Saturday, April 20, 2013

Celebrate You with Amana

My husband and I bought our first home (a townhouse) a little over 3 years ago. Like any new homeowner buying a previously-lived-in home, there were a number of things I wanted to change about the home after we moved in. And, like many new homeowners, we quickly ran out of time and finances to make all the changes we had envisioned. One of the projects that got sidelined was a kitchen makeover. The appliances that came with the house worked, so they stayed.  While this was a financial blessing, it was also disappointing.

Although all of the appliances in our home could use an upgrade, the one I disliked the most was our electric range.  It was the cheapest model available, for the cheapest brand on the market, and it certainly showed.  Yes, it did work.  However, it was slow - really, really slow.  It would take FOREVER for the oven to preheat, and even longer for a pot of water to boil! But, I could deal with those things.  What I could not deal with was the coil elements and drip pans!  When I cook, I tend to make a horrible mess which means my range becomes a horrible mess.  I'm a bit of a clean freak when it comes to the kitchen, so I'd have to clean the drip pans after each use.  Despite constant cleaning, the range and drip pans never really looked all that clean and I would turn green with envy any time I visited another home with a beautiful, sleek glass cooktop range.

You can imagine my excitement (complete understatement) when I found out that I was going to have the chance to review the Amana 4.8 cu. ft. Self-Cleaning Electric Range.  I was beyond thrilled! Finally, I was getting the glass cooktop range I'd dreamed about!!

My Favorite Features:

As you might have imagined, my absolute favorite feature is the glass-ceramic cooktop! Every night after dinner I'm able to clean and shine my range back to good-as-new status. It's so easy to clean the cooktop!  Once it's cool, just use a little spray cleaner, wipe it off, and you're done! About once a week, or if there happens to be burnt food on the range, I will use special cooktop cleaner. The brand I currently use is Afresh, which came as a sample with the range, along with a small scrubbing pad, and they work great.   I love not having to purchase new drip pans every week. The glass-ceramic cooktop should become standard for all electric ranges!

The cooktop features 4 heating elements; two 6" and two 10" elements.  The 10" elements are wonderful for heating larger pots or frying pans.  There's a good deal of space between the elements too which is especially nice when you're utilizing all four elements at once.  They also heat up really quickly and seem to distribute the heat more evenly.

Another major benefit of this range is the cooking time!  This range not only boils my water faster, it preheats in half the time of my old oven AND it cooks food more evenly thanks to Amana's Temp Assure Cooking System. Whether I'm fixing food on the cooktop or baking it in the oven, it just turns out better... and in a shorter amount of time!

At 4.8 cu. ft capacity, there is plenty of room inside the oven to bake our favorite meals.  There are 2 wire racks that can be adjusted in 5 different positions.  This Amana range also features a self-cleaning function that can be adjusted based on the soil level of your oven!   Amana has even added a delay bake option which can really come in handy.  Now, I can set the timer and the food will be ready when I want it to be!   And, if I'm not quite ready, there is a great keep warm setting that will maintain the temperature of our food without cooking it any further.

The oven has an extra large oven window.  It's completely clear and when the light is turned on, you can see the food baking inside very well.  The light on my previous oven was so dim that I could barely see if there was even food inside!  With the Amana range, I can see the food SO clearly without having to open the door and letting all the heat out.   As you can see, my little ones also LOVE watching their favorite food as it bakes in the Amana oven.  Especially, when pizza is on the menu!

The controls on the Amana range are super user friendly.  I didn't even need to check the instruction manual to figure out how to set the clock or use any of the other features.  I love the indicator lights that tell you if the cooktop is on or if the surface is still hot.

The storage drawer on the Amana range is really roomy and offers plenty of room for all of my baking sheets.

I've been using my Amana Electric Range for a month now and I'm in love! It's everything I hoped it would be and so much more. I could not be happier with this range and I'm sure we'll be using it for many years to come.

I know after reading this review you'd LOVE a new Amana Electric Range for your house too. The range I reviewed has a MSRP of $599.99. It is also available in white at that same price, or Stainless Steel with a MSRP of $699.99. See Amana's full line of appliances and find out where you can buy them by visiting their website, liking them on Facebook, and following them on Twitter.

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  1. Nice! I'd totally love a black one to match other appliances. Thanks for the review!

  2. I would love the 3 Piece Bistro Set from Brylane Home, live in NM and would us it everyday! Thanks for all you do for your fans.

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  4. I would love to win the Amana in black..I sure could put it to good use! Another item would be the Flats from SWYT Culture...they are so cute!

  5. I would love to win the Amana in black. Our stove is about 16 yrs old and could definitely use an upgrade! Thanks so much for the review and givaway!

  6. This will be great for my kitchen upgrade.

  7. I would love a new stove, I should see mine ;)