Darchelle Meunier Electric Range February 11, 2019 09:46:39
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.
There are other options for this device that are fresh on the market. These are the ones with induction cook tops. The induction cook top heats the pan without heating the surface of the range. This is made possible by using electromagnetic energy. The induction is the safest choice for families since the surface does not heat up at all, thus lowers the risk of burning your skin. It is also very energy efficient since the range does not need to heat up the air around the cooking pans, since the heat is very concentrated. It cooks your food pretty quickly too. It also has features to make cooking easy for everyone. Pre-heat beeps are programmed to let you know when the range starts heating. Auto shut off features are also there to help you minimize excess energy consumption and avoid over cooking your food. This is also a feature to avoid over heating that can cause fire if not turned off in time. Oven lights and an oven window are designed so that users can check if their food is already cooked without opening the oven and wasting heat. Most of them also have clocks and timers since time is a vital element to consider when cooking or baking.
The clock lets you know what time you started and ended cooking while the timer lets you set an exact amount of time for your food to cook. It also has a control lock for safety reasons. The purpose of the control lock is to prevent you from getting burned. When your food is cooking, you cannot open the range. This is to avoid wasting heat and most especially, to avoid getting the user hurt. There are also features like temperature probes that can be inserted to the food. It will set off an alarm when the food reaches the desired temperature. There are also self cleaning ovens for the busy bees that do not have enough time to spare for cleaning. There are still a lot more cooking features and options on this device. It is up to you to choose which one suits your specific and individual cooking needs the best.
When you turn on your oven, the whole cavity warms up. That’s perfect for a turkey, but perhaps unnecessary for 300 or so days a year. Double oven ranges, like the GE JB860SJSS, are a great solution because they split the cavity in two, letting you use a smaller upper oven for quicker cooking. All together, this GE model has 6.6 cubic feet of capacity: 2.2 in the upper cavity and 4.4 in the lower. If you are a fan of preparing big birds, keep in mind that the lower oven is 17-and-a-half inches in height, making it several inches shorter than other ovens’ interiors. The lower oven uses convection, so a fan blows the hot air around inside for faster, more even cooking. Up top on the range are five cooking elements, though one is just an on/off option that keeps food warm by heating it at a low temperature. In terms of versatility — with two ovens, convection, and a warming element — this reasonably priced range has a lot to offer.
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.
If you want a pro-style range at a price that`s a little lower than many professional-grade ovens, look no further than the Frigidaire Professional FPEH3077RF (Est. $2,070). It`s an Editors` Choice and Product of the Year winner at Reviewed, with an overall score of a perfect 10 out of 10, and is named the top electric range after testing at Good Housekeeping. The FPEH3077RF has the look of a slide-in but will fit into the space of a freestanding model. "It`s a handsome range, covered in a flat expanse of smudge-proof stainless steel and topped with a black electric rangetop," says Reviewed`s Kori Perten. "Handles are shiny and set into pro-style brackets—a look that stands on its own without mimicking pricier models."