Pros / The 6-to-9-inch element is well placed on the cooktop and allows for cooking flexibility.
Cons / The oven elements have some of the lowest wattage in our selection.
Verdict / This basic electric range is a good choice if you want an expandable element and convection cooking without spending a lot of money.
The Whirlpool WFE515S0 model has a ceramic glass cooktop with three burners and one expandable element. This electric range is available in white, stainless steel, silver and black to match different décor. This Whirlpool’s expandable element grows from 6 to 9 inches with the turn of a knob. The expandable burner is placed in a convenient spot on the front left of the cooktop so you don't have to reach over other hot elements to get to it. At its max capacity, the dual burner reaches 3,000 watts.
The oven has a decent max capacity of 5.3 cubic feet, which is in the middle of the pack when compared with other ranges in our lineup, but it should be big enough for an average-size family. The bake element inside the oven can generate up to 2,400 watts while the broil element reaches 3,400 watts of power. This is a good range, but it is less powerful than most of the ranges in our comparison. It also has a convection feature, so the oven uses fans to evenly distribute heat for even, thoroughly cooked results. This Whirlpool model falls on the lower end of the wattage scale; in terms of energy production, wattage only measures the energy a stove or oven can create, not the temperatures it can reach. Heat will vary somewhat depending on the type of cookware you use and factors like elevation and the quality of the wattage.
This unit has all the useful conveniences you expect in an electric range. On the control panel, you can access the preheat settings, timer, Sabbath mode and self-cleaning cycles. This model has a fast steam self-clean cycle that can remove some types of spills in as little as 20 minutes. More stubborn stains will take longer. As with any cleaning task, the more often you clean the oven the easier it will be. The Kenmore 95053 has multiple self-cleaning options allowing you to either steam or heat self-clean depending on how dirty your oven is.
This electric range comes with a one-year warranty. Whirlpool support is available by phone, email and live chat. In case you lose the original printed manual, you can access the user manual and specs on Whirlpool's website. The website has easily downloadable PDFs of the installation guide, use and care guide, dimension guide, and warranty details when you need them.
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This range is a good choice if you want to spend less for a range that has nice features like an expandable burner and convection cooking functionality. The expandable element on the ceramic glass top stretches from 6 to 9 inches to accommodate different sizes of cookware. The 5.3-cubic-foot oven capacity is about average, when compared with other ranges we reviewed, and it’s big enough to bake food for an average-sized family. This range is a good value with nice functionality.