Today’s electric ranges have smooth glass tops and hidden elements that adjust to fit the size of pots and pans. Modern electric ovens may include powerful convection cooking and air-frying, as well as Wi-Fi connectivity for convenience. These appliances also feature a variety of attractive finishes; touch controls; and large, shiny metal knobs.
With so many features and price points to choose from, finding the right electric range can be a journey. I researched more than 20 different electric ranges, scouring customer reviews while closely comparing specs and pricing from such well-regarded brands as GE, KitchenAid, Samsung, and LG. Based on my research, I identified the following models as the best electric ranges for the kitchen.
- BEST OVERALL: GE 30 in. 5.3 cu. ft. Freestanding Electric Range
- BEST BANG FOR THE BUCK: GE 5.0 cu. ft. Freestanding Electric Range
- UPGRADE PICK: GE 30 in. 5.3 cu. ft. Slide-In Electric Range
- BEST DOUBLE OVEN: LG 7.3 cu. ft. Double Oven Electric Range
- BEST SMART: Samsung 30 in. 6.3 cu. ft. Flex Duo Electric Range
- BEST SLIDE-IN: GE 30 in. 5.3 cu. ft. Slide-In Electric Range
- BEST BUILT-IN: KitchenAid 36 in. Built-In Electric Cooktop
- BEST FREESTANDING: Frigidaire 5 Element Freestanding Electric Range
- BEST WITH INDUCTION: Samsung 30 in. Rapid Heat Induction Range
- BEST WITH AIR FRYER: Samsung 30 in. 6.3 cu. ft. Air Fry Electric Range
- BEST DUAL FUEL: GE Profile 5.7 cu. ft. Slide-In Dual-Fuel Range
How We Chose the Best Electric Ranges
I considered several criteria to narrow the more than 20 electric ranges we reviewed down to the top models. Heating power is crucial for an electric range, so I chose models that can reach the higher heat levels needed to offer such features as power boil. Versatility is also important, so I leaned toward ranges with dual burners and fifth burners.
Oven capacity determines a range’s ability to accommodate large items, such as roasts and turkeys, and multiple dishes at once. With that in mind, I chose models with capacities of 5.3 cubic feet or more. For versatility, I also chose options that offer such premium cooking functions as air-frying and convection baking and roasting. Finally, an electric oven should be easy to clean, so I focused mainly with those that have self-cleaning functions.
Our Top Picks
The electric ranges below feature versatile cooktops with powerful elements and spacious ovens. Some offer advanced features such as convection baking and even air-frying capabilities. The models that made this lineup are produced by some of the best-known manufacturers of home appliances.
GE offers ample oven capacity and a versatile stove at a mid-tier price point with this 30-inch model. With 5.3 cubic feet of space, the oven is large enough to handle most roasting and baking duties. Two front elements that can function as either 6-inch or 9-inch burners add versatility to the range. Both elements also include power-boil settings capable of boiling water 25 percent faster than standard elements.
The range’s digital controls are at the rear of the oven, keeping them safely out of reach of children. There’s also a control lock that disables the keypad, preventing accidental temperature changes. Useful functions include a delay-bake setting, which lets the user set the oven to begin cooking at a later time, and a self-cleaning option. GE’s 30-inch electric range comes in five finishes, including affordably priced black and white finishes and higher-priced slate and stainless steel finishes.
- Oven size: 5.3 cubic feet
- Burners: 4
- Features: 2 power-boil elements, self-cleaning cycle
- Ample oven capacity for cooking multiple dishes and large items, such as turkeys and roasts
- Digital oven controls, located at the rear for safety, allow for precise temperature adjustments
- Multiple power-boil elements for quickly heating up large and small pots of water
- Available in 5 different finishes
- Lacks the bells and whistles that some other electric ranges have
Get the GE 5.3 cu. ft. freestanding electric range at Lowe’s or The Home Depot.
While this electric range uses somewhat older technology and lacks the bells and whistles of higher-priced models, it’s a great option for those who want quality at a very affordable price. It has a 5-cubic-foot oven, which is plenty of space for handling larger mains, such as a Thanksgiving turkey. It features four coil elements of varying size to suit different-diameter pots and pans. Control knobs are located at the rear of the oven, out of the reach of small children.
