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Whirlpool WFE515S0ES Electric Range Review

A basic range that really delivers

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March 04, 2016
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From the Lab

We spent hours in our lab with the Whirlpool WFE515S0ES, measuring everything from baking evenness to rangetop temperature variance. This model has burners that can hit high and low temperatures alike, an oven that browns uniformly across the cavity during baking, and a somewhat sluggish oven and broiler preheat.

The verdict? The WFE515S0ES scores well where it counts, especially considering how reasonably it's priced.

Oven & Broiler Performance

In our oven testing, we bake a sheet of cookies and then two cakes side by side. When the food is ready, we use a photospectrometer to measure any variation in doneness that may indicate temperature regulation issues.

Whirlpool WFE515S0ES oven with cookies
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Cookies baked in the oven indicated better-than-average airflow. View Larger

Cookie doneness varied across the cavity, but was still better than average. Cakes were particularly even, with very little variation in doneness. This indicates good airflow—vital without the aid of a convection setting.

The oven did not preheat quickly, taking 12 minutes 38 seconds to preheat to 350°F. The broiler was also slow, heating the area beneath it to 607°F in 9 minutes 17 seconds.

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Rangetop Performance

The rangetop is excellent. The outer ring of the left front burner proved especially well-suited to high heat tasks, maxing out at 770°F and boiling 6 cups of water in just over 6 minutes. The other heating elements get hotter than 615°F—high enough for most cooking—but the left front element is the only one that can climb above 700°F.

Whirlpool WFE515S0ES rangetop on
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Rangetop elements glow red when hot. View Larger

The left rear burner was even quicker to boil, bringing 6 cups of water to a boil in 4 minutes 38 seconds, and also offered a balmy minimum temperature of 81°F. The only element that can reach a lower minimum heat is the right rear burner, which dipped to 77°F. The right front burner isn’t bad either, with a minimum temp of 102°F.

As for boiling on the right side of the rangetop—don’t bother. The slower right burners will keep you waiting.

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