Thursday, 29 January 2015

Buying Guide for Ranges with Double Ovens

Free standing ranges with two ovens is growing in popularity, almost all manufacturer's now make a range with this configuration.

The main advantages are:
1) Pre-Heating the oven is quicker because often it is a smaller cavity on the upper oven.
2) Trying to cook two different things that require two temperatures is ideal
     i.e the ever so popular chicken fingers and fries for the kids, it's my go to.

One major concern some people have is the size of the lower oven isn't large enough to roast a turkey.  Perhaps for the largest of birds this is true but I can tell you the oven sizes are just fine for the majority of turkeys.

I will talk quickly about the major brand offerings using their high end models so the comparison is on an even playing field but note some brands do offer scaled down models in double oven ranges.
The chart at the bottom will do an overall quick comparison on price among other things.

LG (Model: LDE3037ST)
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It's unique feature is that it offers an Infrared Grill, very cool if you like your chicken moist. The technology prevents any of your food from drying out as much. The look is great and our service department likes dealing with this company should something go wrong.  They offer a gas model but it only comes in Stainless Steel.  Availability can sometimes be an issue.





GE (Model: PCB950SFSS)
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This company redesigned the look of their entire line up recently where you can now match their GE brand products with their Profile brand products.  This model is a Profile which indicates it comes with a high feature set.  They have one of the best oven sensor technologies in the industries which for those of you who bake understand that maintaining an accurate temperature in the cavity is ideal.  Service requires a phone into a 1-800 number or doing an online service request which then redirects them back to us which isn't ideal but they are getting better but it's been a work in progress.




MAYTAG (Model: YMET8820DS)
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Maytag was one of the first companies to offer a double oven range so they have done well building off the original Gemini series models.  A great feature is their 10" - 3200 Watt Power Element with Power Boost, this is great if it's the dead of winter and you want to sear your steak inside. Warranty is also excellent with 10 Years on certain parts of the range.  Under the Whirlpool umbrella their service is very easy to deal with.




WHIRLPOOL (Model: YWGE755C0BS)
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One of the few companies to offer their high end product in the colour white as well.  A defining feature is their Rapid Boil element on the cooktop, it's quite effective.  Whirlpool makes the Maytag product and differentiates the two companies primarily on look with Maytag of a more commercial design and Whirlpool more of a designer look.  Service is good on both these brands.





FRIGIDAIRE GALLERY (Model: CGEF306TPF)
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Although they are revamping this model I wanted to mention this brand as they offer a unique symmetry oven set up, meaning the top oven and lower oven are of the same capacity.  The also have the unique feature called Smudge Proof Stainless Steel, they put a plastic coating over the stainless so the look isn't sacrificed and makes cleaning an easier process. 





SAMSUNG (Model: NE59J7850WS)



Coming in March of 2015, Samsung is bringing something new to the table, it is offering a double oven range with a warming/storage drawer at the bottom.  So oven size is sacrificed a little bit but solves the issue where some still like to store their cooking sheets in the drawer of the oven with the added bonus of having a warming drawer when preparing larger meals.


 
COMPANY
MODEL
MSRP
Some Past Promo Pricing
OTHER OPTIONS
COLOUR OPTIONS
 Warranty
LG
LDE3037ST
$1,999
$1,599
Gas Model
SS
1 Year Parts & Labour
GE
PCB950SFSS
$2,199
$1,799
Gas Model, Slide-In Model
SS
1 Year Parts & Labour + 4 Years on Elements
MAYTAG
YMET8820DS
$1,999
$1,599
Gas Model
SS
1 Year Parts & Labour + 10 Years on Cooktop, Elements
WHIRLPOOL
YWGE755C0BS
$1,999
$1,599
Induction Model
SS & White
1 Year Parts & Labour
FRIGIDAIRE
CGEF306TPF
$1,999
$1,499
 
SS
1 Year Parts & Labour
SAMSUNG
NE59J7850WS
$2,199
New Product, No Promo History
 
SS
1 Year Parts & Labour