Ultimate Guide to Oven Safety: Buying Tips, Reviews and Our List of the 25 Safest Ovens

by Caitlin McCormack | Last Updated Feb. 29th, 2016

When it comes to oven safety, two of the most important things you need to keep top of mind are preventing accidental burns and fires.

Burns can happen to grownups and children alike when they touch a heated element, inside of the oven or an open flame in the case of gas-powered ranges. Fires can happen when food is left unattended, or an article of clothing, hair or even a kitchen towel comes into contact with an element or open flame as well. Another consideration for gas- or propane- operated stoves is leaks and carbon monoxide poisoning.

Besides being incredibly painful, burns from an oven can result in minor problems such as scarring and blisters all the way to major incidents such as amputation and even death if severe enough. Depending on the severity of your burn, you may need to seek professional medical treatment.

It’s also worth noting that cooking fires are the leading cause of residential fires in the United States, and since they are almost always preventable, it’s important to practice certain safety measures each and every time you use your oven.

While they are generally considered safe when used with care and according to the manufacturer’s instructions, injuries can and do still occur.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission’s (CPSC) National Electronic Injury Surveillance System (NEISS) estimates that there were nearly 12,000 injuries to children under the age of 18 caused by ovens that were treated in hospital in the United Stated in 2013. They also found that 40% of household fires are caused by cooking appliances, including ovens.

The number of actual injuries caused by ovens is likely quite higher than this, as the data from the CPSC only looked at those injuries which resulted in medical treatment at a hospital, and minor injuries were likely treated at home or another medical treatment facility not included in the reporting data.

When Purchasing

  • For the most part, safety standards for ovens have been created by a mix of consumer groups, government agencies, producers, retailers, and suppliers and are completely voluntary on the part of manufacturers. Look for a sticker on your oven that tells you it’s been approved by CSA, ASTM, ANSI, UL, CPSC or some other such safety association. Be cautious of purchasing an oven made in China, as regulatory standards are much different there than in the United States.
  • Look for safety features such as auto-lock, auto-shut off or time-controlled shut off to help keep your family safe. Other features such as cool-touch glass on the oven door and hot burner indicator lights for elements on the cooktop can also help to prevent accidental burns and fires.
  • If your oven came with a warranty or registration card, be sure to complete the form and mail it in to the manufacturer. This way, you’ll be notified of any recalls or other safety information in the event of a problem with your model. Surveys done by Consumer Reports National Research Center show that most people seldom or never take this essential safety step.
  • Have a trained professional install your oven and ensure you’ve made allowances for any space or other clearance requirements necessary for safe installation. Your oven should also have its own dedicated spot on your electrical circuit in order to prevent power overloads and other electrical problems.
  • If you have young children in your home, installing aftermarket oven safety products such as knob stops, locking straps and other safety guards can help to keep them safe.

When Operating

  • Do not operate your oven if you are under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or certain prescription medications. Generally speaking, if it’s not safe for you to drive while using, you shouldn’t be operating your oven under the influence of either.
  • Always read and follow the manufacturer’s instructions for installation, use and cleaning of your oven, and don’t hesitate to contact them if you should have a question about something specific that isn’t covered in your user manual.
  • Do not leave your cooking unattended, and make sure any spills are promptly cleaned as food particles and grease residue can cause fires. Position your oven racks before preheating the oven in order to avoid burns.
  • Ensure long hair, loose clothes and jewelry is tied back or removed. Institute a “no-kids zone” around the oven in order to keep little ones safe.
  • When cooking, make sure that you use a pot that’s the right size for the burner – you don’t want flames or the element to overshoot any pot or pan. Whenever possible, use the back burners.

When Cleaning

  • Ensure there is adequate ventilation before you begin cleaning your oven. The fumes from many commercial oven cleaners can be toxic and make you ill.
  • Ensure the oven and stove top burners are turned off.
  • If your oven has a self-cleaning feature, make sure the door is locked if at all possible to help prevent any accidental burns.
  • Ensure any residue from cleaning products is thoroughly removed before you use your oven to cook again.

