CNET First Look
Samsung NE58F9710WS Electric RangeSleek design meets functional utility on this Samsung Electric Range.
Hi. I'm Katie Pilkington for CNET and today, we're taking a first look at the Samsung NE58F9710WS, 5.8 cubic foot electric range. With a price point of $23.99, this range definitely sits worth the top of its category but Samsung has included a lot of features to give it a lot of bang for your buck. One of the first things we noticed about this model and have been really impressed with since we played around with it, is the combination of the controls. Dials are used to control the smooth top stove and this touchscreen controls the oven. You may wonder why Samsung did this, it seems a bit of an odd choice but it's not one we're unhappy about. I really like the confidence that that bake having dial and stills when turning on the stove and then turning it back off again. As far as the smooth top is concerned, it's fairly standard but Samsung has added again a couple of nice features. One, it's got a 5th burner that's use for warming and it also connects the 2 medium burners to form a bridge. This bridge is really great for things like griddles because it keeps continuous even heat along the bottom, rather than a cold spot in the middle of the two burners. Other than that, the stove top is pretty standard. The oven is where Samsung has really loaded a lot of interesting elements. What you're looking at right now is Samsung's Flex Duo Oven Technology. We're really excited about this because in most Ranges where two ovens are created in the space where one would traditionally be housed, the ovens are separate and you lose the drawer on the bottom. Samsung has seen this as a problem and has come up with a solution in giving you this divider that is made of the same material as the walls of the oven, which were in placed in the right position. Sensors activate and it recognizes that you are now using two ovens that Samsung claims will operate independently of one another at two completely different temperatures. We're really excited to test that fully and see if it looks up to hype. But if you don't wanna use the Flex Duo divider, Samsung has included your traditional sliding rack, so that you can use the oven as one complete entity. A trend we're seeing now with ranges is using the drawer on the bottom for greater utility. Some ranges use it for baking or broiling. What Samsung has done is give a warming drawer that has 3 different temperature settings; low, medium and high. We could see this thing a really great feature particularly around the holidays if you have a lot of casserole dishes or a couple of pies that you wanna keep warmed but not take up any space in the oven. As we saw it earlier, the oven is controlled through this touchscreen, it's pretty responsive from what we can tell and it seems to work well. But we'll be sure to put this range through a full battery of test to really see how it stands up and whether it is in fact worth $23.99 price point. Stay tune for our full review of the Samsung NE58F9710WS, 5.8 cubic foot electric range. But until next time, I'm Katie Pilkington for CNET.