Fancy features, however, are lacking on this model. Oven controls are analog, not digital, and there’s no timer or self-cleaning option. However, this range is available in three colors, black, white, and bisque.
- Oven size: 5.0 cubic feet
- Burners: 4
- Features: Oven light
- One of the most affordable quality ranges on the market
- Coil elements are more durable than those on glass cooktop options
- Ample oven capacity to handle larger main dishes
- Available in 3 different finishes
- Lacks many popular features, including a timer and self-cleaning option
Get the GE 5.0 cu. ft. freestanding electric range at Lowe’s, The Home Depot, Wayfair, Best Buy, or AJ Madison.
With its addition of innovative features, this electric range from GE offers more cooking options than any standard model. In addition to its ample cooktop and large 5.3-cubic-foot oven, this model can also air-fry for crispy chicken, vegetables, and appetizers. It’s also available in four different finishes.
The convection-oven option even roasts turkeys more thoroughly, though the user can select conventional-oven baking when preferred. With two racks, this large-capacity model can handle an entire holiday meal. Cleaning is easy, too, thanks to a powerful steam-cleaning option. The cooktop boasts five burners, including two dual burners, one of which allows the user to choose between a 12-inch and 9-inch element, and the other that provides both a 9-inch and 6-inch element (along with a power-boil function). The range is also equipped with Wi-Fi so the user can control functions with the SmartHQ app on a smart device for even more convenience.
- Oven size: 5.3 cubic feet
- Burners: 5
- Features: Air fryer, convection option, dual burners, power boil
- Additional cooking features, including an integrated air fryer and convection oven
- Power-boil option and dual burners add versatility for using pots and pans of different sizes
- Sleek slide-in look fits seamlessly with kitchen countertops and cabinets
- Wi-Fi equipped to control range functions through a smart device
- Some customers complain that the air fryer feature is not powerful enough
Get the GE 5.3 cu. ft. slide-in electric range at The Home Depot, Best Buy, or AJ Madison.
Broil a steak while simultaneously browning baked goods to perfection with this double-oven range from LG. This model offers an impressive layout for cooking, including a double oven that allows the user to cook multiple dishes at once. The lower oven offers 4.3 cubic feet, which is large enough for a turkey or pot roast, while the upper oven with its 3 cubic feet is ideal for baking cakes, pies, and casseroles. Its convection function, which places the heat source at the back of the oven versus the bottom, ensures more even baking and roasting.
The five cooktop elements offer ample versatility, with two large front elements that feature dual power (one is 3,200 watts/1,400 watts and the other is 3,000 watts/2,200 watts). This flexibility makes it easier to boil water or sear steaks. A smooth control panel with touch buttons adds to the sleek appearance, while large stainless steel knobs enable precise temperature control. LG’s Brilliant Blue interior enamel coating lets the user wipe away messes without the need for high heat or oven-cleaning chemicals.
- Oven size: 7.3 cubic feet (combined between 2 ovens)
- Burners: 5
- Features: Double oven, convention function, Brilliant Blue interior coating
- High-wattage burner reaches hotter temperatures for searing and faster boiling
- Easy Clean function cleans the oven interior in just 10 minutes
- Massive oven capacity capable of cooking a main dish and multiple side dishes
- Large cooktop comes equipped with 5 separate heating elements
- Only 1 finish option, so it could be difficult to match with existing appliances
Get the LG double oven electric range at The Home Depot, Best Buy, AJ Madison, or Sears.
The Samsung Flex Duo smart slide-in range can learn cooking preferences and adapt to them, making cooking and baking more convenient. The secret is a control knob that cycles through oven settings, learning preferences with each use. Plus, its smart technology allows for controlling the oven via a smart device or voice control via a virtual assistant.
Want a double-oven range or a full-size oven? How about both! This flex oven can be used as one large 6.3-cubic-foot oven or it can be split into two independent ovens, functioning at separate temperatures. Convection cooking allows for even heat in both ovens, and there’s also an air fry function. The cooktop features five different elements with varying power outputs, including an Express Boil feature for rapid boiling, and it’s available in two fingerprint-resistant finishes.
