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.
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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.
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.
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, 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.
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.
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
By I am pretty hot
from Dallas, TX
(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
Use your overhead fan if you have one
Easy To Clean
Difficult To Clean
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:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
from Calgary Ab
(3 of 6 customers found this review helpful)
Hard to clean
Difficult To Clean
Full time job to keep the top clean. Hard cleaning everyday and it's still stained!<br /><br />Everything else works fine.