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.
$1,079.99 - $1,199.00
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. • Convection oven mode. • Warming drawer. • Touchpads for setting oven temperature. • No high-temperature oven self-cleaning function.
The Whirlpool WFE720H0AS is part of the kitchen range
test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, electric range
models like the WFE720H0AS 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 how well the lowest-powered element or burner kept a low temperature as for melting chocolate. 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.
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.
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.
Slide-in Slides between cabinets; all controls are on front panel for a built-in look. May have an unfinished exterior on the sides of the range, and often the left and right edges of the cooktop overlap the counter.
Stainless steel available Many new mainstream ranges come with stainless steel trim or offer a stainless-trim version for an additional $200 or so.
We purchased the Model WFE710 two years ago in Black Ice. Everything is the same including measurements, functions, and design. It is a very attractive range and the cooktop works great. There are two things that are completely unacceptable. First, the lower drawer is so small that nothing we have fits in it so it sits empty. The oven capacity is great but the AquaLift self-cleaning technology is horrible. It cleans the bottom of the oven a little bit but I still have to scrape out any MINOR spills. It does not clean the oven walls AT ALL. I had a technician check it out to make sure it was working. I was told the oven is a scrubber. Be prepared to mop out the water in the bottom also. In addition, there is now a couple of drips between the oven door glass which looks terrible. I like to have a clean range at all times. I'm shopping for a different range that does not use AquaLift and irritate me every time I look at it.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
By Cooking Grandma
from Jackson Center, Ohio
(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
Heats Up Quickly
Large Surface Area
I replaced our 15 year-old Kenmore with this Whirlpool. I love this range! It is very attractively designed and I am looking forward to cooking in this extra large oven for the holidays. The burners feature a rapid boil on one of the burners and a 3-level large burner in the front. It has a warming spot and two other smaller burners. The burners are responsive and give very accurate heat. The oven is very accurate in baking temp. The convection feature is great for baking and crisping main dish foods. Others commented that the digital controls are difficult to use, but I haven't had any problems with them. You just have to remember to control the timer with the timer button only. I haven't needed to use the cleaning feature yet, but I suspect you need to use it more often whenever you see spilled food on the bottom of the oven and not wait until there is a mess. It heats and steams, not burning off food like the old electriclean. Incidentally, the electriclean on my old one kicked in by itself and nearly burned up the range. That is why we got rid of it. The electriclean can be dangerous if it overheats. Had to turn off the breaker to get it to quit! I am hoping the steam Aqualift system will work.
How long have you owned it:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
By Blind Kim Baker
from Chandler, AZ
Heats Up Quickly
Large Surface Area
Cooktop Is Always Dirty
Difficult To Clean
Lettering Is Too Small
I bought this without doing any comparison buying. My previous coil-top range was overheating and the coils were not laying flat. The range looks nice, but in my kitchen, the lettering for the controls is difficult to read. i need to always have the microwave light on to read it. Also, the first time, i baked a cake, i put the timer on for 50 minutes, which accidentally changed the temp from 375 to 500 degrees. Luckily i was in the kitchen and smelled the cake burning before disaster struck. The clock function is not intuitive- it actually turns the oven off. I always have to double check that i set it right and I'm an engineer. I end up using the timer instead of the clock.<br />The other major problem that i have with this range is that i find the cooktop difficult to keep clean. I have tried several cook-top cleaners which don't work well. Whirlpool only recommends their cleaner, which i need to order.