In Case of Fire

  • A fire needs three things in order to burn: heat, oxygen and fuel. If you remove one of these elements, the fire will extinguish. Whenever possible, turn off the burner or oven in the event of a fire. Leave the oven door closed if the fire is in the oven.
  • If possible, you should keep a fire extinguisher in your kitchen in case a fire breaks out. Be sure to test it each year and recharge or replace when necessary.
  • Do not put water on a grease fire. In case of a grease fire, you’ll want to either cover the pot or pan with a lid to suffocate the flames, or cover it with baking soda. DO NOT fan the flames with a kitchen towel and do not use flour to cover the flames.
  • Do not remove a pot or pan until you are certain the fire is completely extinguished and the item is completely cooled.
  • If you do not feel that you can safely get control of or fight a kitchen fire, evacuate your home and call 9-1-1 immediately.
  • With the above tips in mind, in no particular order, here are 25 of the ovens we consider to be the safest, based on available features and average customer reviews and ratings.

Electric

With 5 heating elements and a 4.6 cubic foot oven, this stainless steel electric slide-in range can tackle nearly any job your family can throw at it. Its smudge-proof surface is perfect for those with small children, and it is designed, engineered and assembled in the USA for quality you can trust.

Key features:

  • Flexible elements that expand to suit your cooking needs
  • ADA compliant
  • UL approved
  • Oven lockout feature
  • Self-clean with optional steam

Cost: *Est. $1399.99

This electric oven offers 5 heating elements and GE’s PreciseAir convection bake oven so you can prepare your family’s favorite recipes to a tee. With a warming zone and baking drawer, you can get more done in less time and ensure everything’s ready to eat all at once.

Key features:

  • Heating element on indicator light
  • Hot surface indicator light
  • Control lockout
  • Smooth surface cooktop
  • 1-UL listed and ANSI certified

Cost: *Est. $2299

Available in a choice of three colors to suit your home’s decor, this slide-in electric oven features an incredibly quick 6 minute preheat option and effortless convection bake features that take the guesswork out of baking.

Key features:

  • Smooth ceramic glass cooktop
  • Hot surface indicator light
  • Control lockout
  • ADA compliant
  • UL listed

Cost: *Est. $1299.99

Featuring the brand’s True-Temp baking system, this electric slide-in oven from GE is a simple, straightforward and easy-to-use option for the home cook and boasts 4 coil elements on the cooktop.

Key features:

  • Automatic oven shut off
  • Made in the USA
  • Heating element on indicator
  • Mis-wire detection
  • ADA compliant

Cost: *Est. $1259.10

5. LG LDE3037ST 30 In. Freestanding Electric Double Oven with Infrared Grill Broiler

This stainless steel freestanding range from LG offers a combined massive cooking space thanks to its 2.3 cu. ft. upper infrared grill oven and a 4.4 cu. ft. lower true convection oven, both with self-cleaning options to cook and clean up nearly anything your family can throw at it. With a 12-hour automatic shut off, you’ll never have to worry about forgetting to turn the stove off again.

Key features:

  • Smooth, radiant cooktop
  • Fast boiling element
  • Hidden baking element
  • Delay bake

Cost: *Est. $1499.99

This electric range features a dual oven and 5 burners large enough to tackle even the biggest meal for your family. Self-cleaning features make cleanup a breeze and easy-to-use electronic controls operate at the touch of a button.

Key features:

  • Smooth top
  • Dual choice burner matches to appropriate pot size
  • Delay bake
  • Control lockout
  • 1-UL listed, ANSI certified

Cost: *Est. $1057

Your everyday cooking tasks will seem easier thanks to this dual oven that boasts an impressive 6.7 cu. ft. of cooking space to help get even the biggest family meals on the table faster. Plus, it preheats in less than 5 minutes! With the brand’s AccuBake system, it adjusts seamlessly to your cooking needs.

