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Buying an oven

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I'm in the market for a new oven, and have never purchased one before. We currently have a gas wall oven, and I'd like to buy another wall oven, although I'm not adverse to converting to electric, as it is a separate appliance from my gas range (which I would never give up for electric!!!). I cook a lot, but can't afford a top end oven. Something below $1000. Any recommendations for brands? I'll also consider an Internet purchase. We live in the Portland, Maine area so that may be the best option.
 
Thanks for any suggestions about what to buy or what to avoid.

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  1. A really good resource for information on kitchen appliances is the appliance forum at gardenweb.com. I've linked it below. You can also try looking at the customer reviews on epinions.com .

    Link: http://ths.gardenweb.com/forums/appl/

    1. just make sure it's a convection oven... it is an amazing improvement.

      1. It seems far easier to find an electric wall oven than gas these days. If an electric model would fit in your cutout, it would probably make the most sense.

        I am a big fan of GE wall ovens. The convection models are great, but so is the very basic thermal model. In fact, we often prefer baking in our basic GE rather than the (many times more expensive) electric convection oven in our Viking dual fuel range.

        Good luck!

        1. If you have a library card, it's worth checking out back issues of Consumer Reports, especially if you are on a budget. Plus, they have repair records by brand so that you can get something reliable.

          1. Thanks for the advice. I'm wondering what the advantages are of the high end ovens, and whether I should consider them, given how much I bake.

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            1. re: MangiaMuse

              I used my mother's brand new Wolf oven at Thanksgiving and it was great, it somehow baked my pies faster (I guess more consistent heat?).

              One thing I've noticed about the "industrial" ovens for the home is that they are still too small to fit two cookie sheets in one rack at the same time. Does anyone know if there are any home ovens that do fit 2 cookie sheets?

              Btw I love the blue color inside Wolf ovens, I know it has nothing to do with how they work or if they're any good but I still like it.

              1. re: MangiaMuse

                It is 24". Our house is 100 years old, and hardly anything is standard! We have a separate gas range on a work island.

                1. re: MangiaMuse

                  You'll have a bit less choice/availability with a 24" oven, as 27" and 30" sizes are more common, but that doesn't mean you can't find a good appliance.

                  If going up to a 27" or 30" isn't possible for your cutout space, try checking out lines like DCS, Viking, Miele, and Bosch--they may have more models in the 24" range, especialy with features like convection, albeit at a higher price point. If you're planning to convert from a gas wall oven to electric, also factor in the cost of switching to 220V.