Freestanding ranges have finished sides and can either slide into a space in your cabinetry or stand alone anywhere in your kitchen—hence the term ‘freestanding.’
Most freestanding ranges have a backguard that houses the controls. This allows for a more affordable design, but it can be annoying if you’re used to cooking on a slide-in, which has its controls in front of the cooktop.
Some freestanding ranges have front controls with a very similar look and feel to slide-in ranges. Front control freestanding ranges can easily replace an existing freestanding range, whereas with true slide-in ranges, the unfinished sides mean they need to be installed between cabinets.
1. GE Profile PB911SJSS
Best electric range overall
Type: Free-standing | Fuel: Electric | Oven Size: 5.3 cubic feet | Burners and power: 5; 3600, 2000, 1900, 1200, 80 W | Features: Power Boil element; convection oven; steam clean and self-cleaning cycle; Chef Connect | Storage Drawer: Yes | App Control: NoUS$1,088.99VIEW AT SEARSNo price informationCheck AmazonSee all prices (2 found)Streamlined lookFive burners of varying powerGreat cooking performanceSelf-cleaning ovenLimited connected features
For all-around great cooking and baking performance, you can’t beat the well-priced GE Profile FB911SJSS. It has five burners, ranging from a super-high one for quick boiling to an ultralow one for keeping a dinner plate warm. Although there are bigger ovens on the market, this 5.3-cubic-foot cavity will easily handle a large bird.
This range is beautifully finished, with all of the controls are on the touch screen on the backsplash for a clutter-free look. Its oven comes with three racks and heats exceptionally evenly so it will do a good job on the tough task of baking three sheets of oatmeal cookies at once. You can use the convection oven to bake a nice crust on loaves of bread or perfectly brown a roast beef. Overall, this is the best electric range you can buy.
2. GE JB645RKSS
Best electric range for those on a budget
Type: Free-standing | Fuel: Electric | Oven Size: 5.3 cubic feet | : | Features: Power Boil elements; self-cleaning cycle | Storage Drawer: Yes | App Control: NoUS$549.99VIEW AT SEARSNo price informationCheck AmazonSee all prices (2 found)Plenty of cooking powerSelf-cleaning ovenOnly two oven racks
The best electric range for budget shoppers will provide the basic functions at a good price. The GE JB645RKSS has everything that most cooks will need, including a self-cleaning oven. It has four burners, two of which have an impressive 3100W of power for when you’re trying to make spaghetti fast.
The 5.3 cubic-foot oven is plenty big enough for a turkey or several baking dishes but it has only two oven racks, which might be an issue when you’re really trying to crank out holiday cookies. Some users find the lack of a simple dial for setting the oven temperature an inconvenience, as the touch controls on the panel can be a little confusing. However, keep in mind that with electronic controls it’s easier to set a precise temperature, and you get a delay start feature.Advertisement
3. Samsung NE59M6850SS
Best electric range with double oven
Type: Free-standing | Fuel: Electric | Oven Size: 5.9/2.6 and 3.2 cubic feet | Burners and power: 5; 3000 (2), 1200 (2) W, warming burner | Features: FlexDuo oven; dual door’ convection oven; steam cleaning and self-cleaning cycle | Storage Drawer: Yes | App Control: YesUS$1,346.10VIEW AT SEARSNo price informationCheck AmazonSee all prices (2 found)Single oven can be split in twoFlex Door gives you access to just the top or the full ovenA little tricky to install the oven divider
Critics and users alike love the Samsung NE59M6850SS for its performance, stylish looks and flexibility. It sports five burners, including two high-power ones for quickly boiling water and one for keeping food warm. The Samsung SmartThings app lets you monitor the oven temperature and set a timer, but, for safety reasons, will not start the oven.
The highlight of this range is the oven, which can be used as one huge oven or two smaller ones by inserting a divider. If you are roasting a turkey, you get a whopping 5.9 cubic feet of space. When you’re baking a chiffon cake and broiling salmon at the same time, put the divider in and it becomes two ovens that can run at different temperatures — and, no, your cake won’t taste fishy! The dual door lets you open the door to the top one without opening the bottom, so your cake won’t fall when you check on the fish. Both ovens have convection systems to speed up cooking and still give your roast chickens a crispy skin. The only downside is that some people find it a little tricky to insert the divider.
4. LG LDE4415ST
Best electric range with two ovens
Type: Free-standing | Fuel: Electric | Oven Size: 4.3/3.0 cubic feet | Burners and power: 5; 3200, 3000, 1200 (2) 100 W | Features: Dual oven; convection oven; EasyClean; self-cleaning cycle | Storage Drawer: No | App Control: YesUS$1,799.99VIEW AT SEARSNo price informationCheck AmazonSee all prices (2 found)Dual ovens can cook independentlyFive burners give plenty of heating optionsExpensiveNo storage drawer
If your home often seems like a restaurant, then you’ll need an oven that can handle the constant output of food. The LG LDE4415ST has two ovens that can run independently, so you can cook two different items at different temperatures at the same time. On top there’s a 3.0-cubic-foot oven that’s great for pizzas and casseroles, while below there’s a larger, 4.3-cubic-foot one for roasts or multiple sheets of snickerdoodles. One thing to note: Unlike the Samsung FlexDuo model, you can’t combine these two ovens into one. While the LG’s bottom oven should accommodate all but the most monstrous of turkeys, you will have to bend to access it.
You also get five burners with power ranging from 3200W for quick boils to only 100W for keeping the pot roast warm. Both ovens have a 10-minute cleaning feature for light touch-ups, as well as a self-cleaning cycle. Do keep in mind that with this design you don’t get a storage drawer at the bottom.