Best Electric Cooktop Ranges of 2018

Noel Case ·
Updated
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We have been researching and evaluating electric ranges since 2011 to find the best ones in terms of features, convenience and overall design. The Kenmore 95053 is the best electric range we found. It has a generous 6.1-cubic-foot capacity. The stovetop has two powerful expandable burners and all the convenience features we look for, including different self-cleaning options, a timed bake shut-off feature and removable knobs for easy cleaning.

Kenmore 95053
Kenmore 95053
The LG LRE3193 is an attractive electric range with five burners on the ceramic cooktop and a large-capacity oven with powerful baking and broiling functionality. Its enamel surface and self-cleaning features make it relatively easy to maintain.
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Best Value
Whirlpool WFE515S0ES
The Whirlpool WFE515S0ES is the most affordable electric range in our comparison, and it has some nice features to recommend it. While it has a relatively simple design, it is highly functional with four burners, including one dual expandable burner, convection baking, and impressive convenience features like a steam self-clean cycle and a control lock.
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LG LRE3193
LG LRE3193
The LG LRE3193 is an attractive electric range with five burners on the ceramic cooktop and a large-capacity oven with powerful baking and broiling functionality. Its enamel surface and self-cleaning features make it relatively easy to maintain.
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Price
OVERALL RATING
Stovetop Features
Price
Conveniences
Dimensions & Warranty
Number of Burners
Dual Burners
Triple Burners
Maximum Burner Wattage
Minimum Burner Wattage
Warming Burner
Rapid Boil Option
Capacity (cubic feet)
Bake Wattage
Broil Wattage
Number of Racks
Rack Positions
Broiler Element
Oven Interior Light
Convection Mode
Self-Clean Minimum Time (minutes)
Heated Self-Clean
Steam Self-Clean
Preheat Alarm
Timed Bake Shut Off
Control Lock
Removable Knobs
Sabbath Mode
Warranty
Number of Available Colors
Height (inches)
Width (inches)
Depth (inches)
Weight (pounds)
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The Kenmore Elite 95053 electric range has a lot to offer in terms of functionality: a triple expandable burner, a large 6.1-cubic-foot-capacity oven, two convection fans, and steam and heat self-cleaning cycles.
This Kenmore model is a tank of an electric range. It’s roughly the same size as other ranges in our lineup, but it outweighs them by at least 30 pounds. You won’t have to lift it frequently, however, since it’s free-standing and can be positioned between cabinets or independently. It comes in three colors to match your kitchen’s décor: black, stainless steel and white. Each of the five burners on this cooktop has a different purpose. In the front of the stove is a powerful heating element that heats up fast, bringing a large pot of water to a rolling boil quickly. Next to the power-boil element is the expandable triple burner with 6-, 9- and 12-inch burner rings. Controlling this element is as easy as turning the corresponding knob. The two heating elements inside the oven generate ample wattage to heat it quickly. Its broiling element produces some of the highest energy levels in our lineup. This oven also has dual convection fans to circulate the hot air efficiently, so the food cooks quickly and evenly. To keep the oven clean, this electric range has both steam and heat self-clean cycles. The steam clean isn't as powerful as the heat clean, but it takes only 20 minutes for normal buildup and light soils. The heat clean cycle is effective at eliminating baked-on messes, but the burning organic material inside can create smoke and fumes harmful to pets and children, and the oven is dangerously hot for up to four hours.
Pros
  • It has a large 6.1-cubic-foot capacity. It has two convection fans. The stovetop has a triple expandable burner.
Cons
  • It’s disproportionately heavy. The heat clean feature can produce harmful fumes. The oven gets extremely hot in clean mode.
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The Whirlpool WFE515S0ES is an electric range with a dual expandable burner on the cooktop and a steam clean cycle to quickly clean spills with water and a cloth. While the oven’s cooking compartment isn’t quite as large some of the other ranges in our reviews, there’s plenty of room to cook a feast for your family, and it has convection functionality for even baking.
The oven’s capacity is 5.3 cubic feet, which is smaller than average when compared with some of the best ranges on the market. To help manage the space, the two included oven racks fit into five positions within the oven. The range weighs 168 pounds, which is less than many of the other ranges we reviewed. It comes in four colors: black, silver, stainless steel and white. This Whirlpool model has a sleek ceramic glass cooktop that’s equipped with an expandable element that grows from 6 to 9 inches. The burners have maximum power of 3,000 watts. It doesn’t have a power boil function per se, but the 3,000-watt burner can bring water to a boil fairly rapidly. The other burners measure 6 inches and act as low-temperature simmering elements. There is no low-wattage warming element on this cooktop. The lowest is 1,200 watts. But this is an attractive, functional, affordable electric range.
Pros
  • The stove has a quick steam clean cycle. There is a control to prevent children from turning the cooktop on. The oven has a convection mode.
Cons
  • There is no power-boil element on the stovetop. It lacks a triple expandable burner. There are no cooktop warming burners.
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The LG LRE3193 is easily one of the most attractive electric ranges in our lineup, with its futuristic design and advanced functionality. It is fully touch-automated and comes in three sleek finishes to complement the smooth black ceramic stovetop.
The first thing you’re likely to notice about the LG oven is the cobalt blue interior. There are five burners on the ceramic cooktop, including two dual expandable burners – one that grows from 6 to 9 inches and the other from 9 to 12 inches. It also has two 1,200-watt, 6-inch burners and a 7-inch that warms food with its 100-watt power. This cooktop an impressive 3,200 total watts of power. The oven has the most powerful broiler element and largest capacity of any electric range in our reviews. It has 6.3 cubic feet of space and can broil food with a wattage of 4,200 and a heating element with 3,400 watts of electricity, giving it plenty of baking power as well. This LG oven uses a specialized enamel to make cleaning easy. You simply spray the interior with water and press the clean cycle button. The low heat and water loosen baked-on food in about 20 minutes. When the clean cycle is done, you wipe it down with a cloth. That is incredibly fast when compared with some of the ovens in our lineup which can take between 40 and 180 minutes for self-cleaning. This is the sole electric range with only touch pad controls. This makes the backsplash far easier to clean and adds to this range's sharp look. However, for its modern look, it's missing a couple of standard features. For one, it lacks an auto shut-off. That means you must closely monitor foods baking in the oven and turn it off at the proper time. It also lacks preprogrammed settings for foods like pizza and chicken fingers.
Pros
  • The oven has a large 6.3-cubic-foot capacity. It has specialized enamel and touch-pad controls that make it easy to clean. The oven has a powerful broil element.
Cons
  • There is no power-boil element on the stovetop. It lacks an automatic shut-off feature. There are no preprogrammed settings for specific dishes.
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How We Tested

