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, 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 of other major considerations in mind, including standard wall oven sizes and the various features that set different models apart. Here’s what to know.
Before You Replace Your Wall Oven
Wall ovens can last for 13 to 20 years, depending on how it's maintained and how much use it gets. If your wall oven starts acting up and not working properly, you might start thinking about whether you should replace it or repair it. If your oven is in good visual shape and not that old, it might be wise to have a professional come in and see what the issue is before deciding to replace it. You might find out that the repair is not going to cost that much and choose to go the route of repairing it.
That being said, in some cases, it is more cost-effective to replace the wall oven. If it is reaching the end of its lifespan, outdated in style, damaged beyond repair, too costly to fix, or you just want a new one that offers more functionality, then start shopping around for a new one.
Buying Considerations for a Wall Oven
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.
Wall oven doors come in three styles: a standard swing style hinge on the bottom, a swing style hinge on the side, or double French doors with side hinges.
- Standard swing style: The most common and familiar style of an oven door is the standard swing style door that has the hinge on the bottom. The door swings down, and to access the oven, you reach across the oven door.
- Side swing style: An oven door that swings to the side is handy in kitchens that are smaller and there's not room enough for the door to swing down and you to stand behind the open door. You also are not reaching over the hot door and pulling out the cooked dishes.
- French door style: A wall oven with French doors offers easy access with doors that open from the center. This design is helpful for when you're putting in a turkey for roasting, for example, plus it is more space-efficient since the doors are smaller and don't stick out as much when they're in the open position.
Now is the time to consider other components you might like to add to your new wall oven. 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. Some thoughts are:
- 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 if 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 hike up the more you spend include options like the quality of the viewing window, interior lighting, an air fryer feature, or an infrared grilling system.
Types of Wall Ovens
As you can see, there are a few factors to keep in mind with wall ovens. As you do your research, be sure to also figure out also what you’d like in terms of stacking style and type of wall oven.
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.
Single Wall Oven
It's easy to figure out that a single wall oven is just one oven placed in a kitchen wall. Usually installed about waist height, the capacity of the oven will depend on the size of the single wall oven you purchase. A 24-inch wall oven will provide approximately 2 to 3 cubic feet, while a 30-inch wall oven will give you around 5 cubic feet.
Double Stacked Wall Oven
If you want the convenience of cooking items at different temperatures, then a double-stacked wall oven would be a good choice. Offering more flexibility plus larger capacity, imagine being able to bake multiple batches of cookies or several dishes at the same time! You can also choose to have one be a convection oven, and the other be a standard oven. This unit is perfect if you’re a frequent home cook, regularly host events in your home, for cooking during the holidays, or if you have a large family.
Wall Oven and Microwave Combo
Another good option is the combination wall oven and microwave. With two appliances built into one, a meal can be cooked in the oven while defrosting or reheating other food items in the microwave.
Triple Stacked Wall Oven
A triple-stacked wall oven is going to be the most expensive of all, plus take up the most space. This type of wall oven is for the serious home cook. These will sport many high-end features and most likely will have a standard oven, convection oven, and warming drawer.
Wall ovens will vary in price depending on the style, the type, the model, and the features you've selected. Typically, they can run from $500 up as high as $7,000, and even more. A double-stacked wall oven will average between $2,300 to $7,000. This price does not include the cost of installation either.
The best time to purchase such a large ticket item is when it's on sale. Appliances are known to go on sale during holidays and other events, including Memorial Day, Labor Day, President's Day or Black Friday. If you can wait to get one during a sale to save money, try to get there early so as to avoid waiting due to low supply or delivery delays.
How to Choose a Wall Oven
There is a myriad of options when it comes to wall ovens, and there is one out there that will suit anyone who is looking for this type of oven. With so many choices, it can get a bit overwhelming, so you should start preparing yourself to figure out what is going to work for you—from the amount of space you have for one to what you can afford. Ask yourself these questions:
How Much Will You Use Your Wall Oven?
Look realistically at the kind of usage that your wall oven will get, as it will help you select the type and features you need and will use. Do you have a large family you will be cooking for, or will you be cooking for two? Do you need a microwave? Or the capability to cook or bake multiple dishes at the same time? Will you use all the additional "cool" features that cost extra? If you cook for just a small amount of people, you might only need a single wall oven.
What Does the Rest of the Kitchen Look Like?
When choosing a wall oven, you want to make sure to match the color and style with the rest of your kitchen appliances. A white-colored wall oven won't match well if all your other appliances are stainless steel. You might also look at the style of the handles to try to get similar ones in look to your other ones.
How Long Will You Be Staying Where You Are?
Since a wall oven is installed into a kitchen wall, this appliance will be staying if you decide to move. Think about how long you are planning on residing in your current place. If it's only temporary, you might not choose to go with a higher-end unit, and go with something less expensive, instead.
Where to Shop
Most home improvement stores, appliance centers, and online retailers sell wall ovens.
A wall oven is a pricey purchase and something to consider carefully before buying. When making such a substantial investment, many people choose to go view it in person. This gives you the opportunity to see exactly what it looks like, explore the feature options, and ask a salesperson questions. You might feel comfortable buying online without seeing it or just not have the time to go to a store. If so, spend a bit of time researching, looking at reviews, and chatting with the virtual assistant or a customer service rep before making the final decision.
Whichever way you decide to purchase your new wall oven, make sure you know the delivery options and return policy. Also, check to see if they install it upon delivery or if it will be up to you to handle the installation.
As you look around, just know that 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.
Do wall ovens require a vent?
These ovens have an internal vent, so there's no need to vent a wall oven to the outside.
Is it hard to install a wall oven?
If you're not familiar with electrical wiring or not used to doing home repairs and remodeling, it might be best (and safest) to let a professional install your wall oven.
Are wall ovens built-in?
These type of ovens are placed inside built-in wall areas or cabinet spaces.