- Oven size: 6.3 cubic feet
- Burners: 5
- Features: Smart technology, double oven, convection function, Express Boil
- User can control oven settings via a smart device or virtual assistant
- Range is equipped with a power-boil function for quickly boiling water
- Can function as a convection oven, full oven, or double oven
- Some customers complain that it’s easy to turn on burners unintentionally
Get the Samsung Flex Duo electric range at The Home Depot, Best Buy, or AJ Madison.
With its large oven capacity and powerful set of elements, this slide-in range from GE makes a worthy addition to any kitchen. Two burners include dual elements—9-inches or 6 inches—and include a power-boil option.
The ample 5.3-cubic-foot oven capacity is adequate for roasting a large turkey, and there are two racks for cooking multiple dishes at once. The end-to-end cooktop offers enough space for multiple large dishes.
A front-mounted control panel features touch controls for the oven and large knobs for precision temperature control for each cooktop burner. A self-cleaning setting makes cleaning the oven less of a chore. And a bottom drawer provides storage space for baking sheets and pans.
- Oven size: 5.3 cubic feet
- Burners: 4
- Features: Power boil, self-cleaning, storage drawer for baking sheets and pans
- 2 dual elements make it easy to accommodate pots and pans of varying sizes
- Power-boil feature boils water more quickly than standard elements
- End-to-end cooking surface gives this model a sleek look with kitchen counters
- Doesn’t come with as many cooking features as similarly priced ranges
Get the GE 5.3 cu. ft. slide-in electric range at Lowe’s, The Home Depot, Best Buy, or AJ Madison.
Those in the market for a cooktop-only option will want to consider this 36-inch model from KitchenAid. With a versatile set of five burners and a cooking surface that’s wider than a standard cooktop-and-oven combination, this built-in electric cooktop from KitchenAid is an excellent choice. The large triple-ring burner features three different cooking sizes: 12 inches, 9 inches, and 6 inches.
This model boasts a 10-inch Even-Heat Ultra Power element for both cooking at higher temps and maintaining a consistent simmer, and a 6-inch Even-Heat element is suitable for more- delicate cooking duties, such as melting chocolate. Large stainless steel knobs add a high-end look, and for safety, a hot-surface indicator lets users know when the cooktop is still warm.
- Oven size: N/A
- Burners: 5
- Features: Triple-ring burner, hot-surface indicator
- Triple-ring burner works with 3 different sizes of pots and pans
- Range includes an Ultra Power cooking element that boils water quickly
- Range equipped with cooking elements for high heat and low heat cooking
- Some customers complain about issues with bubbling under the glass cooktop
Get the KitchenAid electric cooktop at Lowe’s, Best Buy, or AJ Madison.
A versatile design, attractive look, and useful extra features make this Frigidaire a great all-around stand-alone range. The glass top has ample cooking capacity with its five elements. Plus, all of the elements are expandable to suit cookware diameter. There’s also a 3,000-watt element to boil water quickly and a warming zone that keeps food from getting cold.
This range has a 5.3-cubic-foot oven capacity that’s suitable for cooking multiple dishes at once, and there’s a large storage drawer that holds more cookware than the average range. It’s available in black, white, and stainless steel.
- Oven size: 5.3 cubic feet
- Burners: 5
- Features: Flexible burners, warming zone, large storage drawer, power boil
- Flexible burners work with various sizes of cookware, adding versatility
- Ample range capacity with 5 burners and a warming zone
- Large storage drawer makes it easier to stow pots and pans under the oven
- Some customers complain about too much heat escaping from the oven door
Get the Frigidaire electric range at The Home Depot or Best Buy.
With its sleek look and high-performing induction technology, this slide-in range from Samsung is a great choice for those looking to upgrade to an induction range. By generating heat through the cookware, this induction cooktop gets hot faster than other range types while offering excellent temperature control.
The range offers four burners on the cooktop and a whopping 6.3 cubic feet inside, making it capable of handling multiple dishes or very large mains. Its smooth glass cooktop cools quickly after use and is easy to clean. This Wi-Fi–compatible range works with the Samsung SmartThings app, allowing the user to set timers and change temperature from a smartphone or via voice control from Alexa, Google, and other virtual assistants.
