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Whirlpool WFG540H0AS Freestanding Gas Range Review

It's large, but it ain't in charge.

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From the Lab

All of the ranges we test are subjected to a number of evaluations. We scrutinize everything from how long it takes to boil water to how evenly foods bake. While the Whirlpool WFG540H0AS's rangetop was a pleasant surprise, the oven left us cold—along with half of the cookies we baked.

Oven & Broiler Performance

When we test an oven, we first measure 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 WFG540H0AS's oven was extremely accurate, but offered little to no precision.

The Keep Warm setting averaged 165°F, 5°F below the target temperature of 170°F. The 350°F test was similar, averaging 349°F. We measured 344ºF with convection, which makes sense—most ovens "convert" for convection's better airflow by dropping the temperature 25ºF. Oddly, precision dropped as well.

Oven accuracy and precision tests are one thing, but actual cooking performance is more important. That's why we bake cookies and cakes from standardized recipes, and evaluate how evenly they cook.

We noticed a large difference in doneness between individual cookies we baked on a sheet in the oven, and there was a minor discrepancy between the tops and bottoms. This tells us that the oven cavity has several hot and cold spots.

There was a large difference in color between the tops and bottoms of our test cakes, however, which indicates that the oven has issues with air circulation.

Meanwhile, the broiler was sluggish. It took 16 minutes to reach 602°F. A bright spot: The oven itself took only 8 minutes to reach 350°F.

Rangetop Performance

While gas rangetops lack the wide range of temperatures of their electric counterparts, they make up for it with responsiveness and visual feedback. The WFG540H0AS bucked the trend to certain degree with some truly excellent boiling performance from two of the burners. We recorded a 5 minute boiling speed from the two front burners.

Predictably, the WFG540H0AS suffers from low maximum temperatures. The front right burner reached a perfectly respectable maximum of 419°F, while the remaining burners averaged 403°F. The left rear burner got as low as 123°F with the remaining burners averaging 137°F. That's a pretty good result for gas.

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