Cherelle Fournier Electric Range February 06, 2019 08:11:02
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).
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.
However, this flexibility comes with some limitations. For example, the top oven lacks a standard bake setting, Reviewed notes, meaning you need to bake with fan convection if using the top oven; true convection cooking is available in the lower oven, or the entire oven if you remove the divider. Also, while you can bake in the lower oven while broiling in the upper one, "the lower oven can`t be set below 400°F—or 325°F if you`re broiling on Low." All of that means that there`s a little bit of a learning curve in mastering how to use this double oven to maximum advantage, and Perten says that spending some time with the owner`s manual is a must. However, that learning curve doesn`t seem to hinder owner enjoyment too much. User feedback is quite good, including a 4.6 star rating at Best Buy based on over 600 reviews.
Of course, there`s more to this oven than the convertible oven cavity. The five burner stove top includes two bridgeable 1,800 watt burners (which can be used independently or together to handle large pans and casseroles), a 6-inch/9-inch/12-inch tri-element burner with a maximum output of 3,000 watts, a 6-inch 1,200 watt burner, and a low-output center element warm zone. "The NE59J7850WS`s main appeal may be its flexible oven space, but if not for the unique oven design, we`d be inclined to name its electric rangetop the star of the show," Perten says. CNET, which also gives this oven largely positive feedback, notes some unique oven modes including bread proof, dehydrate and slow cook. There`s also a warming drawer -- something not often found in double oven models -- that can also be used to store the divider when not in use.
The reason the GE JB750SJSS was chosen by us as our Best Reviewed pick is because it`s a good performing range that is also very affordable. However, if you`re looking for an upgrade, and have a bigger budget, we found a few very well-reviewed higher-end models also have upgraded features. However, keep in mind that prices on ranges will vary quite a bit -- retailers often offer significant markdowns when they put the appliances on sale, so, if you have your eye on one, it may pay to keep an eye on the price. We use the price that the range was at when we reviewed it, that price may not be the one you see. The top pick at Consumer Reports in the single-oven electric range category is the Kenmore Elite 95052 (Est. $900), which earns Excellent scores for both low and high cooktop temperatures, baking, and self-cleaning; Very Good for broiling and oven capacity. But what keeps the Kenmore 95052 out of our top spot is that user feedback is neither as robust, nor as positive. We spotted fewer than 125 reviews across all three of this range`s color options and, while they aren`t terrible, they`re not quite up to the high ratings that the GE JB750SJSS gets.
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.