The Best Electric Cooking Ranges For Kitchen of 2021
Gas ranges or stoves are the traditional choice and seem to be the golden standard for many homeowners and even professional chefs.
But what about electric ranges?
Most consumers looking to buy a range won’t look at electric ranges because of their reputation as being cheap and low-end, which couldn't be more untrue.
Electric ranges have come a long way and today shatter preconceived notions.
An electric range outperforms gas ranges in many ways.
Boiling a big pot of water to make pasta is faster on an electric cooktop, simmering a dish outpaces a gas range, and broiling produces a quicker response time, which refutes the idea that cooking with a flame on a gas range is more superior.
Bakers, meanwhile, choose electric ovens as they are superior in quality to a gas range when it comes to evenly bake desserts like chocolate chip cookies.
The Best Electric Stoves of 2021
- Frigidaire FFEF3054TW: Best Budget Freestanding Electric Range
- Samsung NE59M6850S: Best Freestanding Electric Range With Double Oven
- LG LSE4616: The Best Smart Electric Range
- Frigidaire FGEH3047VF: Best Electric Range with Air Fryer
- Whirlpool WGE745C0FS: Best True Convection Electric Range
- GE Cafe CHS900P2MS1: Best Slide-In Induction Electric Range
- Magic Chef MCSRE24S: Best Electric Range for Small Kitchens
- Viking RVER33015B: The Best Professional Electric Range
- Bosch HEI8056U 800 Series: The Best Upscale Range at an Affordable Price
- Wolf IR365TESTH: The Best Commercial-Grade Electric Induction Range
Frigidaire FFEF3054TW: Best Budget Freestanding Electric Range
The 30" freestanding electric range from Frigidaire is best in its class for being moderately priced and yet still comes with features that higher-priced models have.
The oven is 5.3 cubic feet, and the cooktop has 5 heating elements.
You can use all elements at once to cook multiple dishes. The 3,000-watt element makes cooking faster a cinch. The largest element, at 12,” allows you to cook with larger pots and pans.
The large window, typically found in higher-priced models, allows you to check on your food without having to keep opening the oven door.
Samsung NE59M6850S: Best Freestanding Electric Range With Double Oven
This freestanding 30” wide electric range is the best because of its versatile oven. You can use the 5.9 cubic feet oven as one big oven. It’s capable of roasting a large turkey.
But what steals the show is that you can divide the oven into two smaller ones by simply inserting a divider.
For even more convenience, you can set both divided ovens at different temperatures. And both have convection capabilities to speed up cooking.
There are five burners and, like other Samsung ranges, they come with their own apps that allow you to monitor oven temperatures. You can also set a timer.
LG LSE4616: Best Smart Electric Range
This induction cooktop with a dual-speed convection fan has features you often only find in top-of-the-line ranges.
According to our research, the one feature that electric range buyers can’t live without is a self-cleaning mechanism. This LG has two. A steam function cleans the oven in ten minutes. And there’s a pre-cleaning option for tougher cleaning jobs.
But the LG SmartThinQ technology is what sets this electric oven apart. This tech allows you to give commands to Alexa and Google Assistance, as well as many other advanced speaking devices.
Many other ranges have Wi-Fi capability, but this one has more options, easily making it a top product for connectivity.
Using the app allows you to adjust settings, monitor energy efficiency, enable self-cleaning and operate cooking options remotely.
The app also gives you oven status updates.
And if your LG gets wonky, the app has a built-in troubleshooter where you can send status updates to LG’s customer service and receive remote assistance.
Frigidaire FGEH3047VF: Best Electric Range with Air Fryer
When Frigidaire released ranges with air fry a few years back, it became a popular option for those who like to eat fried food like fried chicken but without all the oil it takes to cook it.
The first range on the market to include air fry right in the oven, the Frigidaire air fry works by circulating hot air inside your oven at a high speed using the convection fans. Food is cooked faster and gives you that crispy, fried layer that you find on fried food.
The result is comfort food without the guilt. Since you aren’t using oil, air fried food contains less hydrogenated oils and harmful trans fats.
With air fry you can make more than chicken wings, onion rings, tater tots and other foods that require a lot of oil to cook them.
For example, you can fry veggies—from zucchini to squash—to put a spin on boring boiled broccoli for dinner. But no matter what the food, you’ll get that golden look and that crispy crunch that rivals stovetop frying.
Whirlpool WGE745C0FS: Best Freestanding True Convection Electric Range
We’ve picked this range with 6.7 cu. ft. oven capacity because it’s the best freestanding range with true convection.
The true convection allows you to cook foods faster by using a third element plus a fan to distribute hot air evenly.