- Oven size: 6.3 cubic feet
- Burners: 4
- Features: Wi-Fi compatibility, induction range
- Lots of cooking capacity thanks to 6.3-cubic-foot oven and 5-burner cooktop
- Wi-Fi compatibility allows user to control temperature and set timers remotely
- Sleek slide-in design with stainless steel finish and digital controls
- Some customers complain that this model does not come with an owner’s manual
Get the Samsung induction electric range at Lowe’s, The Home Depot, or Best Buy.
Those who want to air fry faster than ever in a busy kitchen will want to consider this versatile range. The air fryer function is built into the oven and requires no preheating. Another time- saver is this Samsung’s 3,300-watt burner that quickly boils water. For added convenience, this range is also Wi-Fi and voice enabled, so users can control it with a smartphone or via voice controls when it’s paired with a digital assistant.
The electric range features five burners and a 6.3-cubic-foot oven capacity, so there’s ample space for cooking various mains and sides. It comes with a convection option for more even baking and roasting, and the freestanding design places the controls at the rear of the range, out of the reach of young children. It has a self-clean deep cleaning feature for earlier cleanup, and it’s also available in a variety of finishes, making it easy to match to existing kitchen appliances.
- Oven size: 6.3 cubic feet
- Burners: 5
- Features: Air fryer, Wi-Fi enabled, convection option, quick-boil burner
- Oven doubles as a no-preheat air fryer for fries, chicken wings, and other fried foods
- Wi-Fi enabled; allows user to control it from a smartphone or digital assistant
- Large cooking capacity with 5-burner cooktop and 6.3-cubic-foot oven
- Some customers complain that the cooktop scratches and marks easily
Get the Samsung air fry electric range at Lowe’s, The Home Depot, or Best Buy.
Folks who truly prefer a gas cooktop may wish to check out this dual-fuel model from GE, which boasts advanced technology on both its range and oven. This five-burner gas stove includes a tri-ring burner with three different-size flame rings and a dual-purpose center oval burner that functions as either a grill or griddle grate.
The convection oven uses a third heating element in tandem with a reversing fan for more consistent heating, and the range also includes a built-in air fryer. The oven’s controls are located conveniently at the front of the oven and come equipped with child locks for safety. There’s also built-in Wi-Fi that allows the user to control and monitor the oven remotely. The model comes with three racks, and it has two automated cleaning options, including a self-cleaning setting for deep cleans and a steam-cleaning option for quick cleans.
- Oven size: 5.7 cubic feet
- Burners: 5, including a dual-purpose center oval burner
- Features: Triple-ring burner, fingerprint-resistant finish
- Amply sized cooktop can handle numerous dishes at once with its 5 burners
- Center oval burner can function as either a griddle or a grill
- Oven can function as an air fryer, traditional oven, or convection oven
- Versatile features and size come with a premium price tag
- Some users have complained that the self-cleaning feature is problematic
Get the GE dual-fuel electric range at Lowe’s, The Home Depot, or Best Buy.
What to Consider When Choosing an Electric Range
When shopping for an electric range, it’s important to know the types available and what size will fit in your kitchen. It’s also a good idea to become familiar with the oven capabilities these kitchen appliances offer as well as various cooktop configurations.
There are three types to consider when shopping for a range: freestanding, slide-in, and built-in models. A freestanding electric range is the most common and the easiest to install. Freestanding ranges fit in a space in the kitchen typically surrounded by a countertop and cabinets, but they have finished sides so they can stand alone if need be. The control panel is usually located at the top of the unit on the backguard.
A slide-in electric stove is designed to slide seamlessly into a space between the cabinets and countertops, creating a sleek overall look. This type of unit typically has controls located at the front with no built-in backguard. They have unfinished sides that make them unsuitable for stand-alone use. Since they lack a backguard, many users choose to install a tile backsplash behind a slide-in range.
A built-in range separates the oven and range functions. The range is built into the surface of a countertop independent of the oven, which is typically built into cabinetry in a nearby space. Separating the two units can help create enough room for a double oven.
