Katriane Rousseau Electric Range February 07, 2019 09:33:01
The cousin of the budget electric model, the Whirlpool WFG515S0ES is one you should keep your eye on if you’re thinking of buying a new gas range but don’t want to shell out tons of money. We’ve seen it on sale for under $500. A low price isn’t enough of a reason to buy an appliance, however. The four-burner top has some versatility, with the 5,000 BTU burner being best for simmering and the 15,000 BTU burners being better suited to heating quickly and searing. Inside the 5.0-cubic-foot cavity, you won’t find a convection fan, but it does have a self-clean feature — something that’s not always offered at this price range.
The only real issue we found was that the double oven design limited space a little bit. On the other hand, the extra rack definitely comes in handy and they can be set separately so it’s a trade-off and one we’re willing to stand behind. If you’re looking for one of the best electric ranges on the market, this GE model stands head and shoulders above most of the competition. The only thing we found ourselves wishing for was an induction top, but they get prohibitively expensive in a hurry.
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.
Owners break the tie among experts, however, and break it in favor of the oven. For example, it earns a solid 4.5 stars at Home Depot, with most saying that the LG LDE4415ST is a beautiful range inside and out, heats quickly and performs excellently in all cooking tasks. They really appreciate the double oven, although most use the top oven, which is a bit smaller at 3 cubic feet than the 4.3 cubic feet lower oven, but they like having the flexibility when they have bigger crowds or are baking or cooking for an occasion. Even the editors at Good Housekeeping are impressed with this oven`s suitability for families, saying you can cook chicken nuggets for the kids in one oven, while broiling salmon or baking in the other.
However, some other experts aren`t quite as impressed. CNET`s Ashlee Clark Thompson complains that the range`s specialized cooking modes over-promise and under-deliver, but adds that "Once you strip away the bells and whistles, the LG LDE4415ST is a solid range that covers basic cooking well. Opt for this model if you prioritize the flexibility that double-oven cooking brings or find yourself needing to cook chicken in a hurry (hey, it happens)." Reviewed also gives it only so-so feedback. Jessica Teich says that it`s "a fairly expensive double oven range with a great cooktop and two lackluster ovens."
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.