The smooth top has the elements you need.
There’s a rapid-heating element for boiling water fast, two 9” and 12” elements to match the size of your pots and pans and, best of all, a 6” low-heat element that finally allows you to make confections and sauces without worrying they’ll get burned. The high and low heat allows for better energy management.
Whirlpool’s “SteamClean” allows you to clean the oven quickly by saturating sticky and hard-to-clean messes with water. And the ceramic glass cooktop is a cinch to clean.
GE Cafe : Best Slide-In Induction Electric Range
Induction cooktops are expensive, as we noted. The GE Cafe Induction is no exception.
But if you want the best induction range and are willing to pay a little extra, this is it.
In other words, if cooking performance is what you’re looking for, the GE range’s induction cooktop is faster, safer and more responsive than regular radiant-electric ranges.
The Cafe Induction and Convection cook efficiently without heating up the whole kitchen and does it while looking good. Indeed, much of the appeal for this range is its sleek design and customizable hardware.
With its 11" 3,700-watt element, rare power and precision are offered with this range as well as a touch-screen for your convection oven.
Magic Chef MCSRE24S: Best Electric Range for Small Kitchens
If you have a small kitchen, the 24” Magic Chef is perfect for you. You don’t have to sacrifice important features just because you have little space.
Unlike other ranges in this price point, the 2.2. cubic feet oven with a smooth ceramic cooktop has a plethora of cooking modes.
Convection cooking is the highlight. But there is also bake, pastry bake, low broil, high broil, fan grill, and defrost modes.
If style is what you want, the stainless-steel range has a mirror glass finish for a sophisticated high-end look.
There are also 2 oven racks that are adjustable at five levels.
The only thing missing that sticks out is a self-cleaning oven. This one is manual.
Viking RVER33015B: Best Professional Electric Range
If you have money to burn and are looking for a professional range that rivals those in restaurants, the Viking electric range is for you.
Brought to you by the folks who introduced professional cooking to the home, this 4.1 cubic feet oven trophy range has one of the largest convection fans in the industry. The two-speeds make the fan move in both directions to maximize airflow.
Viking’s “QuickCook” Surface Elements uses technology to reach full power in around three seconds.
The oven can cook multiple foods at once and can fit a large turkey.
The self-cleaning oven makes for easy cleaning, using the strongest heat to burn away anything stuck on the recesses of the oven.
The preheat system means shorter times for the oven to be fully ready for cooking.
In other words, the oven is ready when you are.
But we saved the best for last. Sick of the ubiquitous stainless steel? This range comes in 17 colors. There’s blue, red, hunter green, cyprus green and more. Each costs $4,749.00.
The standard stainless steel is the cheapest model at $3,999. And the color white is the most expensive, priced at $5,159.00.
Now you can have contrast in your kitchen. Or buy this Viking with a color that complements your cabinets.
The only thing this Viking lacks is a power cord to make the range work.
Bosch HEI8056U 800 Series: Best Upscale Electric Range at an Affordable Price
Bosch is known for its professional-grade appliances. Because of the name, and because you get more features in each of their products, you will probably pay $2500 and up to $4,000 for an electric range.
However, the Bosch 800 series range has a more affordable price to compete with similar ranges. But its upscale look, construction and design makes this slide-in look pricey.
Details like genuine European convection, glass touch control, sturdy hardware like heavy-duty, metal burner knobs, self-cleaning mode and a warming drawer mimic a luxury range. Especially the slide-in feature which offers a flush, built-in look.
Wolf IR365TESTH: Best Commercial Grade Electric Induction Range
If you cook a lot and like the options available in commercial ranges designed for restaurant kitchens, this 36-inch induction range with 5.3 cu. ft. from Wolf will give you the high-end features and appearance that rival the commercial ones.
At around $10,000, here’s what you’d come to expect from a Wolf appliance.
The range is built to last and is made with premium-grade materials.
The oven has dual fans with their own heating element and two additional heating elements to control the airflow and to maintain the heat. Thus, there are no “cold spots,” just consistent and even cooking or baking.
The induction cooktop, which gives you a high and low end control, has a four-zone induction booster to make boiling and searing faster. And it boils water faster than gas.
A bridge feature allows you to transform two burners into one large burner, which we haven’t seen before.
Also unique is the control panel that rotates out of sight when not in use, giving off a streamlined look.
Other features include temperature probe alerts, self-cleaning and delayed start.
Control knobs can be customized. You can have red, black or brushed stainless control knobs.
How We Decided
We’ve looked at electric ranges in every style and price to find ten standouts. We’ve poured over many blogsites to see which ranges they recommend in top five or top ten rankings.
