Elaine Bernard Electric Range February 05, 2019 08:15:54
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.
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.
The LG LDE4415ST has more features than just a double oven, though. The stovetop has four burner elements, two low power and two variable power ones; the latter ones can accommodate pot sizes of up to 12-inches and offer power output as high as 3,200 watts. There`s no warming drawer (nor a storage one because of the dual oven configuration) but there is a 7-inch warming element that serves the same purpose. The upper, larger oven has a convection feature, but the lower oven is a conventional one. The oven has a number of specialized modes, and many, like the Speed Roast setting, work well, while others, such as a Pizza mode, were a disappointment in CNET`s testing -- Thompson suggests following the directions on the pizza box instead. The LG LDE4415ST is also compatible with LGs SmartOven Android app, which lets you change oven settings using a smartphone or tablet; however, you have to have your phone right next to the range to connect, and its usefulness is very limited. This version is stainless steel, but it`s also available in black stainless steel as the LG LDE4415BD (Est. $1,710).
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).
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.
While it lacks some of the higher-end features of other electric ranges on the list — no convection feature here — the Whirlpool WFE515S0ED is still a great deal. The four-burner range has one that pulls 3,000 watts of power, slightly less than the LG model. With 5.0 cubic feet of capacity, the oven is pretty standard, with an upper broiler element and a hidden lower baking element. The lack of a fan means cooking will be a little slower and potentially less than convection models. Though it may not have extras like a built-in temperature probe, this Whirlpool still delivers when it comes to cooking. We also like that it offers options beyond black, white, and silver when it comes to aesthetics.