Electrolux EI30EF55GS Freestanding Electric Range Review$2,199.00
Overall Oven Performance
While the oven preheated to 350°F in under twelve minutes, we weren't too happy with much else. Temperature consistency, temperature target accuracy weren't very impressive for the conventional oven. Fortunately, this oven has a plan B.
Target Temperature Accuracy
Set to the keep-warm temperature of 170°F and 350°F, the oven consistently stayed far above the designated temperature. The average temperatures we saw for those two were 200°F and 369°F, twenty and thirty degrees above the proper temperature. This is a bit troubling. The maximum setting was better, though still hot, at 562°F against the appropriate 550°F. We advise prospective buyers to invest in a thermometer if they go with this range. Fahrenheit and Celcius degrees are preferable to Electrolux degrees.
However, all this changed when the convection fan was activated. Set to 350°F, the oven hit an average temperature of 350.5°F, spot on indeed. The convection fan also circulated the air providing more even cooking and no oven hot spots, so the deficiencies of the conventional oven may not be so grave considering this alternative.
The temperature fluctuation for these inaccurate temperatures wasn't good at 170°F, but it was excellent at 350°F. Though it was based around a temperature almost 20°F above the target, the temperature went only 10°F below and 17°F above the average. A silver lining indeed. The maximum temperature setting had the oven into the 580s as well as falling to 533°F. Not great, but when you're over 500°F, very hot vs. very, very hot may not make such a difference.
When we activated the convection fan, we found extremely satisfying results and one of the finest variances we've seen: the oven went just eight degrees above 350°F and six below. This is incredible, and we hope chefs will be able to take advantage of this supreme performance in new and interesting ways to cook delicate food.