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Dacor Renaissance 30-inch Double Wall Oven Review — Upgrade Your Kitchen

A double oven in a kitchen immediately shouts, “Serious cooking going on here.”  Serious cooking calls for serious cooking appliances.  And that, my friends, will separate your wallet from thousands of your hard-earned dollars.

The Dacor Renaissance 30-inch Double Wall Oven believes it is worth every penny it wants to coax from your wallet.  And when it comes to performance, the Dacor lives up to its own hype.  When compared in taste testing to other ovens, food prepared in the Dacor Renaissance won hands down over food cooked in its competitors’ ovens.  Proudly sporting a price tag of $4,999, the Dacor Renaissance sits at the top of the hill on the high-end of the double oven market curve, and other ovens will have a hard time knocking it off its throne.

The design of the Dacor Renaissance is deceptively unassuming.  While the outward appearance isn’t flashy or embellished with all the bells and whistles you’d expect from a high-end appliance, its performance decries the minimalist influence of its appearance.  For those who like choices, there is a variety of finishes to choose from, ranging from simple brushed steel to black tempered glass accents.  Inside, the oven’s most intriguing feature is a claim that its convection fans pull air in instead of the traditional outward blowing.

The Dacor Renaissance comes with all the standard features such as Bake and Broil, but also offers varieties such as Convection Bake, Convection Broil, and Convection Roast.  Both oven chambers have these Convection settings along with the all-important self-cleaning setting.  There’s also a neat little feature in the bottom chamber:  a “proof” setting that can be used for dehydrating fruits and homemade jerky.

Another feature found in both ovens is the GlideRacks.  The construction here makes use of ball bearings, allowing the racks to glide in and out of the oven smoothly.  The weight of the pot or casserole sitting on the rack doesn’t alter its smooth glide performance.  .The only glitch is in the removal of the racks.  Once you get them out, which can be a bit of a quirky maneuver, they tend to want to be ornery when going back in.  This can get annoying if you’re one who changes the rack position frequently.

At the end of the day, if you’re looking for a serious oven for serious cooking, the Dacor Renaissance 30-inch Double Wall Oven is well worth the hit to your wallet.


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