Elaine Bernard Electric Range February 07, 2019 09:33:06
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.
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."
The Samsung NX58H5600SS looks like it should cost more than does, especially because we’ve seen it on sale for as low as $808. (At that price, it rivals the retail price of our budget model pick.) The five gas burners range from 5,000 to 17,000 BTU, giving you control and versatility based on what you want to cook. It comes with a useful stovetop accessory: a cast iron griddle for pancakes, burgers, and bacon. Both preheating and boiling are quick. Inside, the 5.8-cubic-foot capacity true convection oven is more than spacious. It also has a self-cleaning setting. If you’re in the market for a gas range and see this on sale for around $800, you’re definitely getting more features than you’d normally find at that price.
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.
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.
Samsung makes the best slide-in double oven. It`s pricier, but if you want a slide in double oven, feedback indicates that the Samsung NE58F9710WS (Est. $2,000) is a top choice. Though it lacks the split door found in the Samsung NE59J7850WS (profiled above), it feature`s the same Flex Duo design, which means you can use it as a single oven, or insert a divider to make it a double oven. The Flex Duo system in this Samsung oven has the same pluses -- and minuses -- discussed when we covered the NE59J7850WS. It offers cooks the option of using a single 5.8 cubic-foot oven or splitting that into two independent ovens of 2.4 cubic feet (top) and 3.3 cubic feet (bottom). However, there are also some limitations on how each cavity can be used when the oven is split, so you`ll need to overcome a small learning curve to get the most out of the oven.