Review Of The Oven Model: Whirlpool WFG505M0BS

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The Whirlpool WFG505M0BS is an inexpensive gas range for people looking for a budget option. It fulfills the basic requirements for an effective stove and oven. Gas ranges should at least have one burner that can output at least 13,000 BTUs, an oven capacity of at least 4.8 cubic feet, and a decent reputation.
The better stoves have at least one burner that can output 17,000 BTUs. Some better models also include a convection fan, which is good for roasting vegetables, caramelize meats, or get more even baking for pastries. Most of today’s gas ranges also include continuous cast iron grades that allows you to slide pots and pans around instead of having to pick them up to move them on the old style independent grates.
The Whirlpool WFG505M0BS is missing some of these features, but is still a good option for those people who either don’t cook much, or are only looking for the most basic of features. In this post, we’ll cover more about the WFG505M0BS and compare some other similar options for you.

What Is the Whirlpool WFG505M0BS 30″ Stainless Steel Gas Sealed Burner Range?

The Whirlpool WFG505M0BS is a budget gas range with the most basic of features. It has the continuous cast iron grates with five burners, a 5.1 cubic feet oven and a broiler. It does not have some of the features of the more midrange priced gas ranges such as a self-cleaning option and a convection fan. It does come with a griddle accessory and an easy to use control panel.

Product Specs  

The Whirlpool WFG505M0BS has some modern features of just about all of today’s gas ranges, but is the most basic of ranges you can buy. It has five gas burners with the continuous cast iron grates to make it easy to slide around pots and pants on the stovetop. A griddle is included as an accessory.

The two front burners have a max output of 15,000 BTUs which is 2,000 BTUs higher than the minimum acceptable BTUs to be able to cook effectively. The oven is 5.1 cubic feet which is excellent for baking sizeable hams or turkeys.

The broiler is in a drawer under the oven which is a standard feature for this class of inexpensive gas ranges. The Whirlpool WFG505M0BS does not have a self-cleaning cycle and comes with a one-year warranty for replacement parts, labor, or defects.

Pricing  

The Whirlpool WFG505M0BS is the inexpensive category of free standing gas ranges. It can be purchased at retailers such as Home Depot and Best Buy or can also be purchased online directly from Whirlpool or Amazon. The price range can be anywhere from around $500-$640.

How It Compares

We picked a few similar products available on the market to see how they compare to the Whirlpool WFG505M0BS. 

LG LRG3061ST LRG3061ST 5.4 Cu. Ft. Capacity 5 Burner Gas Range

Samsung NX58F5500SS Stainless Steel Freestanding Gas Range

Kenmore 74332 5.6 cu. ft. Self Clean Gas Range

Whirlpool WFG505M0BS 30″ Stainless Steel Gas Sealed Burner Range

Price                                                                $

The Whirlpool WFG505M0BS is the cheapest of all the models in this comparison and puts it in the inexpensive price point of gas ranges.

Ease of Use                                                  4.0 Stars

The Whirlpool WFG505M0BS has digital oven controls and timer besides the stove top knobs, which rates this gas range pretty high on the easy-to-use scale. Sometimes basic is good when it comes to simple controls.

Performance                                                4.0 Stars

Though the warranty itself doesn’t lend to confidence in long-term performance, there are no apparent complaints attached to this gas range. For customers looking for a basic gas range, the Whirlpool WFG505M0BS seems to perform to expectations.

Design Quality                                             2.0 Stars

We can’t give that high of a rating for design quality simply because there is nothing innovative about the Whirlpool WFG505M0BS. It does get 2 Stars for at least being designed well enough for easy use of the range with its basic features.

Warranty                                                       2.0 Stars

The Whirlpool WFG505M0BS comes with a one-year warranty for parts, labor, or defects in materials or workmanship. While standard for this class of inexpensive gas ranges, its overall not a good warranty.

Pros

  • The Whirlpool WFG505M0BS is inexpensive
  • Decent performing basic gas range for customers who don’t need many bells and whistles
  • Has a 5.1 cubic feet oven
  • Has a griddle accessory
  • Continuous cast iron grate for easy sliding of pots and pans around the stove top 

Cons

  • Because it’s inexpensive, it does not have some key features such as a broiler in the main cavity of the oven, a convection fan, or a self-cleaning feature
  • The warranty is poor, having only one year for parts, labor, or defects
  • Other ovens in the same price range have more/better accessories or features

LG LRG3061ST LRG3061ST 5.4 Cu. Ft. Capacity 5 Burner Gas Range

This LG gas range has many features for its price range. It has five burners, a built-in griddle, and a warming drawer. It gets good ratings for its baking and exceptional ratings for broiling.

This versatile gas range the continuous cooking grates which seems to come standard on gas ranges at this point. It has one burner that has an output of 17,000 BTUs and has an automatic shutoff after 12 hours. It does not self-clean, but has an easy clean feature.

After spraying water inside the oven, you turn on the easy clean setting and 20 minutes later, the grime inside is supposed to be easy to wipe off. It has an easy to use digital touchpad control panel for the oven. You can adjust the temperature to read in either Celsius or Fahrenheit,  and has a 5.4 cubic feet oven.

Price (Approximate only)                                 $$

The LG LRG3061ST is a little bit pricier than the Whirlpool WFG505M0BS, but is still considered in the inexpensive range of gas ranges.

