It comes in five different finishes, and it has as complete a set of cooking features as you’ll find in a range that costs less than $1,000. The GE JB735 offers as much space in the oven and versatility on the cook top as any electric range at this price.
The smooth cook top is sensibly laid out, with its two strongest and most-versatile heating elements in the front row, where they’re easiest to reach. The previous version of this range, the JB750, received largely positive reviews and seemed generally reliable, so we’re optimistic about the current model.
Keep in mind, though, that because this model is new, we’re as yet unsure how it will perform in the short- to medium-term, and so far there aren’t many reviews on retail sites that we can draw conclusions from. We’ll monitor customer feedback for any evidence of widespread defects and update the guide as we know more.
If the GE JB735 is unavailable, or you just don’t like the brand, the new Frigidaire Gallery GCRE3060A is a good alternative. Both stoves’ specs and features are similar, and on paper they don’t have any significant advantages or disadvantages compared to each other.
It hasn’t been available for as long, either, so it has fewer owner ratings, which makes us a little less confident in its quality and reliability. If you don’t want to spend quite so much on a stove, we recommend any electric, freestanding GE range that fits your budget.
The GE JB645 stands out as a wonderful balance of cooking features and build quality for an affordable price. It has a smooth cook top with an array of power elements you’d expect to find in much pricier stoves plus a sizable 5.3-cubic-foot oven that’s bigger than most competing models.
It has best -in-class cooking features, including as powerful a cook top as we’ve seen on any freestanding range, and a lower oven that can fit bigger birds and roasts than other two-cavity models. Collapse all I’ve written about appliances professionally since 2012, first as a staff writer at Reviewed.com and now at Wire cutter.
In that time, I’ve spent more than 100 hours working on guides to stoves alone, including research into more than 200 different models. (We also spoke with a number of other chefs, appliance experts, and designers for our guide to the best high-end ranges, which gave us some further context).
We spent time at showrooms getting a feel for the build quality and sturdiness of some of the most promising models. We read through hundreds of owner reviews and reader comments to identify any reliability problems or real-world quirks.
But even those sites haven’t tested many major cooking appliances recently. Our picks are based primarily on research and reporting along with some time pressing the buttons, turning the knobs, and opening the doors in appliance showrooms.
We focus exclusively on radiant- electric stoves (or ranges, the terms are interchangeable) that are 30 inches wide (the most common size in the US) in a freestanding design (with finished sides and a blackguard, so you don’t need to install it between cabinets). If you’re willing to spend more money on a stove that looks nicer or has more cooking features, you could consider a slide-in range.
But after talking to a bunch of experts and comparing more than 60 models, we think that these are the most important features in a freestanding electric range : Any decent range will have, at a minimum, a 2,400-watt power burner, but you can expect up to 3,300 watts on nicer models.
The stronger burners heat up your cookware faster, so you’ll save a couple of minutes waiting for water to boil or for a pan to get hot enough for a good sear. But one advantage of having the strongest burners placed diagonally is that it’s easier to fit two large pots or pans on the range in that arrangement, and we’ve heard from a few people who would rather have one strong burner in the back row, so that they can boil water where kids can’t reach the pot.
Most ranges have a 1,200-watt simmer burner and a low-wattage “keep warm” zone where you can hold or melt without risk of scorching anything. They add some flexibility by allowing you to choose between two or three different elements “sizes” to match the width of the pot or pan you’re using.
They look sleeker and make it easier to work with large pots and pans. We strongly prefer cook tops that you can control with movable, physical dials rather than buttons, because they’re just easier and more responsive.
Capacity matters, but almost every oven we found is larger than 5 cubic feet, which is big enough for a giant, 26-pound Thanksgiving turkey, a 16-inch pizza stone, or all but the very largest baking sheets or roasting pans. This feature, if you choose to use it, turns on a fan at the back of the oven to spread heat evenly so that you can cook at lower temperatures for less time.
When it works well, large batches of cookies will bake more evenly, pastry crusts will come out flakier, and roasted meats and veggies should be crispier on the outside and juicier on the inside. We’ve read too many user reviews slamming steam-clean modes as virtually useless, so we favored high-heat methods.
For the models we were able to check out in a store, we looked for knobs that felt securely fastened to the range, without too large a gap between the dial and the body. We checked for oven doors that opened smoothly but not too lightly, racks and drawers that glided, and a tightly laminated control panel.
(All the units we saw where floor models, so they may have seen more wear and tear than a range in a typical house.) But here’s the standard we’ve set for our picks: Owner reviews shouldn’t reveal any clear, consistent pattern of widespread defects, design problems, or egregiously bad product support.
