THE BEST ELECTRIC RANGES OF 2020
Gas may be the pros’ choice, and induction may be the (magnetic) wave of the future, but there’s still plenty to be said for cooking with radiant electric heat. Electric ranges can provide an impressively wide temperature range, consistently excellent convection, and even heating across the board—great things to have if you enjoy spending time in your kitchen.
While the decision of which fuel to cook with might be out of your hands thanks to your choice of home, you still have some tough choices to make. There are dozens of electric ranges to choose from, but lucky for you, we’ve put enough of these cookers through their paces to make some strong recommendations, including our best range, the Electrolux EI30EF45QS (available at AppliancesConnection for $2,198.10).
Here are the best electric ranges we tested:
- Electrolux EI30EF45QS
- Frigidaire Professional FPEH3077RF
- Bosch HEI8054U
- Samsung NE59J7850WS
- Samsung NE59M6850SS
- Frigidaire Professional FPEF3077QF
- Kenmore Elite 95223
- LG LDE4415ST
- Frigidaire FGEH3047VF
- GE JB655SKSS
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BEST OVERALLElectrolux EI30EF45QS
The Electrolux EI30EF45QS electric freestanding range has a lot going for it. Its sleek looks and versatile cooktop are definite crowd pleasers. The five cooktop burners includes two simmer burners, a warming zone burner, one normal burner, and one tri-ring burner that promises very tight temperature controls. As a result, between these five burners, they manage to cover a temperature range of 85°F-770°F, which is no joke. While boiling times are a bit slow (about six minutes to boil six cups of water), that’s to be expected on an electric range.
While the oven had no trouble perfectly roasting a pork loin, it had more difficulty when it came to baking cookies and cakes evenly. While the oven’s baking isn’t as even as we’d hoped, the oven has a built-in meat probe and hosts a number of useful cooking/baking modes such as Bake, Broil, Convection Bake, Convection Roast, Preheat, Slow Cook, Keep Warm, and Cakes & Breads. If you want very fine control when it comes to cooking with electric burners, look no further than the Electrolux EI30EF45QS.
- Five burners cover wide temperature range
- Includes built-in meat probe
- Roasts well
- Uneven baking
$2,198.10 from AppliancesConnection$2,449.00 from Home Depot
How We Tested
Hi there! We’re Cassidy Olsen and Valerie Li, Reviewed’s cooking product testers. As passionate food and beverage aficionados who have covered topics like meal kits, espresso machines, pressure cookers, microwaves, sous-vide immersion circulators, pod coffee makers, and popcorn poppers, we know what it takes to make a good kitchen appliance. Whether you’re finally replacing an old range or have always wanted to add a wall oven while renovating your kitchen, we’ve got your back.ADVERTISEMENT
Not only do we perform repeatable, lab-based tests on ovens, ranges, and cooktops, but we also do real-world evaluations. That means we can tell you which products will perform the best, will give you the most bang for your buck, or have the sleekest looks. For more information on how we test ovens, ranges, and cooktops, read on.
Burner Maximum/Minimum Temperature
For products with burners, we measure the maximum and minimum temperature of each burner. Once the burner is set to its minimum or maximum setting, we let it sit for five minutes. At the end of five minutes, we measure the temperature of each burner. Knowledge of the maximum and minimum temperatures of a burner can help consumers to identify which burners are ideal for simmering soup, and which burner can get hot enough to properly sear a steak.
A range or cooktop with multiple burners that can reach very high and/or very low temperatures will score well. If burners cannot reach very high or low temperatures—or if only one burner can do each task—scores will be lower.
One of the most common tasks for a range or cooktop is to boil a pot of water. For each burner, we take an appropriately sized pot, and fill it up halfway with distilled water. Then, we position a thermometer horizontally in the middle of the pot, and vertically in the middle of the water column. We monitor the thermocouple and record the time it takes for the temperature of the water to reach 212°F.
If the water hasn’t reached 212°F after 35 minutes, then we stop the test. Because the water volume is different for varying burner sizes, we score the water boil test on the rate of water boiling: Faster water boiling will result in higher scores, while slower water boiling will result in lower scores.
Using a stopwatch, we measure how long it takes for the oven to achieve a preheating temperature of 350°F. We stop the clock when the oven’s preheat indicator beeps.ADVERTISEMENT
Because no one wants to wait around forever, shorter preheating times result in higher scores, while longer preheating times result in lower scores.
One happy side effect of testing ovens is that there are always extra cookies lying around. In addition to being delicious, cookies double as a cooking/baking proxy for other thin food items, such as brownies or vegetables.
Those cookies started as twelve chunks of Pillsbury ready-to-bake sugar cookies, which we place on an ungreased cookie sheet in a grid formation. After preheating the oven to 350°F for 15 minutes, we place the cookie sheet in the oven on rack recommended by the manufacturer (or, if there is no recommendation, the middle rack) to bake for 15 minutes. We remove the cookies from the oven, and allow them to cool for 2 minutes.
We repeat the process if there’s a second oven, or if the range or oven comes with a convection option. Because convection is commonly used to bake or cook multiple food items simultaneously, we place two trays of cookies on the two racks recommended by the manufacturer.ADVERTISEMENT
After looking the cookies over, we determine how evenly baked they are, both within a baking sheet (regular baking mode and second oven baking mode) and between multiple baking sheets (convection bake mode). Because convection is generally a more efficient way of cooking or baking something, it is important that the multiple food items on different racks be cooked or baked to the same degree.
For all of our cookie tests, the more evenly baked the cookies are, the higher the score will be. If the product has a second oven and/or convection capabilities, then the cookie scores for those tests and the main oven test are weighted and combined to arrive at a final cookie score. This way, products with just a single, conventional oven are not penalized for their lack of a second oven or convection capabilities.
To understand how each product cooks meat products, we also use fresh, never-frozen pork loins in our testing. While we recognize that all natural products have variations that can affect test results, pork is exceptionally uniform. After placing the 3-4 lb boneless pork loin in a roasting pan, we place a temperature probe is placed in the middle of the pork loin. After preheating the oven to 325°F, the pork is placed on the rack recommended by the manufacturer, and cooks until the internal temperature probe reads 160°F, which is the minimum safe temperature for cooking most meat products.ADVERTISEMENT
We then remove the pork loin, let it sit for 10 minutes, and cut it into thirds so we can see how evenly cooked the pork loin is. An identical test is conducted if the oven has convection capabilities, using the Convection Roast option if available, or the standard convection mode if not.
One of the most common reader questions we get is whether a specific oven can get hot enough to actually cook a pizza. To answer this question, we place a batch of Pillsbury Classic pizza dough on a lightly oiled baking sheet, place a temperature probe in the dough, cover it with tomato sauce and cheese, and bake it at 500°F for 10 minutes. Between the temperature data and our own subjective assessment, we determine whether the oven is capable of cooking a pizza all the way through or not.
While we obviously go to great lengths to test the cooking/baking abilities of these cooking appliances, we also incorporate more subjective information into our overall assessment. For example, how easily can the cooktop surface accommodate multiple pots and pans? How easy is it to understand the control panel? How nice are the burner knobs or buttons? How loud is the preheat notification noise? We answer all of these questions and more in order to determine if there are any major drawbacks to the product that might not make it a good fit for most households.