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Dec 15, 2008 04:28 AM

Replacing Wall Ovens ... What to Buy?

Well, one of my old, trusted wall ovens finally gave out on me yesterday. The oven owes me nada; it has served me well over these last 32 years, as has its twin, which still performs well. Yes, GE certainly built made-to-last appliances back in the 70's. And although all that would need replacing is an electric element, I think the time has finally come to shop for a new double wall oven.

As you might have guessed, I'm not one to replace things just because they've fallen out of vogue, and I certainly don't need an over-the-top brand that will put all my other kitchen appliances to shame. I'm looking for something well-built that performs well, and that will last a good long while. Yes, I'll probably look for convection. But not having shopped ovens in so long, what other must-have features should I be looking for? And, most importantly, what brands would you recommend?

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  1. Replace the element. THEN start looking at your leisure.
    For value, Consumer Reports ranks Bosch, Ge, and Kenmore pretty high for SINGLE wall ovens. I recently bought an Electrolux Icon. It'll be some time before I can install and use it. My decision was based on the amount of bells and whistles for the price, the fact that they make ovens for other companies as well, and also because I kinda liked how it looked. Seriously - get your element replaced if it's not that much to do, and start your search leisurely. After a few months, narrow your choices down, and when a great sale comes along, you'll be ready to pounce with no regrets.

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    1. re: gordeaux

      That's very good advice. The thing is, I just KNOW that if I replace the element, It'll be a long, long time before I do any oven shopping. I graduated with honors from the school of, "If it ain't broke, don't fix (or replace) it."

      1. re: CindyJ

        Well, technically, it really ain't broke. A new element might be dirt cheap and super easy to install. I bought one of ebay for my old GE and it cost like 9.00. Put it in in about 30 min, and it was good as new. I do know what you're saying though. I was almost valedictorian at that school, myself. LOL. Just be prepared to do a bunch of research. There are a lot of options out there. I was just saying, give yourself some time to get confident about your choice. Here's a good resource for you:

        Good Luck. I just spent a few months myself deciding. I'm happy with my choice of Electrolux Icon

        Some more random thoughts
        Watch for Sears rebates.

        Also, if you have an appliance outlet store, you might wanna check them out every so often for returns on items that were dented in transit but still are brand new, and have full warranty.

        Knobs or Electric panel?

        Double convection?

        Hidden element

        Number of convection fans

        Gliding racks

        Oven lighting.

        temperature probe

        convection conversions

        watch out for self cleaning issues (Kitchenaid Architect Series possible issues
        )I have noticed in several of my Sears appliance outlet stores, a LOT of fisher and Paykel returns.

        Also, be aware that some ovens (just like most other appliances) are made by one company, and then another company slaps their logo on it.

    2. If it's been in that long the first thing to do is check on the dimensions of your cutout and assess whether you can change/enlarge it. If not, the question may be what will fit.

      Convection is a nice feature. Avoid Thermadore at all costs! Digital input is nice. Other than that, they all have similar features and it's the quality/cost that make the difference.

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      1. re: rainey

        agreed re: thermador. avoid them, and their parent company, which also owns (and worse yet, supports) Bosch appliances.

      2. Okay, so I'll avoid Thermidor, and I'll definitely look into Electrolux. What other brands should I consider?