Darchelle Meunier Electric Range February 02, 2019 09:12:46
Freestanding electric ranges are commonplace in home kitchens. They are generally the most affordable type of kitchen range and testing shows the latest models do an excellent job of cooking all types of dishes. While the sky is the limit on pricing and features, you don`t have to break the bank to get a reliable, sleek-looking range, some of the best-performing models are also among the most affordable. If you want a top-performing range that won`t break the bank, the GE JB750SJSS (Est. $950) looks to be the top choice. It`s not been reviewed by Consumer Reports, but CNET has given it a thorough test and comes away very impressed. "Sneaky good performance from an unassuming oven," Ashlee Clark Thompson says. Users agree; we found a couple of hundred user reviews at sites like Best Buy, Home Depot and Lowe`s, and everywhere you look, user satisfaction is similar at around 4.5 stars.
If you want a pro-style range at a price that`s a little lower than many professional-grade ovens, look no further than the Frigidaire Professional FPEH3077RF (Est. $2,070). It`s an Editors` Choice and Product of the Year winner at Reviewed, with an overall score of a perfect 10 out of 10, and is named the top electric range after testing at Good Housekeeping. The FPEH3077RF has the look of a slide-in but will fit into the space of a freestanding model. "It`s a handsome range, covered in a flat expanse of smudge-proof stainless steel and topped with a black electric rangetop," says Reviewed`s Kori Perten. "Handles are shiny and set into pro-style brackets—a look that stands on its own without mimicking pricier models."
There are many varieties of electric ranges. There is the common one which is designed with a metal coil to heat up your food. There are also the flat top ones made from ceramic glass. The metal coil burners are the more durable ones and are very low maintenance. You can use any cookware for this type. The coil burners can heat up very fast, too. The glass top range is the one that requires more maintenance but looks very good in your kitchen. The smooth finish makes it look chic and elegant but this requires you to be extra careful when you are cleaning up. The glass top is prone to scratches and is less durable compared to the metal coils. Though it heats up slower, the glass top burner’s heat is more concentrated which makes cooking more efficient. Not all cookwares are compatible with the glass top too thus, one must be very careful in choosing the right ones. When not in use, these pretty glass surfaces can also become an extension or your countertops.
If you’re willing to cut some corners to add an electric range to your home then you’ll love this one from Frigidaire. The problems with it are easy enough to deal with, especially considering the lower cost overall. It has four burners of different sizes and looks pretty much identical to the ranges that most of us grew up with. They’re coils, of course, like pretty much all of the cheaper ranges we were able to find. The oven is the biggest flaw: the exposed infrared elements are underneath the rack. If you’re not careful this can lead to a pretty lengthy and irritating cleaning process despite the manufacturer’s assurance that the oven is self-cleaning. Other than that, it’s a perfectly functioning electric range which is available at a fraction of the cost of most of them on the market. If you can make some minimal sacrifices to save some money then take a closer look and see if it matches what you need.
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 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.