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Most Reliable Electric Ranges for 2019

Steve Sheinkopf  |  February 26, 2019  |  5 Min. Read

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Every year we rate the most and least reliable brands based on service calls. Last year we logged 34,687 service calls up from 31,000+ in 2017.

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However, it's not an accurate measure of reliability. Products like refrigerators will fail more than hoods, disposers, and dishwashers.

So, a brand selling more French door refrigerators with dispensers, for instance, will be less reliable than another brand selling mostly dishwashers.

As a result, we have segmented our reliability article into product categories like pro ranges, dual fuel ranges, wall ovens, dishwashers, front load washers, and induction ranges.

In this article, we are comparing reliability rates for electric freestanding and slide-in ranges, which comprise about 38% of cooking sales.

First, let's break down how we measure reliability, seeing as it is a very elusive measurement in our industry.

How We Calculate Appliance Reliability

There is no benchmark for initial quality in the appliance business. Most publications like Wirecutter and Consumer Reports test in a lab and report results.

You want to see how these products will work on your home based on actual service calls.

For this reason, we have the formula to determine reliability based on actual in-home repair

Every day, we have 30 service technicians performing 8-10 service calls with another 150 or so on Saturday.

That amounted to 34,687 service calls logged in 2018.

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You will see sales in that period and then divided by service calls for the reliability percentage.

We do not scrub the data. Every time you have a technician visit, it will count as a service call. Damage and phone resolutions do not count as service calls.

So let’s take a look.

Most Reliable Electric Ranges

The average repair rate for electric ranges is about 7.76% in the first year. Appliances, in general, are about 13.4%. In the chart below, we removed any brands with fewer than 5 ranges shipped in 2018.  

  Service Qty Shipped Qty Service Ratio
Jenn-Air 28 78 35.90 %
Blomberg 3 16 18.75 %
Bosch - Benchmark 1 6 16.67 %
Kitchenaid 22 141 15.60 %
Bosch Appliances 15 105 14.29 %
Maytag 1 9 11.11 %
Samsung 19 412 4.61 %
Premier 1 40 2.50 %
Whirlpool 11 513 2.14 %
LG Electronics 0 49 0.00 %
Amana 0 7 0.00 %
Grand Total 108 1391 7.76 %

Why Are Electric Ranges So Reliable?

Electric ranges are more than twice as reliable as gas ranges and over 6% more reliable than appliances in general.

The heating elements are under glass, so there is no direct contact and less chance for breakage and repair.

You have more direct contact with the burner in gas. The number one repair in a gas range is the burner ignition on top of the range.

Most companies also have a long history in manufacturing electric ranges and have since improved.

When I started at Yale back in 1986, Many companies, even GE and Whirlpool, did not produce a gas range at that time.

Electric ranges are the most reliable appliances when you exclude hoods, disposers, and grills.

Which Electric Range Should You Buy?

I am a fan of any reliable product regardless of brand because we have to fix appliances under warranty.

Most appliance stores will display every brand and recommend everything because they do not service what they sell.

Samsung and Whirlpool are the best for reliability, but some of this volume is builder generated for Whirlpool.

In apartment and condo buildings, units are not always immediately occupied, or the customer might not know to call us.

What is interesting in these numbers is Samsung's service rate. Their products are not basic, but more feature-laden, yet have a relatively low service percentage.

We should dispel a myth about Samsung. Their appliances are not harder to fix, and the parts are easy to order. We receive parts the next day from their warehouse in New Jersey.

However, based on comments left on the blog from around the country, Samsung may have limited support in certain areas when there are issues. So you should check if you live out of Massachusetts (88% of you do).

Our Final Advice About The Most Reliable Electric Ranges

Electric Ranges all work better than any other major appliance in your home.

However, in a full kitchen of new appliances, your odds of repair are almost 100% within the first year with a refrigerator, dishwasher, hood, stove, and a set of laundry.

So, reliability has become a big issue. Most manufacturers do not have service departments anymore to fix problems.

As part of your shopping process: Definitely shop price, delivery, and installation. You should now at least inquire about service before you buy.

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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.

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