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Is two better than one? When it comes to electric double oven ranges, we can think of seven good reasons why they are, and we have three top-rated ranges to prove it. If you’re still not convinced, give the rest of our guide a read. By the end of this feature, you’ll learn what a double oven range is, who they’re best for, and how much you should pay for one. Follow along to learn more!
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Crowding in the kitchen is a real struggle, but one place it’s often overlooked is in the oven. It’s one of the reasons many homeowners opt for a double wall oven setup that provides twice the amount of baking space without sacrificing the floor space a range does. However, that setup can cost a lot (you need to buy the wall ovens and a cooktop separately), which is why many shoppers turn to double oven ranges.
Double oven ranges have two baking zones with the upper oven usually being smaller than the lower baking chamber. The upper portion is also typically a conventional oven, while many manufacturers use convection in the lower part, though it’s not standard. While less common, some double oven ranges feature convection in both baking cavities, which you can expect an upcharge for. Like their single-oven counterparts, dual oven ranges are available in traditional freestanding or slide-in range models.
The price for an electric range with double oven slots can vary between $700 and $4,100. As with all appliances, features, the brand, and other variables influence the price.
- Double oven ranges cost more than single oven ranges
- There is no bottom drawer on a double oven range
- Electric double oven ranges only have five heating elements
Technically, ranges between 48” and 60” ranges come with two ovens standard, and even some 36” ranges come with dual ovens. However, these are manufactured by luxury brands, and therefore, they’re labeled as pro-style ranges. For that reason, double oven ranges generally refer to 30” models, the same width as a conventional range. In other words, if you already have a standard-size range in your kitchen, you can fit a double oven range in the same spot.
Of course, the real question is “How much oven capacity are we talking about?” In short, you aren’t necessarily getting more oven space—instead, you’re getting more flexibility and usable space. Overall, double oven ranges normally provide between 5 to 7.3 cubic feet of capacity. That won’t be as much as two 30” wall ovens, which usually provide anywhere from eight to 10 cubic feet of baking volume, but the layout replicates the functionality of double wall ovens pretty well.
We’ve covered the basics, now let’s get into the nitty-gritty. Why electric? After all, most professional cooks prefer gas. That may be true, but that doesn’t mean electric ranges are obsolete. In fact, they surprisingly outperform gas in some areas. Take a look.
1. Double Oven Ranges Let You Multitask Like a Champ
The most obvious perk of owning an electric double oven range is the flexibility. Since both ovens work independently, there’s no need for swapping out trays or casseroles or changing baking temperatures for each course. Pop items in and set individual temps and bake time for easy meal prep.
2. Electric Bakes Better Than Gas
Believe it or not, electric radiant heat is better for baking than gas…in most cases. Gas does produce “moist heat,” which some cooks claim is better for long braises and roasting meat. But that’s pretty minimal. Electric ovens heat at a constant rate while gas ovens shut off and on, which can cause fluctuations in temperature.
3. Electric Ranges Are More Affordable
Hands-down, an electric double oven range is the most affordable way to increase your oven baking potential twofold. That’s because electric appliances are typically cheaper than gas, which means an electric double oven range is more likely to cost less than a gas range with two ovens.
4. Electric Ranges Are Safer
Many homeowners prefer electric appliances simply because no live flame means far fewer fire hazards. Additionally, gas ranges can also contaminate your home’s air, which is commonly overlooked concern for buyers who have breathing complications like asthma.
5. Double Oven Ranges Produce Better Flavor
That is, if you often bake multiple items at a time. Since there are two separate places to bake, that means there is no odor or flavor transfer.
6. Saves Energy
Here’s a fun little tidbit: run the upper portion of an electric double oven range for smaller meals to save energy. This is also a great tip if you don’t want to heat up the kitchen during the warm seasons.
7. No Need for Special Installation
And finally, you can’t put a price on simplicity. In most cases, electric double oven ranges only need a standard 240-volt outlet to run. On the other hand, a gas range needs a gas supply, so if your kitchen doesn’t have one already, you’ll need to hire a professional to install one for you ($$$).
Ranked from least to most expensive
LG 30" Stainless Steel Freestanding Electric Range
This LG double oven electric range. Is. A. Bargain. Despite being the most inexpensive range on this list, it offers the most capacity out of all our picks. That’s because this LG dual oven range has the largest oven space on the market with a whopping 7.3 cubic feet. Nearly 9/10 buyers recommend this range, giving high ratings to its ease of use, sleek design, powerful convection baking, and spacious interior that some buyers rave will “make Thanksgiving cooking this year excellent.”
Whirlpool® 30" Stainless Steel Free Standing Double Oven Electric Range
If you’re looking for a dynamic cooking station with a few more features than our LG selection, you can upgrade to this Whirlpool double oven electric range. You won’t get as much oven space, but at 6.7 cubic feet, there is still plenty of space for multiple sheet trays, casserole dishes, and cake pans. Over 1,300 buyers give this pick 5 stars, with high marks to how this range “Makes cooking and baking at the same time very easy and efficient.” Other highlights include convection baking, flexible cooktop elements, and an easy-clean surface.
Maytag® 30" Fingerprint Resistant Stainless Steel Free Standing Double Oven Electric Range
Like our Whirlpool pick, this Maytag double oven electric range also provides a room 6.7 cubic feet of baking space with True Convection baking. Like many of over 170 5-star rating, we enjoy the flexibility this range offers on both the cooktop with dual bridge elements and convection baking with Auto Conversion technology. Where this range lacks in frills it more than makes up for with a strong 10-year Limited Parts Warranty that’ll keep you enjoy all its features for years.
So, if you’re a fast-paced household that could use some streamlining during dinner prep, an electric double oven range just might be the solution. These appliances are the simplest, most cost-efficient way to go from one to two ovens in your kitchen without having to worry about cabinet installation, power supplies, or countertop cutouts. Keep in mind, there are a few tradeoffs to this design (e.g., more bending, no storage for cookware), but overall, electric double oven ranges offer a convenient solution for multitasking in the kitchen.
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