Elaine Bernard Electric Range February 02, 2019 09:12:45
Undoubtedly our favorite of the bunch, this 30” smoothtop electric range is fantastic all the way around. The top of this one has five burners of various sizes, allowing you to cook a wide variety of dishes at the same time. The tempered glass is quite sturdy, and the overall black and sleek aesthetic can really add to a kitchen. The ovens are also excellent. The top one is a standard electric oven with a smooth sliding rack that impressed us. The lower is a convection oven, pulling hot air in and through the elements in order to prevent hotspots and give you a fantastically crispy outer layer on any food you might put through it.
But while the overall tenor of the feedback is positive, we did see some dissenting voices. CNET, for example, is less impressed, finding "too many minor annoyances for an appliance at this price," including some convoluted controls and excessive smoke when broiling hamburgers, thought that last complaint isn`t widely echoed in user comments. Negative user comments about the Frigidaire FPEH3077RF don`t follow any real pattern, although one appears over and over: the timer is too quiet and sounds only briefly. Quite a few owners say they`ve had to purchase a separate timer or use their phone. In spite of that, most love the range, and say it works wonderfully. And, of course, all agree that it`s very attractive.
Still, most say they love the look of this white, smoothtop range, which doesn`t show smudges at much as black cooktops do, and that it`s a top performer in all tasks. A few of the lower ratings we saw are from those who are displeased that it comes with a warming drawer instead of a storage drawer, but even more say they love being able to keep their food warm while they finish prepping the rest of the meal or while waiting for family members to show up. A few also complain that the smoothtop is tough to keep clean, but that`s a common complaint with this type of electric range.
The ranges in this roundup were tested over a period of years, all adhering to the same careful procedures in a lab environment. We consider set-up and ease of use, cooking performance, and fit, finish & feel. The cooking tests are, as you might expect, the most involved and the most heavily weighted part of the process. We use cake, cookies, toast, and pork roast as the food samples—always from the same source and prepared in exactly the same way. If an oven has a convection fan, we usually test with convection on and off. If it`s a double oven, we usually test both upper and lower.
But performance is what`s most important, and the NE58F9500SS doesn`t disappoint. Expert and user reviewers give it high marks in basically all of the cooking tests it was tasked with, both on the cooktop (which sports the same compliment of burners found on the NE59J7850WS) and in the oven itself. Although, as noted, it`s been around for a few years, or maybe because it`s been around for a few years, the NE58F9500SS looks to be a great choice if you want a really versatile, slide in double oven upgrade.
While it lacks some of the higher-end features of other electric ranges on the list — no convection feature here — the Whirlpool WFE515S0ED is still a great deal. The four-burner range has one that pulls 3,000 watts of power, slightly less than the LG model. With 5.0 cubic feet of capacity, the oven is pretty standard, with an upper broiler element and a hidden lower baking element. The lack of a fan means cooking will be a little slower and potentially less than convection models. Though it may not have extras like a built-in temperature probe, this Whirlpool still delivers when it comes to cooking. We also like that it offers options beyond black, white, and silver when it comes to aesthetics.