Camillei Lefebvre Electric Range February 06, 2019 08:10:57
The only real issue we found was that the double oven design limited space a little bit. On the other hand, the extra rack definitely comes in handy and they can be set separately so it’s a trade-off and one we’re willing to stand behind. If you’re looking for one of the best electric ranges on the market, this GE model stands head and shoulders above most of the competition. The only thing we found ourselves wishing for was an induction top, but they get prohibitively expensive in a hurry.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Double-oven ranges offer plenty of versatility. If you want the ultimate in flexibility out of your range, without breaking the bank, we highly recommend taking a look at the Samsung NE59J7850WS (Est. $1,560). It gets excellent feedback from owners and experts, including Recommended status at Consumer Reports, with Excellent or Very Good scores in every measure of cooking performance. It`s also an Editors` Choice selection and Best of the Year winner at Reviewed, where Kori Perten largely applauds both performance and value. This oven uses Samsung`s Flex Duo system; unlike traditional double oven ranges, it gives the cook the option of using a single 5.9 cubic foot cavity oven, or splitting that space with a removable ceramic divider to create dual, independent ovens with capacities of 2.7 cubic feet for the upper cavity and 3 cubic feet for the lower one. To aid in flexibility, the oven features a split door system that lets you open the door for just the top cavity, or for the entire oven.