Choosing a range can be a stressful, confusion decision. They are bulky, expensive products that are often used on a daily basis.
What makes one stove model better than others? Buzzrake examined several thousands of opinions to find out what qualities are the most important to users. Here's the roundup:
Cleanup: due to its sheer size, cleaning a stove can be a very unpleasant and time-consuming task. Users report that electric models are much easier to clean than their gas counterparts. A self-cleaning function makes the chore much easier, and is available in both gas and electric models.
Cost-efficiency: the average price for a stove is about $1100, making it one of the most expensive kitchen appliances. It is no wonder that users want to know that they're getting their money's worth. Opinions show that the classic free-standing models with 4-burner cook-tops have the highest value, particularly the electric models. Convection ranges receive the lowest value ratings, as they add around $400 to the stove's total price.
Appearance: looks are a major factor to stove owners - no matter where you choose to place them, they are very noticeable in the kitchen. According to users, electric models are more visually pleasing than gas ones. This especially applies to smooth-top models, which are the majority of electric ranges. Users also show a slight preference to slide-in ranges (compared to freestanding models), which have become increasingly popular over the years.
Ease of use: different user-friendly features are mentioned in over 14% of opinions. Consumers like ranges that are easy to control and heat up quickly, which is usually the case in gas ranges.
Durability: this refers to the stove's overall reliability, and its ability to last over time without failing or breaking. The brands with best scores for this factor are Whirlpool and Frigidaire, both of which receive great scores for other factors as well.
The following models are the ranges that received the overall best scores, based on the frequency and manner in which users mention these 5 qualities - both positively and negatively.
The Whirlpool Freestanding Electric Convection Range is considered the #1 best stove on the market. It has a total capacity of 6.2 cubic feet. The stovetop includes 5 heating elements. Users consider the cooktop and oven very easy to operate and give them a great score for usability. Opinions reveal that the range performs terrifically and that it typically delivers great results. In addition, as far as design goes, this range is described as rather appealing.
According to user opinions, the Frigidaire Freestanding Electric Range is the #2 overall best stove. It has a total capacity of 4.8 cubic feet. The stovetop includes 4 heating elements. When it comes to style, the majority of users find this range rather appealing. This unit receives excellent value marks. Also, users report that it is made of high quality materials.
According to user opinions, the Samsung Slide-In Electric Double-Oven Convection Range is the #3 overall best range. It has a total capacity of 5.8 cubic feet. The stovetop includes 5 burners. Opinions reveal that the range performs very well and that it usually delivers excellent results. As far as looks go, most users think that this range is very attractive. In addition, consumers are quite pleased with it.
The Whirlpool Freestanding Electric Range is ranked the #4 best household range. It has a total capacity of 4.8 cubic feet. The cooktop features 4 burners. In terms of appearance, most users find this range rather attractive. Most owners are extremely satisfied with this range. In addition, this model is ranked exceptionally high for overall value.
According to user opinions, the Whirlpool Freestanding Gas Range is the #5 overall best stove. It has a total capacity of 5 cubic feet. The cooktop features 4 elements. Users absolutely love it. This unit receives high ratings for overall value. However, this range is rated around average for easy cleanup.