Best Slide-In Ranges: Electric and Gas Ovens With Stove Tops
We've been evaluating slide-in ranges since 2013, focusing on well-regarded products from the best-known brands. Recently, we spent 160 hours comparing these appliances. Based on what we found, our top pick is the Samsung NE58F9710WS because of its superior features and beautiful design. It has an easy clean glass electric stovetop and a gas oven. In addition, an oven divider creates two temperature zones, so you can cook different foods at different temperatures at the same time – basically it is two ovens in one.
This range has a sleek design that offers two ovens in one with its divider, and the glass cooktop offers five easy-to-clean burners that help you cook a lot of different things at the same time.
Ovens don't vary that much in size, but if you often feed large gatherings it's worth getting as much space as you can. The Whirlpool WEE745H0FS is great for that with its 6.4 cubic feet.
Many home cooks prefer gas burners because they are more versatile and responsive than electric ranges. The Samsung NX58K9500WG/AA gives you five burners and a convection oven below for quick cooking.
|Product||Price||Overall Rating||Pricing||Cooktop Features||Oven Capabilities||Extra Features||Energy Types||Stovetop Surface||Number of Heating Elements||Electric Burner Sizes (inches)||Expandable Electric Burner Sizes (inches)||Capacity (cubic feet)||Number of Racks||Number of Rack Positions||Cooking Methods||Drawer||Cleaning Methods||Temperature Probe||Hidden Bake Element||Oven Lock||Auto Shut Off||Dual Oven Capability||Warranty for Parts & Labor||Colors||Kitchen Timer||Large Oven Window||Sabbath Mode|
|Samsung NE58F9710WS||View Deal||4.5/5||3.4||5||5||5||Dual||Ceramic||5||7||6/9/12||5.8||3||7||Convection & Conventional||Warming||Steam||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓||1 & 5 Years||Stainless Steel||✓||✓||✓|
|Samsung NX58K9500WG/AA||4.5/5||3.9||4.4||4.4||5||Gas||Burner||5||N/A||N/A||5.8||3||7||Convection||Warming||Heat||✓||✓||✓||✓||✖||1 Year||Steel & Black||✓||✓||✓|
|Whirlpool WEE745H0FS||4.5/5||4.4||4.4||3.5||5||Electric||Ceramic||5||6 & 10||6 & 9||6.4||3||7||Convection||Storage||Steam||✖||✓||✖||✓||✖||1 Year||Black||✓||✓||✓|
|Whirlpool WEC310S0FB||View Deal||4.5/5||4.5||4.2||4.4||3.8||Electric||Coil||4||N/A||N/A||4.8||2||5||Standard||Storage||Heat||✖||✖||✓||✖||✖||1 Year||Black, White & Stainless Steel||✖||✖||✓|
|Whirlpool WEE510S0FS||View Deal||4/5||4.8||4.2||3.8||3.8||Electric||Ceramic||4||6/9.6/9 & 6||6/9.6/9 & 6||4.8||2||5||Standard||Storage||Heat||✖||✖||✓||✖||✖||1 Year||Stainless Steel, Black & White||✓||✖||✓|
|LG LSE4611ST||View Deal||4/5||2.5||5||4.4||5||Electric||Ceramic||4||6 & 10||6 & 9||6.3||3||7||Convection||Storage||Heat||✓||✓||✓||✓||✖||1 Year||Stainless Steel||✓||✓||✖|
|Kenmore 42539||View Deal||4/5||4.3||4.1||3.8||3.8||Electric||Ceramic||4||6 & 9||6 & 9||4.6||2||4||Standard||Storage||Heat||✖||✓||✓||✓||✖||1 Year||Black||✓||✓||✖|
|Bosch HEIPO54U||3.5/5||4.9||2.3||3.3||3.8||Electric||Ceramic||5||6 & 9||6/9/12||4.6||3||7||Convection||Warming||Heat||✓||✓||✓||✓||✖||1 Year||Stainless Steel||✓||✓||✓|
|Frigidaire FFGS3026TW||3.5/5||5||2.3||2.4||3.8||Gas||Burner||4||N/A||N/A||4.6||2||5||Convection||Storage||Heat||✖||✓||✓||✓||✖||1 Year||White, Stainless Steel & Black||✓||✓||✖|
The Samsung NE58F9710WS offers an ideal combination of features that will work well in any kitchen. If you don't have space for two ovens this is a great option.
