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From the Stove to the Electric Range

Twenty-First Century Trends: Innovation and Sophistication

Whirlpool Corporation,
2003 (Private Collection)

Ranges available at the end of the twentieth century had the same shape, size and voltage standardized in the 1960s, but heralded innovative materials. Equipped with a glass cooking surface, marked with circles to indicate the location of the elements beneath, a 2003 Whirlpool model is distinguished by the electronic control of both cooking and self-cleaning functions, built-in oven grills and utensils, an anti-tip bracket, and the specialized four-pronged plug to fit the outlet required for high voltage appliances.