The Electrolux EW30EF65GS electric smoothtop range is one of the top-rated ranges in two separate professional reviews, and the owner reviews we found are almost entirely positive. In one independent test, the Electrolux range gets very good or excellent marks for every cooking task -- baking, heating, broiling and simmering. This oven has numerous high-end features, including a warming drawer that also functions as a second small oven and can bake food at temperatures up to 450 degrees Fahrenheit.
The main oven has a convection feature and is self-cleaning. Preprogrammed settings like the Perfect Turkey mode simplify cooking, and three of the four burners can be adjusted to fit several pan sizes. This range also has a luxurious feel with its sleek stainless-steel finish and Luxury-Glide racks that slide easily on ball bearings. Users have only a couple of quibbles with this range: Some find the digital control panel confusing, and like any smoothtop range, it is vulnerable to scratches. If this model is out of your price range, the Samsung FE-R300SX (*Est. $700) offers excellent cooking performance for less, but it lacks some of the Electrolux's high-end features.
The Electrolux EW30EF65GS is included in a round of range tests at ConsumerReports.org, and it is also one of the top-rated electric ranges in Good Housekeeping magazine. We found about 35 user comments for this model on the Electrolux website, at retail site AJMadison.com and on the user-review site Buzzillions.com. We also consulted a 2011 survey by J.D. Power and Associates for information about the Electrolux brand as a whole.
ConsumerReports.org provides ratings on its website for more than 100 ranges, including the Electrolux EW30EF65GS. Ranges are rated on cooktop performance, baking, broiling, capacity and oven cleaning.
Review: Kitchen Ranges, Editors of ConsumerReports.org
2. Good Housekeeping
The Electrolux EW30EF65GS receives a grade of A- from editors at Good Housekeeping, based on its cooking performance and ease of use. Editors say it is ideal "for cooks who want every bell and whistle," but they warn that the complex features and controls take time to learn.
Review: Electrolux Model EW30EF65GS Electric Range, Editors of Good Housekeeping, Nov. 2008
About 35 users on the Electrolux website award the Electrolux EW30EF65GS 4.8 stars out of a possible 5. They say they love its many features, although a couple find the Wave-Touch controls a bit confusing. Some also note that the glass smoothtop scratches easily.
Review: 30" Electric Freestanding Range with Wave-Touch® Controls, Contributors to Electrolux.com
About 10 reviewers at AJMadison.com give the Electrolux EW30EF65GS an overall rating of 4 stars out of 5. Owners praise the range's sleek looks, performance and features, but we saw a few complaints about durability and overly complex controls.
Review: Electrolux Wave-Touch Series EW30EF65G, Contributors to AJMadison.com
This site has just a handful of reviews for the Electrolux EW30EF65GS, gathered from various retail sites such as Sears.com. Users praise the range's looks and performance, but one is very disappointed at how easily the glass cooktop scratches.
Review: Electrolux 30 in. Freestanding Electric Range - EW30EF65G, Contributors to Buzzillions.com
6. J.D. Power & Associates
Electrolux is one of the top-rated brands in this survey of more than 4,300 consumers who have purchased a range or oven. Respondents rate it "among the best" for styling and features, and "better than most" for warranty, performance and ease of use. The only area in which it does not excel is price.
Review: Home Appliance Study, Editors of J.D. Power and Associates, Aug. 3, 2011