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How to Choose the Best Built-in Oven in 2014

Updated on May 3, 2014

How to choose the best built-in oven for your kitchen? Here’s what you need to know and what functions you have to pick according to your budget and preferences. We help you choose the perfect oven for you.

A modern wall built-in oven
A modern wall built-in oven

What is a built-in oven ?

Built-in kitchen ovens are those ovens which are embedded in kitchen furniture. They are installed together with a cooktop to create a complete cooking environment. The main disadvantage of the combination oven/cooktop in your kitchen is the price. A freestanding stove including oven and burners is cheaper. Instead, the built-in oven and cooktop are elegant and integrate more tightly into your kitchen's design.

What you need to know

Most built-in ovens available on the market today are electric, but many models are available on gas. Electrical ovens heat up faster and more evenly than gas. Gas ovens are generally hotter and cooler top down, and if you want to get a uniform crust you must move the dish between shelves during cooking. On the other hand, gas cooking is less likely to dry out dishes than the electric one without convection.

The majority of built-in ovens have 30 inches on a side, but there are smaller models. A good built-in oven costs between 1,500 and 3,000 dollars, depending on whether it's a single or double oven. Convenient models priced between 1,000 and 2,000 dollars are usually smaller and have functions such as self-cleaning or convection. Convection uses a high speed fan to circulate hot air, achieving faster and more uniform cooking. Most built-in ovens have a warranty of 24 months from the date of purchase. Some stores offer warranty extensions to up to 48 months, for a fee.

Before you buy the desired oven, think about what you will cook more often. If you'll be using the oven for baking and broiling and do not mind longer cooking times, you can overlook the convection function, thus making significant savings.

How to choose a built-in oven?

Below I compiled a list of tips for you to consider before starting your search for the ideal oven:

  • Check the size of the oven. This is extremely important especially if you want to replace an old model with one of the newest and you have specific size requirements. Examine carefully the opening and space provided by the inner walls of the cabinet. You can find on the internet the exact dimensions of each oven model before buying.
  • Consider the design. Though not a functional consideration, design is important for many of us. Remember that a better looking and more modern design costs more than a regular one. A stainless steel finish generally costs a few hundred dollars more than a painted finish and has the disadvantage of gathering fingerprints.
  • Think twice about the self-cleaning function. The self- cleaning function is one of the most popular features of a built-in oven, but do not always works properly. Many customers complain that they broke the oven or electric fuses burned when they tried to use self- cleaning. The main reason for returns and service in the built-in ovens is the malfunctioning of the self-cleaning system.
  • Pay attention to the number of positions of the shelves. The more options to place the shelves you have, the more you will be able to use the oven more efficiently, managing to cook larger quantities or to move containers closer or further away from the heat source. We recommend you choose an oven with at least 5 shelf positions.
  • Choose an oven that has covered heating elements. Covered heating elements allow for easier cleaning, avoiding the burning and hardening of fat splashes. Also a self- cleaning coating (catalytic coating) helps greatly to clean the oven interior.
  • Plan your budget carefully. At first glance, a built-in oven is in the price range of regular stoves and cookers. But remember that you have to purchase a cooktop, which will significantly increase the purchase price.

Recommended built-in/wall ovens

I have picked for you a few built-in oven models that I consider to have a good quality/price ratio.

Frigidaire FGEW3065KF 30" Electric Single Wall Convection Oven

Great oven for the price, with very good customer reviews on various websites. This oven is all about getting things done in less time with less effort.

30" large capacity single oven with Effortless Convection.

The SpaceWise Half Rack allows a tall item to cook along with other things of various sizes.

Express-Select Controls allow for the fast selection of the desired options.

Quick Boil and Quick Preheat, which preheats your oven in less than six minutes.

Chicken nugget button for, well, cooking chicken nuggets.

Self clean function.

Electrolux 27" Wall Oven and Microwave Combination with Wave-Touch® Controls

Wall Oven and Microwave Combination with Wave-Touch Controls and Luxury-Glide Oven Racks. Features:

Offering 3.5 cubic feet of cooking space and three adjustable oven racks, there is enough room to cook an entire meal all at once.

Wave-Touch Controls: With just a touch the control panel activates, displaying all of your cooking options. After a decision has been made all the unselected options fade away leaving an uncluttered display.

Luxury-Glide® Oven Racks: the racks extend effortlessly thanks to a ball-bearing system.

Microwave functions: 12 Auto Cook options, 3 Auto Reheat options and 6 Auto Defrost options.

Other functions: Perfect Turkey button, beautiful Luxury-Design lighting, customizable favorite settings, lots of predefined cooking modes.

PerfectConvect function: a third convection element provides up to 30% faster cook times.

Summit TTM7212DK 24” Single Gas Wall Oven, Broiler Door, Electronic Ignition, Clock, Timer – Black

Good quality, great price. This is a gas wall oven with electronic ignition and an oven broiler.

34 1/2" height fits many popular cutouts.

Includes a digital clock and timer.

Black glass oven door with window and interior light.

Lower broiler compartment with black porcelain front.

Black glass construction ensures durability and style.

GE PT9550SFSS Profile 30" Stainless Steel Electric Double Wall Oven – Convection

30" Double Electric Wall Oven

5.0 cu. ft. PreciseAir Convection Upper Oven

5.0 cu. ft. Lower Oven

Self-Cleaning

Hidden Bake Interior

Heavy-Duty Roller Rack

Sabbath Mode

Glass Touch Controls

True European Convection with Direct Air (Both Ovens)

Brillion - Enabled

Notification Lighting

Ten-Pass Bake Element

Ten-Pass Dual Broil Element (Both Ovens)

Self-Clean Heavy-Duty Roller Rack

Progressive Halogen Oven Lighting

Self-Clean with Steam Clean Option (Both Ovens)

Glass Touch Controls

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