If price is an object, you will be hard pressed to find a modern smoothtop that delivers better performance than the 30-inch Whirlpool W5CE3024XB at anywhere near this electric cooktop's price. You do sacrifice a bit on the features front -- no touchpad controls or expanding elements here. The design is humdrum, too, but at least it shouldn't clash with the rest of an existing kitchen. But when it comes to a cooktop's number one task -- cooking food -- performance leaves experts and owners smiling. The Whirlpool W5CE3024XB comes in black, but is also available in white as the W5CE3024XW (Est. $550) or with stainless-steel trim as the W5CE3024XS (Est. $600)
Much better than its price would indicate. That's the assessment of the experts at Reviewed.com who expected the worst going in considering the W5CE3024XB's price tag, and came away impressed. "Despite our initial misgivings, the W5CE3024XB turned out to be a pretty admirable performer, says James Aitchison. It doesn't generate the hottest high heat, nor the lowest low heat, but it comes pretty close to the performance of the best cooktops Reviewed.com has tested. That said, unless you have time to burn, use the single high-output "Power Burner" when boiling large pots as it out performs the rest of the heating elements in that regard by a wide margin. User sentiment largely mirrors that of Reviewed.com. At HomeDepot.com, owner satisfaction is high, as evidenced by the cooktop's 4.5-star rating. A few do wish for a little more cooking power, or a different layout or line up of heating elements. However, as with most smoothops, frustration with keeping things shiny and clean is the most oft-voiced complaint, and those are dwarfed by the number of completely or mostly pleased owners.
Not much to see. If lots of bells and whistles and a cutting edge design that makes a statement is high on your must-have list, you likely won't find W5CE3024XB to be a great fit. That's the trade-off of getting this cooktop's performance at this price point. Aitchison is blunt: "We know looks aren't everything, but this cooktop looks pretty dull." Still, he adds, it's tough to be too critical on that front given the price tag, and he finds a plus in the design: "Its low-impact level of style means it can fit into many preexisting kitchen designs without any fuss." The heating element line up is basic, and includes two low-power 6-inch elements, a mid-power 7-inch element and a high power (but only 2,500 watts) 9-inch element. Controls are basic knobs, but those are dishwasher-safe.
The Whirlpool W5CE3024XB fails to earn an Editors' Choice award here, but garners a solid and mostly positive review. The design is thoroughly panned, while performance is thoroughly praised. "If you want good cooking results and don't need to latch on to the latest design trend, this may be the cooktop for you," James Aitchison concludes.
Review: Whirlpool W5CE3024XB 30-Inch Electric Cooktop Review, James Aitchison, Sept. 13, 2013
HomeDepot.com visitors can find nearly 140 reviews of the black Whirlpool W5CE3024XB, along with its white and stainless-steel trimmed variations. Some reviews are left by HomeDepot.com customers, others come from the Whirlpool web site, but all are informative. In general, the smoothtop electric cooktop gets a thumbs up, with positive reviews dwarfing negative ones. Despite some complaints of cleaning challenges, more owners say it is no issue at all. Ease of use and performance are other positives that bubble to the surface. Overall, the cooktop earns a 4.5-star rating, with 93 percent of owners saying that they would recommend it to a friend.
Review: Whirlpool Model # W5CE3024XB 30 in. Radiant Electric Cooktop in Black with 4 Elements , Contributors to HomeDepot.com , As of August 2014
At just under 30, Amazon.com has only a fraction of the reviews for the Whirlpool W5CE3024XB that HomeDepot.com hosts, but all are unique to this site. In general, satisfaction is comparable, if just a tick or two lower at 4.2 stars. Likes and dislikes mirror comments at HomeDepot.com. In addition, we saw several comments that pointed to this cooktop's value as a key plus.
Review: Whirlpool W5CE3024XB 30" Black Electric Smoothtop Cooktop, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of August 2014