Pros / The cooktop has a burner whose heating area expands from 6 to 12 inches in diameter.
Cons / The range has one of the smallest-capacity ovens we reviewed.
Verdict / The Bosch HEIPO54U is a versatile electric slide-in range with a multifunctional cooktop and many great oven features, but the oven is on the small side.
The Bosch HEIPO54U is an attractive electric slide-in range that provides helpful and versatile cooktop functions as well as useful oven capabilities.
The convection oven measures a modest 4.6 cubic feet, but you get three oven racks and seven rack positions, so you can adjust the racks as needed to accommodate cookware from cookie sheets to roasting pans for Thanksgiving dinner. The oven includes a broiler.
The range’s warming drawer lets you store heated foods while other portions of the meal bubble away on the stovetop. Other features include an oven lock for child safety; a hidden bake element underneath the floor of the oven, so you never have to clean around heating coils; an auto-shutoff function that kicks in after 12 hours; a temperature probe to ensure food safety; a large window in the oven door; and a timer that can help any cook and is especially helpful for those who observe Jewish dietary laws and need to keep food hot without laboring on the Sabbath.
The oven is easy to clean: You just set the self-cleaning controls and let it do the work itself using high heat. All you need to do is wipe up a bit of white ash once the oven has cooled. If you prefer the steam-cleaning method, the Samsung NE58F9710WS might be an option for you.
Most people use the stovetop more than the oven, regardless of the range type, so the stovetop should be flexible enough to accommodate a variety of cooking methods and cookware. The Bosch HEIPO54U’s ceramic glass stovetop provides five heating elements in three sizes: two 6-inch-diamater burners, one that measures 9.5 inches, a flexible tri-ring burner that can expand from 6 to 12 inches, and a fifth to keep cooked foods warm as you prepare the rest of the meal.