Cherelle Fournier Electric Range February 06, 2019 08:11:02
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 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.
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.
Cooking performance is where a range needs to shine, and the GE JB750SJSS doesn`t disappoint. Professionals and users say the smoothtop cooktop heats up fast and does an excellent job in all areas, from maintaining a steady simmer to quickly bringing ingredients to a rolling boil. CNET gives the special credit for its performance in cooking a test chicken using the oven`s convection roast setting -- saying it compares favorably with what`s seen in ovens costing more than five times as much. "The skin was golden brown and crispy, and the meat was as juicy as could be," Clark says. Broiling performance was a little on the slow side, CNET reports, but at 16 minutes to broil six hamburgers, "this oven was still faster than some more expensive ranges we`ve tested."
The GE JB750SJSS features five cooktop elements, including a dual-power 6-inch/9-inch one that can deliver up to 3,100 watts of power and a 12-inch/9-inch one that can deliver 3,000 watts. The other elements include two 6-inch burners that deliver up to 1,200 watts and a 6-inch center warming element that delivers 80 watts. The 5.3-cubic-foot oven offers modes for convection as well as conventional cooking -- and the convection setting is reported as excellent by those who bought it specifically for that feature, backing up CNETs findings. It`s a little smaller than you`ll find on some competing ranges, but still should be sufficient to handle the needs of a typical family At this price you won`t find too many extra features, but a steam clean feature draws some kudos. The JB750SJSS has a stainless steel finish, but you can also find the same stove in a variety of other colors, including white as the GE JB750DJWW (Est. $950), black as the GE JB750DJBB (Est. $950), slate as the GE JB750EJES (Est. $950), black slate as the GE JB750FJDS (Est. $1,100) and black stainless as the GE JB750BJTS (Est. $1,100).
If you’re looking for a coil topped range, then this is the model you’ve been dreaming about. It’s a bit on the pricey side, but the quality you’ll get for the price is hard to beat. Overall it’s a pretty simple little range: you’ve got four coils for cooking and a single oven with 5 cubic feet of space. It’s also extremely hardy, if a little bit more difficult to clean than many of the other options out there. The price really isn’t bad if you’re looking for quality cookware but aren’t ready to invest in a smooth or induction top just yet. It’s basically the best of the best when you’re looking for a reasonably priced appliance. If you’re looking for something with a lot of quality behind it but aren’t ready to step into four figures, then take a closer look at this range to add something special to your home.