Darchelle Meunier Electric Range February 07, 2019 09:33:10
The biggest thing separating this one from our favorite is the price. We just felt the limited improvements didn’t quite justify the much higher pricing for the average person. The top is made of smooth glass and has five different burners for different pots and pans. It also lacks a backsplash which gives a sleek look to the whole appliance. The bottom is another pair of ovens, one convection and one standard electric. They’re roughly the same as our top pick, a standard electric upper and a convection lower adding up to a ton of different cooking possibilities. If you’re willing to spend the extra money for much better styling, then go ahead and add this range to your home. It’s great all the way around.
The ranges in this roundup were tested over a period of years, all adhering to the same careful procedures in a lab environment. We consider set-up and ease of use, cooking performance, and fit, finish & feel. The cooking tests are, as you might expect, the most involved and the most heavily weighted part of the process. We use cake, cookies, toast, and pork roast as the food samples—always from the same source and prepared in exactly the same way. If an oven has a convection fan, we usually test with convection on and off. If it`s a double oven, we usually test both upper and lower.
If you would be more interested in a traditional double oven range, last year`s top pick in this category, the LG LDE4415ST (Est. $1,620) remains available and still worth considering. It gets excellent feedback from owners and experts, including Recommended status at Consumer Reports, with Excellent scores for cooktop performance and oven capacity; Very Good for broiling, baking and self-cleaning. It also earns raves at Good Housekeeping, earning an overall 4-star rating, with editors saying, "When it comes to flexibility and convenience, it doesn`t get much better than the feature-rich LG 7.3 cu. ft. Electric Double Oven Range."
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.
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.
But while the overall tenor of the feedback is positive, we did see some dissenting voices. CNET, for example, is less impressed, finding "too many minor annoyances for an appliance at this price," including some convoluted controls and excessive smoke when broiling hamburgers, thought that last complaint isn`t widely echoed in user comments. Negative user comments about the Frigidaire FPEH3077RF don`t follow any real pattern, although one appears over and over: the timer is too quiet and sounds only briefly. Quite a few owners say they`ve had to purchase a separate timer or use their phone. In spite of that, most love the range, and say it works wonderfully. And, of course, all agree that it`s very attractive.