A good cooking range offers more options and convenience for cooking at home. A cooking range adds two separate functions, oven and cook-top into one appliance. This saves space and improves the style and usability of your kitchen. We believe that a kitchen just isn’t complete without a stylish cooking range that makes baking, frying and broiling fun and easy.
Cooking ranges come in many styles, prices and functionality. If you are looking to buy a cooking range, the first question you should consider is how much you are looking to pay for it?
A typical cooking range costs around $1,500 to $3,000. This can be a big investment and it makes sense to do some research on available cooking ranges in the market before you buy the one you want.
Types of Cooking Ranges
Cooking ranges can be divided into two main types based on the fuel consumed; electric or natural gas. There is a third, hybrid type of cooking range that uses both gas and electric burners, but it isn’t very common and usually more expensive.
Gas cooking ranges are popular because they can generate a lot of heat and cook food slightly faster than electric cookers. They also offer more versatility and some people find them easier to use compared to electric cooking ranges.
Electric cooking ranges cannot generate temperatures as high as gas, but they can give you a much more consistent performance. They can be used to maintain the temperature at the required level of heating easily.
There are two varieties in electrical cooking ranges based on the method of heat generation.
The first is the coil-based electric cook tops. The heating element is shaped like a round coil and electricity passes through this coil, causing the metal to become hot. In modern models, a flat conductive surface covers the coil and is used as the smooth base for placing cooking pots, giving it a more pleasing aesthetic look.
The second variety uses electromagnets as the cooking element. The electromagnets are placed under a smooth cooking surface. As electricity passes through these electromagnets, they create resistance that heats up the cooking pots placed on the surface. Magnetic cookware must be used to get the optimal heat transfer with this type of cooking tops.
Why Are Electric Cooking Ranges More Popular
Electric cooking ranges are generally considered more expensive compared to gas stoves. The cost of electricity is also higher, making them appear more expensive to operate in the long run.
However, if we consider the cost of available cooking ranges in the market, the cost of gas pipeline installation and maintenance and overall efficiency of the cooking ranges, then electric cooking ranges would be a winner in terms of economy.
It is no surprise that more and more consumers are opting for electric stoves these days as they are safer and more convenient. Electric cooking ranges are easier to install. They can be directly connected to the main electric line and do not require additional gas fittings that can be prone to the risk of leakages and explosions.
Electric cooking ranges are also easier to clean up and do not get damaged quickly. They have a smooth surface that can be conveniently wiped after use. Since there is no inflammation, the cooking range does not build up a sooty cover that is commonly seen in gas stoves. The metal stand and coils can be easily cleaned after cooking.
The electric cooking tops are also more energy-efficient. If you try to heat up a pan on a gas burner, it takes a while for the pot and ingredients to achieve the maximum cooking temperature. With an electric cooking stove, the pots and pans achieve the cooking temperature within a few seconds. You can adjust the dial to get the precise level of temperature you need for cooking the food optimally.
Electric stoves so not need to be installed with a standing pilot that lights up the burner with gas. Most recent models come with a surface light indicator that lights up and shows when electricity is being supplied to the burner.
The stove can be easily set up by simply plugging in the power cord to an electric outlet. This allows homeowners the option of moving it around the kitchen without worrying about gas pipes.
One big advantage of electric cookers is that the surface heat area of the burner is very small and prevents loss of heat energy. This keeps the whole kitchen from heating up and reduces load on air conditioning. Electric cookers are ideal for use in the summer.
How Do Electric Cooking Ranges Work
The electric stoves are based on a thermostat that is heated up by electricity and produces the heating effect that cooks food. The electric ranges generally have 2 or 4, spiral or coil shaped burners on top, hidden under a conductive covering element. Electricity runs through these coils to produce the heat.
The standard electric stove available in the market these days has two large burners at the front and two small burners at the back. All the burners are connected to the main part of the stove. You can usually see them underneath the surface through the over door.
The electricity is controlled by the dials at the front of the stove, but we have seen some designs that put the knobs right at the back on a panel that rests against the wall. Inside the oven, you can also find the heating elements at the top or bottom that are used for baking. These are controlled by the main thermostats for the oven, usually at the center of the controlling panel.
The controls for the oven can be digital or analog. The controls for the electric oven are generally not as precise as the controls for the electric stoves at the top. The top or bottom heating elements for baking do not have a refined thermostat control. This is why if the oven is turned on, it heats up pretty quickly.
The Fuel Consumption
Electric stoves convert electricity into heat to cook food. They can be easily plugged into an outlet to get energy from your main electric line. They serve as a good replacement for gas stoves. Since they do not require gas intake, you can do away with the need for taking a gas connection.
The oven is turned on by turning the dial with no need to spark a flame. Electricity goes through the coil, causing the metal to heats up quickly. Electricity in the coils can be controlled via dials. This is similar to how we use dials in a gas oven to control the flow of gas.