For this reason, we favored slightly older and more-popular models because they tend to have more user ratings, so we know more about them. Over our years of reporting on appliances, we’ve also gathered feedback from repair technicians about the brands that they think are the most reliable.
But it’s highly anecdotal and not very consistent, so we don’t weigh it too heavily in our decisions unless there seems to be a consensus about a brand or product. A wok grate, temperature probe, or any other cooking accessory can be cool and useful, and many ranges come with one or more of these as a toss-in.
Some models allow you to control the oven settings with voice commands, though we’re not convinced that’s useful enough to offset the potential security and privacy risks of having a connected appliance. Plenty of freestanding electric ranges have great features and are reasonably priced.
The only problem we noticed in the previous version that was unique to this range was the blackguard, which felt a little flimsy and hollow. Roughly speaking, it should boil a gallon of water in 8 or 9 minutes, depending on the type of pot.
All of this is found on a smooth-top glass ceramic surface, with an indicator light that lets you know if the cook top is too hot to touch. The GE JB735's control panel is clearly marked and has a number pad so that it’s easier to input times and temperatures for the oven.
The blackguard also feels a little sturdier than the GE’s, but it doesn’t affect the range’s performance or reliability. Frigidaire promotes the oven’s air fry mode as something special among freestanding ranges, but it’s really just a version of convection cooking.
It has far fewer owner ratings than the GE JB750, so we’re not quite as confident in the Frigidaire’s quality and reliability. We did not have a chance to check out the GCRE3060AF due to coronavirus restrictions, but we did use the older version of this range, the FGEF3059T, a former pick in this guide that is now discontinued.
If you don’t want to spend quite so much on a new electric range, we’d recommend any GE model that fits your budget. The GE JB645 has two 3,100-watt elements in the front row of its cook top, which is an uncommonly versatile layout for a range at this price.
Relative to similar stoves from other brands, the Profile PB960 has the strongest and most versatile cook top we found, with a 3,600-watt power burner. That extra space means a large turkey, ham, or other roast is more likely to fit.
Yes it’s a bit cheaper than our main budget pick, but it has a weaker cook top, open coil elements, and a smaller oven. It’s affordable for sure, but we don’t think the $100 in savings are worth the really weak cook top, coil elements, smaller oven, and lack of self-cleaning.
But we have heard consistently, over many years, that these are not reliable products, so at this time we don’t feel comfortable recommending them. After sorting through nearly 60 electric slide-in ranges, we recommend the GE JS760 as a reasonably priced, reliable stove that’ll look good in most kitchens.
If you want the convenience of a second oven, but your kitchen has the space only for a regular 30-inch stove, you could consider a double-oven range. Original review: Jan. 4, 2021Within 5 years, this is my experience: A broken brand-new Whirlpool fridge after 6 months of purchase; a broken oven that needed repair after 1 year, and today, the oven door just shattered in pieces after I heard a loud noise from the kitchen, almost injured the kids.
After being on hold on the phone for almost 3 weeks for a return, I found out it was a Whirlpool brand family. This is horrible, I would suggest to never buy the Whirlpool brand; their products are a real nightmare and their customer service is not reliable.
It still takes 30 minutes to cook a can of biscuits, and, they still required more time in the oven! The Qualify clean feature is only good for small messes on the bottom.
Sudra of Lake Katrina, NY Verified Reviewer Original review: Nov. 22, 2020I purchase December 2019, I had my previous stove for 20 years and wanted a new fresh look.
I scrub with all my might on parts I can reach but the baked on grease is back with the next use. The aqua clean feature is only good for light spills on the bottom.
I also developed a pitting area on the bottom the size of a quarter & I don't know how that occurred. Original review: Oct. 27, 2020DO NOT buy Whirlpool branded electric ovens.
Whirlpool put out an update, and it fried the control board of our electric built in oven. We had an extended warranty that just “disappeared from their system.” They told us someone would call back us but no one has.
Original review: Oct. 15, 2020I purchased a new Whirlpool stove in Feb 2020. First off the oven was not calibrated right and Whirlpool wanted us to do all these tests to see what the problem was.
Now after almost finishing supper last night the whole cook top stopped working. Also, we have to purchase an extended warranty for our Whirlpool refrigerator every year because it always needs something fixed.
There is a class-action suit in the U.S. over what a slime bag bunch of crooks they are and how their Aqua Lift technology has NEVER worked! This is my second whirlpool oven to die in a short period of time.
For there to be an internal wiring issue that is now costing me $500 to repair on top of waiting 30 days for them to be able to fix the oven.