Both Miele, a German company, and U.S.-based Wolf offer quality, high end convection wall ovens. Since Miele does not offer a built-in range oven, we'll compare the features and performance of the wall ovens only. Miele offers six models; two Chef Series Single Ovens, one MasterChef Double Oven, and three MasterChef Single ovens. Of these, the MasterChef ovens are more expensive by about £650, and offer more features. Wolf offers five models, two single and one double "L Series" (highest price, most features) and one single and one double "E Series" (less expensive, fewer features).
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Consider the types of cuisine you are likely to cook on your new oven. Make a list of several favourite dishes and how you usually cook them. Use this list to compare against the features of the Miele and Wolf ovens to make the best decision for the kind of cooking you actually do.
Examine the types of cooking modes available on each oven. The Wolf offers 10 cooking modes in both their "L" and "E" models, while the Miele offers 8 in their lower-cost Chef Series and 17 operating modes in their more expensive MasterChef models.
Check the accessories that come with each model, and ones you'll have to buy in order to utilise some of the cooking modes. For instance, the Wolf's bake stone and dehydrate modes require separately purchased accessories.
Select the oven that has the right features, fits your price range, and inspires the most confidence. For instance, if you like to dehydrate veggies for snack food or rotisserie grill a leg of lamb, the Miele is for you. If you want a high-tech dual convection oven with a smoothly operating hydraulic door, consider the Wolf. Miele's MasterChef ovens practically cook the meal for you once you tell the oven what you are cooking and insert a thermometer. Wolf ovens feature a rotating glass touch control panel and their classic Cobalt blue porcelain oven interior.
Investigate consumer reviews and opinions on line and in print. According to one reviewer, "The Wolf oven is a rock solid oven, and appeared to have the most amount of technology incorporated in the cooking parts. The Miele oven offers a large variety of features and is intuitive to use."
Tips and warnings
- You probably won't use all of the cooking modes available on these ovens, so don't let the number of modes alone be your top priority in choosing an oven.
- Take careful measurements to assure that your single or double wall oven will fit into the available space in your kitchen.
- Ask dealers about child safety features.
- You need a separate, grounded 3-wire service with its own circuit breaker to power the oven.
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