Electric ranges have not changed over the years as much as you would think. In fact, they are pretty similar.
An electric range is still ceran glass over heating elements, but some of the features like a convection system, a warming drawer, and an added 5th burner make new electric ranges worth considering.
At a Glance
Induction or magnetic, electric heat, however, has completely changed with upscale brands like Wolf, Miele, Viking, Fisher & Paykel, and Dacor offering interesting new products and features.
You also will see bigger price differences when you consider different range types like front control and slide-in for aesthetics (you will see your kitchen backsplash) and then induction for performance.
Out of the 1000s of models available, you will see the 19 best covering freestanding, slide-in, and induction 30 and 36-inch ranges.
More manufacturers are marketing front control ranges than freestanding. We only recommend two freestanding ranges to consider right now.
We picked the best ranges by their features, prices, and most importantly, reliability. Our reliability statistics are based on our 34,687 service calls logged in 2018.
Most Popular Electric Ranges
Samsung NE59M4310SS - $529
- 5.9 cu. ft. Capacity - Cook multiple dishes at once or accommodate larger items
- Flexible Cooktop - Accommodates multiple pan sizes on 5 specialized elements with two dual elements
It's very similar to the range you probably now own. However, Samsung has a 5th burner and a convection oven. $629 is the lowest price for a convection range.
Samsung NE59N6630SS - $699
- 5.9 cu. ft. Convection Oven
- 5 Radiant Elements
- SteamQuick Self-Cleaning
- Proofing and Storage Drawer
- Stainless Steel
This range is nice looking. Samsung offers convection and various burners for the various pots and pans. It also has a 20-minute steam self-cleaning cycle rather than 3-hours.
It also has a convection oven, but the heating element is behind the fan rather than having a fan assist like the previous Samsung freestanding range for $629. The third convection element, known as true convection, is more precise for baking than having a fan assist.
Slide-In/Front Control Ranges
Samsung NE58F9500SS - $1,399
- Get a Sleek Customized, Built-in Look for Your Kitchen
- Premium Design with Illuminated Controls
- Extra-large Oven Allows you to Cook Multiple Dishes at Once
At $1,399, it's a pretty big jump from the best freestanding ranges to slide-in ranges to consider. However, the freestanding range at $699 is where the electric ranges stop in features. You do not have to pay more.
Samsung does promote heavily around holidays like Labor Day and Black Friday. At $1,399 a slide-in range with twin convection is considered inexpensive. Twin convection has a second fan while true convection has one.
KitchenAid KSEG700ESS - $1,799
- Even-Heat(TM) True Convection
- Steam Rack
- 6.4 Cu Ft. Oven Capacity
- 5 Cooking Elements Including a Warm Zone
- EasyConvect(TM) Conversion
- FIT Guarantee
- Storage Drawer
KitchenAid improved the look of their front control ranges to have an industrial look a few years ago. With this range, you have features like convection and a convection conversion button.
The convection conversion system allows you to easily convert your traditional recipes to convection by simply inputting the regular temperature and timing. Your range will convert the temperature automatically.
Samsung NE58K9850WS - $2,299
- 5.8 cu. ft. Capacity
This model is the best executed 2 oven range. Instead of a smaller permanent oven and a larger oven below, you have flexibility on this oven with a removable divider. Both ovens are also convection. You can also remove the divider for one big oven.
- 30" Range - Make a statement with our 30" full-depth range that offers the refined look of Jenn-Air(R) appliances while easily installing in a standard opening.
- Baking Drawer - Adding additional baking capacity, our baking drawer offers an array of options for cooking and entertaining and provides a convenient alternative to oven baking and roasting, while still giving you the option to keep food warm, proof bread and warm plates before serving.
- Telescoping Glide Rack - This roll-out rack lets you easily position and removes dishes.
- Soft-Close Door - Soft-Close technology lets the oven door close softly, quietly, securely.
- 6.2 Cubic-Foot Oven Capacity - Ideal for entertaining, this oven offers a generous capacity to cook multiple dishes at once.
- Rapid Boil Element - 3,200 watts of power boils liquid quickly, and the element's wide temperature range adds flexibility to simmer sauces and cook foods at low temperatures.
- Triple-Choice Element - Reaching a searing 3,000 watts, this versatile, three-tiered element accommodates a wide range of cookware sizes to match cooking needs with heating efficiency.
- 6-Inch Warm Zone Element - Keep your finished menu items warm until they are ready to be served, or while other items finish cooking, with this 100-watt element.
Jenn-Air like KitchenAid has a much larger oven capacity than the average by about 20% by placing the controls on the top and reducing the size of the bottom drawer. Have a big family? Then consider Jenn-Air.
Most Reliable Electric Ranges for 2019
|Service Qty||Shipped Qty||Service Ratio|
|Bosch - Benchmark||1||6||16.67 %|
|Bosch Appliances||15||105||14.29 %|
|LG Electronics||0||49||0.00 %|
|Grand Total||108||1391||7.76 %|
Electric ranges after hoods and grills are the most reliable appliances sold. It is repaired about 7.8% within the first year almost half the average of appliances at 14.3%.
Most reliable brands by percentage are Whirlpool, LG and Samsung.
