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Kitchen ranges

Whirlpool WFE371LVB
 
Approximate retail price:
$550
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.
• Touchpads for setting oven temperature.
• Oven has "steam clean" function for light cleaning.
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Type: Smoothtop, single oven (30-inch)
About - Whirlpool WFE371LVB

The Whirlpool WFE371LVB is part of the kitchen range test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, electric range models like the WFE371LVB 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 WFE371LVB
info Double oven No
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 WFE371LVB
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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)
 
2.0
electronics destroyed by the oven vent
3/8/2012
Pros
Attractive Design
Heats Up Quickly
Cons
Controls burned out
Difficult To Clean
Unreliable Performance
Best Uses
Comment:
The electronic control board malfunctioned shortly after we bought it - the oven vents directly behind the control board, so the controls were always getting steamed up and shorting out. It once froze the controls during a self-clean cycle and I had to turn off the breaker to turn it off. Scary. The second repairman seems to have fixed it by manually changing the shape of the vent so it vents OUT and not behind the control board. Stupid design. The door is poorly designed too - the steam has gone between the glass plates and the oven door now looks very messy. I will not buy this brand again.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)
 
4.0
Use your overhead fan if you have one
6/29/2011
Pros
Attractive Design
Easy To Clean
High-Powered Burners
Cons
Difficult To Clean
Unreliable Performance
Best Uses
Comment:
I was leery of some reliability complaints about new Whirlpool electric ranges even though I have never had a problem with any I have owned in the past. A repairman came out for another appliance I had and informed me the digital electronics in the electric ranges were going out because the new design vents hot air out of the oven on the front of the oven just below the temperature control knobs on the left side. Sure enough he was right. They used to vent out the back. The front vent causes the electronic wiring in the front to get very hot and then cool down after every use which eventually causes the digital components to fail (the old solid state circuitry was more reliable). The best thing you can do to avoid problems is to operate any overhead fan you have when you use the oven or even the range. This will dissipate the heat to a great degree.
How long have you owned it:
One-to-three months
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
(3 of 6 customers found this review helpful)
 
2.0
Hard to clean
1/23/2010
Pros
Attractive Design
Cons
Difficult To Clean
Best Uses
Comment:
Full time job to keep the top clean. Hard cleaning everyday and it's still stained!<br /><br />Everything else works fine.
How long have you owned it:
One-to-three months
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
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