Amana AER5830VAW 30-Inch Electric Range Review
A fantastic rangetop that's saddled with an lousy oven keeps this Amana from being a best budget pick.
The Amana AER5830VAW is an inexpensive (MSRP $599) and simple electric range. It's one of the most affordable ranges out there with a smooth cooktop, and that cooktop scored really well across the board. Unfortunately, it's paired with an oven that had trouble hitting and maintaining target temperatures. That makes for a half-baked range that we just can't recommend, no matter how well some of its individual parts performed in our tests.
Design & Usability
Not a lot here.
The Amana AER5830VAW is a no-nonsense, plain vanilla range, with minimal features or design considerations. It's not necessarily any uglier than other ranges that have come through our testing facility, but let's just say you won't be buying it to make the neighbors jealous.
There's not a whole lot going on here: It's got four burners under a smooth cooktop, a four-pass broil element, and a two-rack, 4.8-cubic-foot oven with a pyrolitic self-cleaning cycle. This is a simple range that's easy to use, but if you're looking for convection, bridge burners, or other extras, you won't find them.
Amana knows how to make a good rangetop.
While we've seen inexpensive coil-burner rangetops put out some extraordinary results, we were surprised to find an inexpensive smooth rangetop this good. It can't jump from temperature to temperature as quickly as gas or induction, but the overall power and temperature numbers were great. The two main elements produced especially strong boiling results and all the burners showed a wide temperature range capable of taking care of all your cooking needs from simmering to searing. For $599, that's not bad.
Oven, Broiler, & Convection
A sloppy oven may wreck recipes.
First, the good news: The Amana's oven and broiler both preheated reasonably quickly. As for the bad news, in every single one of our tests, the oven's temperature rose and fell like a Disney Channel star's career. While a small amount of fluctuation is to be expected, it just doesn't do your food any favors to put it into a 350°F setting that averages 383ºF while swinging between 430°F and 312°F. And whether we set the oven's thermostat to 170ºF for Keep Warm, 350°F for baking, or 550ºF for Maximum, our thermocouples proved the control panel wrong time and again.
These burners need a new partner.
Just as peanut butter needs jelly, so a good rangetop needs a great oven. Unfortunately, this Amana is more like a peanut butter and mustard sandwich.
Though the AER5830VAW's rangetop was quite good—exceptional, even—for the range's modest $599 MSRP, the oven was just too imprecise and inaccurate. In fact, its performance was poor enough that we can't recommend this range despite its strengths. We know it can be tricky to find an affordable oven that's truly great, but there are certainly more balanced options, like the Whirlpool WFC310S0AW in this price range.
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