LG LDE3037ST Electric Double Oven Range Review
Novel tech means fantastic performance from this new LG.
From the Lab
We subject the ovens and rangetops we review to a barrage of tests, scrutinizing everything from water boiling speeds to baking performance. Like the mythical Hercules, the LG LDE3037ST withstood pretty much everything we threw at it.
While electric rangetops lack the responsiveness of their gas counterparts, they make up for it with fast boil speeds and a wider range of temperatures. The LDE3037ST offers an extremely wide range of temperatures. The front right inner-ring burner reached 737°F, while the front left inner-ring burner reached 727°F°. Meanwhile, the front right outer-ring overdid it slightly, with a maximum temperature of 864°F. The LDE3037ST also excelled in the low temperature cooking: we recorded an impressive low temperature of 92°F from the left rear burner, while the remaining burners were all comfortable below 100ºF.
The LG LDE3037ST's front right burner was the best of the bunch, boiling six cups of water in only 4 minutes. The front left was less impressive with a 7 minute boil time for the same amount of water.
Oven & Broiler Performance
We test our ovens for accuracy and precision. Accuracy is determined by how often the temperature in the cavity matches the setting—whether it be 170°F, 350°F, or 450°F. Precision, on the other hand, is determined by how far the temperature strays from the ideal.
The Keep Warm setting exhibited excellent accuracy, but only averaged around 152°F—not terrible, but a bit low for our tastes. The 350° setting averaged 337°F, which only would've been a cause for concern had the bake tests gone poorly. Meanwhile the convection setting—particular the true convection setting in the lower cavity—was the best of the bunch with superlative accuracy and precision. We recorded an average temperature of 348°F from the lower oven cavity.
We don't just test for temperature accuracy and precision. We also perform cook tests using actual food, and the LDE3037ST passed these tests with flying colors. Both sets of cookies and cakes we cooked emerged from the oven almost perfectly uniform and consistent. There was little noticeable difference in doneness between each individual cookie from the lower oven, and only a small difference when looking at the cookies baked in the upper oven. These test are designed to reveal any hot or cold spots in the oven cavity, and we found none. The cakes also emerged almost perfectly cooked, with little difference between the tops and bottoms, a sure sign of good air circulation.
The LDE3037ST also performed extremely well in our preheat tests. The upper oven took only 5 minutes to reach 350°F, while the considerably larger lower cavity kept up with a 6 minute preheat time. The infrared broiler was also impressively fast with a preheat time of only 5 minutes.
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