Over 50% of the ranges offered for sale on the market are electric, as this energy-type
becomes an increasingly popular choice among buyers. Most brands will offer two or three
versions of each stove, so buyers can choose their preferred energy type - gas, dual fuel
or electric - and occasionally brands will even offer two different kinds of electric models
(more about that later). Electric ranges come in all sizes and prices, including several
great inexpensive options as well as many high end ones. The majority of
electric models on the market come with a convection setting and about half have a self-cleaning feature.
Electric ranges certainly have their benefits:
No need for a gas hookup. If all you have is an outlet, you're good to
Safety. Gas leaks will no longer be a concern, neither will open
flames. In addition, electric ranges often have locks on the controls to prevent curious
little fingers from causing trouble.
While you won't see much difference in the ovens among electric stoves, there are two
different types of electric cooktops:
Smooth-tops, like their name, offer a flat surface with several heating
areas. Often the heating elements will differ in size, with one element offering several
different size options. Some smooth-tops even feature an elongated element to keep
platters warm before serving. Smooth-tops are immensely popular among users, as they not
only provide a sleek look to the kitchen, they are also incredibly easy
to clean; a quick wipe-down will take care of most spills. Users also report
fewer hot spots with smooth-top surfaces than with coils, and appreciate the visual
validation of heat. However, keep in mind that many smooth-tops have limits as to what
cookware can be used on them: stoneware and cast iron are a no-no, as they are likely to
scratch the surface. Smooth-tops may also consume more electricity than coils.
Coils, the other option for electric stoves, are becoming increasingly
less popular and harder to find. Similarly to gas burners, these can be a hassle to clean and aren't as visually pleasing as smooth-tops. They are
usually the less expensive option though, and reportedly take less time to heat up to
the desired temperature.
According to users, the Whirlpool
Freestanding Electric Convection Range is the #1 electric range on the market. It has
a total capacity of 6.2 cubic feet. The cooktop includes 5 burners. Users consider the stovetop
and oven to be very user friendly and give them a great score for usability. Opinions indicate
that the range performs very well and that it typically delivers excellent results. In addition,
in terms of style, this range is described as rather attractive.
Users rank the Frigidaire Freestanding
Electric Range the #2 best electric stove. It has a total capacity of 4.8 cubic feet.
The stovetop features 4 heating elements. In terms of looks, users find this range rather
appealing. This stove receives exceptionally high marks for overall value. However, users
consider the cooktop and oven to be just fairly user friendly and and rate them around average
Users rate the Samsung Slide-In Electric
Double-Oven Convection Range the #3 best electric stove. It has a total capacity of
5.8 cubic feet. The cooktop includes 5 burners. Opinions indicate that the range performs very
well and that it typically delivers excellent results. As far as looks go, users think that this
range is very attractive. Also, most owners really like this product.
The Whirlpool Freestanding Electric
Range is considered the #4 electric range on the market. It has a total capacity of
4.8 cubic feet. The stovetop includes 4 burners. As far as appearance goes, this range is
described as rather attractive. Most consumers are very happy with this unit. Also, this model
receives excellent value scores.
The Whirlpool Freestanding Electric
Convection Range is rated the #5 best electric stove. It has a total capacity of 6.2
cubic feet. The stovetop features 5 elements. Users consider the cooktop and oven to be almost
entirely fool-proof and give them a good score for usability. Opinions show that the range
performs well and that it usually delivers satisfactory results. Also, as far as looks go, this
range is described as rather attractive.