We spent over 31 hours researching and testing 15 different electric ranges and have found that size, performance, and cook top style were most important. The GE 30” double oven electric range scored high marks in all categories and is our top pick. The slide-in design of this range installation easy. The two ovens are self-cleaning which was a huge plus. The sleek stainless steel range and black cook top looks great with any kitchen décor. We loved that it has five burners to use so we could cook large meals all at once. There is a 10 year warranty on this range as well.
Electric Range Comparison
|28.9 x 31.2 x 37.2||29.8 x 25.00 x 37.75||31.25 x 28.88 x 37.25||28.5 x 29.9 x 47||37.25 x 21.25 x 28||30 x 49.6 x 32.9||28.36 x 29.17 x 46.52||24 13/16 x 22 1/4 x 19 11/16||28.5 x 29.9 x 47||24 x 20 x 44|
Electric Range Buying Guide
Things to Consider
Before you start looking at all the different electric ranges on the market, you need to know what you specific needs and preferences are. By being certain of what you are looking for and what you will be doing with the range, you will be able to purchase the one that fits your lifestyle, your cooking needs and your preferences perfectly.
- How often will you be cooking? – This may seem like an odd question, but not everyone who has a range uses it every day. If you do a lot of cooking, make dinner for your family every night and entertain a lot on the weekends and holidays, you will want to get an electric range that can handle that level and amount of cooking.
- Will a convection oven fit your needs? – Convection ovens use fans to move the air around the food inside the oven. This cuts down on cooking time and heats the food more evenly for better results. They used to be a special feature but not seem to be standard on most of the electric ranges on the market except for the very basic, least expensive models.
- Will an induction cooktop fit your needs? – Induction cooktops are becoming more common. They work by heating the cookware rather than the cook top. If you have small children around you will like this feature. Induction cooktops involve having a specific type of cookware to use on it.
- How many ovens do you need or want? – The majority of electric ranges have one oven. There are ranges however, that offer two ovens for those cooks that do a LOT of cooking. Usually there is a larger oven and a smaller oven, but this allows several items to be cooked at the same time without affecting each other. People that cook for large families or that entertains a lot benefit from having electric ranges with more than one oven.
- What type of range do you want? – There are three styles of electric ranges available: Freestanding, slide-in and drop-in. You will need to think about the design of your kitchen and the space you have to work with. If you are remodeling a kitchen, you have a bit more flexibility in terms of what you choose since you can build the kitchen around the appliances in some respects. We have outlined the three different types of ranges below:
- Freestanding – A freestanding range has finished sides and a backsplash as well. You can place a freestanding electric range between cabinets, at the end of a set of cabinets or even by itself. Electric freestanding ranges have their controls along the backsplash.
- Slide-in – These ranges have a built-in look to them. They have no backsplash and the controls are on the front of the range. The sides are not finished or enclosed so this style should be placed between two cabinets.
- Drop-in – Drop in ranges are similar to the slide-in models but sometimes cabinet modification is needed to make them fit.
- How Much Capacity Do You Need? – Oven capacity is important in regards to the size family you have. If you have a large family, a larger oven space is preferable because the size meals will be larger. Many of the electric ranges have a larger capacity that works well with heavy cooking and larger dishes.
- Burner number and sizes – Do you need a lot of burners to cook with? Many people use the top of the stove a lot and others tend to do most of their cooking with the oven. Look at the dishes and meals you most often make and decide on the number of burners that will best suit that.
- Convenience Features – There are many different features that electric ranges can offer including self-cleaning cycles, warning drawers, oven lights, indicator lights, audible timers, auto-lock doors, and control lockouts. If there is a particular feature that is of great importance to you, be sure that the models you consider have that feature.
Preparing for the Range
There are several things you need to do to ensure that the electric range you purchase fits into the spot that you have for it. We’ve outlined several things to check and make sure of before you purchase your range.
- Measure the space – Unless you are sure that the electric range you purchase is standard freestanding range, you will need to measure the height, width and depth of the space you intend to place it. This will ensure that the appliance fits in the space you have for it.
- Check the hookups – Make sure that the circuitry you have works with the range you are purchasing. This is extremely important to avoid problems including tripping the breaker or fuse, messing up the new range or even causing a fire.
Along with most technology, electric ranges are becoming smarter with high end models having features that have never before been seen, like storing the cooks most often used settings and even allowing the user to communicate with the range via their smartphones. The ranges of today offer things that ranges from decades ago wouldn’t have.
When you are searching for your perfect electric range, you have to take into account your lifestyle and cooking habits to ensure that you get a range that you will enjoy using and that will lessen the work/stress load of fixing regular meals. If you entertain a lot and have a large family, the electric range you have can determine how efficient it is for you to cook the meals. When you have an excellent quality range like the three top rated ones we have reviewed above, cooking becomes a pleasure and not a chore.
The information in this buyer’s guide will help you sort through all the choices and make an informed decision on the range that will be the best for your home and family’s needs. With so many options to choose from, it’s easy to get distracted from the basics, but as long as you take the suggestions and guidelines in this guide under consideration, measure the space you are putting the range and get the features that you need the most, you will choose a model that you will get a lot of use out of as well as enjoyment.