Many boast about how gas ovens are better than electric ovens because they heat faster and you'll be able to control the heat level based on the flame. Seasoned cooks also say that gas ovens retain moisture in foods better than electric ovens. Keep in mind gas ovens (whether it's a range or wall oven) need to be vented outside as well. However, since warm air usually collects at the top of the oven, baking and cooking can be uneven and will require you to rotate dishes throughout the cooking process. Gas wall ovens come mostly as single ovens, but gas double wall ovens are available. Unfortunately, fewer manufacturers make gas wall ovens, so brand options are limited.
Electric wall ovens are more common to find. Since all homes have an electricity source, it's quick to plug in your oven and use it immediately. Although it's believed electric wall ovens don't retain moisture in food as well as gas wall ovens, they are able to bake and brown food more evenly. Electric convection wall ovens have a fan installed at the back of the oven that circulates hot air around your food, eliminating cold patches and allows you to focus on other preparations rather than worrying about rotating dishes. Wall ovens come in single or double so you can cook multiple dishes at different temperatures. Once the turkey is in the oven, you don't want to open the oven too many times, so it's useful to have that second oven to keep your casseroles, mashed potatoes and other comfort dishes at a different temperature. For those who want to save more counter space should look into a wall oven and microwave combination that has a microwave attached above the wall oven.
Most wall ovens are defined by their physical size, whether they're 24-, 27-, 30- or even 36-inches wide. Although the width is important to know when measuring the wall cavity, the wall oven capacity is just as important. Don't be fooled with width size corresponding to capacity size either. Oven capacities can begin from 2.2 cu. ft. and reach to 5.1 cu. ft. depending on brand.
You've done your research and planning, and you've decided that a wall oven is what you need. Wall ovens are perfect for your kitchen: they're separated from the cooktop so more cooks can work rather than bumping around a single range; you can set it at eye-level to eliminate back bending; and you can save cabinet space below the counters. Whether you choose a gas or electric wall oven, there are still other features and cooking settings to choose from. Deciding on the oven type and fuel source is the first step in picking out the perfect cooking appliance for your dream kitchen.