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Bosch Benchmark vs. Bosch Wall Ovens (Reviews / Ratings / Prices)

Steve Sheinkopf  |  September 10, 2015  |  3 Min. Read

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Bosch is one of the most popular appliance brands due to its modern styling at a reasonable price. They have recently updated all their wall ovens as well as introduced their newest line called Benchmark.

Benchmark is now Bosch's most high end line. In this article I am going to discuss the difference between all the wall ovens as well as the features.

Wall Oven Sizes

Wall Ovens are referred to as 24", 27" or 30" sizes. Oddly enough, that is not the size of the wall oven, but the cabinet. Just as a general guide, 30 inch is the most popular by far with 27 inch usually being an older replacement. 24 inch ovens are almost always gas or smaller European products like Gaggenau or Miele. Measure your cabinet first and then look for the wall oven.

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Bosch and Bosch Benchmark

Bosch just updated their wall oven line with new 500, 800, and Benchmark Series wall ovens. Bosch is also coming out with speed and steam ovens that can be installed on top of or next to the new wall ovens. Overall the new Bosch wall ovens have a cleaner aesthetic than their old line.

Typically, the difference between the 500 and 800 series has been the controls, convection and price. The Benchmark is really different. However, this has changed a bit.

Listed below are some of the new features:

New 500 Series HBL5451UC 30’’ - $1,799

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  • True European Convection Oven, a big improvement from the old 500-series thermal oven
  • Stainless Steel knobs for an upscale European look
  • In double oven construction, upper oven has convection and lower oven is thermal

New 800 Series HBL8451UC 30’’ - $2,069

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  • True European Convection Oven
  • EcoClean, a 2-hour self-cleaning cycle
  • 12 cooking modes, gourmet cooking made easy
  • Fast preheat will speed up your cooking process
  • Meat Probe
  • Telescopic Rack
  • Touch control interface
  • SmoothClose door feature softly dampens hinges
  • Built to retrofit compatibly in existing cutouts
  • Designed for flush installation
  • 4.6 cubic ft
  • Recessed 8-pass broil element
  • Temperature conversion to convection cooking
  • In double oven construction, upper oven has convection and lower oven is thermal

New Benchmark HBLP451LUC 30’’ - $2,899

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  • Side-Swing Oven Door or Pull-Down Door
  • Color TFT Control Panel
  • Halogen lights
  • Auto-probe includes a temperature probe, takes the guesswork out of cooking your favorite dishes
  • Wall ovens can be installed flush into your cabinetry, a popular choice among designers
  • Designed to retrofit into existing cutouts
  • True European Convection
  • Double ovens have true European Convection in both the upper and lower ovens

Bosch vs. Bosch Benchmark Wall Ovens

Well, they all have European convection. It is fan forced heat with the heating element behind the fan for more precise cooking. The difference between the first two Bosch ovens is the controls and better broiling.

The Benchmark, however, is truly different with a color TFT display. This type of interface is much simpler to operate. The second main difference is the side opening oven. Personally, I think every oven should be side opening, so you do not have to lift a turkey over the oven door. It's much easier and safer.

The Benchmark also has steam, speed cooking and microwave, so you can match your kitchen appliances better. In a double wall oven the second oven is convection, not thermal like the other series.

Overall, all three have a place depending on what features and prices. Bosch has really cemented their position in the affordable luxury cooking market.

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Steve Sheinkopf

Steve is the third-generation CEO of Yale and a lifelong Bostonian. He currently resides in Boston, one mile from where he was born. Despite being one of the worst goalies of all time, he is a huge hockey fan of college hockey and the Boston Bruins. The love of his life is his daughter Sophie.

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