There are a lot of choices when you’re shopping for affordable gas ranges. A few years ago, features like convection, continuous grates, fifth center burner, and self-clean required an upgrade in price but now they are standard in most ranges.
In fact, the whole process of looking for a range has changed over the last 5 years.
We will look at different brands, the ranges, then compare. But first, let's answer what convection is and does.
Convection is a fan forced heat so more even temperatures are maintained in the oven.
In a regular oven, heat radiates from the bottom to the top so there is temperature disparity in different parts of the oven. The convection fan maintains the heat throughout the oven, so you bake more evenly.
We bake cookies every weekend at Yale on three racks to show convection. Each cookie has similar color and texture.
By the way, European or true convection is a third element which blows air from the back for the most even bake. It only exists in electric, not gas for an affordable range. BlueStar has true gas convection, but starts at $3,500.
Samsung is an innovative Korean company and the fastest growing appliance manufacturer. They are often the first ones onto the market with the latest and greatest including the recent Family Hub Refrigerator.
Samsung is a huge company that also produces electronics. You probably own their TV or cell phone.
Whirlpool is an American company that also produces appliances under the Jenn-Air, KitchenAid, Maytag, and Amana labels. The Whirlpool line is very similar to the Maytag models. Usually, the differentiating factor is the style.
Whirlpool will have a smooth, curvy look whereas Maytag (below) is geared towards being “rugged” with the round, knobbed handles, and bulky features. Amana is the budget brand for the company.
They are often placed in rental apartments and offer little to no features. Jenn-Air does not offer a freestanding range and KitchenAid we will review below.
KitchenAid is also owned by Whirlpool but has a different look than the rest of its sister brands. Instead of the black cooktop, KitchenAid goes with stainless which gives it an upscale look.
This line was recently overhauled to feature larger oven windows, improved features like Aqualift (a shorter self-cleaning cycle using steam) and red medallion capped, round handle that runs across the entire brand.
All of these ranges have very similar features like the continuous grates and fifth burners. The differences would be that, the Whirlpool model offers a warming drawer whereas the rest only has a storage drawer.
The Whirlpool, Maytag, and KitchenAid features the new Aqualift Steam which uses steam to clean the oven as opposed to the traditional self-clean in the other brands.
LG’s EasyClean feature is similar to Aqualift where you would spray the oven with water to produce steam. They all look similar as well.
KitchenAid would be the only that stands out from the crowd because of the stainless cooking surface.
Which Should You Buy?
LG’s blue interior is a nice touch but the overall features of the range are a little light. Samsung is a bit better.
The KitchenAid would be good choice aesthetically and they have some great packages with substantial rebates.
However, the Frigidaire would be the best value. It is also the only one in the group to offer a temperature probe, and Frigidaire is consistently one of the most reliable appliance brands.
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