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Whirlpool WFG540H0A

Est. $950
Reviewed
May 2014
by ConsumerSearch
Whirlpool WFG540H0A

Pros
  • Large capacity
  • Lots of burner options
  • Great overall value
Cons
  • Unreliable self-cleaning feature
  • Inconsistent oven temperatures

Bottom line

The Whirlpool WFG540H0A is an excellent gas range with a lot of convenient features for its budget-friendly price tag. It's also one of the largest gas-powered single-oven ranges on the market. Its stovetop performs very well in expert tests, both in low- and- high-powered challenges, and users agree that it does a great job. In that same test, it struggles to maintain consistent oven temperatures, but most owners don't seem to have any issues.

Performance

Powerful burners. The Whirlpool WFG540H0A aces stovetop cooking tests. Experts at Reviewed.com say it's "one of the best gas stovetops on the market." The two front high-powered burners "blasted through speed tests," bringing water to a boil in just five minutes. The low-powered burners also did an excellent job cooking at low temperatures -- simmering and melting food without scorching it.

Like most gas ranges, the WFG540H0A didn't fare as well in oven tests. Testers say it took a long time to preheat and, once it did, the temperatures didn't stay consistent. The convection setting didn't make much of a difference. Still, most users are pleased with the range. More than 600 owners at HomeDepot.com, Sears.com and AJMadison.com give the Whirlpool range a combined overall rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. Most agree it's a very good value overall.

Capacity/size

Large oven, small storage drawer. At 5.8 cubic feet, the Whirlpool WFG540H0A is one of the largest gas-powered single-oven ranges available. It has more than enough room to bake very large items, large quantities and even multiple dishes at the same time. Furthermore, it has seven rack guides that allow for great flexibility in positioning. The range comes with two racks, one of which is recessed to allow for more room when baking large items, such as a turkey. The range also has a built-in storage drawer, but most users say that it's really small.

Features

Small on price, big on features. The Whirlpool WFG540H0A is loaded with convenient features, especially considering its bargain price tag. It has five sealed burners, including two power burners that rely on 15,000 and 17,000 British thermal units (Btu) for fast boiling and searing of food. Owners love the full-sized grates that allow them to easily slide pots and pans off the burner. The range also has a hidden bake element for easy cleanup as well as delay-cook, energy-save, simmer and Sabbath modes. It has a steam-cleaning mode as well, but testers say it's not very reliable.

Our Sources

1. ConsumerReports.org

The Whirlpool WFG540H0AS is included in ConsumerReports.org's latest roundup of kitchen ranges. Ranges are rated on how quickly they heat water, as well as their performance at melting, simmering, broiling and baking.

Review: Kitchen Ranges, Editors of ConsumerReports.org, Not Dated

2. Reviewed.com

Reviewed.com performs extensive testing on the products it reviews, including kitchen ranges. In this particular review, James Aitchison gives the Whirlpool WFG540H0AS a mediocre overall rating of 5 out of 10. He says the range has an impressive capacity and excellent stovetop burners, but the oven fails to impress.

Review: Whirlpool WFG540H0AS Freestanding Gas Range Review, James Aitchison, May 6, 2014

3. 10rate.com

10Rate.com relies on a combination of hands-on reviews, consumer reviews and analysis of product features to create Top 10 lists for several consumer categories, including kitchen ranges. In this report, Brittany Rowland gives the Whirlpool WFG540H0AS an overall rating of 9.5 out of 10.

Review: Whirlpool WFG540H0AS, Brittany Rowland, Not Dated

4. HomeDepot.com

More than 200 reviewers at HomeDepot.com give the Whirlpool WFG540H0AS a high overall rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. Most love its sleek appearance and say the burners work exceptionally well. Ninety-three percent would recommend it to a friend.

Review: Whirlpool 5.8 cu. ft. Gas Range with Self-Cleaning Convection Oven in Stainless Steel, Contributors to HomeDepot.com, As of May 2014

5. AJMadison.com

More than 200 reviewers at AJMadison.com give the Whirlpool WFG540H0AS an overall rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. Most love the stylish design of the range and performance of the burners. A few say the oven temperatures aren't accurate.

Review: Whirlpool WFG540H0A, Contributors to AJMadison.com, As of May 2014

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