The Good Housing Institute was influential in helping us find the best of the best, Consumer Reports allowed us to narrow down the playing field and Manhattan Center for Kitchen and Bath gave us some inciteful tips.
The reviews on Digital Trends turned out to be an outstanding resource for our research.
Of the many sites we looked at, a few stand out: Appliance Connection, HGTV, Reviewed, Designer Appliances, Tom’s Guide, The New York Times, New York Times’ Wirecutter, the Spruce and HealthyKitchen101.
Important Considerations in Choosing an Electric Range
But finding a range that suits you is a difficult process. If you live in a location without natural gas services, then you can eliminate gas ranges and narrow down your search a bit by looking at only electric ranges.
Where do you go from there? There are so many electric ranges to choose from. You need to keep in mind your price point, the aesthetics or style, and the features.
Do you need a low-heat burner that’s great when you’re simmering food? Is it worth the cost to pay a little more for a self-cleaning oven?
Finally, how do you compare ranges to see which one is better?
We’re here to help. Here is all you need to be able to make a wise and educated decision.
And we’ll follow up with a top ten list of the best electric ranges on the market.
What's the Difference Between a Range and a Stove?
The first thing you need to know about electric ranges is the terminology, which leads to the misuse of words.
What does it exactly mean when you say “range,” “cooktop,” “stove” and “oven,” “burners” and “elements?”
A cooktop refers to the flat surface used for simmering, boiling, and frying.
A stove is the same thing as a cooktop.
Burners refer to gas ranges and elements refer to electric stoves.
A range refers to both a cooktop and an oven, and both come combined to become a single kitchen appliance.
Cooking Ranges by Different Fuel Type
When shopping for a cooking range you'll notice that there are a number of choices when it comes.
Kitchen ranges are divided into three categories: Gas, Electric, and Dual Fuel.
Gas and electric are fairly explanatory, but dual fuel is a emerging popular choice for home cooks who want benefits of both gas and electric.
In dual fuel, the cooktop is a traditional gas, whereas the oven is completely electric and usually with convection features.
Even with gas cooking ranges, you'll need to select between traditional/natural gas and propane; and with electric between traditional and induction.
Electric vs. Gas Ranges
The electric range comes with a stove below the surface of the cooktop. It uses electric power rather than gas to heat and cook food.
Electric has a smooth finish with a glass-ceramic surface.
Gas stoves have raised visible burners and rings as well as grates to set the pots on.
The heat output from electric cooktops is measured in watts. Generally, the output varies, but in most cases, it falls on 1,200 watts for low heat on a small burner.
Gas stovetops are often more expensive than electric ranges and are also often used by professional cooks and chefs because of how uniform the heat output is (although induction is a growing alternative)
The bottom of the range emits an open flame and the output of heat is measured in BTUs (British thermal units). The general output is 5,000 BTUs for low heat on a mid-sized range and 18,000 BTUs for high heat on a larger cooktop.
In short, the higher the BTU capacity of a gas burner, the hotter the burner can get.
There are More Bonus Features Available on Electric Ranges
Electric ranges also come with extra features.
Unlike gas stoves that have warming drawers as their only special feature, electric ranges also have that in addition to grills, fans, lights, and the ability to use induction and conduction to cook your food.
Other features include heat indicators, high-quality knobs or digital controls and self-cleaning options.
Specifically for ovens, you’ll jump in price if you select models with better viewing windows, brighter interior lighting and temperature probes that announce to homeowners when your turkey has finally finished cooking.
Electric Ranges Can Offer High-Tech Features
Newer ranges have Wi-Fi and Bluetooth incorporated into their ovens and stoves.
This means you can control your electric range from your smartphone. For example, you can be at the grocery store and you can preheat your oven before you come home.
An example is that GE produces Wi-Fi-connected ranges that work with Alexa and Google Assistant, which means you can give voice commands to control your appliance in the same way you can talk to your smartphone or smart TV.
Two features that are significant in cost but will add to the performance of your range oven is a convection heating fan and a single or double oven.
The more features, the more the cost, so choose what you want based on your cooking needs.
Electric Ranges Usually Have a Sleeker Design
Now that you know what functions you need, be sure to pick a range that suits your style or looks appealing. An attractive stove can improve the overall look of your kitchen and also can stand as a statement piece.
If you add a custom hood and ensure that your finishes on your appliances match or compliment your stove, then your kitchen will have that high-end stream-lined look that is often sought after.
The easiest way to create cohesion is buying all your appliances in stainless steel, which continues to sell well.
