer as the third feature. You can also do a double stack with a microwave instead of two ovens.
For both doors and stacking style, go with the choice that matches your aesthetics and your budget. It may be worth going with a double stack of wall ovens if you’re a frequent home cook or regularly host events in your home.
Other Key Considerations for Wall Ovens
Beyond size and style, there are a few other wall oven specifics to keep in mind:
- Convection or standard: Convection ovens circulate hot air to help you achieve more balanced temperatures and shorter cook times. If you want a convection wall oven you’ll probably end up spending a couple hundred dollars more than you would otherwise, which may not be worth it if you’ve never had issues cooking with a standard oven.
- Gas or electric: Most wall ovens today are electric, but gas options are available. Do note though that gas models tend to be on the lower end in terms of quality and features.
- Manual or self cleaning: Self-cleaning wall ovens run quite a bit pricier than wall ovens that you clean yourself. It’s probably not going to be worth it you don’t cook super regularly (meaning it won’t require regular cleanings), but if you’re not fond of heavy scrubbing, then it could be worth going with a self-cleaning option.
- Fancy features: The pricier you go with your wall oven, the fancier the features get—think internal temperature probes that let you know when your meat is cooked, steam assists to help you bake better bread, and Wi-Fi integration so you can control your oven from your smartphone. Other features that improve the more you spend include things like the quality of the viewing window and interior lighting. There are lots of models and features to choose from, so decide what your must-haves are, whether that’s just a basic wall oven or one that provides you with all the bells and whistles.
There are wall ovens out there for all budgets, but as with most appliances, the more you spend the more you get in return. Keep all of the factors above in mind as you shop, and be sure to have measurements of your space handy when you’re browsing models so that you can choose the perfect wall oven or ovens for your kitchen in terms of size, style, and additional features.