There is a specially designed barrier that you can insert that allows you to have multiple things cooking at two different temperatures at the same time, essentially creating a double oven. This will be very handy for entertaining because you can cook different dishes simultaneously. A built-in probe makes it easier to monitor meats – you don't have to constantly open the oven door. The racks are designed to glide smoothly in and out so you can add seasoning or baste with little effort.
One potential drawback with this appliance is the electric burners. Plenty of home cooks refuse to cook on anything other than gas, so the Samsung NE58F9710WS won't work for them. Glass cooktops like the one on this range are much easier to clean, though, and there are five burners rather than just the typical four so you have a lot of flexibility. Another drawback in some scenarios with this slide-in range is the size. This is a big oven with 5.8 cubic feet, but some products in our review have more internal space. However, it should be big enough for most families.
Best for Entertaining
The Whirlpool WEE745H0FS has truly impressive capacity. The large 6.4-cubic-foot interior might not be immediately noticeable, but if you entertain a lot or have a large family to feed on a regular basis, you are likely to benefit from all of that space.
There is just the one space, though, unlike some of the competing units that create two separate temperature zones with a specialized metal barrier. This oven uses just water and low temperatures for its self-cleaning feature. A more traditional, high-temperature cleaning cycle would be a nice option, especially considering since some users reported problems with the low-temperature cleaning setting. The convection feature will help you cook foods faster with a third heating element and a fan. Presets for popular frozen foods like pizzas, lasagna and chicken nuggets means you can skip preheating.
There are five burners on the stovetop – two of them are considered high-powered. The controls are positioned on the front of the unit instead of above the cooktop at the back, and that gives it more of a built-in appearance, which is nice. The controls include convenient touch pads for setting the oven temperature. The smooth glass cooktop is easy to wipe down and the knobs are dishwasher safe.
Best Gas Slide-In Range
Cooks love the way gas cooktops can change temperature so quickly and how they come on right away, without needing time to heat up. If you prefer a gas range the Samsung NX58K9500WG is a great choice.
There are five burners, including one long central burner that is ideal for the included griddle. The griddle is reversible so you can cook on a ribbed surface or just a basic flat surface. The LCD controls are sleek, easy to keep clean and user-friendly. The fact that they are located on the front rather than above the cooktop at the back gives it a more custom look, even though it is a slide-in range.
A warming drawer below the oven helps maintain temperatures of the dishes that are ready while everything else is cooking. There are three temperature levels in the drawer to accommodate different types of foods. This oven offers the power of convection by employing a fan that will help food cook evenly and quickly. There are ovens in our comparison that have more cubic footage, but this is still one of the largest we reviewed. The black stainless steel of this model is attractive but might not fit into every style of kitchen.
Best Coil Burner
Although not everyone is a fan of traditional coil burners, you can make excellent stovetop meals with the ones on the Whirlpool WEC310S0FB slide-in range. Its four burners quickly heat up, and you can use just about any type of cookware, whether it be stainless steel, cast iron or copper-bottom.
Coil burners give you less control over heat output than gas burners, and the coils don’t look as aesthetically pleasing as ceramic electric cooktops. However, this modestly priced slide-in range’s burners are effective. This Whirlpool model has other excellent features as well, including a 4.8-cubic-foot oven with a frozen-bake setting, a self-cleaning feature and a Sabbath mode for individuals who keep Jewish dietary laws – it keeps food warm for long periods of time so you don’t have to cook on holy days.
If you love to bake or roast food, the LG LSE4611ST is a good option – it has a 6.3-cubic-foot oven, which is big enough to handle food for a crowd. The oven’s heating elements are on the back wall rather than the floor, so hot air flows through it evenly and your food cooks thoroughly.
