Kitchenaid wall oven and micro/convection, one unit or separate?

dermnpMarch 19, 2013

We are getting ready to order our appliances and not sure if we should just get the kitchenaid wall oven and the micro/convection as one unit or buy them separate. It will cost more up front to have them separate. The one unit looks nice but my husband is concerned that the micro will fail and need to be replaced. Any experiences with either or any advice?

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SadieV

I purchased the Kitchenaid wall oven and Micro/Convection as two separate pieces for that exact reason. I have to say I am completely pleased with both pieces. I hesitated on the micro/convection because I wasn't able to find a lot of reviews on it, but it has been everything I hoped it would be. Actually, it has so many features it took me a while to learn how to use some of them. Here's how mine looks after installation.

    Bookmark   March 19, 2013 at 11:42AM
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dermnp

Thank you for posting a picture, because now i am going to harass you with more questions..LOL. Your counter looks similar in color to what we are getting, we are going with the Giallo Ornamental. Is that a travertine backsplash you have? Also I am looking at green for the walls, what green do you have? Are you happy with it? We are going with off white cabs but yours look really nice. And though I do agree the one piece unit does look nicer with only one control panel, your does look very high end and is a safer choice.

    Bookmark   March 19, 2013 at 12:25PM
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rkb21

dermnp- We are making this EXACT decision right now. I love the look of the KA unit. I am leaning towards two separate units b/c I figured ovens last a long time [current thermador is 20yrs old and still works] but who knows about the microwave. We're changing it out b/c it's only a 24inch and would like something bigger now that we're making changes to the kitchen.

SadieV-So glad to hear that you're happy with the mw and the oven.

    Bookmark   March 19, 2013 at 3:44PM
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a2gemini

I decided on 2 separate units - if one dies, you replace just the one unit...
I was leaning towards Elux but ended up going with 2 different brands - solved that problem... (Wolf oven and Advantium speed oven)
Here is a similar picture to see another pair of separate ovens..

    Bookmark   March 19, 2013 at 7:37PM
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ali80ca

I also bought 2 separate units for the same reason you stated. I was a little paranoid that one of them would break and need to be replaced. Seemed easier to buy 2 units

    Bookmark   March 19, 2013 at 8:43PM
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SadieV

dermnp - The countertop is quartz - Hanstone Bavaria. The paint is SW Svelte Sage. It is a cooler green, but yes, we do like it. It took a little getting used to, but now I'm really happy with the choice. I know it sounds crazy, but I don't even have the details on the backsplash. While our entire house was torn up with remodeling, both my parents were taken quite ill. I have a friend that does tile work, and as he knew I was in way over my head at the time, he just kind of took care of it for me. He showed me his choices, and I went along with it. I've never regretted it.

rkb21 - As I love to cook and bake a LOT, I spent a lot of time shopping and choosing appliances. I actually considered some of the higher end models, but after carefully comparing the features and price, I bought the KA. The micro/convection is fantastic. It heats to 350 degrees in less than 5 minutes. Crisps and bakes like a champ. LOVE the soften/melt mode and steam cook features on the microwave. The larger oven bakes 3 big pans of cookies at a time and they are all perfect. At Christmas time, I hosted a group of friends and we baked 125 dozen cookies in one day. They were amazed at what this baby could turn out. With the large window in the door, my family thinks is better than watching HD TV.

Good luck with your choices!

    Bookmark   March 19, 2013 at 9:12PM
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stacieann63

Hi I have the units as one combination unit. We freshened up our cabinets and kept them in our reno. We did have to modify the cabinet to fit them but are happy with the way they look. The previous owners had a easy bake oven and microwave the size of a VW bug in it's place. There was a learning curve, but I love the steam cycle on the microwave and the ovens really do cook evenly on each rack. I have not really used the the upper oven as an convection oven much. Just on holidays and I'm not really familiar with all the functions. I did use the clean cycle without incident this past month.The cooling fan runs for a bit after using the microwave. That took some getting used to and just learning all the buttons! Good luck to you.

    Bookmark   March 19, 2013 at 11:02PM
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camphappy

I have the all-in-one combo Kenmore Elite unit. I was able to get it 1/2 off during a wall oven sale at Sears and love them both so far. I too am worried about one breaking so will keep a warranty on them.

    Bookmark   March 20, 2013 at 12:31AM
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kjheck

SadieV - I love your oven/microwave, looks great in your kitchen. I've been considering this same kitchenaid combo also, but was wondering what the electrical requirements are. I currently have a whirpool oven/microwave all-in-one combo unit with one 240V outlet (I believe). Does your set up require two 240V outlets, one for each unit? I would like to purchase separately, but can only have one 240V outlet.

    Bookmark   April 14, 2013 at 4:55PM
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needinfo1

If you want to think long range, definitely get the two separate pieces. We were at the appliance store yesterday discussing this with the salesman. We have a twenty year old combo that is going to need replacement soon. The first issue is that sizes change, especially for those combo deals. The salesman told us that we would be MUCH better off just hiring a carpenter to reconfigure our cut out so we could use separate appliances. We'd have more options, buying the appliances would be cheaper, and we'd be able to replace just the one rather than the entire unit if one of the appliances broke. I wish someone had given me this advice when we had our cabinet custom made to fit the all-on-one twenty years ago.

    Bookmark   April 14, 2013 at 5:24PM
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SadieV

The two units have separate outlets on separate circuits. I hope you can make it work.

On a different note, the main circuit board went out on our micro convection last week. It was 15 months old. Thankfully we had the extended warranty and has been repaired at no cost to us.

    Bookmark   April 14, 2013 at 6:58PM
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SadieV

The two units have separate outlets on separate circuits. I hope you can make it work.

On a different note, the main circuit board went out on our micro convection last week. It was 15 months old. Thankfully we had the extended warranty and has been repaired at no cost to us.

    Bookmark   April 14, 2013 at 6:59PM
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