Haier HCR2250ADS Dual Fuel Range Review
Small size, limited capabilities
We’ve cooked on and tested hundreds of ranges, but the Haier HCR2250ADS dual fuel range (MSRP $1,199) stands out among its stainless steel-coated brethren for a number reasons—many of them not quite ideal.
The affordable 24-inch range is part of Haier’s kitchen suite targeted at a niche of consumers with smaller kitchens, and marks the Chinese company’s first big push into the American cooking appliance market.
Unfortunately, despite some higher-end extras like true convection, a wok ring, and a baking tray, the range doesn’t have the versatility most home cooks expect: The rangetop can get hot, but not mild, and the oven doesn’t bake particularly evenly.
It’s not a bad choice if you’re tight on space (and cash)—so long as you’re prepared to come up against some limitations.
Impressive heat, but struggles to simmer down
Despite its narrow width, the rangetop houses 4 gas burners beneath continuous cast iron grates. We were surprised to find the burners could reach scorching high temperatures with an ease unusual among gas rangetops. We measured maximum temperatures hovering around 500°F on every burner.
When it came to low temps, on the other hand, the HCR2250ADS just didn’t make the grade. The right front burner dipped to 172°F—by far the lowest of any burner—but in order to perform tasks like simmering soup or melting butter, you’ll want to be able to turn the heat down below 150°F. This rangetop simply cannot do that.
Only the left front burner could bring six cups of water to a boil in under ten minutes. You’ll be waiting a long time if you try to cook pasta on any other burner.
Oven & Broiler
Adjust for small capacity
With a capacity of just 2 cubic ft., there’s no denying that the HCR2250ADS has an extremely small oven cavity—which means you’re going to have to adjust your use patterns accordingly.
For example, we usually bake a sheet of 12 test cookies in every oven, but had to reduce the number in order to fit the tray into the oven. The single-layer cakes we always bake side-by-side had to be baked on separate oven racks, switching positions halfway through baking. It’s not ideal, but these kinds of adjustments come with the territory of a smaller oven.
Baking in the oven wasn’t entirely successful, with browning varying throughout the cavity, but we saw the most success with use of the true convection setting. On the bright side, preheats for both the oven and broiler were cheeringly speedy.
For 2 years from the date of purchase Haier will repair or replace any parts that fail due to defects in materials or workmanship. That's a year longer than most manufacturers. For more information, see the manual.
A Matter of Preference
Nothing’s perfect, right?
In the end, it’s all about what you value most in an oven. The HCR2250ADS should fit in the most cramped city apartment, it’s inexpensive, quick to preheat, and the rangetop packs some impressive heat. Where it falls short is low temperature cooking, boiling speeds, and evenness of baking.
The choice is yours.
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