What's this? This is based on oven capacity, cooktop speed and simmer performance, and oven baking, broiling, and self-cleaning performance. The displayed score is out of a total of 100 points.
$629.10 - $699.00
Summary:This Samsung freestanding electric smoothtop range has the following: • 4 surface cooking elements • Among surface elements, 2 high-powered element(s). • One or more expandable cooktop elements. • Touchpads for setting oven temperature. • Oven has "steam clean" function for light cleaning.
The Samsung FE-R300SB is part of the kitchen range
test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, electric range
models like the FE-R300SB are rated on multiple criteria, such as those listed below.
This reflects how quickly the most powerful element could raise a 6-liter (6 1/3 quart) pot of water from room temperature to a near boil.
This reflects the ability of the lowest power element to melt and hold chocolate without scorching it. We also set the most powerful element to its lowest setting to test its ability to hold a large pot of tomato sauce below a boil.
This reflects the evenness of cookies and cakes in multi-rack baking tests.
About This Brand
This midlevel brands sells cooking appliances priced between $1,000 and $2,500. In 2008, Samsung released a range with the SteamQuic cleaning system, a three-fan true-convection range designed to cook food more evenly.
Double oven Double oven models have a second oven cavity. Most have a separate small oven above the main one complete with its own controls, door, window, oven light, slide-out rack, and self-clean function. While the upper oven offers easy access, the main oven is relatively low; you'll need to crouch to remove items from lower shelf positions. Other designs offer two same-sized ovens, or convert a single oven into two using a slide-in partition (though with a shared door.)
Cooking drawer Drawer below the main oven that can cook foods (up to a few inches high), as well as warm or heat serving bowls and plates. The cooking drawer has its own temperature control so can be set to cook a dish independent of the main oven. Foods must be lifted up out of the drawer (lacks a slide-out rack), and the drawer requires manual cleaning.
High-power elements The number of surface cooking elements rated at over 2,000 watts. On a smoothtop range, often one or more of the high-power elements is a dual element; you can choose the large element or a smaller element within the larger one for small pots.
Medium-power elements The number of surface cooking elements rated at over 1,500 watts but not more than 2,000 watts.
Low-power elements The number of surface cooking elements rated from 1,200 to 1,500 watts not including warming-only elements, or those contained within larger expandable elements.
Convection mode Has a convection feature that uses a fan or two to circulate heated air, and sometimes an extra heating element. The convection mode can be turned off if you prefer conventional cooking.
Slide-in Slides between cabinets; unfinished exterior on the sides of the range. The edge of the cooktop overlaps the counter on each side and all controls are on front panel for a built-in look.
Stainless steel available Many new mainstream ranges come with stainless steel trim or offer a stainless-trim version for an additional $200 or so.
We have had our Samsung since November of 2009 and 6 months ago I called Samsung service and the technician told me that the Range I have needed a switch for the Bake function. I looked at the back of the range and there are no switches for the Bake function. It is all digital and I wrote to Samsung in New Jersey and my letter was returned since the location is a warehouse. Now the SE light comes on and I have to unplug the unit several times and hope it will reset itself. I will buy GE in November when appliances go on sale. This SE malfunction seems like it should be a class action lawsuit against Samsung since my model is doing this also.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
By Sondra the cook
from Cincinnati, Ohio
(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)
Be bought this range in June, 2011 and used it for several months. We then spent the winter in Florida returning in April, 2012. In August, all of a sudden, it stopped heating and gave a code of SE (shorted key). I called Samsung and they sent a repairman who replaced the control panel (Samsung was nice enought to pay for the part even though we were 2-months out of warranty). Unfortunately less than a week later the same thing happened. I am now waiting through the Labor Day weekend for another repairman. I don't know what is wrong with this particular range, but I would say it is a lemon. We have never experienced this kind of problem with a stove. I would never recommend buying a Samsung appliance. We just bought one of their LED TVs and am hoping there are no problems with it!