What's this? This is based on oven capacity, cooktop speed and simmer performance, and oven baking, broiling, and self-cleaning performance. The displayed score is out of a total of 100 points.
$1,058.46 - $1,599.99
Summary:This Samsung freestanding electric smoothtop range has the following: • 4 surface cooking elements • Among surface elements, 2 high-powered element(s). • Warming element on cooktop • One or more expandable cooktop elements. • Convection oven mode. • Warming drawer. • Double ovens. • Touchpads for setting oven temperature. • Glass touch-screen for setting oven temperature. • Oven has "steam clean" function for light cleaning. • A slide-in partition that converts the cavity from a single oven to dual cooking cavities with separate temperature controls (though they share the one oven door.)
The Samsung FE710DRS is part of the kitchen range
test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, electric range
models like the FE710DRS are rated on multiple criteria, such as those listed below.
This reflects how quickly the most powerful element could raise a 6-liter (6 1/3 quart) pot of water from room temperature to a near boil.
This reflects the ability of the lowest power element to melt and hold chocolate without scorching it. We also set the most powerful element to its lowest setting to test its ability to hold a large pot of tomato sauce below a boil.
This reflects the evenness of cookies and cakes in multi-rack baking tests.
About This Brand
This midlevel brands sells cooking appliances priced between $1,000 and $2,500. In 2008, Samsung released a range with the SteamQuic cleaning system, a three-fan true-convection range designed to cook food more evenly.
High-power elements The number of surface cooking elements rated at over 2,000 watts. On a smoothtop range, often one or more of the high-power elements is a dual element; you can choose the large element or a smaller element within the larger one for small pots.
Medium-power elements The number of surface cooking elements rated at over 1,500 watts but not more than 2,000 watts.
Low-power elements The number of surface cooking elements rated from 1,200 to 1,500 watts not including warming-only elements, or those contained within larger expandable elements.
Convection mode Has a convection feature that uses a fan or two to circulate heated air, and sometimes an extra heating element. The convection mode can be turned off if you prefer conventional cooking.
Double oven Double oven models have a second oven cavity. Most have a separate small oven above the main one complete with its own controls, door, window, oven light, slide-out rack, and self-clean function. While the upper oven offers easy access, the main oven is relatively low; you'll need to crouch to remove items from lower shelf positions. Other designs offer two same-sized ovens, or convert a single oven into two using a slide-in partition (though with a shared door.)
Cooking drawer Drawer below the main oven that can cook foods (up to a few inches high), as well as warm or heat serving bowls and plates. The cooking drawer has its own temperature control so can be set to cook a dish independent of the main oven. Foods must be lifted up out of the drawer (lacks a slide-out rack), and the drawer requires manual cleaning.
Slide-in Slides between cabinets; unfinished exterior on the sides of the range. The edge of the cooktop overlaps the counter on each side and all controls are on front panel for a built-in look.
Stainless steel available Many new mainstream ranges come with stainless steel trim or offer a stainless-trim version for an additional $200 or so.
Cooktop used 5-6 days a week for heating foods, preparing soups, spaghetti, steaming vegetables, frying/scrambling eggs. I use stainless steel cookware most often. One hard anodized aluminum pan heats really fast and tends toward burning/over-cooking if not watching.<br /><br />Cooktop cleans well using products specific for glass cooktops and following their directions - fudge, tomato sauce, melted cheese, cooked egg, grease spatters all cleaned up. No scratches from any of these and cooktop still looks new.<br /> <br />Adjusting to how convection oven works - haven't quite fine tuned for all dishes yet. Pies have come out beautiful as do cookies from the small upper oven. However, rack in upper oven allows too much movement where dishes could actually slide off the rack -use caution when pulling rack out. <br /><br />Ovens (both upper and lower separately and combined) heat to temperature much faster than my old electric coil-top stove.<br /><br />Warming function in oven worked well at holidays to keep prepared dishes warm.<br /><br />Electronic controls require you to always hit the Start button after setting time or temp - have forgotten to do so and end up having to repeat the process - user issue that should go away if memory improves. <br /><br />Self-cleaning oven - horrible odor on first use but the baked-on bacon grease-spattered oven was clean upon completion without scrubbing on my part.
How long have you owned it:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)
Samsung FE710DRS Disappointing
Heats Up Quickly
Large Surface Area
I was very disappointed in this range. I wanted a double oven, but the ones with the second oven on the very bottom wouldn't work for me, especially if I was lifting a heavy turkey out of it. I thought this would work, giving me the 2 ovens I was looking for. If you use the two ovens, the temp doesn't register correctly. On the bottom part, you don't have the room to put in a big item to bake, like a turkey. You have to use the whole oven, which defeats the reason I wanted the 2 ovens - to cook two things at the same time. Things don't cook the same as in a regular oven and it's been hard trying to judge the time and temp to cook things. I thought I could use the top oven to save on electricity (there's only 2 of us), but the top oven doesn't work for everything. Even with the instructions in front of me, it's a bigger pain than it's worth. Wish I had a regular oven and never bought this one.
How long have you owned it:
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
from Owings Mills, MD
(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
Smooth Cooktop damaged after 2 uses
Heats Up Quickly
I have only had my Smooth Cooktop for 2 weeks. I bought brand new pots and pans for this appliance (pans recommended for this type of stove). The second time I used the stove, I was being very careful, actually too careful and there is now permanent scratches on the the Stovetop. I am very disappointed and outright frustrated. This is a stove that should be designed to cook and NOT just too look pretty. It CAN NOT possibly be this delicate. Samsung is sending a contractor to look at it, but I think this is a defective appliance and I want a brand new one. If it looks like this after 2 weeks and only 2 uses, I can't imagine what it will look like in years. Kitchen appliances are made to last for years; not weeks.