Electrolux EW27EW65GS 27-Inch Electric Double Wall Oven Review
The EW27EW65GS is double the fun at almost double the price.
The Electrolux EW27EW65GS (MSRP $3549.00) 27-inch Electric wall double oven is, for all intents and purposes, the Electrolux EW27EW55GS with an additional oven cavity. In our tests, the EW27EW55GS did just well enough to justify its hefty price tag, so we were curious to see if the EW27EW65GS would have similar results.
Design & Usability
Speaks the Electrolux design language
The EW27EW65GS follows the same transitional design language as the single oven EW27EW55GS to the point that the two are—barring the second oven—virtually identical. We're big fans of the double oven's simple and elegant design. Its ideal if you want to future-proof your kitchen design, or if you want to blend the industrial and the minimalist.
The EW27EW65GS features Electrolux's Wave Touch controls, which guide the user through this oven's veritable ocean of cooking options. Pretty much any feature you can think of is on offer, including Dehydrate, Bread Proof, and Defrost. A Perfect Turkey setting promises to take the stress out of Thanksgiving but it doesn't stop Uncle Bill from talking about politics. The oven also features two Luxury Glide racks that really do slide out with ease, as well as Ramp Up Luxury Lighting. Unlike standard plebeian ovens where the light flashes to life as soon as the door is opened, the Ramp Up oven light gently bathes the oven interior in a warm glow—none of this instant-on nonsense.
Oven, Broiler, & Convection
More oven does not equal better oven.
The EW27EW55GS was solidly average, so we were hoping for a more impressive set of results from the EW27EW65GS. Initially, things looked promising. The broiler did extremely well, taking only six minutes to reach the target temperature of 604ºF. Furthermore, both ovens performed equally well in our temperature accuracy and precision tests. The preheat was around average, with a warm-up time of only 10 minutes. Since it's not a default setting, we did not test the Quick Preheat option, which claims to cut that time down by 25 percent.
Unfortunately, across both ovens, we saw the same baking inconsistencies on the '65 as the '55. Using a spectrometer, we determined that the top surfaces of the cookies we baked were all uniform, which suggests good heat circulation. However, the degree to which each individual cookie had been cooked was inconsistent, leading us to conclude that the ovens have several hot and cold spots. Additionally, the bottoms of the cookies were inconsistently cooked and occasionally burnt, indicative of too much heat from the lower element. These results were echoed in our cake tests: The tops of both our cakes were uniform, but the bottoms were burnt, and the surface of the cake on the left was darker than the cake on the right.
Before You Buy
An oven with an audience
We had high hopes for the Electrolux EW27EW65GS, and with its sleek good looks and exhaustive controls we can say this appliance certainly has a lot going for it. While special features and automated programs may make it easier to cook with this Electrolux, the EW27EW65GS had a decidedly average showing in our lab tests. There is nothing intrinsically wrong with an average oven, but for $3,549 ($2,999 for the black model), you should know this wall oven tends towards tech over pure performance. If that is what you are looking for, this may be the right fit.
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