According to Consumer Search, now that stainless steel appliances are ubiquitous, they have dropped in price significantly and are now affordable.
Different Styles of Electric Stovetops
Besides gas, there are three different types of stoves: open coil, smooth top radiant electric, and smooth top induction.
Electric Open Coil
Electric coil stoves convert the electricity that runs into the coil into heat. But the coils are hard to get level, which can lead to uneven cooking or food cooking in a pan that may slide to one side. If you’re not really paying attention, you’ll have even more unbalanced cooking.
Spiral coil plates are a thing of the past. They don’t conserve energy as much as stove tops with a finished ceramic glass top. And the coils and the surfaces around them are difficult to clean. In addition, the exposed heat is definitely not safe.
Another drawback is that the electric coil stove is slow to heat and even slower to cool.
The major benefit of the electric coil stove is that they are low in cost in comparison to other models.
Consumers only buy an electric open coil when they can’t afford other stovetops.
Electric Smooth Top
These cooktops are made of smooth tempered glass-ceramic with the heating units or coils under the surface. This range allows for a smooth and sleek cooking surface. Electric stoves tend to heat faster and maintain low heat better than gas burners.
Because the surface is completely flat, unlike a gas range, this range cleans up easily. But the drawback is that the cooktop is easy to scratch and you have to use special cleaners so as not to scratch the surface.
Electric Induction Cooktops Vs. Conventional Cooktops
Induction cooktops also have glass-ceramic surfaces and use powerful magnets installed beneath to cook your food.
The magnets produce a magnetic field, and if you place iron cookware on the surface, the magnet converts to heat and heats your iron cookware.
The prevailing consensus is that induction is more efficient and, in comparison to other burners, it produces heat quickly, thereby lessening your cook time. For example, it takes only six minutes to boil a large pot of water.
But there are also downsides. You need special cookware designed to be used on the surface of an induction cooktop. These must be made of compatible materials, such as iron and steel.
Flat-bottomed pots and pans work well with induction.
Cookware made with copper, aluminum and some forms of stainless steel don’t because they can’t produce a magnetic field.
Unsure? Here’s a tip. Get a magnet and place it on or in your cookware. If the magnet sticks, then you can use your cookware on an induction cooktop.
Another downside is that induction cooktop ranges are very expensive in comparison to electric or gas ranges.
Electric stoves provide consistent heat, no matter what wattage you are cooking with. In addition, it keeps food warm and can simmer food for longer periods of time.
In terms of deciding on the cooking power of electric ranges, you need one that works on both a high level and a low level.
Sure, your range at a high heat will boil water fast, but you also need a lower heat source that can cook more delicate dishes without burning them. For example, if you’re melting chocolate, you need a low-temperature cooktop.
In addition, certain models offer induction as a cooking method. Like a traditional electric stove, it also allows for consistent, even cooking and also uses less energy.
What are the Main Range Styles?
An electric range comes in three main designs.
A “freestanding” range, also known as a traditional range, has finished sides and can either stand alone anywhere it fits in your kitchen or can slide into a space in your cabinetry. Thus the term “freestanding.”
The freestanding range has the controls on the backsplash panel, which means there is an unsightly strip or bar that you have to look at every time you cook.
Freestanding ranges also don’t look seamless and interferes with the backsplash. But having the controls in the back are great for families who have children. Their placement is hard for young ones to reach.
A “slide-in” range lacks finished sides because they are meant to be pushed into a dedicated space.
The slide-on looks better than a freestanding because it appears to be integrated or built-in into the range area in a seamless way.
Thus, the slide-in comes with trim that fills the space between the range and your countertops.
Also, slide-ins are popular because you can see your backsplash without looking at your range’s back guard.
The controls are on the front, and the slide-in looks more professional than a freestanding, which is why they are more expensive in comparison to other ranges.
A slide-in is safer to use because, in comparison with a free-standing, you don’t have to reach over the stove to be able to use the controls.
Like a slide-in, drop-in ranges have that built-in feel because it fits neatly into existing cabinetry.
However, they often lack a warming drawer beneath the oven.
Because they are supposed to sit snugly in your kitchen, they tend to be even more expensive than a slide-in.
What is a Convection Oven Vs. a Conventional Oven?
You may think that an electric oven is just an oven heated by electrical elements, however, convection-style ovens have actually become the norm.
In a convection oven, the hot air is circulated and pushed around the oven by an internal fan to make sure heat distribution is even throughout.
Whereas, in a conventional electric oven, a heating element radiates heat from a stationary point.
What is the Benefit of a Convection Oven?
Used by professional kitchens for decades, convection ovens allow food to be cooked evenly throughout the oven. It's more energy-efficient, quicker at baking/roasting, and browns better.
