Whirlpool WOS92EC0AS 30-Inch Electric Wall Oven Review
The Whirlpool WOS92ECOA: maximum performance in a minimalist shell.
There is a certain level of commitment involved with the purchase of a wall oven and cooktop. Unlike a freestanding range a built in oven requires custom cabinetry and installation, and is therefore a way to stake your claim to a home. You are saying to the world at large: “Why yes, this is my house and I live here.” Consequently one could argue that the purchase of a wall oven requires a greater deal of consideration than your standard or garden-variety oven range.
Well if you are in the midst of a kitchen renovation, you way want to consider the Whirlpool WOS92EC0AS (MSRP $1,499-$1,699 depending on finish). The WOS92EC0AS is an electric convection wall oven with an eight-pass broiler element. It comes in the standard black and stainless steel as well as Whirlpool's trendy, new glossy white finish. All in all the WOS92EC0AS is a competent performer, but some concerning shortcomings mean you may want to hold on busting an oven-sized hole in your kitchen for now.
Design & Usability
An oven to match your iPod.
The Whirlpool WOS92ECOAS features a clean and minimalist design, and should look at home in all but the most rustic of kitchens. On the subject of minimalism; we don’t know about you but the oven control panel is a little sparse for our tastes. There is something to be said for restraint, but we have seen less negative space in a Robert Rauschenburg painting. However, we should acknowledge that those with larger fingers will love the control layout. Fortunately the huge oven window echoes the wide-open nature of the control panel, so there is no need to open the oven door to check on your food. The WOS92ECOAS also benefits from Whirlpool's FIT system. This low-tech solution pretty much ensures that the WOS92ECOAS will fit your cabinet cutout.
The Whirlpool WOS92EC0AS features a slightly different cleaning method than you may be used to. Most ovens self-clean by raising the oven temperatures to around 800ºF, this essentially burns away the caked on filth that builds up after oven use, a smelly process that can take between three to six hours. The Whirlpool WOS92EC0AS bucks the trend by using steam to soften any baked on dirt. The process takes about 25 minutes, and you will still need to wipe away the loosened mess afterwards, but you may consider that a small price to pay for the time it saves.
Oven, Broiler, & Convection
This oven performs well, once it actually reaches temperature.
The Whirlpool WOS92ECOAS exhibited decent performance in most areas. Sadly the pre-heat was the weakest of the bunch, with the oven taking an interminable 17 minutes to reach 350ºF. Fortunately the convection setting was able to improve this by five minutes, bringing the preheat time down to 12 minutes.
Sloth-like pre-heat aside, the WOS92ECOAS performed admirably. The Keep Warm setting offered the best balance between accuracy and precision with an average temperature of 185ºF. The accuracy was less impressive in the 350ºF setting with a average temperature of 339ºF. Fortunately this setting was incredibly precise with a total variance of only 12ºF, which should guarantee evenly cooked food. The Max setting failed to reach the target temperature of 550ºF—averaging 517ºF. That being said it’s probably preferable to undershoot when cooking is concerned. In our opinion it’s better to have food take a little bit longer as opposed to being burnt to a crisp.
Finally the broiler was solid, reaching our target temperature of 611ºF in six minutes. Now, if only the oven itself could match that speed.
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If not for the terrible preheat we would have no problem recommending the Whirlpool WOS92ECOAS wholeheartedly. Despite some—lets be honest—inferior accuracy results, and the aforementioned pre-heating performance, the WOS92ECOAS offers excellent performance and an impressive list of features for a reasonable price. This coupled with a sleek profile that echoes the Apple design aesthetic—more so if you go for the White Ice finish—results in an oven that anyone would feel comfortable designing a kitchen around.
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