Buying Guide for Wall Ovens
When comparing different ovens, the main things to pay attention to are size, installation methods, and power types, as well as display options. As always, the choices are many and varied, so finding the right oven depends entirely on your personal style and cooking needs. This guide is designed to give you an overview over the various options.
Size & Placement
Wall ovens offer exceptional convenience and style to your kitchen. One of the many benefits of a built in oven, is the seamless integration by becoming part of your kitchen's custom design. Most wall ovens are 24", 27", 30" and 36" in width and are available as single or double cavities with or without a separate warming drawer. They can be placed in a tall wall or under counter.
Single vs. Double Wall Ovens
Double ovens are no longer seen as a luxury dream appliance, only to be useful for a big feast. They can offer a great deal of flexibility and peace of mind for everyday cooking, such as placing two separate dishes with two different cooking temperatures or cooking time at once. Or broiling a roast in one, while gently baking a soufflé in another.
Of all the appliances in a kitchen, ovens tend to offer the most number of features. You can consider a Conventional oven - which heats from either the bottom or the top – or the more popular option these days is the Convection oven – which uses fans to circulate heat more evenly throughout the oven - therefore cooking food faster, using less energy and heat.
Since most wall ovens today are Convection ovens, it's worth reviewing this feature in a bit more detail. Several models, such as Jenn-Air and Wolf also come as Dual Convection, which has two convection fans to distribute heat in the most precise way. Since Convection ovens use fans to distribute heat, they are an ideal choice for baking breads or pastries, when compared to gas-powered ovens due to the naked flame.
For a time saving option, Speed ovens should be your go to appliance. They are usually smaller in size, and can reduce cooking time anywhere.
For a healthy option, Steam ovens are gaining increasing popularity. A steam oven is just like an ordinary oven, except it uses hot pressurized steam to cook food, making it a fast, healthy and delicious way of cooking food. You can prepare various types of food items, such as seafood and vegetables, without transferring flavours or smell from one to another.
Micro-Oven combination may be another time saving option with microwaves on top and a conventional or convection wall oven underneath, not only offer flexibility but the highly coveted custom finish kitchen design.
For a healthy option, Steam ovens are gaining increasing popularity. A steam oven is just like an ordinary oven, except it uses hot pressurized steam to cook food, making it a fast, healthy and delicious way of cooking food. Rest assured, steam ovens are being used for more than just seafood and vegetables. More and more recipes are incorporating steam functions to bake moist cakes, puddings and even to cook rice and grains without transferring flavours or smell from one to another.
Combination steam oven combines the benefits of steam cooking with conventional fan-forced heat. This type of cooking delivers the most ideal results of moist in the inside and golden brown on the outside for meats, pies and pastries.
If you can't decide between which features to choose, rest assured there are multi-use ovens as well such as wall oven plus microwave convection, wall oven plus speed oven combinations, making this one unit into a powerhouse for the home chef.
Wall ovens are a kitchen designer’s dream solution as they come in a gamut of style from sleek and modern integrated to a pro-style stainless steel finish.
Electronic controls are an excellent way to set precise temperature and timing. Many ovens today offer state-of-the-art sensors and recipe assistance such as the one in Jenn-Air's 30" Combination Oven, where you input the type and size of food and the oven will assist with the best way of cooking for you
Cooking probes, oven door glazing, pre-programmable cooking options, telescopic shelving etc. are but some of the other design features that you will encounter when buying a new wall oven.
Things to consider before you purchase
Size. Before you fall in love with the latest model of double oven, consult your kitchen designer to ensure you have enough space to accommodate it.
Compatibility. If placing your wall oven under counter or directly under a cooktop, look for a design that pairs well with the cooktop for a continuous aesthetic.
Cleaning. Look for ovens that feature a hidden element, so the bottom of the oven will be easier to clean. Or if you prefer, there are several models with self-cleaning features to make your job easier.
To find the right oven, come to our showroom in Toronto at 1111 Weston Road and speak to one of our expert sales associates.