Wall ovens were all the rage during the 1950s and 60s, but fell out of favor in the latter part of the 20th century. They have begun to regain popularity, however, and for good reason — you may want or need the flexibility of a double-stacked wall oven or some alternate configuration thereof. These appliances also have some drawbacks, which you can evaluate based on your needs and available space. Depending on your cooking needs, you may also consider adding a warming drawer to your kitchen.
Why Wall Ovens are Gaining Popularity
One of the reasons people love wall ovens is that they put your food at eye level while it cooks. Likewise, you don’t have to bend over to haul heavy pans out like you do with a range oven. If you cook together with friends or family members, there is no need to fight for space around the ovens and cooktop. The most obvious attraction is having a second oven, something that many large families and burgeoning chefs require. Even if you don’t need two traditional ovens, you can purchase wall-mounted oven-and-microwave combos, freeing up counter space and eliminating the need to have a microwave/range hood combo.
The Downside of Wall Ovens
Cost is definitely a consideration when weighing this choice. A standard slide-in range is less expensive than a cooktop and double oven, but high-end ranges can easily compete in cost. The other complication is installation and cabinet configuration. If you don’t currently have a wall oven, cabinet modifications will be required. If you plan to replace your cabinets anyway, the cost will be approximately the same whichever way you go. If you need to remodel your existing cabinets to accommodate wall ovens, however, you may run into added expense and potentially have trouble matching the old cabinetry.
Consider a Warming Drawer
Many home cooks want a second oven because they use it for keeping food warm or for warming dishware. If that’s true in your case, consider adding a warming drawer (or two) instead of a second oven. This holdover from the past is also making a huge comeback in modern American kitchens. Some models offer a wide range of temperature settings, allowing the warmer to do double duty as a low-and-slow cooking appliance. Warmers are also available with convection, which is highly effective at keeping food warm for hours without drying it out. Warming drawers hold food at a sufficient temperature to prevent bacterial growth without overcooking, which is often difficult to achieve with your oven.
In Salt Lake City and the surrounding areas, Complete Appliance Repair offers appliance sales, installation and service as well as HVAC services. Contact them today for advice and an estimate on adding wall ovens to your kitchen.