Katriane Rousseau Electric Range February 02, 2019 09:12:50
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."
If you’re not sure what induction is, here’s a quick explainer for you. Just know that it’s all the rage in Europe, and has been for decades. As you can tell from the price of the Kenmore 95073, prices are a bit higher than found with gas and electric ranges. But if you’re in the market for an induction range, this is one of the least expensive. The Kenmore 95073 has four surface cooking elements, two of which are high-powered. It also has convection oven mode, a touchpad for setting oven temperature, and a warming drawer. The appliance boasts precise simmering and excellent baking and broiling, and the self-cleaning feature works well. The appliance features 25 different cooking functions, a heating convection fan that means equal heating of dishes, and a pan size detection sensor, which determines how much energy is needed to cook a dish properly.
No matter the time of year, there’s almost always a sale going on when it comes to appliances. Just wait for the next holiday weekend — President’s Day, Memorial Day, and so on — and chances are, you’ll see a reduced price on a range. And regardless of whether it’s February or September, Black Friday feels like it’s just around the corner, and there are usually good deals to be had on the mother of all discount days. The range is one of the most important appliances in your kitchen, and there are a lot of factors to consider when replacing or upgrading. Size is one: Despite how different they all are, every oven on this list is 30 inches wide. But for more spacious kitchens, manufacturers offer 36-, 48-, or even 60-inch models. On the smaller side, there are 20-inch ranges available, too. Whether you choose gas, electric, or induction may depend on your setup, unless you’re building from scratch or planning an extensive remodel.
Double-oven ranges offer plenty of versatility. If you want the ultimate in flexibility out of your range, without breaking the bank, we highly recommend taking a look at the Samsung NE59J7850WS (Est. $1,560). It gets excellent feedback from owners and experts, including Recommended status at Consumer Reports, with Excellent or Very Good scores in every measure of cooking performance. It`s also an Editors` Choice selection and Best of the Year winner at Reviewed, where Kori Perten largely applauds both performance and value. This oven uses Samsung`s Flex Duo system; unlike traditional double oven ranges, it gives the cook the option of using a single 5.9 cubic foot cavity oven, or splitting that space with a removable ceramic divider to create dual, independent ovens with capacities of 2.7 cubic feet for the upper cavity and 3 cubic feet for the lower one. To aid in flexibility, the oven features a split door system that lets you open the door for just the top cavity, or for the entire oven.
The reason the GE JB750SJSS was chosen by us as our Best Reviewed pick is because it`s a good performing range that is also very affordable. However, if you`re looking for an upgrade, and have a bigger budget, we found a few very well-reviewed higher-end models also have upgraded features. However, keep in mind that prices on ranges will vary quite a bit -- retailers often offer significant markdowns when they put the appliances on sale, so, if you have your eye on one, it may pay to keep an eye on the price. We use the price that the range was at when we reviewed it, that price may not be the one you see. The top pick at Consumer Reports in the single-oven electric range category is the Kenmore Elite 95052 (Est. $900), which earns Excellent scores for both low and high cooktop temperatures, baking, and self-cleaning; Very Good for broiling and oven capacity. But what keeps the Kenmore 95052 out of our top spot is that user feedback is neither as robust, nor as positive. We spotted fewer than 125 reviews across all three of this range`s color options and, while they aren`t terrible, they`re not quite up to the high ratings that the GE JB750SJSS gets.