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Best Inexpensive (Cheap) Electric Ranges For 2020 (Reviews / Ratings / Prices)

Steve Sheinkopf  |  March 17, 2020  |  3 Min. Read

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Right now could be the worst time to replace any appliance. Although I am writing this during the Coronavirus (Covid-19), any time is tough for an unforeseen expense, not just now.

For electric ranges, you do not have to spend a fortune to buy a good product.

In this article, you will learn how to buy inexpensive products without sacrificing features and reliability.

You will see reliability stats based on 35,256 service calls plus brands and products worth considering.

First, let’s talk about when to buy. Then we will look at the best features to look for in an electric range.

How To Buy An Electric Range

electric-freestanding-ranges-at-yale-appliance-in-hanoverFreestanding Electric Ranges at Yale Appliance in Hanover

 

The Best Time To Buy An Electric Range

There is the best time to buy an appliance. Wait for a holiday to save 10-35%. Here are the best times: Presidents Day, Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day and Black Friday.

Black Friday is now all of November. The others are usually two weeks in that month.

Features

Coil Vs Ceran Top

Coil tops aren’t widely purchased anymore. Ceran tops are much easier to clean and are about the same price.

You won’t typically save much money if any by choosing a coil. The ceran will wear better, because the elements are protected by a thick piece of glass.

Stainless Vs Black and White

yale-framingham-freestanding-rangesStainless Steel, Black, and White Electric Range Finishes at Yale Appliance

 

You will save some money by buying black or white. However, the difference isn’t that big because stainless is so popular and marketed.

You should stay away from designer finishes like the more expensive Black Stainless.

Self-Cleaning

Most ranges are self-cleaning, but you will save $50-100 by buying a non-self-cleaning range.

For gas ranges, self-cleaning is important because the broiler is inside the oven versus a drawer. The outputs are better in a gas self-cleaning as well.

In electric, other than aesthetics, non-self-cleaning performs the same as self-cleaning.

Freestanding Vs Slide-In Vs Front Control

Freestanding Vs. Slide-In Vs. 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 do 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 have similar features, but freestanding is the cheapest of the three.

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Induction Ranges

electric-and-induction-ranges-at-yale-appliance-in-hanoverInduction Ranges at Yale Appliance in Hanover

 

Induction is magnetic heat. It’s faster than electric or gas with a better simmer. Induction is the most child-safe and requires the least amount of venting.

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However, most decent manufacturers of induction ranges start at $1500. I like the product, but it’s expensive.

Electric Range Reliability

Most Reliable Electric Ranges for 2020

  Service Qty Shipped Qty Service Ratio
Jenn-Air 28 63 44.44%
KitchenAid 31 89 34.83%
GE Profile 2 18 11.11%
Café Appliances 3 28 10.71%
Bosch Appliances 10 154 6.49%
Samsung 27 754 3.58%
Whirlpool 12 1269 0.95%
LG Electronics 0 62 0.00%
Premier 0 19 0.00%
Blomberg 0 17 0.00%
Avanti 0 17 0.00%
Grand Total 114 2513% 4.54%

Electric ranges are the most reliable major appliance you can buy. LG and Whirlpool are sold mostly to builders. However, the most reliable brands are Samsung, Bosch, and Whirlpool.

The average appliance breaks 13.1% versus just 4.54% for electric ranges. Most brands are pretty good.

Many brands cannot handle issues once they happen. You may find limited service in your area. Check before you buy it.

So lets like at some decent electric ranges.

Best Low-Priced Electric Ranges For 2020 

Samsung Electric Range NE59M4310 - $499

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Samsung is stylish and self-cleaning. The reliability is excellent. However, be careful with Samsung. Check to see if there is local service.

Amana (made by Whirlpool) Electric Range AER6303MFS - $449

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We do not sell many non-self-cleaning electric ranges. Amana would be the least expensive for a name.

Samsung Electric Range NE59M4320SS - $579

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This unit adds convection, a fan-forced heat for more even temperature and better baking.

Whirlpool Electric Range WFE515S0ES - $679

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Whirlpool adds two larger burners to accommodate bigger pots and pans.

Samsung Electric Range NE59N6630 - $729

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Samsung has true convection or air blown in through the back versus the bottom and circulated. True Convection is technically better and eliminates any taste cross over.

You also have the expandable burners to fit larger pots and pans.

Which Electric Range Should You Buy?

samsung-freestanding-electric-ranges-at-yale-appliance-in-hanoverFreestanding Electric Ranges at Yale Appliance in Framingham

 

It’s not hard to be a decent inexpensive range.

Stay with a freestanding range in a basic finish like stainless, black or white.

Then you pick features. Stainless steel is $499 with convection and better burners being more.

Most electric ranges are reliable. You don’t have to worry about buying an extended warranty.

However, pick a serviceable brand in your area. Service is a big problem in this industry.

Don’t find out after the fact.

Additional Resources

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 680,000 people have read a Yale Guide.

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WHY SHOULD YOU TRUST US?

A few review sites have placed this at the bottom of their articles. So here is our take: Our mission is to find reliable products for you to buy. Other review sites may say this as well.

However, we don’t love every product. Quite frankly, it costs us way too much money in repair costs to support less reliable brands.

In fact, we sell fewer brands than most appliance stores. Here is why:

We feel it is our responsibility to repair your appliances after you buy them.

We now have 30 service technicians, each averaging 8-10 calls a day Monday through Friday, plus another 110 on Saturday. That's over 30,000 service calls logged in one year.

The labor rates of fixing an appliance do not come close to the true cost in any product’s warranty period.

That is why no major retailer has a service department. It costs too much labor, money and time.

Our Blog is a bit different than most others you will read. We cannot write glowing reviews of unreliable products.

Hopefully, the bloggers and organizations who write such glowing product reviews for every brand consider servicing these products first. Only then they will understand the consequences of their marketing.

Steve Sheinkopf

My goal has always been simple: I want Yale to be the best retail experience anywhere. I have tried to create a compelling environment for customers and employees alike.

A Note About Pricing

Pricing on this blog is for reference only and may include time sensitive rebates. We make every attempt to provide accurate pricing at time of publishing. Please call the stores for most accurate price.

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