Turning the dials up to full allows more electricity to pass and determines how hot the burners can get. The heating elements in the ovens also operate similarly. More electricity makes them heat up much more and the thermostat is controlled through the dials. Broil elements do not have any regulating dials and only have two settings: off, and broil.
What Features to Look Out For In an Electric Cooking Range
A cooking range is used for multiple functions. Hence, it must be able to achieve a variety of functions without much trouble. Some of the features of an electric cooking range include the following.
The Cooking Top
In most new electric models, the cooking top has 2 to 4 electric plates at the top that can be used for heating, cooking or warming food. The electric hot plate is controlled through a thermostat that regulates the flow of electricity into the coils. This heats up the plates. In an induction cooking top, this mechanism is controlled through the electromagnet property of the plate.
Usually, an obscure iron plate was used in electric hot plates for electric cook tops. However, the new models come with a dark glass plate and the user can see the underlying coils turn red when electricity is flowing through the coils. If the dial is kept at a specific level, the electric range offers more consistent cooking compared to gas cooktops.
A cooking range comes with a built-in oven and the user does not need to worry about buying a separate oven for baking. Usually, ovens have two tray levels and the burners or heating coils are located at the top or at the bottom. Some ovens come with dual burners, both at the top and the bottom, offering faster heating and cooking times.
Electric ovens are controlled through a thermostat. This is why they offer a more even temperature and consistency in cooking and baking. However, they are not designed to generate a lot of heat like gas ovens. Hence, it can take slightly longer to cook food through an electric cooker.
Over Spill Trays
The spill trays in the oven prevent food and fillings from falling to the oven floor. This helps prevent damage to the oven and makes it easier to clean it afterwards.
Spill trays also make it easier to move pans and dishes into or out of the oven for pans that do not have handles. Picking up the whole tray is much easier than trying to move such pans out with oven mitts. Some ovens come with sliding trays that do not come out all the way but make putting in pans and pushing them inside for cooking easier.
Heat Resistant Glass Doors
Heat resistant glass is built for high thermal shock resistance. The temperature inside the oven can get pretty high during some serious cooking. The oven glass door should be sturdy enough to withstand this heat. It should also be made with an insulating material that keeps the heat inside.
The new models of cooking ranges come with glass doors that are highly heat resistant for the oven. This ensures that the oven door can resist the high heat generated during the baking process.
Price could be one of the most significant factors to consider when you are looking to buy a cooking range. The majority of cooking ranges are in the price range of $1,500 to $3,000 but you can find models outside this range depending on additional (or lack of) features.
The Aesthetic Look
Cooking ranges come in a variety of colors, design and appearance. They can be metallic, black, grey or light and have a minimalist or sleek design.
When buying a cooking range, you should get something that matches with the design of your kitchen and other appliances. Steel or metallic is always a popular choice as it easily matches with other appliances and you can make this color work with a variety kitchen design styles.
The Cooking Range Capacity
Electrical cooking ranges come with different numbers of cooking tops and oven capacities. The number of cook tops can be from 2 to 5 in general. The range can have a single or multiple oven levels, allowing more room for cooking and baking.
The capacity you need will depend on whether you are living on your own, with a small family or a household with many members.
The Cooking Range Dimensions
You should also consider how much space you have for the cooking range before making a purchase. Most common cooking ranges are around 30” wide but if you do not have that much space between counters, you may want to get something a little smaller.
Cooking Range Warranty
Cooking ranges are prone to malfunctions and a brand warranty protects you against such problems.
Different brands offer different-length warranty on cooking ranges. Some brands in the market offer a 2-year warranty while others may only give a 1-year warranty. Before making a purchase, check the warranty option offered by the company. We recommend going for a brand that offers a longer warranty.
Top 10 Best Cooking Ranges in 2019
With all the electric cooking range features and benefits in mind, we look at some of the best cooking ranges available in the market that customers should look out for in 2019. We are sharing our top three picks for electric cooking ranges, in no particular order.
Kenmore Elite 97313
This is a new and fully equipped model from Kenmore that offers top of the line performance at a reasonable cost. The cooking range has four burners at the top, two large at the front and two smaller ones at the back. There is also a programmable warm zone in the center to warm up food.
There is a turbo boil flex element at the top that allows you to simmer, warm up or boil on the same element. The simmer flex element at the center allows for extremely low simmering.
The cooking range has a double electric oven with separate doors at the front. The bottom oven has true convection for maintaining an even temperature throughout the cooking process.
The burner dials are placed at the head of the oven that also houses the oven programming panel.
The cooking range comes in a steel color scheme with a black cooking top and oven doors. It is 6.9 cubic feet in diameter and can be fixed in place to operate effectively. The cooking range can be purchased from the Amazon store and the price is inclusive of delivery and hookup.