Ease of Use                                  4.5 Stars

The digital oven controls and standard stove top knobs makes this gas range easy to use.

Performance                                5.0 Stars

LG gas ranges consistently rate one of the gas ranges with the most satisfied customers.

Design Quality                             4.5 Stars

The easy-clean oven feature is some nice innovation by LG, along with some additional safety features such as the 12 hours automatic shutoff for a price only slightly higher than the Whirlpool WFG505M0BS.

Warranty                                       2.0 Stars

LG has only a one year parts and labor warranty on this gas range

Pros

  • Has a 5.4 cubic oven
  • Comes with easy-clean innovative steam cleaning option
  • Customers satisfied with LG’s high performance
  • Shuts off automatically after 12 hours

Cons

  • Does not have a good warranty. Could be better for a midrange priced appliance
  • Does not have self-cleaning mode
  • Does not state that it has a convection fan for the oven

Samsung NX58F5500SS Stainless Steel Freestanding Gas Range

Many people really like their Samsung appliances, and the love for Samsung gas ranges is no different. The Samsung NX58F5500SS is loaded with stainless steel accents, bakes and broils evenly and can maintain the steady simmer on the stove top.

It is a bit pricier than other options but still falls under the affordable range. This gas range has a 5.8 cubic foot convection oven for a superior size and guaranteed even baking. It comes with a removable stovetop griddle and five burners. This oven also comes with a self-cleaning feature.

Price (Approximate only)                $$

The Samsung NX58F5500SS is a bit pricier than the Whirlpool WFG505M0BS, but is still considered in the inexpensive range of gas ranges.

Ease of Use                                  4.5 Stars

The digital oven control panel and standard stovetop knobs makes this gas range easy to use. It has 4 preset settings, a Sabboth Mode, and auto-shutoff.

Performance                                 4.0 Stars

Customers consistently rate the performance of their Samsung gas ranges as superb. Some customers, however, have had issues with the electronic control panel, causing them to lose power to the oven and not being able to use it.

Design Quality                              4.0 Stars

The design quality and innovation is fantastic with the large oven size and the multiple features for this price point. However, the electronic panel issues that seem to be a semi-frequent complaint with Samsung customers seems to be an overall design flaw.

Warranty                                        2.0 Stars

Like the other gas ranges reviewed thus far, Samsung has only a one year parts and labor warranty.

Pros

  • Has a 5.8 cubic feet oven
  • Self-cleaning, Sabbath mode, automatic shut off features are impressive features for the price range
  • Convection oven for consistent baking

Cons

  • Some customers report issues with the electronic panel which cuts off power to the oven
  • Poor warranty
  • The tradeoff of the larger oven capacity is a smaller storage area

Kenmore 74332 5.6 cu. ft. Self Clean Gas Range

Kenmore has been known to be a high quality long lasting appliance brand for many years. This Kenmore 74332 gas range offers five burners and continuous dishwasher safe grates. It offers convection cooking as well.

The convection fan has a third element for true convection high quality baking. The high performance points of this range includes being able to bring water to a boil quickly due to its 18,000 BTU burner. The oven is 5.6 cubic feet and is self-cleaning.

Price                                                  $$

Like the other gas ranges, the Kenmore 74332  is a bit pricier than the Whirlpool WFG505M0BS, but is still considered in the inexpensive range.

Ease of Use                                  4.5 Stars

The Kenmore 74332 is easy to use with its digital oven controls and standard knobs for the stove top. Consumers report this range easy to use.

Performance                                5.0 Stars

The performance of the Kenmore 74332 lives up to its name as consumers report this range working superbly far beyond its warranty.

Design Quality                             4.0 Stars

The design of the Kenmore doesn’t scream innovation like the LG or Samsung models, but sometimes simplicity is best when it comes to functionality.

Warranty                                       2.0 Stars

As with the other gas ranges, the Kenmore 74332 comes with a one year parts and labor warranty. Since this range is known to last consumers a long time, it could be backed by a better warranty.

Pros

  • 5.6 cubic feet self-cleaning oven
  • True convection fan with additional heating element
  • Simple design with dishwasher safe grates
  • 18,200 BTU burner for quick boiling
  • Consumers report long time satisfaction with this gas range beyond the warranty period

Cons

  • Warranty is poor
  • Some consumers report the convection option is too much for some food

Conclusion

The Whirlpool WFG505M0BS gets an overall 3 stars for this review. While the most inexpensive of all the gas ranges reviewed here in comparison, there is much more you can get out of a gas range for only slightly more of an investment.

The LG LRG3061ST and the Kenmore 74332 both seem to be the highest quality gas ranges for the price range, with the Kenmore coming with the most features with the longevity and quality people have come to trust with the Kenmore brand. The Samsung NX58F5500SS has very nice features for the price point, but some people report having issues with the electronic control panel shortly after the warranty expires.

Still, the Whirlpool WFG505M0BS may be the best option for those who are looking for nothing more than the basics when it comes to selecting a gas range. Landlords may find the Whirlpool their best option for rental properties. People who don’t like to cook or who don’t cook often may also find the basic features and cheap price the most appealing.

Overall the Whirlpool is not a bad purchase. There are few complaints about it breaking down or having issues. It may have somewhat to do with the very simple digital oven panel since there is no self-cleaning, convection option, or preset settings. It seems to have a solid build that will last long enough to get your money’s worth. However, you will get much more out of other brands such as the Kenmore or the LG with just a little bit more money.

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