Good Question: What's the Best Electric Stove?

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Dear Kitchen,

Can anyone recommend a good electric stove? I have to buy a new one and wonder what to look for.

Thanks,
Molly A.

Molly,

We're glad you're asking about electric stoves. This is a topic we've been meaning to get back to since many of us apartment dwellers have electric stoves since our buildings don't have gas hook-ups.

I hope your stove search is going well. I feel your pain. I got my start in the food blog world two years ago when I ran to the Internet to research best electric stove for my buck.

After much consideration, I decided on Sears' Kenmore Elite ceramic top range, similar to the one in this picture. While JD Power and Associates rated this stove "Highest in Customer Satisfaction for Ranges/Cooktops/Oven", if I had to grade my stove, I'd give it at C+.

The electric oven is excellent, especially the warming drawer and the convection setting. The stove top, however, takes longer to heat up than my previous electric stove. The shiny surface quickly scratched. While the stove is good looking, it takes some serious scrubbing to keep the stove clean.

If you're looking for a low-maintenance electric stove, consider an enamel top stove with exposed elements.

As you visit appliance showrooms, be sure to write down precise model numbers of the appliance you are considering. We're always surprised by how much dirt Google can turn up. Also, spend some time going through the Garden Web and Chowhound forums.

We hope our readers will have more specific electric stove advice for you. Keep us posted on your hunt.

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