Pros / The Amana AGR6603SFS has user-friendly electronic controls.
Cons / It doesn’t have an elongated burner or continuous grates.
Verdict / The Amana AGR6603SFS is a good option for an average-size family on a budget, but there are better ranges out there for about the same price.
The affordable Amana AGR6603SFS is a solid, basic gas range. It has easy-to-use electronic controls and lets you select preset oven temperature settings for your favorite foods so you can just push a button and bake loaves of cranberry bread or roast a ham.
This Amana range has only four burners. The primary burner reaches 12,500 Btu and can quickly boil water, while the two 9,000 Btu burners are useful for general cooking. The last burner tops out at 5,000 Btu and can melt delicate foods like butter and chocolate without scorching them. Since the burners are sealed, messes stay on the surface and are easy to clean up. The stovetop grates extend completely across the top of the cooktop and are dishwasher-safe.
The stove’s control knobs sit on the front of the range, while the oven’s large, easy-to-read control panel is behind the stovetop’s heating elements. On the panel, you can see the time on a clock; view the temperature and time for the oven; set the oven to bake, broil or warm; and select a temperature using the three Bake Assist Temps buttons (375 degrees, 400 degrees and 425 degrees Fahrenheit.)
The oven has 5 cubic feet of space, which is about average compared to the other ovens we reviewed, and there are two racks that adjust into five slots. You can check on your food without opening the door by looking through the extra-large oven window. The oven’s 10,000 Btu broiler is powerful enough for most jobs, but it is on the low side compared to others on the market.
One helpful safety feature is the oven lock-out, which helps keep curious youngsters from accidentally turning on the oven. There is also a Sabbath mode, in case you need to keep food warm while you observe religious dietary laws.
Instead of as warming drawer, the Amana AGR6603SFS has a storage drawer for pots and pans. However, the oven has a Warm Hold mode with temperatures ranging from 145 to 190 degrees Fahrenheit. It can stay in the warm mode for 60 minutes, so you don’t have to rush to get everything on the table immediately. This is a self-cleaning oven, so you simply push a button and high heat will turn any messes to ash, which you simply wipe up afterward. The Amana AGR6603SFS is a solid, basic gas range, but if you want something more versatile check out the Samsung NX58F5700WS/AA – it’s more expensive but has a lot more features.
Amana’s website has an online user manual, a FAQs page and a troubleshooting guide as well as information about replacement plans and service plans. You can email or call the company or make use of the site’s live chat feature. This range is covered by a one-year warranty for parts and labor, which is standard in the industry.