Pros: Sleek and modern appearance, Even heating, Digital controls
Cons: Keeping it clean
My wife and I decided that it was time to make the move toward stainless appliances in our kitchen. Since our old range would turn off at inconvenient times and require a slight "tap" to become operable again (and by "tap" I mean "bang") it only made sense to start with an electric range. Furthermore, Warners' Stellian was having a warehouse sale and our hopes of finding a bargain moved us to take action and go find our new range.
*I should note that we have only had this range for about three months now, so this should be taken into consideration when you are researching your new electric range options.
The first thing that I was drawn to about this range (as one often is with things like appliances) was its aesthetically pleasing appearance. The stainless steel exterior against the black ceramic cooktop and control panel looks very sleek and modern. In addition, the control panel has digital touch controls, so if you are one who prefers the more "techy" look, you might appreciate the blue LED digital readouts. Another benefit to having the knob-free control panel is that it makes cleaning a charm. No more dodging or removing pesky knobs in order to clean up after a spaghetti sauce-splattering (or similar) incident. Beyond the exterior, the flashy, blue interior is also very appealing.
While I find the appearance of this range to be one of its strengths, it is also one of its weaknesses due to the fact that keeping it clean can be a challenge. As anybody who has stainless steel appliances would tell you, and it really shouldn't be a surprise to one who doesn't yet have stainless steel in their home, fingerprints, smudges and smears show up clear as day when they land upon that wonderful, shiny exterior! This really does get to be a nuisance if you are bothered by it. That being said, these things do clean up pretty easily with some stainless steel wipes (we just use a generic brand and they work great). The same can be said about the black cooktop surface. Beyond the usual burn rings that appear from frequent use, the ceramic cooktop surface does a great job of displaying any dust or crumbs that happen to land upon it. For this, we have found that a nice microfiber cloth combined with a ceramic cooktop cleaner does the trick. While all of these things are not necessarily specific to this range, they are typical of stainless steel and black cooktop surfaces and should be taken in to consideration when purchasing your new range.
In short: We have NOT been disappointed with the performance of this range! On the glasstop, eggs, pancakes, bacon, beans, pasta, soups and more have all prepared exactly as we would have hoped. The burners heat up quickly and seemingly distribute heat very evenly and the digital controls make adjusting temperatures a charm. The warming zone is also a nice added feature that makes a great landing spot for baked beans, macaroni and cheese, or anything else from which one may want to retrieve a second helping.
The oven has been awesome for us as well. We had never had convection before, but the automatic convection converter makes using this feature easy and removes and intimidation. Due to the even distribution of heat, the convection fan has enabled us to produce some great pizzas, cookies and chicken breasts that are cooked very evenly. This has been one of the greatest changes for us, as our previous range had a tendency of either overcooking the bottom or the top of whatever it was we were cooking.
Like most other ranges, this too has a storage drawer and adjustable racks that accommodate to the user's preferences. The storage drawer size is on par with other ranges that we looked at (23 inches wide x 5 inches tall x 17 3/4 inches deep). We use it for holding some hot pads, dish towels and broil trays. While I generally leave the racks in their "standard" position, I do like having the flexibility of being able to move this as I wish. Being someone who loves broiling steaks (which this range does a great job of), I do find myself adjusting the top rack from time to time. One should note though that the ideal time to adjust the rack is BEFORE you turn the oven on...
-1 year parts and labor
-5 years limited on cooktop and radiant surface units
All in all, we have been very pleased with our purchase of the LG LRE30453ST Electric Range. While the going price on this is in the $850-1000 price range, we were able to get it for $599 due to a Black Friday deal (at that price it was a no-brainer). The dimensions of this range are 36 inches tall (47 5/8 inches tall including the panel) x 28 inches deep x 29 7/8 inches wide and it weighs 205 pounds. While the dimensions are more or less the same as our previous range, the control panel was a couple inches taller. We recently installed a new over-range microwave and as a result of the taller display we did need to make a few cabinet modifications to ensure that we had sufficient space for viewing the readout.
One quip I do have about the general layout of this range is the unit's back. While this is specific to our situation, since the back is not recessed we were forced to have an electrician friend move the range outlet receptacle down on our wall. Since the back behind the storage drawer is recessed, moving the receptacle lower on the wall has solved our problem of not being able to push the range back and flush with the counter tops and cabinets.
Overall, my wife and I couldn't have asked for a better electric range. The sleek, modern style fits in great with the new look that we were going for and perhaps more importantly, it delivers great meals. While keeping the exterior clean can be a bit annoying at times, once it is all buffed up it really does command attention. The convection fan has been a great feature and the digital displays make for easy cleaning and use. While there are probably others who use their range more often than we do, the three or four times that we use this range each week result in wonderfully well-cooked meals!
Additional features include (from the Warners' Stellian website):
-different beeper volumes
-self-cleaning oven (w/variable times)
-electronic clock and timer
-interior over light
-delay bake and delay clean