I purchased the Electrolux Slide-In 30” gas range model #EW30GS65GS to replace a Kitchen-Aid dual fuel slide-in range which was 15 years old. I paid $2479 at P.C. Richard & Son and that included the price of the range ($1979) plus delivery and installation and pick up and disposable of the old range, sales tax and the installation of the LP gas conversion kit and a 5-year extended warranty. After much research into different brands and models and customer reviews, I decided on the Electrolux, which was competitively priced with other major brands in this category.
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The range resembles a commercial unit with stainless steel front, top and sides and black framed oven door and warmer drawer glass. The top has four different sized sealed burners and cast-iron continuous grates. The burner control knobs are also stainless and not cheap plastic and they sit on the front top of the range on either side of the touch activated glass control panel. This model has the Wave Control feature which presents a darkened control panel screen until you wave your hand across it and it lights up showing the numerous oven control pad functions. You can choose whether to display the clock at all times or hide it along with the other functions.
The range is very well built with commercial grade stainless steel and heavy duty burners and burner heads and grates. The oven has a large capacity with three stainless racks, two of which are easy sliding which feel like they are on ball bearings, and one that is a standard rack. There are 8 rack positions and the stainless rack supports are also removable for cleaning. The interior of the oven is a beautiful blue porcelain enamel and there are 2 halogen oven lights that fade on or off with the opening and closing of the door. The lights can also be put on manually with the door closed. These 2 lights bring a bright and clear glow to the oven interior without shadows and are so much superior to the standard incandescent bulbs in most ovens. The bottom drawer is a warming drawer which can keep cooked foods warm at 170 degrees and can also be used as storage when not in use to warm foods. The range comes with a roasting probe, a broiler pan, grill and rack and a separate rack for use in the warming drawer.
The four top burners include a 5000 BTU, a 9500 BTU, a 14000 BTU and a dual flame Min-to Max 18000 BTU. This last burner can be set from a low simmer all the way up to 18000 BTUs. The range top surrounding the burners is all stainless steel with slight inclines toward the sealed burner heads to help prevent spills from accumulating around the burner heads. The older model had black burner head rings that fit around the burner heads, but the new design has eliminated the need for these rings by forming the range top to accomplish the same thing and it looks much better and there are fewer pieces to clean. There is also a cast iron griddle available which locks into the left side of the grates covering the two left side burners. The griddle has a raised side for grilling and a smooth side for pancakes, grilled cheese, etc. The griddle sells for about $100. when bought separately, but there is a special offer included with the packaged materials that come with the new range that allows you to purchase it for just the shipping charge of $9.99 which is a great deal. There is also a form to send in to get a free DVD collection from Electrolux which details the care and use of all of their major products, including a very comprehensive one on this range.
Besides the great look and feel of this range and the wide range of burner capabilities, the available oven functions are outstanding. The oven control pad functions include:
-Light pad –Bake pad –Broil pad –Convection Bake pad –Convection Roast pad –Keep Warm pad –SlowCook pad
-Control Lock pad –Perfect Turkey pad –Dehydrate pad –Defrost pad –Multi-stage pad
-Cook Options pad –Cook Time pad –End Time pad –Probe pad –Rapid Preheat pad –
-Bread Proof pad –Clean pad –Upper Oven pad –Warmer Oven pad –Lite pad –Med pad –Heavy pad –Convection Conversion pad –User Preference pad –Cancel pad -2 Timers
-Start pad –lo pad -+hi pad -0 thru 9 pads and 3 My Favorites pads.
There are hundreds of functions and combinations of functions that this range can perform. There is also a Sabbath setting for those who observe the Jewish restrictions on the Sabbath. The user preferences include the clock settings which can be set for 12 or 24 hour time of day operation, a UPO setting for adjusting the oven temperature, a Fahrenheit/Celsius display and an audio setting to adjust the volume of the warning chimes and beeps. There is also a setting to reset to factory defaults.
Another nice feature of this range is the oven door. It has a very large glass window and it allows a good view into the oven. The door is also made to be easily removed by unlocking 2 mechanisms on either side. The oven door can also be opened to any position and it will stay in that position until it is moved again. Most oven doors have 2 clicked openings, but this one can stay open anywhere from 1 inch to fully open and the door stays in the position you leave it.
The Use and Care Guide is well laid out and intuitive. The picture on the front of the guide shows the older model that has the black burner head rings which are no longer used. Some of the other information is also outdated in the guide, such as the reference to a light in the warming drawer, which was not continued in the newer model. The warming drawers of the electric and dual fuel models have a light in the warming drawer. There is also a quick start guide for the control panel included which can be kept near the range for easier use of the panel while becoming adept at the many functions.
The manufacturer’s warranty is one year on parts and labor so I would suggest buying a five or ten year extended warranty from the retailer. My five year extended warranty cost $149 from P.C. Richard and it covers everything including a new range if mine cannot be fixed. I had the need to call Electrolux on several occasions with questions and I found them to be very responsive and helpful. On your first call they will assign an account number so that subsequent calls are handled much quicker and easier.
I can highly recommend this unit to anyone looking for an all gas range. A similar unit is also available as a free standing model. It is solidly built, easy to clean, has a professional look and feel and provides a multitude of functions and many unique features not found on most ranges.
One last note concerning where to buy this range. Mine was purchased at P.C. Richard & Son which offered a fair price and a good extended warranty. If you shop in this store make sure you clarify the installation process. I was quoted an installation price plus $10. per cut if any cuts to the countertop had to be made to accommodate the range. I figured that the most this would cost me would be $50. for 5 cuts including the 3 sides of the countertop and 2 sides to the cabinet facings. When the installers came I was told the charge for cutting is $25. per foot which came out to be $250. I had to fight with the store to get the difference reimbursed. If you shop at P.C. Richard (or any other store who will be installing) and you might need cutting done, make sure you get the costs to perform these services in writing.
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Amount Paid (US$): 1979.