Pros / This slide-in range is inexpensive.
Cons / Some cooks don’t favor coil burners.
Verdict / The Whirlpool WEC310S0FB slide-in range is a basic model that gives you the features and functionality to make great food.
The Whirlpool WEC310S0FB electric slide-in range is a few-frills appliance that has a modest price tag but gives you the tools you need to create excellent meals and baked goods. The range provides quick-to-heat coil burners and a 4.8-cubic-foot oven with a sensor that automatically adjusts for even heating when baking. With its frozen-bake function, you won’t need to preheat the oven to prepare a frozen pizza or frozen dinner quickly.
The oven in this range uses a standard heating method whereby the elements generate heat to cook your food. Convection heat, by contrast, uses a fan to circulate hot air throughout the interior of the oven. Many cooks are convinced convection heating works better and creates a more even flow of hot air, but standard heating can also do the job well. This Whirlpool model includes a temperature sensor that tracks and adjusts the oven’s temperature to ensure even heat. If you want a Whirlpool slide-in range with convection heat, consider the Whirlpool WEE745H0FS.
This oven has two oven racks and five slots for them, so you can rearrange the racks to accommodate whatever you’re cooking. You operate both the oven and the cooktop burners through the touchpad on the front of the appliance.
If you need to prepare an oven-cooked meal but have other things to attend to, this Whirlpool’s oven offers a delayed-start function that lets you put in the food, set the timer for the time you want the oven to start heating and go about your business while the range cooks your meal. The oven also has a keep-warm setting as well as a Sabbath mode for people who observe Jewish dietary laws and need to keep food hot for extended periods so they can refrain from cooking on holy days.
The cooktop’s four coil burners heat up quickly for frying and for bringing liquids to a boil. Some cooks are reluctant to use coils, preferring the heat control that comes with gas burners or the beauty and expandability of ceramic burners on electric cooktops. Still, the burners on the Whirpool model work nicely with nearly any kind of cookware.
The oven’s self-cleaning setting uses high heat to turn food messes into ash that wipes away with a damp cloth after the cycle completes and the oven cools. On the stovetop, raised edges help prevent spills from running down the sides of the range.