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Dacor is on it’s second year with it’s completely new “Modernist” line-up, and it’s been quite the year indeed. The new Modernist Oven is a striking design departure from Dacor’s old style “Renaissance” Series Ovens.

Dacor Modernist Electric Oven – DOB30M977SM

Dacor Modernist Oven Review

30″ Single Oven, DOB30M977SS – Price: $4,499.

These new models are offered in stainless steel and their new black stainless steel “Graphite”, which is very beautiful indeed.

It features a Full Color, Touchscreen LED Control Panel where all cooking modes are selected and controlled.

Dacor Modernist Oven LCD Touch Control Panel

It also features a built-in “Chef Mode” with step-by-step recipes to follow. The oven interior features black enamel coating, with large, solid stainless roll-out racks.

Double convection fans in a vertical orientation provide ample heat distribution, while the steam-assist ability with integrated water reservoir will allow you to broaden the types of items you can bake well.

Another interesting feature on the Dacor Modernist Oven is the Wifi connectivity for pairing to your Apple or Android device. You can monitor the oven from your phone with the Dacor iQ App.  It’s a great feature, although it’s features are currently limited.

The Modernist Oven also Features Soft Close Door

The oven door has a soft-close mechanism built-in, and each oven gets two glide out racks as standard.

Samsung’s “Greenclean” self-cleaning feature is included — and may be the weakest point on the oven. Complaints abound from our readers on the ability of Samsung’s steam-based self-cleaning cycle.

Pizza stone mode included.

In general, the consensus is building that the GreenClean self-cleaning feature does not get hot enough to burn off the grease, and the steaming of the oven cavity is of little help to release the stains and grime.

As far as the warranty is concerned, Dacor has a great promotion right now running, the 3ForFree. This program steps up all your Dacor products to a 3 year warranty after registering.

Limited time offer.

 

Full Set of Features:

  • Smartphone integration with the Dacor IQ Kitchen app
  • Steam Cooking Options
  • BrightVue LED lighting
  • 4.8 Cuft Capacity Interior
  • Pizza Stone Mode
  • Soft-close doors
  • 2 Glide out racks
  • 7″ Wide LCD Control Panel
  • Child Lock
  • Sabbath Mode
  • Automatic Open Water Reservoir

FINAL THOUGHTS

The Dacor Modernist Oven is an impressive looking appliance with an excellent feature list, but the price is the one place we have a bone to pick.

At $4,499 it’s almost twice the price of the Samsung NV51K6650DG it is based on. But what do we get for those extra $2,000?

The answer:  Not enough.

We lose the knobs the Samsung has — which were actually quite attractive and convenient. We gain… Stainless strips on the roll-out racks? A pizza stone mode? LED lights?

If you put the Dacor and Samsung ovens next to each other, you’d be hard-pressed to find much daylight between the two.

And for us there would be nothing wrong with that, except for the fact that Samsung sells the oven under their name for $2,500 at big box stores the world-over.

Which begs the question, Dacor: why is this oven so expensive?

 

Verdict:  Pass

John Blair
Dacor Modernist 30" Electric Oven Review / Rating
This oven reminds me of my first girlfriend: Beautiful, expensive, and unlikely to stay with me long-term.
Design & Styling9
Ease of Use7.5
Build Quality6
Value for Money2
Service and Warranty7.5
Pros
  • Slick, futuristic looking control panel
  • Soft-close door and LED interior lighting
  • Steam-assisted cooking options
Cons
  • Much more expensive than the underlying Samsung model
  • Steam-assisted self-cleaning leaves much to be desired
6.4Overall Score

About The Author

John Blair

John Blair has been an Appliance Specialist for over a decade now, representing various manufacturers throughout his career. He currently works as a Kitchen Design Consultant and resides in Rockville, MD.

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