LG LWS308 Wall Oven Review
This is a brief review of our LG Wall Oven. We have owned this unit for two years, and it has performed flawlessly.
A couple points to mention - the salesmen remarked that the LG had one of the fastest heat-up times of all of the wall ovens. This appears to be true. However, as measured with a remote thermometer, the oven indicates that the temperature has been reached (both with its read-out and with a chime), but the thermocouple indicates that the temperature is nearly reached, and then the oven will drift up to the final temperature in the next 5-10 minutes. It appears that it is programmed to "get close enough" for most of us, and then to hone in on a final temperature in the next few minutes. I performed this check a few months ago, and I recollect that the indicated temperature on the oven and the thermocouple were out only by a few degrees (The temperature control (swing about the set-point, or hysteresis) is very good.
One minor complaint about temperature control, if the oven is operating at a high temperature and you need to change the setpoint to a lower temperature, when the new (lower) setpoint is entered, the oven temperature indication drops to the new setpoint immediately - it doesn't show the gradual temperature decrease as the heat decays.
One comment about the indication - the clock is highly visible when the oven is not in operation. When the oven is in operation, the clock indication changes to a small font on the top RH corner of the LCD display, and is no longer visible from across the room, while the oven temperature and the set temperature are prominently displayed. Similarly, the timer is only displayed in a small font at the top of the display, and you need to walk within a few feet of the display to see the remaining time.
The LCD display has a large cartoon beside the cook setting, and some of this space would be better utilized by indicating the timer indication and the clock in larger font.
The oven's audible chimes are jingles - short songs are played when the preset temperature is reached, or when the timer is up. This was at first charming/amusing, but then became annoying, and now we don't notice it. One of the jingles is about 8 seconds long. There are many features (a recipe bank) in the display of this machine, and it would be nice if LG provided optional 'ordinary' chimes. The only option available is to turn the alarms off altogether.
Niggling criticisms listed above aside, we are very happy with this machine. Its operation has been flawless, the racks work well (two regular, one ball-bearing slider), it has great capacity, and the controls and displays make the adjacent Kitchen Aid microwave look dated.
As shown in the photo, it is installed below the Kitchen Aid KBHS109SS Microwave. We chose this Microwave for the convection oven feature, the fold-down door, and the steam cooking (which we have never used) and we received many compliments about how these two units paired up, in spite of the fact that they are from different manufacturers.
(I did not want a K-A pair, as I heard very negative reviews about kitchen aid built-ins, and I did not like the integrated look & controls of the K-A pair. I thought that I would split the risk by using a second manufacturer for the oven. Furthermore, the K-A microwave is 220V, and since it is on its own circuit, it may be less subject to damage due to brown-outs or low voltage, as opposed to buying the integrated K-A duel oven... maybe.)
If anyone has any questions please feel free to ask.