Electric ranges are a great option for an eco-friendly home, and, thanks to the 2022 Inflation Reduction Act, you can now claim federal rebates on select energy efficient kitchen appliances!
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Here are my top picks for electric ranges for 2023, 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.
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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).
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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.
To reduce the carbon footprint of your new range, go with a brand that makes its product mostly in America. Even better, choose companies with 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 a more sustainably minded brand.
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.
- Self-clean with steam-clean option
- Huge 6.6 cu. ft. capacity
- Two independent ovens
- Powerful burners
- Tall lower oven (17.5 inches of clearance!)
- American brand with a good reputation
- Sabbath Mode
- True European Convection for even cooking
- App-control and Alexa enabled
- Can network with your other GE appliances
- Easy to clean
- Flexible burner/element set-up
- Rectangular element option
- More expensive due to more features
- No temperature probe
- No proofing mode
- No grill
- Not ADA compliant
The GE Profile PB965BPTS 30 Inch Electric Double Oven is an impressive oven at an impressively low price. It has 5 powerful elements including a 3,600 Watt burner and a warming zone. The dual oven comprises 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. The larger oven has an incredible 17.5 inches of clearance, making it the tallest for any dual oven we’ve seen.
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 is Star K certified. The oven boasts True European Convection with a third heating element for even, efficient cooking.
This oven also has a no preheat air fryer, three heavy-duty self-clean oven racks, and allows for two upper and seven lower rack positions (which is more versatile than most similar ovens). 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.
You can control this oven through an app on your phone and through Alexa and other smart tech. It is WiFi enabled (though you don’t have to activate the WiFi capability), and works with GE’s Chef Connect to hook up to other GE appliances in your home.
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.
This model is available in stainless steel and black stainless steel.
Highlights: Affordable mid-price GE range available in five finishes and with self-clean and steam-clean modes. Powerful dual-zone front burners including a 12-inch element and easy number pad control.
- Very affordable
- Great capacity
- Available in five finishes
- Self-clean and steam-clean modes
- Powerful dual-zone front burners
- Number pad for easy temp. and time input
- Sabbath mode
- Only two racks
- No warming zone
- Low wattage single size back burners
- No bridge element option
- Not ADA certified
- Not Star K certified
The GE JB735 is a fantastic freestanding electric range offering a good amount of oven space and functionality and a flexible and powerful stovetop.
The 5.3 cubic foot oven has convection and air fry modes and is easily big enough to accommodate a large bird for roasting and larger cookie sheets or a pizza stone. The oven is also well insulated, with a full self-cleaning mode and a steam-clean mode. There’s also a delay-clean mode, though I’d never recommend leaving a self-cleaning oven totally unsupervised during high-heat cleaning. There are two oven racks and six rack positions, which makes this oven a bit more versatile than similarly sized and priced competitors.
As for the cooktop, this has two powerful burners at the front for easy reach. These provide 3,100 and 3,000 Watts and are dual-zone (with one 12-inch element), so you won’t waste energy heating the air around smaller pans. At the back, there are two smaller 1,200 Watt elements and an 80 Watt warming zone in the middle. An indicator light lets you know when the cooktop is hot and when an element is on.
You can control this oven using the back control panel, which has a number pad for easy input. For safety, there’s a control lockout function.
Unlike the pricier GE’s this one comes in five finishes (although some finishes have been discontinued and have limited availability):
Fingerprint-resistant black slate (View on Appliances Connection).
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.
- Self-clean (meaning good insulation)
- Rapid preheat and super-fast stovetop heating
- Soft-close door
- Easy to clean (including removable knobs!)
- LED lighting
- Child-safe push-to-turn metal knobs (for improved durability and aesthetics)
- Luxury brand at a luxury price
- Smaller oven capacity
- No steam-clean option
- No timer
- No temperature probe
- Not ADA or Star K certified
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.
The Viking 3 Series 30-inch electric range is available in stainless steel and 15 colors for about $1,000 more. Appliances Connection carries most of these colors, which include a luxury White (view on AJ Madison, view on Appliances Connection) and a bright San Marzano Red (view on Appliances Connection).
Viking also offers another 30-inch freestanding electric induction range with very similar features (view on AJ Madison).
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.
- Affordable luxury brand
- Medium-large capacity
- Extra-large storage drawer
- Digital controls
- Programmable self-clean with three time options
- Large viewing window and great interior lighting
- Sabbath Mode
- Made by a more sustainable company
- Easier to recycle than most ovens
- Less capacity than more affordable GE models
- Plastic knobs
- No steam-clean option
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: Very affordable electric range with tons of great features! Includes two powerful elements and a large oven capacity with flexible rack positioning.
- Very affordable
- Self-clean mode
- Two powerful 9/6 inch dual zone front elements (3,100 Watt)
- Larger capacity than similarly priced ovens (5.3 cu. ft.)
- Two racks and six rack positions
- American-made and robustly built
- Sabbath mode (but not Star K certified)
- No convection (but dual-bake elements)
- No warming zone (but it does have a melt function)
- Max element is 9-inches
- No number pad (just up and down buttons)
- Four finishes only (the pricier GEs come in five options)
The JB645 has more than 12,000 online reviews and gets close to 5/5 across review sites. Reviewers note that this GE oven is sturdily built, with smooth sliding racks and a storage drawer, and plastic knobs that turn easily but don’t feel flimsy.
This model is unusual at its price point as it offers two powerful 3,100 Watt front elements. These are dual-zone 6-inch and 9-inch elements that adjust to fit cookware. Unlike the pricier GEs, there is no 12-inch element on this model, nor any warming zone. The two back 6-inch elements are 1,200 Watts.
This super affordable GE range has a ton of features, including delay-bake programming, a control lock, self-cleaning (meaning better energy efficiency), and in-oven broiling. There is a big viewing window with good lighting, and the two oven racks can be used in six positions (most ovens at this price offer fewer options).
The storage drawer is a full-width space, meaning you can easily store oversized pots, pans, and cookie sheets. And the oven itself offers a large 5.3 cu. ft. of capacity, with dual element upper and lower elements for more even heating despite the lack of convection.
One of the bigger downsides to this cheaper model is the lack of a number pad. Instead, you have to program and control the oven using up and down buttons. Although not Star K certified, this oven does have a Sabbath mode.
This model comes in four finishes:
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.
- Huge 6.7 cu. ft. capacity over two ovens
- Steam-clean option
- Sabbath Mode
- Flexible elements (dual and triple options)
- Star K certified
- No bridge element option
- One convection oven and one thermal only
- Fewer rack positions than the budget GE (above)
- No self-clean, so likely less well insulated overall
- No temperature probe
- Not ADA compliant
The Whirlpool WGE745C0FS is a standard 30-inch wide range offering a staggering 6.7 cu. ft. capacity. The upper oven is 4.2 cu. ft. and the lower is 2.5 cu. ft.. This freestanding smoothtop range also features five surface cooking elements, including both a dual element and a triple element. This feature is great for minimizing heat loss and saving energy but is usually something seen in higher price ranges, so it’s a nice touch on this budget range.
The elements include dual elements (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), with a warming zone offering 100 Watts. 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 two rack positions in the smaller upper oven and five below.
The Whirlpool has a ‘Steam-Clean’ option but, unlike the GE Profile, has no higher-temperature ‘self-clean’ option. This 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.
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
The Whirlpool WGE745 is available in Stainless steel (view on The Home Depot, view on Appliances Connection, view on AJ Madison). Whirlpool also offered the following finish options, though these seem to have been discontinued so are only available while retailers’ stocks last:
White Ice (view on The Home Depot)
Black Ice (view on The Home Depot).