We have been reviewing electric ranges since 2011 and have spent more than 120 hours researching them. Since the main function of an electric range is cooking food quickly and evenly, we focused on cooktop and oven features that facilitate that functionality. We compared the product pages of the ranges, watched videos, and read customer and professional reviews.

To select the best electric ranges, we focused on cooktop and oven capabilities, as well as extra conveniences and features. Our lineup consists of a variety of brands. Each of these ranges are free-standing, so they have finished sides, are flexible for remodeling and fit into kitchens of different sizes and varying decor. We also chose ovens of different capacities for families of all sizes. 

Why Trust Us

We started reviewing electric ranges in 2011. In our most recent update, we spent more than 40 doing in-depth research to identify the best ranges for different types of users. We reached out to manufacturers to clarify issues and discover unique features. We also consulted with professionals and industry insiders to increase the depth of our reviews and get informed opinions about the best ranges out there.

Finding the Right Electric Range for You

The self-clean cycle uses extremely high temperatures to reduce baked-on food stains to fine ash. These cycles can take a few hours and create dangerous fumes. Newer models have incorporated a steam clean cycle that uses water and heat to clean ovens more quickly. Steam cleaning is not as effective at removing baked-on food stains as extreme-heat cleaning, so you’ll want to do it more frequently.

What to Look for in a Cooktop
The best electric stoves have expandable burners that fit two elements into one. The smaller inner element usually expands from 6 to 9 inches, while the larger outer element ranges from 9 to 12 inches.

The wattage is generally higher on these models than electric-coil ranges. Wattage indicates how quickly an element on the stove or oven heats up, not necessarily its temperature range. The higher the wattage, the faster the element reaches the heat level you want. Cooktops with a power-boil element often produce over 3,000 watts to boil water, stock or sauces quickly.

What to Look for in an Oven
Obviously, the bigger your family, the larger you want your oven capacity. Larger ovens require more power, especially if you have a convection oven. Double ovens are also a viable option for large families and enthusiastic cooks.

Convection cooking is one of the best features in modern kitchen range cooking. These ovens are equipped with fans in the back of the oven chamber to circulate hot air all around the oven. They produce evenly cooked food inside and out. Convection ovens tend to bake hotter than traditional models, so temperature conversion is often necessary when following a recipe.