Electric Range Review

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Why Buy an Electric Range?

Many important memories and traditions revolve around the kitchen, so having the best electric range to cook your meals properly is essential. On this site, you will find articles about electric ranges, reviews that outline the features and conveniences of the top 10 electric ranges such as the Maytag MER8600, the LG LRE3021 and the Kenmore 94183. Use our electric range reviews and the data below to make an informed decision when it is time to replace your current electric stove.

Electric Ranges: What to Look For

When searching for a new electric range, take into consideration your cooking and baking habits and look for an electric range that can handle the quantity and frequency of the meals you make every day. The best electric ranges have burners that boil liquids rapidly, ovens with plenty of room inside and broilers that allow you to adjust the temperature. Look for a cooking range that has these features and includes additional conveniences, such as automatic shutoff or a keep-warm function. We researched and compared the stoves in our lineup to the following criteria:

Range Design
All electric ranges, while designed to fit in a standard 30-inch space, are not created equally. Look for a stove that is close to the height of your countertops, and is deep enough to fit the amount of pans you want to cook. This is where the cubic feet of capacity comes in to play. If you consistently cook for a family of four or more, you will want to consider getting a cooking range with over 5 cubic feet of oven space. This will ensure that you can cook multiple dishes at once and that the oven can fit anything large such as a holiday roast or turkey. We also looked for electric ranges that come in multiple colors, so you can pick the one that best matches your other appliances and decorating style.

Stovetop Features
Another important consideration should be the stovetop features, such as the number of and type of burners the range has. The standard sizes found on the majority of electric ranges are 6-inch and 8-inch burners, but the best electric stoves usually have at least one larger burner, if not more. We looked for ranges that have strong burner wattage and multiple-sized burners beyond the standard sizes.

Six-inch burners are better for smaller pans and use less wattage, making them perfect for simmering items such as your favorite pasta sauces. Large burners can deliver more power, enabling you to cook with higher temperatures and boil more rapidly.

Dual-burner radiant elements allow you to choose whether to utilize a small or large burner. This gives you more flexibility with pan placement and use. Look for a dual-burner range if you constantly find yourself wanting another large burner while you cook.

Oven Features
Besides having an oven that can handle multiple and large dishes, the temperature consistency and range is an important feature to consider. The higher the bake and broil wattage, the quicker the oven can heat up, reducing the amount of preheating time needed. It is also important to look for an oven that has many oven rack positions, as this allows you to correctly bake and broil foods at the right distance from the heating elements.

User Conveniences
We looked for ovens that had additional user conveniences to make your meal preparation more enjoyable. Some of these features include a digital clock and timer, lockable digital controls and lights that will indicate when the stovetop elements are in use or still warm.

The best electric ranges are self-cleaning. We found that the majority of ovens use extremely high temperatures to burn away food residue and spills, but a few of our top-ranked ovens use a form of steam cleaning to help make it even easier to clean the oven.

Other important features you may want in an electric stove include a keep-warm function and a cook or delay timer that automatically turns on or shuts off at a designated time. These conveniences allow you to set and forget, making it possible to come home to a warm meal at the end of your day, or if you are working in a different part of your home and can't hear the timer go off.

Warranty & Support
We considered how long each manufacturer's warranty lasts for the electric ranges on this site. We also took into consideration how easy it was to find answers to our questions. A good manufacturer is prepared with the answers you need even before you contact them and usually posts a list of FAQs on their website.

When shopping for a new electric range, don't just pick the first one that catches your eye. Use our research and criteria to determine the best electric range that will fit your needs. Look for options that you want to make your meal preparations easier and enjoyable and you'll be on your way to whipping up some delicious dishes and sweet memories in no time at all.

 
 
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Maytag MER8600 LG LRE3021ST Kenmore 94183 GE JB250 Samsung FE-R300SB GE JB350 Amana AER5630 Whirlpool WFFE510S0 Frigidaire FFEF3015 Whirlpool WFC310S0
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Range Design
Capacity (cubic feet) 6.2 6.3 5.4 5.3 5.9 5.3 4.8 4.8 5.3 4.8
Available Colors Black, White, Stainless Steel Stainless Steel Stainless Steel, Bisque, Black Stainless Steel, Bisque, Black, White, Silver Black, White, Stainless Steel Stainless Steel, Bisque, Black, White Black, White, Stainless Steel Stainless Steel, Bisque, Black, White, Silver Black, White Black, White, Stainless Steel
Height (inches) 47.875 47.125 47.75 47 47.0625 47 46.875 46.875 47.75 46.875
Width (inches) 29.875 29.875 29.875 29.875 29.90625 29.875 29.875 29.875 29.875 29.875
Depth (inches) 27.75 25.875 28.406 28 25.97 28 27.75 27.75 27.75 27.75
Weight (pounds) 170 157 155 154 172 157 165 168 115 135
Stove Top Features
Burner Style Radiant Radiant Radiant Coil Radiant Coil Radiant Radiant Coil Coil
Number of Burners 4 4 5 4 4 4 4 4 4 4
Burner Sizes 6" (2), 10" (1) 6" (2), 9" (1) 6" (2), 12" (1) 6" (2), 8" (2) 6" (2) 6" (2), 8" (2) 6" (2), 8" (1) 6" (2), 9" (1) 6" (2), 8" (2) 6" (2), 8" (2)
Dual-Burner Size 9"/6" (1) 9"/6" (1) 9"/6" (1) Not Applicable 9"/6" (2) Not Applicable 9"/6" (1) 9"/6" (1) Not Applicable Not Applicable
Small-Burner Wattage 1,200 1,200 1,200 1,500 1,200 1,500 1,200 1,200 1,250 1,500
Large-Burner Wattage 3,200 2,500 2,700 2,600 3,000 3,000 1,800 2,500 2,500 2,600
Dual-Burner Wattage 3,000 3,200 2,500 Not Applicable 3,000 Not Applicable 3,000 3,000 Not Applicable Not Applicable
Lift-Up Cooktop Not Applicable Not Applicable Not Applicable
Not Applicable
Not Applicable Not Applicable
Oven Features
Bake Wattage 3,600 3,400 3,500 3,410 2,400 3,410 2,400 2,400 2,600 2,400
Broil Wattage 3,600 4,200 4,000 3,800 3,400 3,800 3,400 3,400 3,000 3,400
Number of Racks 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2
Rack Positions 7 7 6 6 7 6 5 5 6 5
Broiler Element
Oven Interior Light
Oven Window
User Conveniences
Self-Cleaning
Heating Element On Indicator
 
Keep-Warm Setting
 
 
  
Storage Drawer
Control Lock
Preheat Alarm
Timed Bake Shut Off
 
Digital Clock
Removable Knobs
Push Buttons
Preheat Indicator Light
  
 
Warranty & Support
Warranty 1 Year 1 Year 1 Year 1 Year 1 Year 1 Year 1 Year 1 Year 1 Year 1 Year
Phone
Email
Live Chat
 
  
 
FAQs
User Manual