Most and Least Reliable Electric Ranges

With data on more than 88,000 models, CR's member surveys reveal the brands that last

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The range is the workhorse of the kitchen, so it's only natural that you want it to work perfectly, every day. 

In our most recent reliability surveys, we asked members about their experiences with 88,510 ranges they purchased between 2010 and 2020.

"Around 81 percent of the ranges in our survey that were purchased 10 years ago are still in use," says Simon Slater, associate director of survey research at Consumer Reports. 

But longevity and reliability aren't the same thing, and just because so many ranges make it to the 10-year mark doesn't mean they don't need repairs along the way. Our surveys finds big differences between brands with respect to the frequency of repairs needed to keep ranges cooking their best. 

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We determine an electric range's predicted reliability rating by asking CR members whether the one they bought developed problems or broke within the first five years. Then we use that data to make projections about how new models from a given brand will hold up over time. Some brands have a much higher problem rate than others.

We also ask members how likely they are to recommend their range, and that serves as the basis for our owner satisfaction rating.

If you're shopping for a new range, start with our buying guide to zero in on features and options that matter to you. Next, turn to our range ratings for the complete picture.

Most Reliable Brands of Electric Ranges

We have reliability ratings for 16 major manufacturers of electric ranges: Amana, Bosch, Café (formerly GE Café), Dacor, Electrolux, Frigidaire, GE, Hotpoint, Ikea, Jenn-Air, Kenmore, KitchenAid, LG, Maytag, Samsung, and Whirlpool.

CR members with digital access can read on for some of the most important findings from our survey, along with ratings and reviews of top-performing electric ranges from brands that rate well for predicted reliability.

Electrolux is the worst brand for reliability, with a rating of Fair. And CR members aren't happy with their Amana and Hotpoint electric ranges, with both brands earning a rating of Poor for owner satisfaction.

Of the most reliable brands of electric ranges that were covered in our survey, five stand out by earning a rating of Excellent for predicted reliability: Bosch, Café, GE, Ikea, and Whirlpool. 

Of those, Bosch earns a rating of Very Good for owner satisfaction, while the rest of the most reliable brands earn a rating of Good. No brand earns a rating of Excellent for owner satisfaction, and Bosch is the only brand to earn a rating of Very Good.

Bottom line? Bosch is the brand with the best reliability and satisfaction marks, but Café, GE, Ikea, and Whirlpool are also strong choices.

There are currently no Bosch smoothtop ranges in our ratings, but the GE Profile below is a reasonably priced model that heats water quickly and bakes evenly. The Café is a more premium slide-in model that doesn't offer better performance but does have nice features, including convection and a WiFi-connected oven.

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