- Kitchens continue to be the center for family activities and entertaining.
- Electric stoves are now available with induction technology.
- Online reviews can help you recommend the best stove for your homebuyers.
Kitchens continue to be the center of operations within homes for family gathering, entertaining and daily activities, according to a recent American Institute of Architects Home Design Trends survey. Kitchens are also increasing in size and homeowners want high-end appliances. When it comes to electric stoves, there are plenty to choose from to make the potential homebuyer happy.
Appliance manufacturers continue to add features for the cooking enthusiast:
- Stovetops with griddle burners and induction technology
- Two ovens that fit in the space of one
- Ovens with three racks to handle multiple cookie sheets and baking pans
- Warming drawers and smooth electronic controls
Induction is increasing in popularity, in both cooktops, ranges and wall ovens. Induction cooktops offer the performance of gas—fast heat up and cooling—and smooth surfaces for easier clean up.
Builders will want to be familiar with the many options now available. Reviewing top 10 lists and online reviews can help your buyers select the best appliance. For instance, the Good Housekeeping Research Institute evaluated and tested more than 27 stoves. Electric ranges that earned scores above 80 (out of 100) included:
- LG LDE3017ST has a smooth, fast-heating cooktop, easy-to-clean all-electronic control panel, a double oven, one with a kid's meal setting for warming up child-friendly foods like chicken nuggets and pizza.
- Figidaire FPCF3091LF includes two induction elements, two standard electric elements, and an oven with three and seven rack positions.
- GE Profile PHB925SPSS includes an induction cooktop and a convection oven for even browning.
These Good Housekeeping picks range in cost from $1,700 to $2,800 and likely will meet your high-end homebuyers' needs.
Consumer Reports also tested a variety of electric ranges. Their top picks in the $1,500 range included Samsung's NE58F9500SS slide-in smoothtop, LG's LDE3037ST double oven and Kenmore's 95073 induction oven.
Another review by a website called 10rate.com looked at the number and size of coil/radiant elements; oven capacity and baking functions; appearance and style; ease of use and cleaning; stovetop cooking power; and convenient features like delay start, storage compartment, and accessories. The following models, ranging in price from $700 to $2,000, earned a rating of 9 out of 10 or higher: Electrolux E130EF55GS, Bosch HES30, Frigidaire FFEF3043LS, LG LRE30453 and Bosch HES7052U.
So, what will appliance manufacturers cook up next? Be on the lookout for new product announcements and reviews so you can recommend the best electric stove for your homebuyer.