Samsung NE59J7630SB review: Flaws aside, this Samsung offers good performance for less than $1K

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MSRP: $949.00

The Good The Samsung NE59J7630SB Electric Range is less than $1,000 and provides the consumer with a healthy selection of useful cooking modes. The range also boils water and broils hamburger patties at a rapid clip.

The Bad In exchange for quick cooking, the oven of this Samsung model produces very well-done burgers and roast chicken with dry white meat.

The Bottom Line The Samsung NE59J7630SB has a few kinks, but the overall performance and the $949 price make this range a good pick for the home cook.

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7.7 Overall
  • Design 7
  • Features 8
  • Usability 7
  • Performance 8

Samsung has earned a lot of attention for its mid- to high-end kitchen appliances, especially the manufacturer's Flex Duo line of ranges . But Samsung's NE59J6730SB Electric Range shows that the manufacturer doesn't skimp on its lower-priced models.

The NE59J6730SB has an MSRP of $949 and contains helpful features that add versatility to cooking. The smooth-top range also boasts some impressive performance times when it comes to boiling and broiling. The Samsung NE59J6730SB has a few flaws: biscuits from the oven were chewy, a roast chicken was a touch too dry and the oven's generic appearance won't make it stand out from its competitors.

The range doesn't set the world on fire with innovative looks or perfect cooking, but the functionality and fast performance times make the Samsung NE59J6730SB a worthy addition to a home kitchen.

The Samsung NE59J7630SB is an electric range with four burners, a warming zone and a 5.9-cubic-foot oven capacity. Tyler Lizenby/CNET

Unoriginal design hides good features

All ranges that have rotated through the CNET Appliances test kitchen have given me stainless steel fatigue. As its popularity has grown, stainless steel has gone from high-profile to ho-hum. It's hard to find a stainless-steel range that stands out from the pack appearance-wise, and the Samsung NE59J7630SB is no different from its competitors.

This Samsung model is 30-inch electric range features a smooth, ceramic, black cooktop wrapped in stainless steel, similar to the GE JB650SFSS and the Frigidaire Gallery 30-Inch Electric Range , with controls that sometimes work against the home cook. The back panel of the NE59J6730SB looks identical to the Samsung NE59J7850WS -- four thick knobs to control each of the burners and a touchpad with a digital display. The four burners range from 1,200 to 3,300 watts of power.

The knob control for the double- and triple-ring burners are hard to decipher. Tyler Lizenby/CNET

The knobs for the two large burners at the front of the cooktop were confusing to use. The left front burner has a Rapid Boil feature in which you can use two concentric burners to increase boiling speed. The right front burner has three of these concentric burners. However, there are different scales on each knob that control the single-, double- or triple-ring burner features, so you can choose how many burners you want to use at once. It's a tight squeeze to fit the controls of multiple burners around one knob. More than likely, I want all my burner power in use, so I'd sacrifice versatility for more streamlined knob controls.

Unlike the burners, the warming zone is controlled via the touchpad, which feels counterintuitive since the warming zone looks just like the two small burners at the back of the cooktop. And the touchpad is a little stiff and unresponsive to the touch -- I had to push harder than I'd like to select oven modes and temperatures. Button resistance aside, the touchpad is easy to use thanks to self-explanatory, simple labels. And the digital display tracks the temperature of the oven as it's preheating, a helpful tool when you're anxiously waiting for an oven to reach the intended temperature.

The Samsung NE59J7630SB's oven has a 5.9 cubic foot capacity, which is larger than that of the comparable GE JB650SFSS and the GE Artistry Series Range . But the two oven racks included with the Samsung NE59J7630SB have back edges that turn up to avoid hitting the convection fan mounted in the back of the oven. This reduces the amount of space on which you can sit baking sheets on the racks and makes the oven cavity seem more shallow than it actually is.

There is a lot that you can do with the Samsung NE59J7630SB's oven. Along with convection baking and roasting modes, the range comes equipped with slow cook, bread proof and dehydrate functions. These features are thoughtful additions for the avid home cook eager to experiment. Just be mindful of the oven's lack of an auto-convert feature for convection cooking.

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