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Wolf, Miele And Gaggenau Steam Ovens: Which is Best?

March 22nd, 2012 | 1 min. read

By Steve Sheinkopf

I'm always impressed with steam ovens. Food just tastes better. Steam is also the best way to cook, because it adds moisture and doesn't bake out nutrients. The three best manufacturers are Gaggenau, Miele and Wolf. Let's look at each:

  • Miele: Miele is the largest family-owned appliance manufacturer in the world. Their best-known for product quality, and still produce all their controls and major components.
  • Gaggenau: Gaggenau is best known for their distinct styling, because their products are designed by Bang&Oflfson. They have really interesting niche products.
  • Wolf: Purchased by Sub-Zero, Wolf is best known for professional cooking. Their steam oven is a brand-new product and direction for the company.

Which one is best?

wolf steam oven CSO24 miele steam oven DG4084 gaggenau steam oven BS270

Wolf CSO24

Miele DG4804

Gaggenau BS270

It's a tough answer. They are all good in different areas, so let's break it down:

  • Controls: Miele has the most intuitive controls. The "Masterchef" is digitally operated and walks the user step-by-step.
  • Water Storage: Gaggenau is the only company of the three which is directly plumbed to a water supply. In other words, you do not have to refill the water after each use like the others. Another advantage to the Gaggenau is the side swing opening of the door which allows easier access to food.
  • Convection Cooking: Miele is steam heat only. Gaggenau and Wolf offer convection cooking as well as steam. You can even use it in combination of steam and convection.

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Read this article for a more in-depth comparison of Gaggenau vs Miele Steam Ovens.

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Steve Sheinkopf

Steve Sheinkopf is the third-generation CEO of Yale Appliance and a lifelong Bostonian. He has over 38 years of experience in the appliance industry, and he is a trusted source of information for consumers on how to buy and repair appliances.

Steve has also been featured in numerous publications, including the New York Times, Consumer Reports, The Boston Globe, Bloomberg Radio, the New York Post, The Wall Street Journal, and Entrepreneur, for his knowledge of how to buy appliances and appliance repair.

Steve is passionate about helping consumers find the best appliances for their needs, and he is always happy to answer questions and provide advice. He is a valuable resource for consumers who are looking for information on appliance buying, repair, and maintenance.

Despite being the worst goalie in history, Steve is a fan of the Bruins and college hockey, loves to read, and is a Peloton biker. The love of his life is his daughter, Sophie.

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