The vote isn’t quite as overwhelming when it comes to ovens, but around two-thirds of chefs say they prefer gas ovens as well. Induction cooktops have muddled the picture somewhat, but gas remains the choice of professionals.
For consumers, other factors come into play; gas ranges are usually a little more expensive to buy but less expensive to operate, some areas don’t have natural gas lines – and many people have a strong preference for the type of stove they grew up with. Today’s best sellers are smooth-top electric ranges, but not by a wide margin.
Top 10 Gas Ranges
What to Look for in a Gas Range
The best gas ranges give you burners to fit different pans and let you adjust the flame and heat levels. Most cooks appreciate a stovetop with dedicated burners for certain tasks, such as a burner with a quick boiling function or a warming burner so you can keep foods hot without scorching them. A continuous and level cast-iron grate across the top allows you to safely slide a full, heavy pot from one area to the next without having to lift it.
The gas ranges in our lineup are priced between about $600 and $2,000, though the majority are well under $1,000. A search on the Home Depot and Lowe’s websites reveals that top-selling gas ranges start out as low as $450 up to more than $4,000. The pricier ones have special features like double ovens. If you are interested in a double oven gas range, there are some nice midrange options like the GE JCB860EEJES that also has the advantage of convection baking. Slide-in gas ranges with front controls are also more expensive than the freestanding ranges in our lineup that have controls in the back. The Electrolux EI30GF45QS is the most expensive gas range in our lineup. It is a slide-in range with plenty of extras, including convention technology, and it has a wide Btu range. It’s capacity, however, is smaller than many more economically priced ranges in our lineup.
Extras like an elongated burner and an integrated griddle allow the cook to whip up dishes ranging from pancakes to paninis. Many cooks also like a delay-start function, and it’s useful to have a gas range with a warming pan so you can keep foods like dinner rolls warm while the rest of a meal is cooking on the stovetop itself.
Look for a gas range with sealed burners that can easily be wiped clean. It’s also a good idea to look for a recessed pan on the stovetop because it catches any liquid spills or drips and keeps them right there. Many gas ranges come with self-cleaning functions that heat up and burn away oven messes, but it’s also quite helpful to have an extra steam-cleaning function that uses water to help steam debris off the oven interior.
The Best Gas Range Reviews – Buying Considerations
Many factors played into our choice of the top 5 best gas range reviews. For cooktops, the Groom+Style review team looked at the heat produced by the stove’s burners, whether the ranges had high-performance burners, bonus burners, grills or griddles, and the type of grates they had (and how easy they were to clean).
Self-cleaning, convection and dual ovens were considerations, as were the functionality and ease of operation of control panels. What Groom+Style looked at most, though, were the manufacturing quality of the ranges and the “yum” factor – the food they produced.
After all, a range is going to be in your kitchen for at least ten years, perhaps many more; even if it’s a budget model, you’re not going to be changing it out every few years. It has to stand up to the wear it will experience over at least a decade of cooking. The “yum” factor, of course, is the obvious one. Ranges will often perform better when cooking than baking (or the other way around) so we searched for models which wouldn’t disappoint in either important function.
What is the Standard Width for a Home Kitchen Range?
The two standard widths for home kitchen ranges are 30” and 36” wide, with the 30” models far more popular. For that reason, Groom+Style have concentrated on the smaller ranges you’re likely to be shopping for. In almost all cases, 36” stoves have additional features but are also a lot more expensive.