Ranges vary in size depending on the type and price point. The depth is standard for all ranges to match standard kitchen-counter depth. However, the width can vary. A standard electric range measures 30 inches wide, which is typically enough space for four to six burners. Higher-end chef-style ranges might be 36 inches or greater. This style of range offers numerous burners plus a spot for additional cooktops, such as a griddle.
The capacity of a standard oven is about 5 cubic feet. Built-in wall ovens are usually smaller at about 3 cubic feet. A standard-size oven is suitable for most families and folks who entertain frequently. A smaller oven might be preferable for a couple living in an apartment or starter home.
There are a few options to consider when choosing the type of cooktop that comes with a range. The most affordable ovens will feature the classic electric-coil cooktop. These models may have a dated look and lack a perfectly level cooking surface, but they are durable and can handle all types of cookware.
Smooth glass electric cooktops feature a sleek look, are easy to clean up after spills, and offer a perfectly flat cooking surface. They may also feature burners with multiple elements, allowing the user to adjust for pots and pans of different sizes.
The downside to a glass cooktop is that the surface can collect buildup that is difficult to remove if not cleaned regularly. Certain cookware cannot be used with this type of range, including cast-iron pots and pans, which can scratch or even chip the surface.
Ovens come in a variety of types. Electric ovens distribute heat evenly, so they are excellent for baking, whereas gas ovens heat up more quickly than their electric counterparts. Gas ovens, which require a gas line in place, cost more up front but cost less to operate, whereas electric ovens cost less up front but cost more to operate. Ultimately, this choice is a matter of preference and the utility access available in the home.
Both gas and electric ovens come as conventional ovens, which heat from the bottom up. Convection ovens use a fan to distribute heat throughout the device, heating food more efficiently.
Dual-fuel ovens offer the best of both worlds, with a gas cooktop and an electric oven combined into one unit. Gas cooktops offer fast heat and superior temperature control, while electric ovens better distribute heat, making them ideal for baking. Dual-fuel models tend to be more expensive than gas or electric ranges.
These days, it’s difficult to find an appliance maker that doesn’t offer a model with smart technology, and electric stoves are no different. They offer smart features that allow the user to turn them on and off or adjust temperatures via a smart device. Some even work with virtual assistants to allow the user to control them with voice commands.
There are many features that add functionality to an oven. Here are some of the most popular features included in electric ranges:
- Additional space for burners or griddles on some cooktops provides convenience while cooking.
- A child-lock button is critical for families with kids when the controls are located on the front of the unit. The user simply activates it to prevent access by little fingers.
- A double oven has an upper oven and lower oven, allowing the user to cook multiple dishes at different temperatures at the same time. However, a double-oven range takes up more space, often eliminating the storage drawer at the bottom of the unit.
- Delayed start and stop features allow the user to preset times for when the oven turns on and off. While this feature may be nice on some occasions, keep in mind that an oven isn’t an appliance that should be left on when no one is at home. And most foods shouldn’t sit in a cold oven for a long period of time, either.
If you still have questions about electric ranges, read on for answers to the most common questions about these appliances.
Q. What is the difference between a range and a stove?
The words “range” and “stove” are often used interchangeably to refer to a collection of burners that are paired with an oven. That said, a stove can also be used to describe a heating device for a room, as in the case of a wood-burning or pellet stove.
Q. How do I choose an electric range?
Size is one of the most important considerations to take into account. Measure the width, depth, and height of the available space to make sure the electric range you purchase will fit, since ranges can vary in width from 20 inches to 40 inches. Also, consider how much you’re willing to spend. Electric ranges can vary in price from a few hundred to several thousand dollars, depending on the features of the model.
Q. Which range is better: freestanding, slide-in, or built-in electric?
This largely depends on what you need. Freestanding ranges are considered a lower-end option and typically don’t offer the same power and features of a more expensive built-in or slide-in range. If you’re an avid cook, it may be worth it to invest in a more expensive model. Most home cooks, though, will do just fine with a more affordable freestanding range.
Q. Can I plug an electric stove into a regular outlet?
Electric stoves use significantly more energy than the 1,800-maximum wattage that a standard 110-volt outlet can provide. As such, they require a 220-volt outlet for power.
Q. How long do electric ranges last?
An electric range will last about 13 years on average. Frequent cleaning may extend the life of the device.
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