Electric ranges are a great option for an eco-friendly home.
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Here are my top picks for electric ranges for 2022, rated based on energy efficiency, quality of construction, and the general sustainability and eco-friendliness of their manufacturer. Electric or induction are without a doubt the way to go; we recommend avoiding gas stoves for air quality concerns, among other things.
What to look for when buying an electric range
One of my key recommendations for buying a range is to look for a model with self-cleaning capacity but only use this function once, to burn off any factory residue when you first get the oven home. The reason for this is that self-cleaning ovens have to be built with sufficient insulation to withstand the high temperatures of this function. That means these models are super energy efficient. The trouble is, the mode itself is very energy-intensive, so this hack only works if you clean your oven manually (or use a lower energy steam clean option if available).
My other main recommendation for choosing a more sustainable range is to go with a double oven option, especially if you like to cook different dishes at different temperatures. This can be much more energy-efficient and convenient.
Aside from these tips, I’d recommend going with a brand that makes its product mostly in America and/or has a decent track record on environmental management. Viking and GE are good options for the former, while Blomberg is a good choice for an electric range made by one of the more sustainably minded brands.
Want to be even more eco-friendly? Check out induction cooking, the most energy-efficient option for cooking!
The best energy-efficient electric ranges
Highlights: Double oven with steam-clean and self-clean options, wi-fi, warming zone, and a whopping 6.6 cu. ft. of capacity over two independent ovens.
The GE Profile PB965BPTS 30 Inch Electric Double Oven is an impressive oven at an impressively low price. It has 5 elements including a warming zone and a 4.4 cu. ft. convection oven and smaller 2.2 cu. ft. top oven amounting to a massive 6.6 cu. ft. of oven space.
I like that this model has both steam-clean and self-clean options, demonstrating good insulation and offering a more energy efficient way to clean your oven without chemicals. It also has a Sabbath Mode and True European Convection with a third heating element for even, efficient cooking.
This oven also has a no preheat air fryer, can be controlled through an app on your phone and through Alexa and other smart tech, and works with GE’s Chef Connect to hook up to other GE appliances in your kitchen. There are 3 heavy-duty self-clean oven racks with 2 upper and 7 lower rack positions. The elements are hidden bake for easy cleaning and there’s one incandescent and one halogen interior oven light in the upper and lower ovens respectively.
The black patterned ceramic glass stovetop has edge-to-edge glass for easy cleaning and a heating element ‘on’ light and hot surface indicator lights. The stovetop features an adjustable 6-, 9-, and 12-inch power boil element to concentrate heat and speed up cooking times. It also has an 8-inch and 5-inch dual burner and a griddle zone where two burners can be combined to create an even heating surface for rectangular pans. There is even a fifth element warming zone offering low heat and even temperature control.
Highlights: Available in a variety of colors, this gorgeous high-end 30-inch electric range is made in America and offers 4 elements and 4.7 cu. ft. of cooking capacity with multiple cooking modes.
The 3 Series Viking 30 Inch Freestanding Electric Range offers four elements on its smoothtop cooktop and 4.7 cu. ft. of capacity in the convection oven. The oven has a self-cleaning mode, meaning it’s well insulated, and also boasts a rapid preheat system, soft-close door, and a large viewing window with interior halogen lighting.
This all electric model has the largest convection fan currently available for this style of oven, with the 8.5-inch fan working bi-directionally for excellent airflow. There’s also a concealed 10-pass dual bake element and a large 10-pass broiler with heat reflector.
This model offers three heavy-duty racks with six porcelain coated rack positions. Cook modes include: Bake, convection bake, TruConvec™ Convection Cooking, Convection Roast, Hi, Med and Low Broil, Convection Broil, Convection Dehydrate, and Convection Defrost.
The cooktop has a glass ceramic surface and SoftLit LED Lights, with the elements controlled using BlackChrome Knobs that are also lit using LEDs. The Viking QuickCook™ technology uses ribbon elements to reach full power in just three or so seconds, making this one of the fastest electric stovetops around.
