When you're picking out a stove, electric ranges often provide better overall performance than gas ranges. Selecting the best electric-operated stove need not be stressful. Kitchen range experts have identified some of the best-performing electric stoves on the market so you can spend more time cooking your family's favorite dinner and less time shopping for this important kitchen appliance.
"Consumer Reports" tested dozens of kitchen stoves and named Kenmore's electric range as one of the best budget-friendly options. Don't expect anything fancy in terms of cooking features or aesthetic style, though. It offers four basic coil-styled stove elements and a 5.4-cubic-foot oven, all wrapped in a basic white design that breaks from the aluminum/chrome design that's growing in popularity.
For money-conscious homeowners, the Good Housekeeping Research Institute called Samsung's electric range that best budget buy, noting that it offered "filet mignon quality at burger pricing." They specifically loved its high-performance heating stove elements, saying it simmered efficiently and brought water to boiling quickly. Meanwhile, its oven offers preset options that let you quickly bake your favorite snacks and meals, such as pizza.
Samsung Hybrid Induction Electric Range
Samsung's electric range takes things to a whole new level with the use of induction magnetism, which combines electric power with magnets. This magnetized power heats up your metal cookware without actually heating the stove top, so the stove still feels cool to the touch. While there are several induction electric stoves on the market, Samsung's model won the recommendation of "Wired" magazine. Additional features include a stainless steel exterior and an electric oven that self-cleans using steam.
One of the best overall electric stoves in "Consumer Reports" magazine's tests came from Electrolux. Features include electric burners hidden under a smooth glass panel, which makes cleaning up easier, plus all-electric controls that help you precisely set temperatures for both the stove and the oven. A standout aesthetic feature: the oven's interior is lit with blue LED lights.
- "Consumer Reports"; Kitchen Ranges; Editors of Consumer Reports; December 2009
- "Good Housekeeping"; Cooking Range Reviews"; Good Housekeeping Research Institute
- CNET.com; Stove and Range Buying Guide; December 2009
- "Wired"; Best Cooking Gear for Nerdy Chefs; November 2010
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