The five best electric smoothtop ranges for 2019? Let’s get started.
Any decent range will have, at a minimum, a 2,400-watt power burner, but you can expect up to 3,300 watts on nicer models. The stronger burners heat up your cookware faster, so you’ll save a couple of minutes waiting for water to boil or for a pan to get hot enough for a good sear. Most readers have told us that they prefer to have the strongest burners in the front row of the cooktop for easier access, and a few manufacturers have told us their own research shows that most stove-buyers have the same preference. But we’ve heard from a few people who would rather have one strong burner in the back row, so that they can boil water where kids can’t reach the pot.
Most ranges have a 1,200-watt simmer burner and a low-wattage “keep warm” zone where you can hold or melt without risk of scorching anything.
Flex-width elements are pretty common. They add some flexibility by allowing you to choose between two or three different element “sizes” to match the width of the pot or pan you’re using.
Any stove that costs more than $600 should have a smooth-top surface. These are much easier to clean than exposed-coil elements. They look sleeker and make it easier to work with large pots and pans. (However, this type of surface does scratch more easily.)
We strongly prefer cooktops that you can control with movable, physical dials rather than buttons, because they’re just easier and more responsive.
1) Cafe CES700P2MS1 30″ Slide-In Electric Range
Cafe is GE’s high-end appliance imprint company, and their 30″ slide-in tops our list of electric ranges for a reason. It not only boasts high-end power and cooking ability, but also luxurious visual style and features to boot. The edge-to-edge glass cooktop is sleek and streamlined, featuring a Power Boil heating element for fast boiling of water. In the oven, you’ll enjoy True European Convection with Precise Air that’s designed to evenly heat food for world-class baking and roasting.
As with most high-end appliances these days, this Cafe model is also highly connected. It allows you to sync with your favorite digital assistant device or smartphone to remotely control your range.
2) Frigidaire Professional FPEH3077RF 30″ Electric Range
Frigidaire’s name might conjure thoughts of old-fashioned and outdated appliances, but there’s nothing old-fashioned about this high-end range. Featuring 5 burners, two of them linked for griddle or large pan cooking, the FPEH3077RF also features PowerPlus Convection cooking, a built-in temperature probe, Frigidaire’s unique PowerPlus preheat function for lightning-fast preheating, and additional luxury features like smudge-proof stainless steel and PowerGlide racks that slide out to make accessing hot dishes easy and safe.
3) Samsung NE59R6631SS
This Samsung model might seem straightforward, but it’s backed up by Samsung’s commitment to quality and high-tech features that make this a smart choice for any home kitchen. It’s also reasonably priced, making it accessible for more homeowners without breaking the bank. It features five heating elements, a 5.9 c. ft. large capacity oven, convection cooking, self-cleaning mode, rapid boil capabilities, and a stainless steel finish for a contemporary look. Overall, it’s a great budget option for an electric range.
4) Bosch HEI8056U 800 Series 30″ Slide-In Range
Bosch is a highly respected brand in the world of appliances, and this impressive electric range makes it easy to see why. It’s slide-in design eliminates the back panel for a seamless look in your kitchen, and it features elements t hat can be switched between 6″ and 9″ diameter. 11 specialized cooking modes make gourmet cooking easy, while convection cooking and fast preheat times make your oven as flexible as you need it to be. Overall, this is a high-quality entry from Bosch in the world of electric ranges.
5) GE JB860SJSS 30″ Free-Standing Double Oven Range
Occupying the midrange of price but offering high-end features, this GE 30″ double oven allows you cook two different meals at once. And with five cooktop burners, one of them designed for fast-boiling power, you’ll have all the cooking flexibility you need. When it comes to style, this model is available in six distinct color patterns, including stainless steel, and you’ll love the sleek black gloss interior of the oven (and its built-in self clean feature.