Electrolux EI30EW48TS Double Wall Oven Review
A stylish wall oven with all the features a chef could want
The Electrolux EI30EW48TS double wall oven (available at Abt for $3,059.00) was designed with style in mind. Decked out with running chrome, black tinted windows, and a perfectly symmetrical digital display, some serious effort went into making this double wall oven look classy. Not only that, but the two ovens function independently, making it easy to cook a Thanksgiving turkey at one temperature while simultaneously baking your stuffing and side dishes in another.
Okay, so it’s beautiful and user friendly. But, how does it cook and what does it actually feel like? We tested both ovens on the regular bake setting and the convection mode to find out more. Here’s what you need to know.
• Roasts food almost perfectly, with even color from end to end
• A modern look with an easy to use, digital keypad
• Bright oven lights and doors that open smoothly
• It’s slow to preheat in normal cooking mode
• The bottom oven out performs the top oven
• It’s not perfect when it comes to baking
Oven cooking modes – It’s easy to select the Electrolux’s impressive array of cooking modes from the digital keypad. These modes include Bake, Broil, Convection Bake, Convection Roast, Keep Warm, No Preheat, Sous Vide, and Perfect Turkey.
Food probe – A food probe mode allows you to set the internal temperature of your roast. Once it reaches that temperature, the oven automatically adjusts to the Keep Warm mode.
Perfect Turkey — Using the probe, the oven can deliver a perfect Thanksgiving Day bird. No more ruined holidays, assuming your relatives hold up their end of the bargain.
Air Sous Vide – Sous vide cooking continues to gather steam (no pun intended). In fact, Electrolux acquired Anova, a popular sous vide startup, in 2017. So it's no surprise that we're seeing the company push it more aggressively in its high-end ovens. While Anova and similar devices submerge the sealed food in a water bath, the Air Sous Vide setting on the Electrolux oven allows you to cook it straight on the rack. You will, however, need to buy a vacuum sealer separately to take advantage of this feature.
Self-clean or steam-clean – Choose between a door-lock self-clean or a 20-minute steam-clean cycle.
Luxury-Glide Oven Racks — Two of the three racks are on glide rails to help move heavy items in and out.
Ramp-up lighting – It's a minor thing, I know, but the gradual ramp-up effect of the lighting really lends a real premium vibe.
What we found
There aren’t a ton of user reviews for this 2017 model, so we put the oven through our usual battery of tests to test the performance for ourselves. We roasted pork, baked cookies and cakes, examined how quickly it preheated to 350ºF, and measured the color of toast cooked under the broiler. Then we scored the food on a scale of 10 and compared it to the rest of the ovens and ranges we tested this year.
TIME TO PREHEAT TO 350ºF
It took 14:07 minutes on standard bake and 12:20 minutes on convection mode to reach 350ºF. Compared to some of the ovens we’ve tested (which can preheat in under 10 minutes), that’s below average.
There is a mode called "No Preheat" that allows you get started baking right way, adjusting the heat automatically. We didn't run full lab tests to verify the performance of this mode, but it's good to know the option is available.
After baking sheet trays of cookies, we used a spectrophotometer to rank consistency based on color and doneness. Overall, the cookies received a fine score of 7.3/10 for consistency. Compared to the other ovens we tested, that’s pretty good. When we turned on the convection mode, they did even better.
To determine how well the oven distributes and circulates heat, we measured the height of cakes bakes side-by-side. We also looked for any underdone spots or uneven browning on the cakes. We scored the cakes at 5.9/10, which is above average but still not wonderful. Overall, we found the cakes had consistent height but didn’t have even color, especially on the convection mode.
The ultimate test of an oven? Roasting a whole pork loin that’s juicy on the inside with a crisp exterior. This oven didn’t disappoint on either standard baking or convection modes. In fact, it actually knocked it out of the park with a near perfect score of 9.9/10.
We know you may just use the broiler to melt cheese and brown the tops of casseroles, but we want to make sure it heats evenly so you don’t waste time flipping the pan around. There was some slightly uneven color in the toast on the bottom of the tray, earning this oven a middle-of-the-pack score of 4.9/10.
Should you buy it?
Yes. If I could have stolen this oven from the testing facility, I probably would have. It’s a beautiful showpiece that allows you to cook multiple dishes at different temperatures. Sure it takes a while to preheat (although it offers a "No Preheat" mode that potentially offsets this issue), and it didn’t make perfect baked goods, but I’m willing to live with those small imperfections for a perfectly cooked roast.
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