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Gaggenau vs American Range Side Swing Wall Ovens (Reviews/Ratings)

December 19th, 2013 | 3 min. read

By Steve Sheinkopf

best side swing wall ovens articleTo quote my colleague, Neil Katz from an earlier blog post, “every oven should have a side-swing door”.

It makes sense doesn’t it? Why should you have to lift a heavy turkey or casserole dish over the door to access the oven? A side-swing door creates easy access to the oven and in my opinion is a more attractive aesthetically.

Gaggenau and American Range are two very different brands that both produce a wall oven with a side swing door.

Below we will review each brand and then compare one to the other. This will be a great comparison.


gaggenau side swing wall oven BO480610Gaggenau was founded as an iron works company in 1681 in Germany. Over the years they adopted new technology and produce some of the finest cooking products in the world. Today, Gaggenau is the premium brand of the BSH Corporation. They produce some of the highest quality appliances in the world and incorporate the latest technological features. They were the first brand to adopt a blue oven interior and the side-swing oven door is a staple in their design.

BO480610 - $5,999

The BO480/BO481 has the widest range of features of the ovens in the 400 series. The control module with TFT touch display ensures clear and intuitive operation of all functions. The automatic door opening is also conveniently controlled by the touch of a button. Gaggenau is tied with Miele as the least serviced product at Yale with a 2.9% service rate within the first year.

American Range

american range french door wall oven AROFE30American range has been manufacturing commercial cooking equipment for over 30 years. They have since begun dabbling in producing products in the residential market. Their products give customers a taste of commercial cooking in a residential friendly application.

AROFE30 - $3,899

The French door design enhances kitchen design in smaller kitchens The average Wall Oven door extends approximately 20 to 23 inches when opened 90 degrees. Our French-Door design extends only 15.25 inches when opened 90 (degrees). Therein, more space is available for central design elements like kitchen islands and tables.

Gaggenau vs American Range Comparison



American Range

1. Cooking Modes

convection, economy convection, 17 modes that indicate where convection and heat should be directed in the oven, broiling, convection broiling, compact grill, baking stone operation, roast, dough proofing, defrost, keep warm

Standard bake, instagrill broil, convection bake, fan

2. Operation

Touch automated door opening, rotary knobs and TFT touch display operation, clear text display in 25 languages, save recipe feature, information key with indicators, side-opening door opens to 180 degree angle

French-door design open 130 degrees with the pull of 1 door, 4.7 cubic ft capacity, easy to use analog knob controls, dual convection motors

3. Features

Meat-probe with automatic shut-off, rotisserie spit, baking stone outlet, actual temperature display, quick preheat, timer functions including Sabbath mode, 60W halogen top light, 2 x 10 halogen light on the side, enamel wire racks on sidewalls with 5 rack levels, pyrolytic-safe

Accommodates a full-size commercial sheet pan, 3 racks with 6 rack positions, two lights on each oven controlled by front panel switch

4. Safety

Thermally insulated door with quadruple glazing, child lock, safety lock, cooled housing with temperature protection

Commercial grade stainless steel construction and insulation, commercial grade porcelain oven interior with stainless steel gaskets

5. Cleaning

Pyrolitic self-cleaning, heated air cleaning catalyst

Porcelain oven interior easier to manually clean

I think this is an interesting comparison because the only similarity between these two ovens is the side-swing door. Both ovens are good for people that like to cook. For the consumer looking for a commercial-grade appliance with minimal bells and whistles and tons of cooking power you should consider American Range.

For the consumer looking for precision and versatility in high-end product I would absolutely consider the Gaggenau oven. The Gaggenau oven features the most cooking modes and accessories of any oven in the industry and is amongst the most reliable brands in the appliance industry.

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Jessica Petrino is an Appliance Sales Consultant at Yale Appliance + Lighting. Jessica is a recent graduate of Brandeis University where she studied Economics and Philosophy. In her spare time she enjoys skiing, singing and traveling.

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