Key features:

  • Dual-size element for small or large pots
  • Control lockout
  • Hot surface indicator light
  • Designed, engineered and assembled in the USA
  • 1-UL listed, CSA listed

Cost: *Est. $1249

This slide-in electric range bakes and cooks your family’s favorite foods in less time thanks to its TimeSavor convection cooking technology and it even has an option for baking frozen foods. Any spills or messes wipe away easily thanks to the brand’s AquaLift self-cleaning technology.

Key features:

  • Hot surface indicator light
  • Control lockout
  • Smooth top
  • ADA compliant
  • 1-UL listed

Cost: *Est. $1578

9. Samsung NE58F9710WS Slide-in Electric Range with FlexDuo Oven

This sleek, slide-in electric range from Samsung features Guiding Light Controls to help make selecting your cooking options a breeze by illuminating any and all available options step by step. You can even program settings for your family’s favorite recipes, helping to save you time in the kitchen.

Key features:

  • Smart Divider splits large-capacity single oven into two
  • Built-in temperature probe
  • Easy-glide oven rack perfect for supporting heavy items
  • Safety lock
  • 4-UL certified

Cost: *Est. $1696.50

Gas

This high-quality unit from Electrolux features a luxury hold door, luxury glide oven racks and dual fuel options with a certified Sabbath mode. IQ-Touch control panel displays all available cooking options at all times and preheats 25% faster than other ovens.

Key features:

  • Continuous gas grates, perfect for the heaviest of pots and pans
  • Hidden bake element
  • Control lockout
  • ADA compliant
  • UL approved

Cost: *Est. $2300

Part of Frigidaire’s Gallery collection, this sleek slide-in oven features quick preheat and convection modes, so you can prepare meals for your family in less time. One-touch controls let you get back to doing what you love most – spending time with your family.

Key features:

  • Continuous grates
  • Low-simmer burner
  • ADA compliant
  • CSA approved

Cost: *Est. $1499

This dual-fuel slide-in range from KitchenAid boasts an even-heat convection bake system that provides top-of-the-line cooking to ensure even cooking on all three racks, so you never have to rotate when cooking multiple items.

Key features:

  • Sealed burners
  • Continuous grates
  • Hidden bake element
  • Power outage compatible
  • ADA compliant and UL listed

Cost: *Est. $1814

This dual oven range from GE features a gas cooktop with sealed burners for added safety and easy cleanup. Edge to edge grates and a deep recessed cooking surface will appeal to selective home cooks.

Key features:

  • Precise simmer means even delicate foods won’t burn
  • Control lockout
  • Delay bake feature
  • Self-clean heavy-duty roller rack
  • ADA compliant

Cost: *Est. $2425

With sealed burners, this stainless steel gas double oven from Whirlpool is as easy to clean as it is easy to use. A deep, recessed cooktop contains any spills and dual self-cleaning ovens can handle nearly any meal you can dream of making for your family.

Key features:

  • Continuous, dishwasher-safe grates
  • Delay bake
  • Control lockout
  • CSA certified

Cost: *Est. $1349

This freestanding gas range boasts 5 sealed burners that are hard-working enough to address any of your family’s cooking needs. The convection bake lets you preheat your oven and cook all of your favorite foods in less time.

Key features:

  • Delay bake
  • Recessed broiler for more space, less chance of burns
  • Control lockout
  • Dishwasher-safe grates
  • CSA Listed

Cost: *Est. $1380

Boil water quicker and bake items faster with this gas range that boasts sealed burners and a true convection system that more evenly distributes heat. A low-simmer burner ensures even the most delicate of foods don’t burn and a built-in thermometer lets you ensure your foods are cooked to safe temperatures.

Key features

  • Automatic shut off
  • Effortlessly adjustable oven rack
  • Deep recessed cooktop
  • Control lockout
  • ANSI certified, CSA listed

Cost: *Est. $869

This oven offers everything you need in a range at a very affordable price. Thanks to built-in storage, you can keep all your items within arm’s reach and with its self-cleaning technology you won’t spend endless hours scrubbing off any spills.