This model is a slide-in electric range that uses induction technology to cook food. The cooking range has four induction heating elements at the top, identified by the cross markings. The surface is completely smooth and you can place multiple pans on the same element to cook multiple dishes with a single element. The centerpiece is used for keeping food warm.
This powerful electromagnetic cooking range can effectively bring water to a boiling point in less than a minute. Temperature range from 170 degrees to 300 degrees can be achieved easily. The induction technology allows much more precise temperature management through the dialer.
It has a single oven at the bottom with multiple racks that offer true convection fan heating similar to traditional ovens. The hot air is circulated throughout the oven for faster and more even baking and cooking.
The element control dials are located at the front were you will also find the panel for controlling the oven thermostat settings. Due to its flat surface, the cooking range is very easy to clean and the induction technology makes it safe for use.
The Frigidaire cooking range comes in a metallic, steel finish with a black cooking top. It is 30” wide and a slide-in model that can be gently pushed into the cooking range space in your kitchen. The cooking range is available for purchase at Amazon store.
GE Cafe CHS995SELSS
The new model from GE offers excellent functions, range settings and elegance, all packed into a single unit. The slide-in cooking range is based on induction technology and offers quick heating, cooking and warming options for users.
The cooking top has five induction elements on a smooth, glassy surface. The large element at the front to the right can be used for efficient cooking through magnetic pans. There are two medium elements to the left that can support 2 -3 pans. A small heating element to the right and the warming element at the center complete the cooking top for this model.
The dual, double door ovens offer a lot of space for cooking and baking. The bottom oven has true convection fan heating for even cooking and offers multiple racks for placing pans.
The oven can be synced with a mobile device allowing you to control the programmable cooking through Wi-Fi. There are five knobs at the front that can be used for controlling the cooking elements, while a sixth element controls precisions cooking, a useful feature that is often missing in other cooking models.
The cooking range comes in a sleek design with smooth metallic surfaces in a steel color. The cooking top comes in two color varieties, metallic grey or black. The GE Cafe is available for purchase at the Amazon store.
GE Profile PHS930SLSS
The 30-inch slide-in electric range from GE looks and feels similar to the GE Profile PHS930SLSS. It comes with a smooth cooktop that offers 5 cooking elements. The large element at the front right offers the primary cooking function. The medium-sized elements on the left can be used for 2 or 3 pans and it includes the warming element at the center back.
Unlike Café, it has a single large oven at the front with a drawer at the bottom where you can keep extra sheets or put food in for broiling. The oven offers the mobile-sync and control functions and comes in the sleek beautiful design that is common for GE cooking ranges. The body and cooking top is made of stainless steel.
You can buy the GE Profile at Amazon. The cost is inclusive of set up at your home.
Verona VEFSEE365DSS 36″
The Verona VEF model has positive reviews and buyers have generally reported a positive experience. The 5-element electric range includes a center dual-element which can be used to safely station large stock pots. There are two multi-functional convection-ovens. Each of them provides seven cooking modes to prepare different varieties of dishes. Your meals are bound to taste better and take less time to cook than conventional ovens.
The Verona model delivers the performance that you need and should expect in an electric cooking range used by professionals.
It also has a full-width compartment that provides a lot of storage space. It can also be customized with round oven handles. This model of Verona electric dual oven comes in stainless steel and has a 2-year manufacturer’s warranty. It is available for purchase at the Amazon store.
Samsung NE58F9710WS Electric Range
Samsung is a renowned brand with a wide variety of appliances. They haven’t generally done well in cooking ranges but that has started to change since electric cooking ranges started becoming popular.
The NE58F9710WS is a really beautiful and well-crafted oven. It is a slide-in cooking range that gives the look of a built-in model. It boasts a black ceramic glass cooktop, STSS knob, large tinted glass oven door and stainless steel body. It has five burner cooktops with possible bridging on the left. Intuitive digital controls at the front along with dials make it easy to operate.
The single oven has a dual cooking function at the bottom and top. You can easily fit a whole turkey by removing the trays. Amazon store shows the range has positive reviews and ratings.
The 4KWFE7685ES is a new model of stainless steel electric cooktop ranges introduced by Whirlpool. It has a smooth and cleanable ceramic-glass, 5-element cooking top. The model has a single large electric oven and built with a stainless steel finish.
The single oven comes with two oven racks that can be placed in five different positions. The AccuBake temperature control system allows a uniform baking process and ensures food is cooked evenly on all sides. The oven offers 7 different cooking range options that make cooking fun and easy.
It is also quite easy to clean up afterward. The whirlpool model comes with the advanced Self Clean-plus Steam Feature. It is easy to make your oven sparkle after you have used it.