AccessMyLibrary provides FREE access to millions of articles from top publications available through your library.
Cooktops and wall ovens are touting quicker meals and safer cooking. But our tests show that unless you've got money to burn, you'll probably prefer a recommended cooktop or wall oven from our Select Ratings at right. There are also some interesting models that did not make our list. Here's what we found:
Tasty cooking. Top electric wall ovens such as the A1 Bosch and smaller A4 Frigidaire in our Ratings combine impressive baking and broiling with plenty of room for roasting.
Fast cooking in a faster crowd. Induction cooking can help speed your meal to the table. The D2 GE brought water to a near boil in just 8 minutes. The less expensive B1 Electrolux smoothtop electric accomplished the task in 12 1/2 minutes. The electric B2 Kenmore and gas C2 GE also cook comparably, if more slowly, for less than $1,000.
When safety costs more. Although it's not listed in our Select Ratings, Miele's KM5656 electric cooktop, $1,500, has an interesting safety feature: It shuts off when a pot boils over and liquid spills onto the controls. It also deactivates if a burner is on for an unusually long time without being adjusted. But its heating speed was just middling. You'll pay little more for a much faster induction cooktop, and far less for most electric or gas models.
Also consider. GE's built-in Advantium 240, $2,400, uses microwaves, convection, and halogen light to cook up to eight times faster than a conventional oven. But with only about a third of the space, it can fit a breast or two and not the whole bird. Our tests yielded delectable chicken and rib roasts, but cookies emerged unevenly baked. As with other induction cooktops, Bosch's NIT8053UC, $2,000, cooks quickly using a magnetic field that sends most of the heat to the pot or pan. It brought water to a near boil in about 9 1/2 minutes. That's still slower than the D2 GE induction cooktop.
Select Ratings Best choices from our tests of 49 models. Brand & Price Overall Test results model score Recommendation Rank Baking A 30-INCH ELECTRIC WALL OVENS Recommended Al Bosch $2,100 69 Very good HBL54UC Recommended A2 GE 1,600 67 Good JTP70SM[SS] Recommended A3 Kenmore Pro 2,100 66 Very good 4100 CR Best Buy A4 Frigidaire 1,400 61 Very good Gallery GLEB30S9F[S] Brand & Features model Recommendation Rank Broiling Capacity Covered element A 30-INCH ELECTRIC WALL OVENS Recommended Al Bosch Very good Very good Poor HBL54UC Recommended A2 GE …