Most Popular Induction Ranges
Pricing for April 2019
- Virtual Flame - Visual of gas cooking with the precision of induction cooking
- Slide-in Design - Modern and Sleek, Built-in Look
Samsung has a cool induction range. The top features LEDs emitting blue light, so you know the unit is on.
You also will have better baking with two convection fans as well.
Jenn-Air JIS1450DP - $2,969
- 30" Range
- Induction Technology
- 6.9 Cubic- -Foot Total Baking Capacity
- Baking Drawer
- Soft-Close Door
- Telescoping Glide Rack
- 6.2 Cubic-Foot Oven Capacity
- Glass-Touch Electronic Controls
- Sensor Boil
The Jenn-Air slide-in offers the largest cubic footage, convection, 5 burners, and separate baking drawer.
- True Convection
- Fast Preheat
- Meat Probe
- Warming Drawer
- Touch Control
- Recessed 8 Pass Broil Element
- Star-K certified. Temperature range: 100(degree) - 450(degree) F
- Large Capacity at 4.6 Cu Ft.
Bosch features auto chef which constantly monitors the burners for temperature. You also have convection and a warming drawer.
Premium Induction Ranges
Fisher & Paykel OR36SDI6X1 - $6,699
- Multi-shelf cooking
- Quality and durability
- Power & control
- Easy to clean
- Even heat
- Large capacity oven
Like GE, Fisher & Paykel is part of Haier. This range has every type of cooking mode including ones just for pizza and pastries. The 36-inch model has twin convection and a warming drawer as well. Fisher & Paykel adds a 5-year warranty.
However, that does not guarantee good service and qualified technicians...make sure you investigate who can fix sophisticated appliances before you buy them.
Miele HR1622I - $7,599
- M Touch controls and backlit precision knobs
- EasyClean Ceran surface with 4 variable induction cooking zones
- TwinPower Convection fans
- Moisture plus
- MasterChef and MasterChef Plus automatic programs
Miele will have the most intuitive controls of any cooking product. You just input the type of food and how you want it prepared, the oven will calculate time and temperature.
You also have steam assist for baking bread or hardening foods like the top of lasagna. You have 16 automatic recipes just for bread in this oven.
Wolf IR365PESPH - Call for pricing
- Incredible Control
- Flexible Cooking Surface
- Cookware sensing
- Dual convection for faster, more consistent cooking
- Cobalt blue porcelain interior
- Your choice of control knobs
- Convenient features
- 10 cooking modes for predictably delicious results
Wolf was the first with twin convection. Because each fan has its own thermostat, Wolf can keep better temperature. It is also available in 30 and 36-inch sizes.
Most Reliable Induction Ranges for 2019
|Service Qty||Shipped Qty||Service Ratio|
|Bosch Appliances||7||25||28.00 %|
|Bosch - Benchmark||11||20||55.00 %|
|Fisher & Paykel||3||4||75.00 %|
|Grand Total||97||340||28.53 %|
Induction ranges are serviced more than twice the average at about 28% up from 16.77% in 2017-2018. It's interesting because induction cooktops are reliable.
Many of the service calls are minor. One tip: You should place an induction range on a separate circuit or it becomes more prone to voltage spikes.
The performance of induction versus electric is still compelling and worth considering. I would advise an extended warranty, but those tend to create more aggravation as well.
Most reliable brand would be Samsung.
When Is The Best Time To Buy An Electric Or Induction Range?
As we have said throughout this blog, you should wait to buy appliances until there is a promotional holiday. Manufacturers always have the most heavily rebated appliances during the following holidays:
- Presidents' Day
- Memorial Day
- July 4th
- Labor Day
- Black Friday
How to Choose Between an Electric or Induction Range
You buy an electric range on features like convection, fifth burner, oven with warming drawer or two ovens. Then you buy for the style the front control/slide-in look better in a renovation.
Induction is the best performing cooking you can buy whether you boil or simmer. It's also the safest because it requires steel contact from a pan to activate, so your kids cannot turn on the induction stove by accident.
You want to look at style and reliability first before buying either. Slide-in and front control ranges compared to freestanding is a choice between style and price.
Slide-in ranges may look better, but they cost twice as much.
Reliability is also a huge factor when considering a new range. It helps you determine what brand to rely on. I wish people would pay attention more because appliance service is so wretched in many areas. After looking at reliability, consider the features you would use the most prefer to decide.
Freestanding vs. Slide-in
Freestanding ranges have the controls on the back while slide-in ranges and front control ranges have their controls on the front. Freestanding ranges will be less expensive with similar features. Slide-in ranges will look better because you can see your backsplashes.
Front Control vs. Slide-In
The ranges may look the same, but there is one crucial difference. You do not want to find this out on delivery.
Front control ranges can replace a 30-inch range.
Slide-ins are installed on the counter, so it is easier to clean without seams on the sides. However, slide-ins cannot fit an existing space without minor cabinet modification.
Why Choose Induction
Induction has changed the market for electric cooking. Induction cooking uses a magnetic heat, which excites the molecules in the metal pan to heat the food faster with an instant simmer response.
Induction is, in fact, faster than the hottest professional range and 30% more efficient. It's the most child-safe as well because the magnetic burners only turn on with metal pans.
Most high-end ranges are now sold as induction ranges.
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