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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.
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.
But the Frigidaire FPEH3077RF`s beauty is more than skin deep. "The oven and stovetop heat evenly, so you can bake perfectly browned cakes and steadily simmer a Bolognese without scorching," the editors at Good Housekeeping say. The stovetop has four cooking elements plus a keep warm element. The cooking elements range up to 12 inches and 3,000 watts, and two can be bridged to accommodate long cookware, such as a griddle. The 6.1-cubic foot oven has a convection cooking mode. Other features include a built-in temperature probe and a storage drawer. Owners appreciate the versatility that all of those features give the FPEH3077RF, with many saying it`s particularly handy if you frequently cook for a lot of people. Among the feedback we spotted was a 4.5 star rating at Lowe`s, based on more than 425 reviews (including some posted at the manufacturer`s web site).
This Samsung range is loaded with features, including a convection oven with a broiler, food temperature probe and LED display. There are five burners, including a warming burner, and a storage drawer. This slide-in range has been available for a few years now, enough time for it to build a good number of reviews to show that owners like it just as well as the experts do. In the hundreds of comments we evaluated at sites such as Best Buy and Home Depot, the vast majority say they are very happy with this range, adding that it`s easy to clean and use and that they love the way it looks in their kitchen. More importantly, they praise its great performance in all aspects of cooking. The only real complaint we saw was that the black cooktop shows every smudge -- a not uncommon complaint about all black smoothtop cooktops.
First things first, the Wolf DF304 is called a dual fuel range because it has a gas cooktop and an electric oven, offering more precision on the stove and more even heating in the cavity. This range is definitely aimed at the wealthy and those who get a lot (and we mean a lot) of use out of their kitchens. That being said, the Wolf offers a lot of things no other range in this price range does. The cooktop has four burners with the following BTUs: 9,200, 15,000, 18,000, and 20,000. They can be turned up high for a fast boil, but they also go down to 300 BTU for simmering. The 4.5-cubic-foot double convection oven has ten cooking modes, including bake and convection bake, and one specifically made for dehydrating food. Some of the optional accessories include a kit for all that food you’re going to dehydrate and a bake stone. If you like the stainless steel professional look, this range certainly has it, and it allows for some customization, such as knob color. The oven’s interior is blue porcelain, similar to the LG oven. The Wolf range is definitely expensive, but you’re paying for more than just its looks.
Doesn`t matter, though; most experts and most users give the Samsung NE58F9710WS top grades anyway. It`s the top-rated smoothtop double oven at Consumer Reports, and earns Recommended status there. It`s also an Editors` Choice at Reviewed and earns a 4 star rating at CNET, one of the better grades awarded any oven by that site. It`s been on the market for a few years now, more than enough time to build up a track record among users, including a 4.6 star rating at Best Buy based on more than 180 reviews. The Samsung NE58F9710WS draws praise across the board for its design and overall good looks. "While the Flex Duo System is undoubtedly the star of the show, the NE58F9710WS also features a slick "transitional" design that blends hefty controls with an innovative control panel," Reviewed says. "The overall look will match any kitchen, and the slide-in format gives the appearance of being part of the original cabinetry design."