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Best Electric Ovens of October, 2018 Reviewed

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We test the top electric ovens

Call it what you will – oven, range, stove, every kitchen needs something to cook meals on or in. We can’t always live on microwave meals and take outs, right?

So, what do you look for if you’re buying one?

Well, size is a good place to start. Most electric ranges measure approximately 30’’ wide, 26-28’’ deep, and 47-48’’ high, including the backsplash, and have a 3-4 cu ft oven capacity. However, there is a size to suit every situation, from small spaces to large designer kitchens. Most have four burners on the top, but professional style ones can have 6 or more, possibly with grills, warming drawers and broilers added too.

What next?

The type of appliance, dictated by the space available, is the next thing to consider.

Freestanding Ranges:

Freestanding ranges can be placed anywhere in your kitchen, and with panels on the front and sides, they look good from any angle. The backsplash usually includes the control panel, and timer.

Drop-in or Slide-in Ranges:

Similar to freestanding models, but these have a built in look, and have been dropped, or slid, into the space allocated.

Double Oven Ranges:

These large models have two ovens separate ovens that can be controlled independently, and are great for a larger family, or entertaining.

Wall Oven:

Wall ovens are built into tall units and are generally flush with all surrounding surfaces; however, as there is nowhere to fit the top burner section, this will have to be installed into a countertop. This type of oven is becoming increasingly popular.

No one likes cleaning an oven, and although a self-cleaning model may cost a little more initially, because they tend to have better insulation they will save on running costs over time, and definitely save on effort. Fan assisted ovens use a fan to circulate the heat throughout the oven space, which shortens cooking time.

Many newer models are being designed with microwaves included in the main body, and a few manufacturers are even making ‘smart’ ovens that can be remotely controlled via your smart phone.

Our choices for the best electric ovens of October, 2018 are:

 

1) Kenmore Electric Oven

Overview

This Kenmore electric oven was unboxed, installed and hooked up (with the old one out loaded and ready to haul away) within half an hour. A record.

The finish is immaculate – not a mark, and it looks stunning in the kitchen. This is a really well constructed range, with simple to use controls, and an instruction manual that makes sense.

What We Like

This ceramic glass cook top appliance will look great in any kitchen; it’s easy to keep the outside spotless, while the oven cleans itself on the inside.

The warm function is a brilliant idea, keeping the food at just the right temperature, without drying it out, if someone is late to the table, and the cooktop is a perfect size for the wide variety of pans that most chefs use.

Being a convection range, circulating the heat around the oven space, the interior heats up nicely, food cooks quickly and evenly, and stays moist.

What Needs Improving

Our only issue is that the racks can be a little tricky to pull out – you have to lift and pull, but the range is great, so this isn’t a deal breaker at all.

9.7Expert Score
The Final Verdict

A perfectly versatile electric oven that does everything you could require and more. Also ideal for families.

Kenmore 5.3 cu. ft. Self Clean Electric Range in Stainless Steel, includes delivery and hookup -2294173

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Last update was in: September 16, 2018 11:11 pm

 


2) GE Built-In Convection Combination Microwave Oven

Overview

This arrived ahead of schedule and, although we installed it ourselves, it was easy to do, only taking a few minutes. GE Profile have made a lovely, clean lined wall oven, which fits perfectly and is well made. The instructions are very simple to follow.

What We Like

The controls are pretty self-explanatory and simple, including the digital timer that switches on automatically if you are out, or cooks for an allotted time, alerting you when finished.

We love that this is a microwave too – all in one, and no space taken up by separate appliances. Anything you would have made on a cooktop, can be taken on by the microwave, so the lack of one is no hassle. The oven also comes with a broiler feature, which is appreciated.

The impressively large oven space heats up so quickly, with the food coming out evenly cooked.

What Needs Improving

The beep on the microwave could be a little louder in order that it’s heard from another room, but it’s really not an issue.

9.2Expert Score
The Final Verdict

This GE Profile combi model is great – easy to self-install, and within minutes you could be sitting down to a coffee heated in your new microwave. The brushed steel looks really smart too.

GE Profile PT7800SHSS 30" Built-In Convection Combination Microwave Wall Oven in Stainless Steel

Last update was in: September 16, 2018 11:16 pm

 


3) Frigidaire Stainless Steel Electric Wall Oven

Overview

This arrived ahead of time and took longer to unpack than it did to install. It looks really good, robust and like it can cope with a large lot of cooking. The instructions are clear and simple.

What We Like

Frigidaire have made a wall oven that not only looks really smart but cooks well too. The pre-heating option is a super idea, and the controls are so straightforward, it was easy to find the right function without the instruction manual.

The microwave interior is big– much larger than we’ve ever seen, and it could easily handle a chicken if we wished. This oven comes with a quick pre heat option, it’s self cleaning and all the controls are one touch for convenience. The Frigidaire is fully UL certified.

What Needs Improving

The microwave could be quieter, but at least we know when it’s on.

9.9Expert Score
The Final Verdict

An excellent wall oven combining the benefits of a microwave with the functionality of a convection oven. A superb addition to any kitchen.

Frigidaire FGMC2765PF - Gallery 27" Stainless Steel Electric Combination Wall Oven - Convection

Last update was in: September 16, 2018 11:20 pm

 


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