There are seven slots the two oven racks can go in, which is generous. Also, you can use water and the oven’s trademark steam-cleaning feature to clean the inside without breathing unpleasant fumes. This slide-in range has an attractive, black ceramic glass cooktop with four burners and a central warming area. It also includes useful features such as an auto lockout for safety, a delayed-start feature, a clock and a timer. The bottom drawer is for storage, not keeping food warm.
How Much Do Slide-In Ranges Cost?
We researched slide-in ranges of all sizes with prices ranging between $949 and $1,899. The average price of the ranges we reviewed is $1,334. That may seem like a lot, but since it is a major appliance you use daily, it’s smart to consider features, burner style, and oven size and features along with the price.
Why Trust Us?
We've spent more than 160 hours evaluating what makes a great slide-in range and comparing different models’ features side by side. We considered both electric and gas models, and in addition to our online research, we relied on our own knowledge and experiences to evaluate these products.
How We Researched
To start, we read amateur and professional reviews to help us decide which ranges to compare. Then, we watched instructional videos and scoured manuals to understand how the most important features work. Since customer service is important, we also contacted manufacturers to see how politely and quickly their representatives respond to customers. Further, we scrutinized the specs on many slide-in ranges, including cooktop capabilities, controls, oven sizes, self-cleaning system types, warming or storage drawer inclusions, and more. Based on the information we found, we narrowed our selection to the best gas and electric slide-in ranges.
Benefits of Owning a Slide-In Range
Slide-in ranges differ from the widely popular freestanding models in several ways. For example, slide-in ranges typically cost more, and many people find them more attractive. Unlike freestanding ranges, slide-in models don’t have a backguard, and their controls are always located on the front – a potential problem if you have young children. However, when you cook, it's nice to not have to reach across hot pans to adjust settings. Slide-in ranges also have an extra couple of inches on the top that overlap the counters on either side.
"One of the main benefits to the overlap is cleanability. Food and crumbs can’t drip down the sides like it can with a freestanding," according to Danny Nguyen, writing in a blog sponsored by Yale Appliance, which operates in Massachusetts. "Also, when you push a slide-in range all the way back, there is about a 2” space behind the range. You fill this with countertop material. This allows a built-in look and the capability of being able to showcase your backsplash since there isn’t a backguard blocking it like a freestanding unit.”
So, should you buy a gas or electric slide-in range? Both have advantages, especially when it comes to their cooktops. Electric-range enthusiasts love the aesthetic of a sleek glass cooktop as well as the fact that the smooth surface is easy to wipe clean. But people who love using gas cooktops praise their superior temperature control.
"An electric cooktop needs to warm up, whereas the heat from a gas cooktop is immediate once you turn on the flame. When you need high heat, however, electric cooktops heat food faster and can get hotter than gas cooktops," states SFGate, an online publication that is associated with the San Francisco Chronicle.
How to Choose a Slide-In Range
Some people prefer glass electric cooktops because they look sleek and are easy to clean. However, others like how much they can control temperature on a gas stove, even if the grates are harder to clean. Burner sizes don't vary too widely, but keep an eye out for especially big ones if you use oversize pots and pans.
Oven size can make a big difference if you use yours often. If you have a large family or like to entertain big groups, consider a slide-in range with a large interior. It is also worth noting the number of included oven racks as well as how many positions you can slide them into for baking, braising and broiling.
If you want a self-cleaning oven, consider whether you prefer one that steam cleans or one that heat cleans. In addition, some slide-in ranges have a warming drawer instead of a storage drawer for pans. If you observe Judaism’s sabbath rules, consider a range with a Sabbath mode, which can keep food warm so you don't have to cook.
Can You Replace a Slide-In Range With a Drop-In Range?
Drop-in ranges can definitely fit in place of a slide-in-range, but keep in mind that they are much more costly and will require a lot more planning. They are built into customized cabinetry, so you’ll need to find a carpenter or woodworker who can create and install the surrounding cabinets and countertops for you. Before purchasing a drop-in range, make sure you have the space for it and know exactly where you want to place it. This is a big investment so you’ll want to make the process as painless as possible. We recommend getting multiple bids from different contractors to help save money as well. If you’re wanting a cheaper range option, we suggest you look at freestanding electric cooktop ranges or gas ranges.