Elaine Bernard Electric Range February 07, 2019 09:33:08
Everyone in the office gets excited when we test ovens, because it means we bake a lot of cookies. We also cook and bake other foods to get an idea of how quickly and evenly they heat. We look at how quickly they preheat and how well they hold their temperature, and just how much that temperature varies from what the oven’s display says. When it comes to ranges, we want to know how long it takes to boil water on each of the burners. We also like to see how well the burner holds its heat by putting it on simmer for 20 minutes and tracking the liquid’s temperature. But ranges aren’t just there for cooking. Kitchens are points of pride for many people, so aesthetics matter a lot. It’s not just how pretty the appliance is, though. We let the staff use them throughout the testing phase to get feedback on how intuitive the interface is — and whether or not the oven burned their pizza.
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.
You won’t find a ton of frills on the LG LRE3083ST, though the interior is a nice surprise. Its 6.3-cubic-foot-capacity cavity is lined with blue enamel and cooks with true convection. That means there’s both an upper and lower heating element, as well as one behind the fan. Thus, it’s circulating heated air and speeding up the cooking. The cooktop is also all about speed. Its dual element has two rings, which can be used together or independently as a smaller cooking surface. It pulls 3,200 watts of power, which gets your pot of water boiling on the double. One of its five rings is a pot warmer that keeps cooked food ready to serve. The interior’s enamel can be self-cleaned in 20 minutes using just water. Quicker cleaning make this LG range a pace ahead of the rest.
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.
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 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.