Chances are you're interested in a smooth top for its good looks, fantastic cooking performance or both. Compared to their electric coil counterparts, smooth top stoves and cooktops boast superior food prep technologies, with faster heat responses and higher heat output on the whole. They’re also chock full of intuitive features like automatic pan size and heat sensors, adjustable burners, and rapid heating settings. They conduct using one of two methods—radiant heat or electromagnetic... induction, the latter of which uses magnets to heat and cook special magnetic cookware.
Design-wise, smooth tops are the stuff that dream kitchens are made of. Whether glass or ceramic, they’re sleek, stylish, and much easier to clean than coils or gas burners. But the burner elements on these units can be more difficult to replace when they break or malfunction, and you have to be careful when cleaning and cooking because smooth tops can scratch, particularly when used with raw cast iron. While it might be tempting to slide that pan across your perfectly flush stove, you’ll end up with scratched glass if you do.
If you’re looking for the ultimate in flexibility and convenience, a smooth cooktop (combined with a separate wall oven) may be your best match. You can put one in wherever you have countertop, including in an island, which is the perfect setup for entertaining while preparing meals. If your budget is small or space is tighter, a traditional range oven can come outfitted with a smooth top as well. They tend to deliver a little more bang for the buck, particularly because they house multiple appliances in one footprint.
Generally speaking, smooth top styles are more energy-efficient as well, so despite their higher upfront costs over traditional stoves, you may see a break in your monthly utility bill down the road. Whether that can offset your initial investment depends on how much you spend and how frequently you cook at home.
So whether you've come to considering a smooth top for its high-tech features, designer looks or chef-style performance, keep reading for a few smart picks that marry both form and function.
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According to users, the heat on this four-burner, one-warmer stovetop is very direct and speedy -- the perfect complement to the double oven below that allows you to cook multiple dishes at different temperatures all at once. Adjustable burners let you get dinner done quickly, and there's an opportunity there for energy-savings, too, since you don't have to heat up the entire burner element for smaller pots and pans. The oven has a smaller upper chamber and a larger one down below,... making this range a versatile choice when time is of the essence. The lower oven offers convection cooking, and there is also a delay-bake feature.
When you're dealing with a sleek black cooktop, you can't use just any cleaner because of streaking, and you'll have to be carefully with heavier cookware scratching the stove’s surface. But if it's the designer look you’re after, this range has it in spades. The power behind the unit won't disappoint either, making life easier for anyone who regularly cooks for a crowd. You can also find versions of this oven in black, white, or slate if those styles fit your kitchen décor better.
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Our second choice for the best smooth top electric range to buy i is by Samsung. This model features 5 heating elements, and 5.9 cubic feet of oven space.
The cooktop has two adjustable size heating elements that expand from six inches to nine inches. Two more six-inch elements and a warming element in the center fill the cooktop. The warming element is a plus over our top overall pick, but this Samsung model does lack the Power Boil technology that the GE JB645EKES model offers. So if you often... find yourself wishing that you could heat things on the cooktop faster, the GE may be a better choice for you.
The oven has 5.9 cubic feet of space, and a standard broiler – instead of the high and low broil settings found in the GE model. One thing it does offer, though, is the ability to select from a two, three, or five-hour self-clean cycle – depending on the oven’s cleaning needs. This Samsung smooth top electric range may be the right choice for you if rapid boiling and multiple broiler settings aren’t overly important to you.
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If you want a reliable, high-performing cooktop at a budget-friendly price, the Whirlpool W5CE3024XB should be on your radar. This model has a large, 10-inch element that offers 2,500 watts, a 7-inch element that offers 1,800 watts, and two 6-inch, 1200-watt burners. AccuSimmer means melting chocolate and keeping those sauces at the perfect temperature is easy. Owners say this cooktop heats up quickly, too.
This Whirlpool gets high marks for being easy to clean. The knobs are dishwasher-safe, so... they can be popped off and cleaned with the rest of your dirty dishes. The glass surface can be scrubbed without scratches, too. Reviewers also love the sleek look, saying it blends in well with their countertops. There is a “cooktop on” indicator light that reminds cooks if a burner is on; there is also a hot-surface light that will stay on until the surface is cool enough to touch, even if a burner is actually off – both important safety features, especially in homes with kids.
