Top performing double wall ovens for multitasking cooks

Consumer Reports News: March 13, 2013 01:53 PM

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One of the great things about a wall oven is that you don't have to contort your body into a pretzel to remove baked goods or a heavy roast. A double oven offers that advantage twice over as well as two times the capacity of a single wall oven. While ranges still rule the kitchen, wall ovens make up 15 percent of the market. That's why Consumer Reports is testing more of them and just added a 30-inch Whirlpool model to our list of top picks. We also tested a Frigidaire double oven, which did a decent job but fell short of our top performers.

The Whirlpool WOD93EC0AS, $2,500 (shown), and Frigidaire FFET3025L, $1,700, both offer very good baking prowess, excellent self-cleaning performance, and large oven windows. But the Whirlpool roasted the Frigidaire with its superior broiling and larger capacity. It has structural niceties including a covered baking element and numeric keypad that makes it easier to set a precise temperature. The Whirlpool also offers a convection feature in the top oven, which can speed up cooking, using fans to circulate the warm air. The Frigidaire offers only standard baking.

If you're a multi-tasking cook but don't have the budget for a custom kitchen, there are many excellent double-oven ranges on the market including two Frigidaires—the Frigidaire FGEF302TNF, $1,400, and the Frigidaire FGEF308TNF, $1,800—that recently joined our list of top picks. But remember the lower oven in a double-oven range is really low and requires some stooping and bending. You can find more double-oven wall ovens and ranges by reading Don't think twice about buying a double oven and by checking our wall oven Ratings and recommendations and reviews of electric and gas ranges, including pro-style models.

Artemis DiBenedetto

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