The Samsung NE58F9710WS gives you both an electrically powered, ceramic glass stovetop and a natural-gas-heated oven, and its Flex Duo oven feature sets it apart from other slide-in ranges. The stainless steel range comes with a removable divider that turns your single slide-in oven into a double oven. With the divider inserted, you can cook one item on a higher rack at one temperature and another item on a lower rack at a different temperature, without overcooking or undercooking either dish and with no unpleasant odor distribution.
The oven is sizable, measuring 5.8 cubic feet. It comes with three racks and has seven rack positions, so you can raise or lower racks depending on what you plan to cook.
Powered by natural gas, the oven uses convection heating on the top level if you are using the Flex Duo features and both convection and conventional heating on the lower level. Convection distributes heat via a fan that circulates the air for even heating. Conventional ovens radiate heat, typically from the bottom. The radiated heat spreads around the oven by bouncing off its inside surfaces. Samsung’s slide-in range lets you select which style you prefer for a particular recipe.
You also get a child safety lock, a probe to check the interior temperature of foods and a warming drawer. You can shut off the heating function of the warming drawer to use it as storage space for pots and pans. The oven is equipped with two cleaning functions: heated self-cleaning and a steam-cleaning option. The oven automatically shuts off after 12 hours. If you observe Jewish dietary laws and traditions, you can use the range’s Sabbath mode to program the oven to override the auto-shutoff function so that foods inside the oven stay at safely hot temperatures.
Samsung’s slide-in range also offers a kitchen timer and an oven window so you can check on the contents without opening the door.
The smooth black cooktop on this slide-in stove offers five heating elements: four for cooking and the fifth to keep items warm. There are two 7-inch-diameter burners, a 6-inch burner and a 6-inch warming area. One burner consists of expandable rings that you can adjust for 6-, 9- or 12-inch-diameter cooking areas, depending on the size of your pan.
A handy bridge function on the left side of the stovetop lets you program the appliance so the front and back burners on the left as well as the area between them heat up, yielding a long, large heated surface where you can place a griddle to make pancakes, bacon and the like.
If you want a slide-in range with nearly all these capabilities but at a lower price, and you’re willing to forgo the dual oven and electric cooktop, take a look at the completely gas-fueled Samsung NX58K9500WG/AA.