At a Glance
- How To Choose A Range
- Most Popular Electric Ranges
- Most Popular Induction Ranges
- Most Popular Premium Induction
- Which Range Should You Buy?
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 warming burner make new electric ranges worth considering.
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 and safety.
Before you look at any ranges, you should know their differences and how to choose a range.
How To Choose A Range
Range Learning Station at Yale Appliance in Hanover
Out of the 1000s of models available, you will learn 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 three 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 35,256 service calls logged in 2019.
Differences Between Freestanding, Slide-In, And Front Control Ranges
These ranges are different in appearance, but there is a big difference in price.
Let me describe each and then show you what is less for you to buy:
A Slide-in range has controls on the front, and the cooktop sits over the counter. It’s much easier to clean because there are no seams between the cabinet and the range.
Front control has the controls on the front but fits in a 30-inch space. You have the seams on either side.
The difference between front control and a slide-in is the installation. Slide-ins fit over the cabinet, whereas freestanding does not.
Typically people buy slide-ins for new construction and front controls to replace a regular 30-inch range.
Both look the same, so be careful before you buy.
Now the least expensive type of range is freestanding. These ranges are the most popular and have the controls on the back versus the front on the other two types.
These ranges can have similar features, but freestanding is the least expensive of the three.
Induction Vs. Electric
As I said in the beginning, electric hasn’t changed much since the glass top became popular in the 1990s.
Induction is more recent. It uses magnetic heat and is fastest to boil, even faster than pro gas, quickest to simmer, and is the most child safe.
Induction bypasses the glass surface and excites the metal in your pan with the pan cooking the food. With electric, the glass has to heat first.
Electric Range Reliability For 2020
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Electric ranges are the most reliable single appliance at 4.54% versus 13.1% for the industry in general. Samsung and GE are the best. Whirlpool is sold mostly to builders.
Induction Range Reliability For 2020
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|Fisher & Paykel||4||12||33.33%|
Induction is a different story. It's strange because induction cooktops are so reliable. However, most of the range problems are surge related. This range takes the full 50 amps.
Once you know the style and electric versus induction, picking an electric range is about features and price.
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
Most Popular Electric Ranges
- 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. $499 is the lowest price for a convection range.
- 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.
- Electronic touch controls
- Chef Connect
- True European Convection with Precise Air
- Fifth element warming zone
- Self-clean with Steam Clean option
GE has always been strong in cooking in general. You have a larger 12-inch burner, and True convection so it is blown in through the back for even more consistent baking.
GE is also Wi-Fi-enabled, so you can control the features remotely through an App on your phone.
Samsung Slide-In Range NE58F9500SS - $1,299
- 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 $1,299, it's a pretty big jump from the best freestanding ranges to slide-in ranges to consider. However, the freestanding range at $999 is where the electric ranges stop in features. You do not have to pay more.
At $1,299 a slide-in range with twin convection is considered inexpensive. Twin convection has a second fan while true convection has one.
KitchenAid Slide-In Range KSEG700ESS - $1,699
- 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 Slide-In Range NE58K9850WS - $2,199
- 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.
Most Popular Induction Ranges
- 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.
- Glide touch controls
- 11" 3700-watt induction element
- Two 8" 2500-watt synchronized elements
- Anywhere control with remote notifications
- Chef Connect
- Never-scrub oven racks
- True European Convection with Precise Air
GE has a ton of cooking possibilities and modes like Proof (baking breads), warming and even menu options for frozen foods like pizza and other frozen snacks.
GE connects with every online platform Alexa, Google, even Digorno (not a joke).
- 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.
You should consider Jenn-Air for two reasons: Their huge oven capacity and their package rebates with other appliances.
- True European Convection with Precise Air
- Double Oven
- Warming Zone
- Self-Clean with Steam Clean Option
- Wi-Fi Connect
Café Appliances is an interesting double oven. You have Wi-Fi like the others plus two separate ovens and a warming drawer below.
You can also accent the handles in copper and brass as well as stainless as well as buy in a few different finishes (try white copper, fellow Bostonian).
Premium Induction Ranges
Fisher & Paykel Range OR36SDI6X1 - $6,799
- 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 Range HR1622I - $7,999
- 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 your lasagna. You have 16 automatic recipes just for bread in this oven.
Wolf Range IR365PESPH - $9,800
- 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 and can turn on/off separately, Wolf can keep better temperatures than other convection ranges. It is also available in 30 and 36-inch sizes.
Which Range Should You Buy?
Features are less expensive than the type of range and whether you are considering electric or induction. Convection, fifth burners, and even Wi-Fi are not huge price increases.
A freestanding electric range is dependable and affordable. The slide-in and front control ranges look better because you can see your backsplashes.
Slide-on and front control ranges along with counter depth refrigerators are simple ways to improve the overall look of your kitchen without spending a fortune.
The induction will perform appreciably better than electric. You will be able to boil faster and simmer instantly. It is the most child safe and allows for a smaller vent.
So it depends on your budget, what you want your range to look like, and how you want it to perform.
Download the Yale Induction Cooking Buying Guide with features, specs, and inside buying tips every induction cooktop and range from Wolf, Thermador, Frigidaire, Electrolux, Jenn-Air, Bosch, and more. Well over 700,000 people have read a Yale Guide.
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