Key features:

  • Control lockout
  • Big view oven window
  • One-piece recessed porcelain-enamel cooktop surface
  • Sealed burners
  • ANSI certified, CSA listed

Cost: *Est. $732.49

This gas range features two large ovens and 5 cooktop burners to handle even the biggest of family meals with ease.

Key Features:

  • Reinforced oven racks, hidden bake element
  • Continuous grates
  • One-piece recessed cooktop surface contains spills
  • Control lockout
  • ANSI certified, CSA listed

Cost: *Est. $1825

Induction

19. Samsung Chef Collection 30 in. 5.8 cu. ft. Slide-In Flex Duo Electric Induction Range with Convection Oven in Stainless Steel

This slide-in oven boasts a cool-touch induction cooking surface on top with a convection oven in a modern stainless steel styling. Dual ovens let you prepare complete meals at once and feature self-cleaning programs to keep things spic and span. LED controls are easy to see and use.

Key features:

  • Heating element on indicator light
  • Hot surface indicator light
  • Control lockout
  • Safety locks
  • 1-UL and ETL listed

Cost: *Est. $3332

This freestanding range features touch controls that make it easy to use and is part of GE’s Profile line. With built-in self-cleaning and convection features, it’s tough enough to handle anything your family throws at it. With upper and lower oven options, you can cook more in less time.

Key features:

  • Control lockout
  • Smooth surface cooktop
  • Delay bake and delay start
  • Hidden bake element
  • 1-UL listed

Cost: *Est. $1829

Part of the GE Profile line, this slide-in range features a cool-touch induction cooktop and self-cleaning oven with an available steam cleaning option. Delay start, keep warm and certified Sabbath mode make it an ideal choice for families.

Key features:

  • Heating element on indicator light
  • Hot surface indicator light
  • Control lockout
  • Touch controls
  • 1-UL listed

Cost: *Est. $2419

This stainless steel electric induction range features a smudge-proof surface to offer a clean, modern look even with little hands all over. With multiple oven settings including delay bake, speed and sensor cook, it’s up to nearly any task you can throw at it whether using regular mode or convection.

Key features:

  • Heating element on indicator light
  • Hot surface indicator light
  • Control lockout
  • Hidden bake element
  • 4-UL certified, CSA certified

Cost: *Est. $1499

23. Samsung NE597N0PB 5.9 Cu. Ft. Electric Free Standing FlexCook Zone Induction Cooktop Range

This stainless steel freestanding induction cooktop range features a 5.9 cu. ft. oven and FlexCook zone to easily accommodate even the largest of family meals. Self-cleaning features with available steam clean ensure messes wipe away easily. A detachable door prevents the unit from tipping forward should it accidentally be stepped on.

Key features:

  • Boil Alert technology reduces temperature to prevent spill overs
  • Boiling beep alerts sense multiple liquid types
  • Hidden bake element
  • Control lockout
  • 1-UL listed, ETL listed

Cost: *Est. $1749

Boil water in just 90 seconds with this state-of-the-art stainless steel induction range. Thanks to its smart convection features, it moves heat up to 30% faster, eliminating the need to rotate your items while cooking.

Key features:

  • IQ-Touch control panel displays all available cooking options at all times
  • Luxury Glide oven rack system ideal for heavy items
  • Automatic shut off
  • Control lockout
  • 4-UL certified, CSA certified

Cost: *Est. $1743.27

This large capacity oven lets you create delicious family meals in less time thanks to its optional convection bake and smart technology that even boils water faster than ever before. Thanks to an energy-efficient self-cleaning feature, you won’t notice a single odor during the self-clean cycle.

Key features:

  • Hot surface indicator light
  • Control lockout
  • Hidden bake element
  • Precise heat adjustment
  • 1-UL listed

Cost: *Est. $1776

 
 
   
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  • Dude . 1 year ago

    You suggest getting an oven with an auto-lock feature for child safety, but I find this infuriating. The lock is automatic, which means that it only engages in cleaning mode. I cannot lock it myself to prevent my toddler from pulling it open during a normal baking cycle.

     
 
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