Whirlpool WFG535S0JS Gas Range Review
No real convection
The oven has hot spots
The burner knobs seem fragile
It has five sealed burners, convection cooking, and a large oven window for you to monitor the cooking process. The oval-shaped center burner is ideal for specialty cooking utensils like a griddle (pancakes, anyone?) And the bottom drawer can help you store items like baking sheets and muffin tins.
This inexpensive cooker has a superbly efficient cooktop, but is less impressive when it comes to cooking.
Overall, the Whirlpool WFG535S0JS is a beautiful gas range that contains items seen on luxury appliances. For around $ 1,000, the lineup is a good choice if you’re willing to forgo the smart features of the high-end ranges.
About the Whirlpool WFG535S0JS Gas Range
- Dimensions: 47.875 “x 29.875” x 27.875 “(H x W x D)
- Capacity: 5 tbsp. pi.
- Fuel type: Gas
- To finish: Stainless steel
- Number of burners: Five sealed burners, including one specialized burner
- Characteristics: Convection, self-cleaning mode (pyrolytic), storage drawer
- User’s Guide: Whirlpool WFG535S0JS Gas Cooker Manual
Its cooktop is equipped with five gas burners with a total output of 52,500 BTUs. The burners are sealed and secured by three cast iron grates, which are dishwasher safe. Each burner is equipped with SpeedHeat technology, which Whirlpool says can boil water faster than the average burner.
This Whirlpool range has a capacity of 5 cubic feet which is standard for most ranges, with a large viewing window that provides a clear view of food as it cooks. The oven is fitted with a fan, which means that it is technically capable of cooking by convection, but there is no heating element inside the fan so it is not true convection.
What we like
The burners are powerful
This Whirlpool range received near perfect marks in our water boil tests, an indication that its burners are capable of reheating food relatively quickly. This range had an average boil time of 3.2 minutes, making it a minute faster than the Samsung NX58K9500WS, which is the best we tested. If the majority of your routine is cooking on a stovetop, you’ll get the most out of this range.
The oven is reliable
Throughout testing, the oven prepared an evenly roasted piece of pork and a well-cooked pizza, a clear indication that the oven is maintaining its temperature well. In cookie tests, cookies were mostly baked evenly on a given tray, but we noticed that cookies baked on the lower rack positions tended to be more baked than those baked on the upper positions. Despite the visual variations in cooking, the uneven heat distribution did not have a huge impact on the flavor or integrity of the end products.
Warm-up times are relatively short
The oven didn’t take too long to preheat, averaging about 8 minutes between convection and standard baking (convection takes about 20 seconds longer to preheat). The best gas range we tested was able to preheat in an average of 7 minutes, so this Whirlpool range is faster than average gas ranges, which means you’ll be preparing your meals faster.
What we don’t like
The oven has no real convection
The oven claims to have a convection mode because there is a fan inside the oven that can help circulate hot air. However, without an additional heating element inside the fan, the fan blows both hot and cold air causing temperature fluctuations that create hot spots during cooking. This is why a true convection oven must have the third heating element to fully realize its capacity. True convection not only shortens cooking times, it also dramatically improves food quality.
The oven has hot spots
During the pizza test, we found that the left side of the pizza was over cooked than the rest of the pie, which is a clear sign that the oven was not distributing heat evenly. If you want to achieve even results in your baking, you’d better find an oven that bakes evenly, like the Samsung NX58K9500WG.
Buttons are fragile
While the overall design of this range is sleek, a few minor details show that this is a low budget purchase if you look closely enough. For example, the burner knobs are made of thin metal and look cheap and flimsy.
What the owners say
This range has received generally positive reviews from its owners. Many have praised the value of this range because its performance matches the price. However, some users have warned that the knobs on loose burners can be activated accidentally, which could lead to dangerous situations.
The Whirlpool WFG535S0JS gas range has a one year limited warranty for parts and labor, which is standard on ranges.
Should we buy it?
Yes, but only if you are shopping on a budget
This inexpensive cooker is a great choice for people who spend more time cooking on the stovetop than in the oven. It’s also worth mentioning that it’s user-friendly enough for cooks of all skill levels. The oven is reliable at doing basic tasks like a roast dinner or pizza, but don’t expect it to bake cookies perfectly on multiple batches.
After all, this is a budget choice for people looking for a convenient, reliable and affordable range, although they don’t have the bells and whistles you see in our top rated ranges. If you’re not happy with Whirlpool’s mediocre oven and are willing to spend a bit more, the Haier QGSS740RNSS gas range is the second best gas range we have tested and also costs less than $ 2,000.
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Meet the tester
Valerie Li Stack is a senior writer for Kitchen & Cooking. She is an experienced home cook with a passion for experimenting with the cuisines of the countries she visited. Driven by an interest in food science, ValÃ©rie approaches the culinary scene with a solid understanding of cooking processes and in-depth knowledge of ingredients. She believes food speaks to everyone, regardless of language and cultural background.
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