The stovetop has two 7-inch 1800 W elements, one 6.5-inch 1500 W element, and one 9-inch 2500 W element combined with a 6-inch 1000 W element by an 800 W bridge element. Other advantages include durable metal die-cast control knobs with a childproof, push-to-turn safety feature. Better yet, you can remove the knobs for easy cleaning!
The downsides are no timer or temperature probe, no steam clean option, and the lack of ADA and Star K certification. All in all, unless you really want a made in America oven with this particular aesthetic, the GE Profile offers similar functionality for a lot less money.
Viking also offers another 30-inch freestanding electric induction range with very similar features.
Highlights: The affordable but high-end 30-inch Blomberg electric range has 4 elements, an oven capacity of 5.7 cu. ft., and three levels of self-cleaning.
At a fraction of the price of a Viking electric range, the Blomberg 30-inch electric range is a great fit for lower budgets but offers many of the same high-end features and finishes. This range has an impressive 5.7 cu. ft. of oven capacity plus a storage drawer and digital controls.
The BERU30420SS 30 Inch Freestanding Electric Range boasts 12 oven functions including a programmable self-clean mode with three-, four-, or five-hour cleaning options, helping to minimize energy expenditure if you do use the self-clean function. The door is cool-touch, helping to prevent burns and demonstrating the quality of insulation and energy efficiency of the oven.
The vast oven has dual interior lights and a large viewing window, so you can see your feast cooking. The Sabbath Mode lets you keep the oven warm up to 350 F for up to 72 hours without touching any controls. The cooking modes are: Bake, Roast, Broil (high & low), Convection Bake, Convection Roast, Warm Keeping, Slow Cook, Pizza Cooking, Proof, and Defrost.
This model also features a full extension extra large storage drawer that can accommodate the oven racks and your baking sheets and so forth. It has an easy-glide roller mechanism. As for those racks, there are three heavy-duty wire racks and six possible positions.
The stovetop has an extra-large cooking zone at 12 inches across and is suitable for stovetop griddles and other pots and pans of any shape or size. The smoothtop surface makes for easy cleanup and looks great too.
Blomberg is also one of the more eco-friendly companies making ranges. It was the 2018 ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year in the Product Brand Owner category and the company manufactures many of their products in factories certified for responsible environmental management. Blomberg also designs its products to be easily recyclable. I owned a Blomberg electric wall oven for many years, never had any issues with it, and absolutely loved how it looked and how it cooked.
Highlights: Budget-friendly 30-inch range with 5 surface cooking elements, including a dual element (9″/6″) and a triple element (12″/9″/6″), as well as a warming element and steam-clean oven function.
The Whirlpool WGE745C0FS is a standard 30-inch wide, 4.2 cu upper / 2.5 cu lower, freestanding smoothtop range with radiant electric elements and an electric oven.
It features 5 surface cooking elements, including a dual element (9 inch/6 inch) and a triple element (12/9/6 inch), as well as a warming element. Two are high-powered elements (3000 W) and two are mid-power elements (1200 W and 1300 W), while one is a low-power 100 W element. There is no bridge element capability in this model.
The larger lower oven has a convection mode while the upper is standard thermal. This model allows for 2 rack positions in the smaller upper oven and 5 below.
The Whirlpool has a ‘Steam-Clean’ option but no higher-temperature ‘self-clean’ option, which may mean this model lasts longer due to less temperature stress but could mean it’s less energy efficient overall as it has less robust insulation.
Like the GE Profile, the Whirlpool offers both a dual element and a triple element, which is great for minimizing heat loss and saving energy. Unlike the GE Profile, however, this one only offers a ‘steam-clean’ mode, not a full ‘self-clean’ mode.
This model also lacks some of the features expected of a high-end range such as the GE, including a temperature probe and bridge elements, and the Whirlpool is not ADA compliant or Star-K certified (but does have a Sabbath mode).