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If your kitchen configuration calls for a slide-in electric range and you’re looking for a smooth top model, the Whirlpool 6.4 cu. ft. Slide-In Range with True Convection Oven is a great choice.
The unit has a high-end look with front-mounted knobs to control the burners, surrounding a digital keypad for oven operation. The cooktop features five elements, including a warming zone. Two of the burners are FlexHeat triple radiant elements – meaning that the diameter adjusts to 6 inches, 9 inches,... and 12 inches.
The convection oven has 6.4 cubic feet of space, which is a generous space for cooking a variety of dishes. It also has other features to make your cooking more efficient – including Rapid Preheat and Frozen Bake technology. Oven cleaning is also made simple with AquaLift cleaning technology that offers a 50-minute cleaning cycle.Continue to 5 of 8 below.
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If you’re looking for a smooth top electric range with downdraft, the pricey but high-end looking Kitchen Aid 6.4 cu. ft. Slide-In Electric Range is our top pick. This range will fit into any gourmet kitchen, and will make gourmet cooks and home cooks alike happy with its suite of features.
The cooktop has a center ventilation mechanism to draw air down and away from the cooking surface – eliminating the need for a range hood. This makes it a great choice for kitchen islands or other countertop... configurations where a hood is either not practical or desirable. Four heating elements are available to accommodate all of your stovetop cooking needs, including an adjustable element that can be set for a 6-inch or 10-inch diameter.
The generously-sized oven has Even-Heat true convection technology, which uses a bow-tie design for the heating element and a fan to keep air moving and heat evenly distributed. For cooks that are new to convection baking, the oven has EasyConvect conversion technology to assist in converting conventional cooking times and heat settings. While this unit is priced at the high end of smooth top electric ranges, it makes a perfect choice where downdraft ventilation is preferred – and doesn’t overlook the essential cooking and baking features that today’s modern chefs insist on.
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If you need to feed a crowd, the LG 7.3 cu. ft. Double Oven Electric Range with ProBake Convection Oven is our top choice. This smooth top range was built for cooking many dishes at once, and makes clean-up simple.
The five-element cooktop features two adjustable size heating elements, and a warming zone. This is on par with other smooth top electric ranges in the middle of the price range. The front of the range features knob controls for easy stovetop control, while the oven is controlled by a... glass digital control panel at the rear of the appliance.
The ProBake convection oven is a real star with its immense capacity – 7.3 cubic feet split between dual ovens. This is plenty of room to cook up a three-course meal or a feast for your next dinner party. Note, however, that only the lower oven has convection cooking. When it’s time to clean up, the oven features a 10-minute EasyClean option that uses water to dissolve messes and eliminate odors. So if you want major cooking capacity, combined with adjustable elements, choose this LG smooth top electric range.
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For a smooth top electric range with all the basic functions you need at an affordable price, check out the Whirlpool 4.8 cu. ft. Electric Range. This model is available in stainless steel, black, or white.
To make the most of the smooth cooktop surface, you’ll find four heating elements that include two adjustable size elements. Inside the oven, you’ll have 4.8 cubic feet of space to cook up a variety of meals. The large window in the oven door helps you keep an eye on things without having to... open the door. One thing to be aware of, though, is the fact that this is a manual clean oven — so you’ll need to put in some effort to keep it clean.
This model is at the bottom of the price range for smooth top electric ranges — but you’ll still have everything you need for tasty meal prep.
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If you have room in your budget to spend a little more on an entry-level smooth top electric range, then Whirlpool offers a 5.3 cu. ft. range with a self-cleaning oven that makes a great choice.
Similar to our best budget model, this Whirlpool range also has four heating elements with two adjustable size elements. What sets this smooth top range apart from the more basic (and slightly more affordable) model, is found in the oven.
The oven grows to 5.3 cubic feet, and also has a self-cleaning... option – which may be important to some home cooks. Additionally, it features a SteamClean option to handle smaller messes using only a little water and a short cleaning cycle. The oven also has AccuBake technology to ensure that a consistent temperature is maintained during cooking and baking. You’ll spend a little more money than what you would spend on our top budget pick, but this Whirlpool model may suit your needs for an entry-level smooth top electric range.
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