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Most of us, regardless of our cooking ability, need a stove and an oven. If your community is one where electric stoves are the only option, it can be overwhelming to find the best cooking range since there are many possible permutations. Do you go for a slide-in? A freestanding? How should I choose a size? And what do all those watts per element mean? We're here to help.
The first decision is easiest since your kitchen cabinetry will either have space for a slide-in model or not. When it comes to size and features, think about how often and how much you cook. If you like getting creative in the kitchen and have a full cookware collection, you should invest in higher-end features like a built-in air fryer and flexible cooktop elements. If you prefer to eat out more and only use your kitchen for the basics, those same features would go to waste.
Whether you want a range that can connect to your Wi-Fi or a basic stove that gets it done, here are the best electric ranges on the market today.
Best Overall, Slide-In: GE Profile PSS93YPFS 30-Inch Smart Slide-In Electric Convection Range with Air Fry
What We Like: Air fry feature, Wi-Fi capability, flexible elements for different pot sizes
What We Don't Like: Pricey, issues with self-cleaning feature
With a smooth cooktop and glide touch controls, this GE Profile cooking range provides a modern clutter-free look. With a maximum 3,600-watt power boil element, the radiant stove features flexible sizes to match your pots and pans with the ability to synchronize two together for your griddle.
The oven features an advanced convection system that uses a third heating element and reversing fan to stabilize heat and air circulation. This results in effective and consistent performance for avid cooks. It also comes with a built-in air fryer (bonus!) which is an excellent option for making those mozzarella sticks or french fries, without taking up extra counter space for an extra appliance.
There's built-in Wi-Fi so you can control oven functions with GE’s SmartHQ app, and precision cooking modes in the oven, for cooking your food to perfection. Plus, this range also comes with that highly sought-after feature all cooks love: a self-cleaning mode.
Type: Slide-in | Cooktop: Radiant | Dimensions (LxDxH): 29.9 x 28 x 47 inches | Capacity: 5.3 cubic feet | Self Cleaning: Yes
Best Overall, Freestanding: LG LREL6323S 6.3 Cu. Ft. Smart Wi-Fi Enabled Fan Convection Electric Oven Range with AirFry
What We Like: Air fryer feature, Wi-Fi capability, 3200-watt element, large oven
What We Don't Like: Air fry tray sold separately, odd blue oven interior
Though a freestanding range doesn’t have a streamlined design like a slide-in range, it more than makes up for that with multiple functions in the LG LREL6323S. This comes with a few key features which you usually only find in high-end models, such as a built-in air fryer, convection cooking, flexible cooktop elements, and a special low-heat melt element for keeping sauces warm.
This model features LG’s ThinQ technology which allows you to use your smart device to plan your meal, check on your dishes remotely, and activate a timer by voice command. The best part is that it comes with a powerful 3200-watt cooktop element to deliver a fast boil. Another feature that cooks love is the 10-minute oven cleaning cycle technology. There's also a storage drawer so your most-used pans are within easy reach.
Type: Freestanding | Cooktop: Radiant | Dimensions (LxDxH): 30 x 28.9 x 46.5 inches | Capacity: 6.3 cubic feet | Self Cleaning: Yes
Best Budget: Amana AER6303MFS 4.8 Cu. Ft. Freestanding Electric Range
What We Like: Storage drawer, cooking presets, even heating
What We Don't Like: No self-cleaning function, no large burner
Affordability doesn’t mean you have to compromise in quality. Look at this Amana, for example. Sure, it may not come with all the frills of a more expensive range like a self-cleaner, but you still get a lot of offerings.
This 30-inch range has four burners: two 1200-watt elements and two 1800-watt elements for cooking power and flexibility. Though you do have to use knobs to adjust the heat, those are located on the back panel making it safer for kids and easier to clean. The slightly small oven does feature an extra-large window and features technology to evenly distribute heat. There are also preset temperature settings, which makes cooking even more convenient. Just select a temperature, and press start!
Other features include a large bottom storage drawer, an oven lock to prevent accidents, and a warm setting for when dinner's ready but you're not.
Type: Freestanding | Cooktop: Radiant | Dimensions (LxDxH): 29.9 x 27.75 x 46.9 inches | Capacity: 4.8 cubic feet | Self Cleaning: No
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Best Double Oven: LG LTE4815BD 7.3 Cu. Ft. Smart Electric Double Oven Slide-In Range with ProBake Convection
What We Like: 3200-watt element, Wi-Fi capability, flexible elements
What We Don't Like: Odd blue interior
With its double oven design and a powerful 3200-watt element, you can cook an entire meal in one go with the LG LTE4815BD. It has a very sleek design, with a smooth cooktop and seamless built-in look as a slide-in. You can easily transition from a 12-inch burner to a 6-inch one with the simple push of just one button on its angled glass controls.
With a total oven capacity of 7.3 cubic feet, you can create multiple dishes for your family and friends, utilizing the 4.3-cubic-foot lower oven and smaller 3.0-cubic-foot upper oven. Think souffle in the lower oven and a pizza in the upper oven. This LG also has the ProBake feature where the convection fan is placed at the back of the oven for even baking (no more slightly burnt apple turnovers!). The strong and versatile machine also uses voice control and artificial intelligence with Wi-Fi and ThinQ technology. Clean-up is efficient and easy, too.
