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Testing the Samsung NE58F9710WS Slide-In Electric Range with Flex Duo OvenSleek design meets functional utility on this Samsung electric range.
Hi. Katie Pilkington for CNET here. And today, we're gonna be taking a closer look at the Samsung NE58F9710WS Electric Range with Flex Duo. This range retails for $2,299-- which is expensive, given that you can go to your local Home Depot or Lowe's, and buy a basic electric range for just under $400. But Samsung's definitely swinging for the fences with this one, and targeting more of a luxury market. Slide-in ranges are relatively new to the category. And they're designed to fit flush against and on top of your countertop, so that this cook top sits and looks integrated with your counters and your cabinets. Given that it's a slide-in, the control panel migrates from the back of the appliance to the front. This brings us to what I think is perhaps one of the most elegant features about this range, which is this really gorgeous touch screen. Samsung has given you all of the options that you need without any superfluous buttons cluttering up the interface. This is a glass ceramic cook top. It's black in color. It's got a really sleek appearance. And Samsung's loaded it with a lot of features that, going back to that original price point, may prove to give you some of that bang for your buck that you're looking for. For instance, it's got two smaller burners that join together to form a bridge. Bridges are becoming increasingly popular, but they're not the norm, by any means. Another nice feature that we're seeing more of, that Samsung has placed on this cook top, is this triple burner. They give you options to use a small pan, a medium pan, or a large pot. But where Samsung really hits it out of the park is with the Flex Duo technology inside the oven. What Samsung has done to make this space truly functional and compete with other brands who are moving in to putting double ovens in a range, is to give you this really clever Flex Duo divider. With the divider in place, the range turns the single large-cavity oven into two individually-operated ovens. To test the Flex Duo, we wanted to cook foods that required two different cooking temperatures in each cavity to assess how well the oven did at keeping those temperatures separate without leaking any heat from the top to the bottom or vice versa. We baked cookies in the top oven at 350 degrees, and we baked a cast-iron French bread in the bottom oven at 450 degrees. I'm happy to report that with the Flex Duo divider in place, the Samsung range performed exactly as we would have hoped, and baked cookies that were good-- as good as I've had in any other oven. And the bread turned out really well. I attribute a lot of this success to the fact that Samsung has given you two convection fans in this oven; so that when the oven is being used without the divider, as just a single cavity, you're getting all the benefits of convection. But they also don't sacrifice that when you wanna use the divider-- giving you two individual convection ovens. Samsung is definitely swinging for the fences with this range. But if the specs speak to you, and you really like the look of this oven, as well as its great performance in all of our tests, it might be worth the money. Thanks for watching. For CNET, I'm Katie Pilkington.