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Whirlpool GGE388LXQ
 
Approximate retail price:
$1100
Summary: This Whirlpool 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.
• Double ovens.
• Touchpads for setting oven temperature.
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Type: Smoothtop, double oven (30-inch)
About - Whirlpool GGE388LXQ

The Whirlpool GGE388LXQ is part of the kitchen range test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, electric range models like the GGE388LXQ are rated on multiple criteria, such as those listed below.


Cooktop high:
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.

Cooktop low:
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.

Baking:
This reflects the evenness of cookies and cakes in multi-rack baking tests.
About This Brand

This midlevel, mass-market brand sells appliances priced between $500 and $1,500. Whirlpool’s freestanding ranges offer features such as hidden bake elements, power burners, and convection technology. Whirlpool introduced a range designed specifically for the Hispanic consumer in 2006 and features English and Spanish controls, as well as a comal for heating tortillas.

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Features & Specs - Whirlpool GGE388LXQ
info Double oven Yes
info Cooking drawer No
info High-power elements 2
info Medium-power elements 0
info Low-power elements 2
info Convection mode No
info Slide-in No
info Stainless steel available Yes
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User Reviews - Whirlpool GGE388LXQ
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(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)
 
5.0
Love the Double Oven
6/15/2012
Pros
Attractive Design
Easy To Clean
Heats Up Quickly
High-Powered Burners
Cons
Best Uses
Baking
Larger Kitchens
Smaller Kitchens
Comment:
I've had this range about six months and really enjoy it. The stainless steel with the black cooktop and dark glass is extremely attractive and I love the small top oven which I use most of the time. It's great to not heat up a large oven for a single item, while still having the extra larger oven when more room is needed (wish I had it a month earlier when baking six pies for Thanksgiving - I could have baked them all at once instead of in stages). Most of the time it's easy to keep clean - except for the occassional boil over or drip which immediately cooks onto the top. Even then it doesn't take too much to clean it with a plastic scrubber and micromesh cloth for polishing. A month after my purchase I was told that I couldn't do canning on a smooth top, but when I checked the range instructions they advised moving the pan between burners to avoid overheating. Good to know!
How long have you owned it:
Three-to-six months
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)
 
5.0
Whirlpool GGE388LX(Q)
10/20/2011
Pros
Attractive Design
Easy To Clean
Large Surface Area
Cons
Best Uses
Baking
Sauteing
Comment:
This model was purchased for a kitchen remodel and has been in use 6 months. The convection is wonderful (lower oven only). The upper oven is used 90% of the time which saves energy in both keeping the house cool and using less energy overall. Everything works as advertised. The steam clean function is a nice feature. One very minor complaint: due to the convection, the unit is not perfectly flat at the rear so it sticks out about an inch beyond the cabinets. Nothing major but for some it may be a deal breaker. Other wise, no complaints. Tip: The salesman warned - do NOT use tin foil to cover the bottom of the ovens. The heating elements are hidden and the tin foil will bake onto the oven floor. Not good.
How long have you owned it:
Three-to-six months
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)
 
4.0
I LOVE this range!
10/16/2011
Pros
Easy To Clean
Heats Up Quickly
Two Ovens
Cons
Convection Confusion
Best Uses
Comment:
This is my first ever new stove, and also my first smooth top. I worried that I wouldn't like the way it gets stained, scratched and marked, but have found that if I use the cream cleaner, sponge and razor when cleaning up in the kitchen every night, it stays perfectly clean. I love the small top oven, which I use for 90% of my cooking, therefore using less power, and the bottom oven is handy when I'm slow cooking ribs and baking a pie at the same time. The only thing I haven't figured out yet is whether I'm using the convection wrong. I've never owned a convection oven before but my mom says that it should cook food significantly faster, and mine doesn't. I guess I have to get out the stupid manual and actually read it!
How long have you owned it:
Three-to-six months
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
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