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 go.
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 for usability.
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.