Last week, we reviewed the Miele MasterChef wall oven. The Wolf would be its direct competitor on the premium side along with Thermador, Jenn-Air and Dacor.
Wall ovens are the most sophisticated appliance in your kitchen. You can cook your food with a touch of a button in most ovens. In others, you can control most functions from your phone. You want to turn the temperature down from another room? You can now do that.
Wolf changed its convection system a couple of years ago to use blowers rather than fans. They also added their intuitive Gourmet controls, so the oven now calculates the best time and temperature.
However, there are other ovens to consider for different reasons. So we look at Wolf's features and compare versus the other premium brands.
At the end, you will have a better understanding of what to buy based on how you cook.
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Wolf has a new convection system in their wall ovens. We will look at it and compare Wolf to Miele, Dacor, Jenn-Air, Viking and Thermador.
Convection is all different. It is a fan which redistributes air more consistently for more even cooking. Many manufacturers like Viking and Thermador still have just a single fan. Many more upscale manufacturers like Jenn-Air and Miele have two fans for even more consistent heat.
Wolf, however, is the best. They have blowers instead of fans. The difference is blowers deliver more air than fans, so the temperature is more consistent. Your cakes and cookies will be be cooked more evenly in a Wolf than even the best twin convection ovens. The blowers are recessed, so the ovens are larger as well.
Wolf also has their new new Gourmet setting. It will allow you one touch cooking. All you have to do is press the type of food like meat. It will prompt you for the type of meat. Simply touch how you want to it cooked like medium rare and the oven will do the rest. It will even tell you what rack to put your food on. Wolf has the Gourmet feature on both top and bottom ovens instead of just one.
In terms of controls, Miele, Dacor and Jenn-Air have similar one touch functions. Jenn-Air has pictures of what the food will look like when you scroll. Both Jenn-Air and Dacor are Wi-Fi enabled, so you can control the oven from an app on your phone. (So if you want to turn down the oven from your basement, you can.)
Miele adds a steam component to their best wall ovens which is good for hardening crusts and baking breads. Wolf is not Wi-Fi enabled and does not have any steam functions.
Although it does not have steam and Wi-Fi functions, Wolf does have the finest convection system in the world. So if you truly like to bake and are concerned with temperature consistency, then Wolf should be considered.
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