Shopping for a new electric range? You can be a master chef with one of these top picks from our experts. These three models all have easy-to-clean glass ceramic cooktops, and they have high performance features that make them valuable to anyone who does a lot of cooking, roasting, and baking. Whether you like handcrafted details, smart features, or the convenience of a double oven, we have a range that's right for you. Check out the three best freestanding electric ranges of 2021 hand-picked by the experts at Appliances Connection.
Fisher Paykel OR30SDE6X1
This 30-in. range from Fisher & Paykel's Contemporary Series features a smoothtop cooktop with four elements, capable of up to 2,100 Watts. Control the heat precisely with classic dial controls that glow when in use. In fact, the handcrafted details on the entire range add to the overall quality and durability of this model. The oven has a generous capacity of 3.6 cu. ft., and it features an Aerotech™ convection system that circulates air for even heating. Use the various functions on the oven with pre-set temperatures to master a variety of culinary delights. When it gets splatters on the inside of the oven, the self-cleaning function breaks down crusty food residue with very high temperatures, so all you have to do is wipe up the ash with a damp cloth. The door is removable for easy cleaning. Beneath the oven you'll find a warming drawer, which keeps your cooked food at the perfect temperature while you prepare the rest of the meal.
If you're looking for a smart electric range, check out this 30-in. model from LG. It has a smoothtop cooktop with five elements, one of which is a dual UltraHeat™ element, capable of 3,200 Watts and matches the size of your cookware for more flexibility. This range features Smart ThinQ® technology, which conveniently allows you to control your oven from your phone or tablet, access recipes, and use the SmartDiagnosis™ feature to diagnose problems without scheduling a costly service call. It works with Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa for voice command capability. The oven offers a spacious 6.3 cu. ft. capacity. You can cook with the oven bake element, the broil element, or true convection technology. There is also an Air Fry setting to bake foods that taste like fried foods but without the added oil. Other oven modes include the 10-minute EasyClean®, Keep Warm, Slow Cook, and Frozen Meal. Check the progress of your cooking without opening the door using InstaView™ technology which lets you knock twice on the window to turn on the oven light. A storage drawer below the oven provides extra space for your pots and pans.
To complete this review of the best freestanding electric ranges, take a closer look at this 30-in. double oven model from Whirlpool. It features a smoothtop cooktop and five elements, including a FlexHeat™ Triple Radiant element that is like having three elements in one to fit your small, medium, and large cookware. Maximum power output from the elements is 3,000 Watts. The control knobs on the range can be removed and put in the dishwasher for easy cleaning. The large double oven has a total capacity of 6.7 cu. ft. Cook like a pro with true convection cooking that distributes heat evenly throughout the oven. Convection conversion capability means you can easily convert your traditional recipes into recipes for the convection oven. The lower oven includes a Rapid Preheat option for saving time when you only need to bake on one rack. You can also speed up the cooking of your frozen foods, such as pizza, fries, and potpies, using Frozen Bake™ technology. The bake element is hidden below the floor of the oven, allowing you to quickly wipe up spills and splatters. Use the SteamClean option to loosen up your baked-on messes, and then simply wipe them away.
How do I choose an electric oven?
You will want to look for powerful cooktop elements that have the options to fit your different-sized cookware. Many ovens have smoothtop cooktops for easier cleaning. If you cook for a large family, look for an oven with a large capacity. Some ranges have touch controls and others have knobs. Decide whether you want convection oven technology. Other features to look for include smart controls, self-cleaning options, rapid preheating, and built-in meat probes. You can choose between a single or a double oven, and you can also find ranges with convenient storage drawers beneath the oven.
What is the difference between freestanding and slide-in ranges?
Slide-in ranges are designed to be installed between cabinets, and they match the dimensions so there are no gaps. Freestanding ranges can be installed between cabinets, but they can also be installed other places, standing alone with no cabinets on the sides.