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Here are the best double oven ranges we've tested:
The Whirlpool WGE745C0FS double oven electric range is a knockout across the board. It passed every test we threw at it with flying colors, from boiling water to baking pizza. Its ability to multitask sets it apart from other ranges. In particular, you can bake two dishes at different temperatures simultaneously and fit at least four pots on the cooktop at once.
This range is chock-full of features, including Frozen Bake, Rapid Preheat, and Sabbath Mode. You won’t find an air fry setting, but the True Convection mode will produce the same deliciously crispy results. With stainless steel, black, and white finishes available, it can match most kitchens. Regardless of the finish, we love the look of this range’s ultra-sleek smooth cooktop.
The only small downside we could find to this range was the uneven doneness of cookies when we tested True Convection mode in the bottom oven. (The feature doesn't exist for the top oven). That said, this is still the best electric range we’ve tested.
Large oven capacity and spacious cooktop
Bakes evenly across a single tray
Lower oven doesn't bake cookies evenly between two trays
Hi there! I'm Madison Trapkin, Reviewed's kitchen and cooking editor. As a passionate food and beverage aficionado, I've tested meal kits, immersion blenders, aprons, and more. I know what it takes to make a great kitchen appliance. Whether you’re finally replacing an old range or have always wanted to add a double wall oven while renovating your kitchen, I've got your back.
Previous versions of this guide were written and updated by Jessica Teich and Kori Perten.
Not only do we perform repeatable, lab-based tests on ovens, ranges, and cooktops, but we also do real-world evaluations. (For example, cooking pizzas and baking cookies.) That means we can tell you which products will perform the best, will give you the most bang for your buck, or have the sleekest looks.
For products with burners, we measure the maximum and minimum temperature of each burner. This helps determine which burners are best for simmering soup, and which burner can get hot enough to properly sear a steak.
A range or cooktop with multiple burners with a wide range of temperatures will score well. If burners cannot reach very high or low temperatures—or if only one burner can do each task—scores will be lower.
Time To Boil Water
One of the most common tasks for a range or cooktop is to boil a pot of water. For each burner, we take an appropriately sized pot and fill it up halfway with distilled water. Then, we position a thermometer horizontally in the middle of the pot, and vertically in the middle of the water column. We monitor the thermocouple and record the time it takes for the temperature of the water to reach 212°F.
If the water hasn’t reached 212°F after 35 minutes, we stop the test. Because the water volume is different for varying burner sizes, we score the water boil test on the rate of water boiling: Faster water boiling will result in higher scores, while slower water boiling will result in lower scores.
Time To Preheat
Using a stopwatch, we measure how long it takes for the oven to reach a temperature of 350°F. We stop the clock when the oven’s preheat indicator beeps. The shorter the preheating time, the higher the score.
How Evenly The Oven Bakes
One happy side effect of testing ovens is that there are always extra cookies lying around. In addition to being delicious, cookies double as a proxy for other thin food items, like brownies or vegetables.
We place 12 Pillsbury ready-to-bake sugar cookie chunks on an ungreased cookie sheet in a grid formation. We preheat the oven to 350°F for 15 minutes. Then, we place the cookie sheet in the oven on the rack recommended by the manufacturer to bake for 15 minutes. (If there is no recommendation, we use the middle rack.) We remove the cookies from the oven, and allow them to cool for 2 minutes.
We repeat the process if there’s a second oven, or if the range or oven comes with a convection option. When testing convection, we place two trays of cookies on the two racks recommended by the manufacturer. That’s because convection is commonly used to bake or cook several things at once.
After looking the cookies over, we determine how evenly baked they are. When testing convection, we also determine whether cookies from multiple sheets have baked evenly. Because convection is generally a more efficient way of cooking or baking something, it’s important that multiple food items on different racks be cooked or baked to the same degree.
For all of our cookie tests, the more evenly baked the cookies are, the higher the score will be. If the product has a second oven and/or convection capabilities, then the cookie scores for those tests and the main oven test are weighted and combined into a final cookie score. This way, products with just a single, conventional oven are not penalized for their lack of a second oven or convection capabilities.
