Kenmore 49513 30" Electric Single Wall Oven
Though it has high-end features, you might want to skip this Kenmore.
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The Kenmore 4951 Series 30-inch electric single wall oven is an affordable option for those who want true convection and—for just $1,199—a stainless exterior.
After spending some time cooking on this Kenmore, we walked away impressed with its stellar Convection Roast setting, but uneven baking left us—and our cookies—cold. Despite useful features and good looks, the 49513 offered only average baking results.
If you find its sleek appearance appealing and don’t mind having a few cookies with browned edges, you could do worse than this particular Kenmore. However, for those who want a little more versatility in an oven, we recommend looking elsewhere. For just $999, you can get the Whirlpool WOS51EC0AS—although it lacks convection. If you do want convection, spend a little more and get the GE JT5000SFSS, which bakes better than this Kenmore.
How It Looks
The Kenmore 4951 Series is built by Electrolux, but fits Kenmore's transitional design aesthetic. Sleek and stylish, this wall oven is neither pro-style or ultra-modern, and there's a good chance it will match your kitchen.
If you want a sleeker, built-in look, it can be installed flush with your cabinetry. Overall we think it looks great—although it definitely has the feel and build quality of an affordable appliance. For instance, it lacks glide-out or telescoping racks, and the door feels much lighter than on ovens that cost twice as much.
When it comes to features, the 49513 trades on simplicity. Along with the aforementioned true convection, cooking modes include a variable temperature broiler, variable self-clean (2-4 hours), a Convection Bake setting, and a Convection Roast mode. It has a standard self-clean that can be set for either 2 or 4 hours, a Sabbath Mode, and a Warm & Hold feature for keeping dinner hot until the whole family gets to the table.
This wall oven comes with a full one-year warranty and is only available from Sears and Kmart.
How It Cooks
We’re not going to sugarcoat it: When it comes to baking, the Kenmore 49513 is outclassed by the competition.
For our bake tests, we make refrigerated sugar cookies and cakes from a boxed mix, and evaluate how evenly baked they end up. (If you want to learn more about our extensive testing process, you can read our How We Test page for ovens.)
In the case of this Kenmore, the cookies and cakes we baked on both standard and convection settings ended up somewhat unevenly baked. On the standard setting, food placed in the center of the cavity fared well—but the edges got browned, particularly on cookies located towards the back of the oven.
Despite a fan that's designed to circulate air and keep hot spots from forming, we had similar issues baking with convection. For instance, we baked two batches of cookies at the same time using multi-rack convection, with one batch on the upper rack and one on the lower. The upper rack cookies fared no better than those baked with standard settings, while cookies on the lower rack ended up far more unevenly baked.
Similarly, the broiler burnt some items towards the center, while leaving items at the periphery undercooked. The oven also took an age to preheat—12 minutes to reach 350°F in our tests.
The one area where the oven truly excelled was when it came to roasting. The pork loin we cooked using the Convection Roast setting was juicy and almost perfectly evenly cooked.
Should You Buy It?
The Kenmore 49513 is a noble attempt at an affordable wall oven. With a sale price of $1,199 in stainless steel, it’s one of the most affordable wall ovens with true convection. It also has some useful features, like a variable self clean and a Warm and Hold function.
While its baking and broiling performance fell below our expectations, this Kenmore isn't a poor enough performer to disappoint the average home cook. We wouldn't rush out to buy one, but if it fits your kitchen—or if Sears drops the price—we wouldn't tell you not to buy it.
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