The Whirlpool WFE510S0A delivers performance and convenience at a budget-friendly price. It heats up quickly, cooks evenly and provides ample oven space, say reviewers. The storage drawer is on the small side. The range is available in four color options; stainless steel is about $100 more.
Excellent stovetop performance. Users praise the overall performance of the Whirlpool WFE510S0A and say the stove and oven heat up fast and cook evenly. Experts found similar results. In one professional test, the cooktop did a "very good" job of quickly bringing water to a boil and an "excellent" job of melting and holding chocolate without scorching.
The oven fared nearly as well in tests, doing a "very good" job of evenly baking multiple racks of cookies and cakes. In the same test, the broiler only did a "fair" job of evenly cooking and searing hamburgers. The oven lacks convection and keep-warm modes, but it has a Sabbath cooking mode.
Adequate oven space. At 4.8 cubic feet, the Whirlpool WFE510S0A has ample oven space for most household baking jobs but may not handle multiple dishes as well as larger ovens. Still, we didn't find any complaints about the oven being too small. It has five oven-rack guides and comes with two racks. The range also has a built-in storage drawer, but users say it's very small and seems flimsy.
Good mix of convenience and value. The Whirlpool WFE510S0A isn't as loaded with fancy features as higher-end models, but users say it offers a good amount of convenience for a budget-priced range. It has four stovetop burners, including a dual radiant element that adjusts to fit either a small or medium pan. It also has a traditional self-cleaning mode that performs excellently in professional testing that pitted it against a baked-on mixture of eggs, lard, cherry-pie filling and cheese. Other features include an oven light, built-in clock and timer, automatic door latch and control lockout.
The Whirlpool WFE510S0A is included in ConsumerReports.org's latest roundup of kitchen ranges. Ranges in this report are rated on how quickly they heat water, as well as their performance at melting, simmering, broiling and baking. They also test the ovens' self-cleaning features.
Review: Kitchen Ranges, Editors of ConsumerReports.org, Not Dated
More than 600 HomeDepot.com users weigh in on the Whirlpool WFE510S0A, giving it a high overall rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. Owners say the range is easy to use, easy to clean and performs well at all cooking tasks. Some point out that a new power cord is required as a separate purchase.
Review: Whirlpool 4.8 cu. ft. Electric Range with Self-Cleaning Oven in Stainless Steel, Contributors to HomeDepot.com, As of May 2014
Nearly 600 users at Lowes.com give the Whirlpool WFE510S0A an overall rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. Reviewers here praise the convenient functions of the range and say it looks nice in their kitchen. Some complain about the small, flimsy storage drawer.
Review: Whirlpool 30-in Smooth Surface Freestanding 4.8-cu ft Self-Cleaning Electric Range (Stainless Steel), Contributors to Lowes.com, As of May 2014
The Whirlpool WFE510S0A gets high marks from more than 500 contributors at AJMadison.com, who give it an overall rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. Reviews here are similar to other user reviews, namely the range works well, looks nice and is easy to use but the storage drawer is too small.
Review: Whirlpool WFE510S0A, Contributors to AJMadison.com, As of May 2014
The Whirlpool WFE510S0A is one of the top-rated ranges at Sears.com, where it earns an overall rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars from more than 480 users. Owners here praise the user-friendly features and affordability of the range.
Review: Whirlpool 4.8 cu. ft. Self-Cleaning Electric Range -- Stainless Steel, Contributors to Sears.com, As of May 2014
William Nam names the Whirlpool WFE510S0A the "Best Budget Freestanding Electric Range," giving it an overall score of 4 out of 5. He says you wouldn't know it was budget-friendly from its performance. The review is brief, but provides an overview of the range's top features.
Review: Whirlpool WFE510S0 4.8 cu. ft. Capacity Electric Range with Self-Cleaning System, William Nam, Not Dated