LG LDE3037ST Electric Double Oven Range Review
Novel tech means fantastic performance from this new LG.
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At first glance, the LG LDE3037ST (MSRP $1,699.99) looks like any other freestanding, electric, double-oven range. However, housed beneath the nondescript exterior is an absolute powerhouse of a range that impressed us with its amazing rangetop and two capable and versatile ovens. Extra features abound, like a novel self-cleaning system and an infrared broiler.
It may not be the best range we have ever tested, but it gets pretty darn close. With sale prices as low as $1,350, it's also one of the least expensive double-oven convection ranges on the market.
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.
Design & Usability
A wolf in sheep's clothing
The LDE3037ST is by no means ugly, but it doesn't stand out. That's exactly what many consumers will want: a simple transitional design that should look good in most kitchens, regardless of the decor. However, if you've got a more design-forward look, it might not measure up to higher-priced offerings.
The LDE3037ST also features the one design feature I, personally, cannot stand: a speckled cooktop. I know that it helps hide fingerprints and spills, but I'd rather take the time to clean a gorgeous glass cooktop.
As with most freestanding ranges, both the oven and burner controls are located on the backsplash. While this is a common placement, we are not in favor of this, as it forces users to reach over potentially hot burners to adjust temperatures. Those adjustments can't be made by knob, either. Instead, the LDE3037ST needlessly puts touch-sensitive controls where knobs have sufficed for a century. The oven interior is coated in LG's new EasyClean finish.
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.
Powerful burners get the job done.
The LDE3037ST's rangetop is comprised of four burners and one warming zone. The two front burners have variable diameter settings to accommodate for larger pots and pans. The front right burner inner ring has a 9-inch diameter, while the outer ring is 12-inches. The daintier left front burner has a 6-inch inner ring and a 9-inch outer ring.
But the range doesn't just offer a large variety of cooking areas to choose from. It also sports some excellent performance to boot. The front left burner was the belle of the ball with staggeringly rapid boiling speeds. It took only four minutes to boil six cups of water. The remaining burners held their own, but you'll want to stick with the front left burner for boiling pasta or potatoes.
As is often the case with electric units, the LDE3037ST's range top offers a wide range of temperatures. We recorded temperatures as high as 737°F and as low as 87°F from the front right burner alone, and the remaining burners all achieved similar results.
Oven, Broiler, & Convection
A novel infrared broiler does the trick.
There is a word for ovens like those found in the LDE3037ST, and that word is stellar. We were pretty much blown away by performance of both the smaller 2.3-cubic-foot upper oven and the larger 4.4-cubic-foot lower oven. Whether it be preheating, oven accuracy, oven precision, or just plain-old cooking performance, both ovens proved themselves more than up to the challenge.
The upper cavity features a unique infrared broiler, which proved to be astonishingly fast. Instead of a traditional broiler—which snakes around the top of the oven in their four, six, or eight "passes"—the infrared broiler covers the entire roof of the oven. That makes for fast preheats and even coverage. Common on high-end ranges but rare in this price bracket, the infrared broiler took only five minutes to reach 605°F.
And speaking of speed, how does a five minute preheat in the upper cavity, and a six minute preheat in the lower cavity sound? Needless to say, this is an ideal range for those who value time.
The dual ovens matched the blisteringly fast preheat speeds with exceptional cooking performance, absent any hot or cold spots. There were minor temperature inconsistencies in the upper oven, but nothing that would ruin a meal. Meanwhile, the lower oven, which features true convection cooking, offered perfectly consistent and uniform cookies and cakes in all our baking tests.
Cooking with confidence
We are fans of the LDE3037ST, and with good reason. It's one of the best reasonably-priced electric ranges we have ever tested. The burners are versatile and powerful, the novel infrared broiler lives up to the hype, and both of the dual ovens allow for flawless baking.
We realize that $1,699.99 isn't exactly chump change, but sale prices dip as low as $1,350. That's a good value for such great features and great performance. Some minor design elements aren't our cup of tea, but we could definitely live with touch-sensitive burner controls and a speckled rangetop.
If you're looking for a reasonably-priced, freestanding, electric double-oven range, you should stop and check out the LDE3037ST.
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