How Well The Oven Cooks Meat
To understand how each product cooks meat products, we also use fresh, never-frozen pork loins in our testing. Pork loins are exceptionally uniform as far as all-natural products go.
After placing the 3- to 4-pound boneless pork loin in a roasting pan, we place a temperature probe in the middle of the it. We preheat the oven to 325°F. Then, we place the pork on the rack recommended by the manufacturer cooking it until the temperature probe reads 160°F, the minimum safe temperature for cooking most meat products.
We then remove the pork loin, let it sit for 10 minutes, and cut it into thirds so we can see how evenly cooked it is. If the oven has convection capabilities, we repeat the test in convection mode, using the Convection Roast option if there is one.
How Effectively The Oven Cooks Pizza
One of the most common reader questions we get is whether a specific oven can get hot enough to actually cook a pizza. To answer this question, we make a basic pizza. We place a batch of Pillsbury Classic pizza dough on a lightly oiled baking sheet, and put a temperature probe in the dough. We cover it with tomato sauce and cheese, and bake it at 500°F for 10 minutes.
Between the temperature data and our own subjective assessment, we determine whether the oven can cook a pizza all the way through or not.
We go to great lengths to test the cooking/baking abilities of these cooking appliances. But we also ask a series of subjective questions.
For example, how easily can the cooktop surface accommodate multiple pots and pans? Is the control panel easy to understand? How nice are the burner knobs or buttons? How loud is the preheat notification noise?
We answer all of these questions and more to determine if there are any major drawbacks to the product that might not make it a good fit for most households.
What You Should Know Before Buying A Double Oven Range
What Is A Double Oven Range?
This one is thankfully pretty self-explanatory. Instead of having a single oven compartment, these ranges have two separate oven compartments. This design allows you to cook two items at different temperatures. They're ideal for cooks who typically have to prepare multiple dishes at once. Double oven ranges are ideal for preparing large meals of multiple dishes that center around a turkey, roast, or other food item that has specific length and temperature requirements. You can shove the turkey into the top oven for a long, slow roast, and still have the bottom oven free to cook everything else.
What Are The Different Types Of Ranges?
One of the main ways to differentiate ranges is by their fuel type: gas, electric, dual-fuel, and induction.
• Gas — Lower cooktop temperatures, faster water boiling, potential for uneven cooking/baking because of central flame location
• Electric — Higher cooktop temperatures, slower water boiling, more even cooking/baking because of heat distribution over coil
• Dual-fuel — Faster water boiling, more even cooking/baking because of heat distribution over coil
Depending on your cooking and baking priorities, as well as the way you learned to cook, one of these fuel types might be more appealing than the rest. One more thing to consider: dual-fuel and induction ranges are typically more expensive than gas and electric ranges.
What Is The Difference Between Convection And True Convection?
True Convection is an oven setting that includes installing an extra heating element and a fan in the oven. By adding an additional heating unit and fan that circulates the hot air, True Convection is great for ensuring that cookies or cakes baked on different racks will bake through at the same rate, rather than the cookies closest to the bottom heat source cooking faster than those on the rack higher up. If you don't see mention of "True Convection" or "European Convection", but do see the word "convection" in a range's specs, it means that the unit lacks an additional heating element, but does have a fan to circulate the hot air. While you don't get the full baking and cooking effect that you would with True Convection, the added heat circulation can cook or bake food more evenly than it would without a fan.
There are also ranges out there that do not offer convection options at all; these ovens aren't bad, it will just take more time to cook and bake food all the way through. If you're a frequent baker or cook, convection can be a great time saver, but your dinners won't suffer unduly without it.
What Is The Difference Between Slide-in And Freestanding Ranges?
In a nutshell, slide-in ranges are meant to sit flush with your countertops, while freestanding ranges are meant to sit on top of any surface. While slotting in and sitting on top of your countertop may seem similar, the main differences between the two involve finish and ease of cleaning. Because freestanding ranges are visible from all slides, they have a more finished look; slide-in ranges are meant to have their sides hidden by the cabinetry, so the finish typically isn't as pretty on the sides.
Additionally, because slide-in ranges sit flush with your countertop, they're a bit easier to clean because they do not have a large lip around the edge. Freestanding ranges often have larger lips around the edge of the cooktop to corral any crumbs that would otherwise decorate your floor. Freestanding ranges also typically have a back-mounted control panel for the same reason.