Type: Slide-in | Cooktop: Radiant | Dimensions (LxDxH): 30 x 28.9 x 36 inches | Capacity: 7.3 cubic feet | Self Cleaning: No
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Best Splurge: KitchenAid KSEG950ESS 6.4 Cu. Ft. Downdraft Slide-In Electric Range
What We Like: Integrated ventilation, steam rack in oven, gliding racks, ADA compliant
What We Don't Like: Expensive, only four cooking elements
This high-end slide-in electric range from KitchenAid offers stellar performance. First, imagine not having to buy a separate hood for your range since this model comes with Downdraft, a ventilation system integrated right into the cooktop. The four elements, including a 3200-watt one, give you lots of flexibility on the cooktop. Though the panel controls are at the front of the cooktop, they face up so you don't have to worry about your kids accidentally turning on the stove.
The 6.4-cubic-foot oven has true convection cooking and bakers love its top-notch and consistent performance. You can also take advantage of its Steam Rack, which gives you the ability to add moisture to your oven during cooking, important for desserts like cheesecake. The range includes automatic convection conversion, leaving out that guesswork.
The oven's self-cleaning feature offers the option to use environmentally friendly steam with its AquaLift technology. It cleans your oven in less than an hour at a temperature below 200 degrees.
Type: Slide-in | Cooktop: Radiant | Dimensions (LxDxH): 29.8 x 28.9 x 36 inches | Capacity: 6.4 cubic feet | Self Cleaning: Yes
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Best for Small Kitchens: Summit Appliance REX2051BRT 20-Inch Electric Smooth-Top Range
What We Like: Gliding racks, flexible backguard, indicator lights for safety, ADA compliant
What We Don't Like: Lacks self-cleaning feature
Just because you are tight on space, doesn’t mean you don’t love to cook. You still may fancy a sleek oven range! So why not try this compact-size electric range by Summit Appliance?
This 20-inch range comes in an elegant black finish and has a versatile design with its removable 2-inch backguard, granting you the flexibility to install it as a freestanding or slide-in range. It has a smooth cooktop with four 1200-watt elements, though they only measure 6.5 inches wide. At 2.3 cubic feet, the oven cavity is big enough to prepare food for a couple of people and still features a window big enough to peer inside. It comes with slide-out oven racks, which can be adjusted in four different positions, and the broiler is easily accessible at waist height.
Type: Flexible | Cooktop: Radiant | Dimensions (LxDxH): 19.75 x 24.25 x 36.5 inches | Capacity: 2.3 cubic feet | Self Cleaning: No
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The air fry feature, flexible elements, and Wi-Fi connectivity give the GE Profile PSS93YPFS 30-Inch Smart Slide-In Electric Convection Range with Air Fry (view at Home Depot) a leg up over all other slide-in models. The LG LREL6323S 6.3 Cu. Ft. Smart Wi-Fi Enabled Fan Convection Electric Oven Range with AirFry (view at Lowe's) offers many of the same features in a freestanding model.
What to Look for When Buying an Electric Range
Freestanding or Slide-In
A freestanding range comes with finished sides and a backguard, a.k.a the panel featuring the oven controls, and can fit in pretty much anywhere in your kitchen. A slide-in is sleeker but must fit within a specific space in your cabinetry, to give it that seamless, built-in look. The controls are almost always on the front of a slide-in range. Though more expensive than a freestanding range, a slide-in looks more streamlined and is easier to clean. It can be safer to use, as you don’t have to reach over the elements to change the controls, but you may need to get a child stove guard.
Most cooktops are 30 or 36 inches wide, but you can also find smaller ones (20 inches) or wider ones (48 inches). The capacity of the oven will help determine the size of the range you want to buy. A standard range oven, for a freestanding or slide-in, is around 5 cubic feet. If you are going for a range with a double oven, the larger oven will be anywhere from 4 to 5 cubic feet, large enough for a 20-pound turkey, with the smaller one being 2 to 3 cubic feet.
In order to determine which size to purchase, and whether to buy a double oven range or not, you’ll have to consider how much you use your oven, do you need to feed a large household, and do you need to prepare a variety of meals at the same time (cookies on top, a roast chicken on the bottom). If you don’t intend to use your oven that much, it is best to go with a standard or small oven capacity.
A smooth cooktop has a tempered, ceramic glass top, and though it can scratch easily, they are much easier to clean and maintain than the old technology of exposed-coil elements. They vary in the number of elements and come with different levels of wattage. What is really great about smooth cooktops is they come with elements that have flex-width which provides you with the flexibility to choose the different sizes that match the circumference of your cookware. Most have expandable dual or triple elements that let you alternate between a large, high wattage element, to a smaller element within it.
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Shayma Owaise Saadat loves her electric slide-in range and has used myriad ranges over the years while teaching her Pakistani and Persian cookery workshops.
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