It's ideal for roasts and for baking, it's great for cookies and pastries.
What it isn't good for is baking cakes, souffles, breads, or any other dish that can deflate when air is added to the cooking process.
Although the primary benefit of any convection oven is how it bakes, convection is also worthwhile to look into because it can reduce your oven’s energy costs by up to 20% per month.
Convection itself comes in three different grades.
With the fan in the back of the oven, it draws the air in and sends it back into the oven.
There is an additional heating element around the fan. The result is even heat and a shorter cooking time.
A dual convection oven trumps the true convection oven because there is not one but two fans in the back. Dual convection increases the efficiency of the oven even more.
Here, the heat is more even than true convection and does a better job of cooking food in an even faster way.
With a dual convection, you have the option to use one or two fans, and is known as a baker’s favorite because it’s able to cook delicate pastries without burning them.
However, dual convection ranges come with a hefty cost to match.
Fan convection is the simplest oven, with an affordable cost that starts at $600.
Here, the fan is once again in the back and is known for decreasing hot and cold spots.
Double Ovens and Single Ovens
Single ovens have a storage drawer for pans and cooking and baking sheets on the bottom of the range.
Double ovens are preferred because they allow you to cook at two different temperatures at the same time.
You can roast a turkey in one oven and bake yams or cookies in the other.
The upper oven is typically slimmer than the bottom oven. The bottom oven is almost the same size as a full-size oven.
Most oven compartments have a typical range capacity between five and six cubic feet. You can fit a twenty-six-pound turkey, which is as big as it gets.
A typical wall oven is around three cubic feet, so if you want to roast that turkey, its best to use the oven that comes with the range.
With the double oven, the larger of the two would be between four to five cubic feet and be capable of cooking your twenty-pound turkey.
How Much Does an Electric Range Cost?
Electric ranges generally costs less than gas ranges.
But if you add more features, an electric range can be similar in price to a gas stove.
If you’re interested in newer technologies like convection ovens and induction cooktops, expect to pay a premium for them.
In general, expect to pay $350 for an entry-level electric range (it will probably come with a manual cleaning oven) and up to $2,000 or more for a stainless-steel range with convection heating.
Electric Range Prices
Here's a broad view of what to expect in different price ranges:
$500 - $1,000: The basic range. You probably can’t get a stainless-steel finish.
$1,000 - $3,000: More features. Stainless-steel finishes.
$3,000 - $6,000: Even more features, like a dual-fuel power, a slide-in design and convection fans.
$6,000 - $10,000: Mimics professional-grade ranges. True stainless-steel and not just a finish on doors and control panels. Six or more burners.
At this price point, you have more color options and finishes.
More than $10,000: Compares to commercial ranges designed for restaurant kitchens. These ranges are generally considered luxury appliances and fully customizable.
Choosing the Right Size Cooking Range
When picking out an electric range, size should be the most important factor.
Before you start shopping, you need to measure the width and height of the space where your range will fit.
Calculating the width is the main thing that matters.
The size of ranges on the market has different widths, which start from 20” and goes up to around 40”. But the standard size range is 30” and 36.”
Almost all ranges (the exception is the drop-in range) have the depth of 36.”
That’s because the depth of kitchen cabinets and kitchen counter heights are virtually the same across the board.
Most kitchens are already available to accommodate the 30” width.
And with this type of construction, it’s easy to install a matching 30” standard vent. Or you can put a microwave above the range.
With the 36” width, we’re talking about a higher cost price point. This range is perfect for those who need space, as the 36” has larger ovens and more cooking surfaces on the stovetop.
Larger-Size Electric Ranges
When you go up to 40,” we’re talking about being knee-deep in the professional range category.
Most range buyers will probably go for the “traditional” range, the 30” with 4-5 burners.
Those with small kitchens or tight spaces have to resort to smaller ranges. The next size below the 30” is the 24” range, which is usually found in apartments where the kitchen is on the small size.
Those who cook a lot and have a good-sized kitchen may opt for larger models.
In addition, if they have the funds, they will opt for ranges with more oven space, extra oven racks, and even more burners.
It’s not going to cost a lot if you place your new range in the space where you kept your old range.
But it will if you remodel and put the range in another spot in your kitchen.
Electric Ranges by Different Heating Source
To make matters even more complicated, the heat source differs on various models among electric cooking ranges.
The majority of ranges use radiant heat, which transfers its energy directly to the burner.
Newer models feature halogen heat, which has greater heat distribution for more even cooking. Right now, halogen ranges are chosen for exactly that feature.
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