While slide-in ranges will do fine in a freestanding arrangement, the reverse is less true. If your current cooking setup has the range sitting in a cabinet or countertop cutout, we recommend replacing that range with another slide-in range. Conversely, if your range stands alone in your kitchen, we'd recommend replacing it with another freestanding range to cut down on food debris spilling everywhere.
Should I Get A Front-mounted Control Panel Or Back-mounted Control Panel?
As we mentioned earlier, most freestanding ranges have back-mounted controls, but some slide-in ranges do as well. Both arrangements have pros and cons; on the one hand, having back-mounted controls means you may have to reach over hot food to adjust the oven temperature, the controls are also far enough away that you would have difficulty hitting something on the control panel by accident. On the other hand, front-mounted controls are easier to reach, but that convenience can turn against you if you brush up against a knob accidentally. Consider the ergonomics of using the range when it comes to picking a front- or back-mounted control panel.
How Many Burners Do I Need?
Depending on how much time you spend in the kitchen, it might be worth it to investigate in some extra options for your range. When it comes to the cooktop, anything above the standard four-burner setup is a bonus. Some ranges can have five, or even six burners; however, the more burners a range has, the more difficult it becomes to fit large pieces of cookware, such as a spaghetti pot and a frying pan, on their respective burners at the same time.
Sometimes, those extra burners are specialty burners are designed to accommodate special cookware such as a griddle or a wok; other burners are bridge burners that are meant to keep food warm without continuing to cook it.
Another possibility is to have a dual-ring burner, or a burner that includes a stronger heat source wrapped around a weaker heat source. That way, on a single burner, you can choose to use just the smaller heat source for lower temperatures, but you can add the stronger heat source if you need higher temperatures.
What Oven Features Do I Need?
As for extra oven features, they can include everything from accessories like special oven racks or a temperature probe to special cooking features like the aforementioned convection settings, fast preheat (which expedites the preheating process), bread proofing (where the oven settings are customized to activate yeast and make bread rise), steam cooking (where you pour water into a reservoir and gently cook something with the resulting steam), air fry mode (where you can expeditiously fry frozen and fresh foods, similar to an air fryer) and many, many more options.
Other Double Oven Ranges We Tested
Unlike a typical dual-oven range, the Samsung NE59J7850WS lets you divide the 5.9-cu.-ft. oven cavity in two on demand, offering a new level of adaptability.
You can also bisect the door, but only when and if you choose. Along with the ovens, the cooktop easily reaches searing heats or simmering lows. Whether you want to cook a Thanksgiving turkey or make multiple meals at once, this range can fit your needs.
We love the Samsung NE59M6850SS/AA electric range with convection. Its Flex Duo divider means it's three ovens in one package: It can function as a large single oven, or you can simply slide in the divider to convert it into two smaller ovens for baking two things at once.
This model also offers WiFi for remote preheat, two powerful burners, great low-heat simmering, and some of the best roasting we've ever tested.
The KitchenAid KFID500ESS is a solid dual fuel range with a high-performance induction cooktop and electric double ovens. Its induction cooktop can boil quickly across all four burners and our testers love how easy it is to clean.
The combined 6.7 cu. ft. capacity of both ovens is significantly larger than the standard 5 cu. ft. of many ovens, and will let you prepare multiple dishes at different temperatures simultaneously. However, you'll need to do a little troubleshooting to get used to these ovens, particularly when it comes to convection baking.
Madison covered all things cooking as the kitchen editor for Reviewed in 2021. Formerly the editor-in-chief of Culture Magazine, Madison is the founder of GRLSQUASH, a women's food, art, and culture journal. Her work has also appeared in The Boston Globe, Cherrybombe, Gather Journal, and more. She is passionate about pizza, aesthetic countertop appliances, and regularly watering her houseplants.
She holds a Bachelor's degree from the University of Georgia and a Master's of Liberal Arts in Gastronomy from Boston University.
Kori began her journalism career as a teenage fashion blogger and has enjoyed covering a wide variety of topics ever since. In her spare time, she’s an amateur poet, avid reader, and gluten-free cake baker extraordinaire.
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