The Hotpoint RGB745DEPWH is an affordable gas range that gets good reviews from users, though its performance in professional tests is only so-so. Tests show that the basic 4.9-cubic-foot oven bakes well and the cooktop performance is reasonable, but the broiler is unimpressive. This range does not include many of the features found on more expensive models, such as a convection oven or a warming drawer, but it does have a self-cleaning cycle and sealed gas burners. The range has four burners only, and they're covered by steel grates (rather than cast iron), which some users say chip and discolor easily. Hotpoint also gets lower marks than other range manufacturers in J.D. Power and Associates' most recent satisfaction survey. If you can afford to spend more, the top-rated LG LRG3095ST (*Est. $1,500) has excellent cooking performance and extra features such as convection.
We found the best review of the Hotpoint RGB745DEPWH at ConsumerReports.org, which rates more than 100 ranges on factors like baking, broiling and cooktop performance. There are also some user reviews at Viewpoints.com and appliance retailer ABT.com. A survey from J.D. Power and Associates is also helpful for gauging overall satisfaction with Hotpoint ranges.
ConsumerReports.org provides ratings on its website for more than 100 ranges, including the Hotpoint RGB745DEPWH. Ranges are rated on cooktop performance, baking, broiling, capacity and oven cleaning.
Review: Kitchen Ranges, Editors of ConsumerReports.org
2. J.D. Power & Associates
The Hotpoint brand of ranges gets below-average results in this survey of more than 5,000 consumers who have purchased a range or oven. Respondents give it a rating of 2 out of 5 for overall satisfaction. Hotpoint ranges get above-average ratings for price, but they attract lower ratings for performance, features and style.
Review: 2010 Home Appliance Study: Range/Cooktop/Oven, Editors of J.D. Power and Associates, Aug. 2010
The Hotpoint RGB745DEPWH gets an overall rating of 4.15 stars out of 5 from about a dozen owners at Viewpoints.com. Owners here praise the range's cooking performance and say it is easy to clean. About 85 percent of the reviewers say they would recommend the range to a friend.
Review: Hotpoint Gas Range RGB745 Reviews, Contributors to Viewpoints.com
About half a dozen owners give the bisque version of the Hotpoint RGB745DEPWH 4.5 stars out of 5. Owners acknowledge that it is short on features, but they say it heats quickly and evenly. One owner would prefer turn knobs to the digital controls.
Review: GE Hotpoint 30" RGB745DEPCT Bisque Free-Standing Gas Range, Contributors to ABT.com