Harrietta Gauthier Electric Range February 04, 2019 09:21:25
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.
Samsung makes the best electric slide-in range. While the Frigidaire Professional FPEH3077RF gives you the look of a built-in, it lacks the full seamlessness of a true slide-in, which has a slightly wider stovetop that sits on top of a kitchen counter. This styling makes kitchen clean up easier because it eliminates the gap between the stovetop and counter that typically winds up being a trap for crumbs and spills. If your kitchen is designed to accommodate a slide-in electric range, the 5.8-cubic-foot Samsung NE58F9500SS (Est. $1,560) is worth a look. It costs more than a freestanding single oven range like the GE JB750SJSS, but is relatively inexpensive compared to many slide-in models. It`s the top-rated single-oven slide-in electric smoothtop range at Consumer Reports, where it earns a Recommended nod, and is an Editors` Choice selection at Reviewed, where James Aitchison says the extra features and ease of use "more than justifies its hefty price tag."
First things first, the Wolf DF304 is called a dual fuel range because it has a gas cooktop and an electric oven, offering more precision on the stove and more even heating in the cavity. This range is definitely aimed at the wealthy and those who get a lot (and we mean a lot) of use out of their kitchens. That being said, the Wolf offers a lot of things no other range in this price range does. The cooktop has four burners with the following BTUs: 9,200, 15,000, 18,000, and 20,000. They can be turned up high for a fast boil, but they also go down to 300 BTU for simmering. The 4.5-cubic-foot double convection oven has ten cooking modes, including bake and convection bake, and one specifically made for dehydrating food. Some of the optional accessories include a kit for all that food you’re going to dehydrate and a bake stone. If you like the stainless steel professional look, this range certainly has it, and it allows for some customization, such as knob color. The oven’s interior is blue porcelain, similar to the LG oven. The Wolf range is definitely expensive, but you’re paying for more than just its looks.
Undoubtedly our favorite of the bunch, this 30” smoothtop electric range is fantastic all the way around. The top of this one has five burners of various sizes, allowing you to cook a wide variety of dishes at the same time. The tempered glass is quite sturdy, and the overall black and sleek aesthetic can really add to a kitchen. The ovens are also excellent. The top one is a standard electric oven with a smooth sliding rack that impressed us. The lower is a convection oven, pulling hot air in and through the elements in order to prevent hotspots and give you a fantastically crispy outer layer on any food you might put through it.
There’s something amazing going on here, and it’s not just the Wi-Fi capabilities of this smart electric range. It’s the induction cooktop. Induction is simply the best around when you’re working with electric options, and that means the price on this one is hard to fight with. On top of that you receive a great 5.6 cubic foot oven underneath. It’s smooth, easy to control, and there’s even something special about it. The whole thing also syncs with your phone, allowing you to control the oven without even being in the room. All of this is put together in a super-stylish minimalistic design. The brushed stainless steel exterior makes it look exactly like what it is: the absolute pinnacle of electric range innovation.
Doesn`t matter, though; most experts and most users give the Samsung NE58F9710WS top grades anyway. It`s the top-rated smoothtop double oven at Consumer Reports, and earns Recommended status there. It`s also an Editors` Choice at Reviewed and earns a 4 star rating at CNET, one of the better grades awarded any oven by that site. It`s been on the market for a few years now, more than enough time to build up a track record among users, including a 4.6 star rating at Best Buy based on more than 180 reviews. The Samsung NE58F9710WS draws praise across the board for its design and overall good looks. "While the Flex Duo System is undoubtedly the star of the show, the NE58F9710WS also features a slick "transitional" design that blends hefty controls with an innovative control panel," Reviewed says. "The overall look will match any kitchen, and the slide-in format gives the appearance of being part of the original cabinetry design."