Whirlpool WEG760H0DS Slide-In Gas Range Review
This Whirlpool is a good slide-in with a great price
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We've tested a lot of ovens over the years, and if there's one thing we've learned to accept, it's that there's always a cost, even if the price is low. As for the Whirlpool WEG760H0DS (MSRP $1959) slide-in gas range, you get this very reasonable MSRP, but "pay" the difference in the form of some love-it-or-hate-it aesthetics, as well as some occasionally spotty performance.
Oven & Broiler Performance
The oven took 11 minutes to reach 350°F when using the standard bake setting, while the convection setting shaved a minute off that time. The broiler, on the other hand, needed a sluggish 12 minutes to reach 605°F.
We were initially concerned when we ran our real food tests using the standard bake setting. We noticed a number of dark edges on our test cookies and test cakes. Fortunately, the true convection setting had no such trouble. The food we cooked emerged beautifully even.
Flat, but Unflattering
Whirlpool's designers made some interesting choices when they penned the WEG760H0DS. The biggest is that its control panel faces straight up from a flat, horizontal surface. In theory, this gives users a clear view and access to the control panel without bending down or leaning back. However, due to the flat display, you'll need to step right up to the range to see the temperature level or timer progress.
The actual control panel itself is fairly straightforward. Burner control dials are found on either side of the oven controls, which are located in a recessed middle section. But for whatever reason, the central burner dial is also in that recessed section. It's always a challenge to find a home for that fifth burner dial, but this solution is confusing.
The WEG760H0DS features Whirlpool's AquaLift self-cleaning technology. It’s a good steam system, but traditional pyrolytic (burn off the stains) self-cleaning is unavailable. Unlike most "set it and forget it" self-cleaning systems, with AquaLift you'll need to pour water into the oven, turn on the cycle, and then wipe all surfaces down afterwards. At least this method does take less time than pyrolytic, and it allows for that giant front window.
One upside (or downside) of testing ovens for so long is that you know exactly what to expect. Residential gas rangetops are unable to reach the high temperatures found in professional kitchens or even electric ranges, and the WEG760H0DS is no exception. We recorded an unremarkable average maximum temperature of 419°F from the burners, and a unimpressive average low temperature of 155°F.
Fortunately, the WEG760H0DS boiled up water in a flash. The two front burners boiled six cups of water in only six minutes apiece.
No matter how many burners your range has, they are only worth the cost if performance is up to par. Thankfully, the WEG760H0DS’s front two burners took only six minutes each to boil six cups of water. One fast burner is always welcome, but two? That's invaluable for many dishes.
Gas rangetops, with few exceptions, can't match the high temperatures of electric ranges. However, the Whirlpool WEG760H0DS got close, with some burners reaching close to 450°F. Similarly, the rear right burner did a great job in our simmer tests. Our thermocouples showed that a pan got down to 105°F, which is impressive. The remaining burners hovered in the 200’s.
The WEG760H0DS’s true convection setting baked cookies and cakes in an exceptionally even fashion. No matter what you cook, it should emerge evenly done. Conversely, the broiler took a whopping 12 minutes to heat up to 600ºF—so it might take awhile to make steak tips or finish the cheese on top of French onion soup.
For one year from the date of purchase, Whirlpool will cover parts and labor for defects of material or workmanship of this range. This is a standard warranty for an appliance at this price point.
For more information, see the manual.
Fills a Gap
The Whirlpool WEG760H0DS slide-in range is a bit of an oddity. The design choices are clever, to an extent, but we predict day-to-day use may take some time to learn. The range's notable performance perks—specifically those boiling speeds and the stellar true convection mode—do make up for the weird controls, but we still think this is a range you should try out on a showroom floor before buying.
Those looking for a well-priced slide-in could do far worse than the WEG760H0DS, and it can found for under $1,700 online. If you're on board with the design, it'll get the job done.
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