The cooking appliance experts at Consumer Report test everything from inexpensive coil-tops to decked out pro-style models, and you’ll need that breadth of insight when you walk into a showroom.
“If you shop at the biggest retailers like Lowe’s, Home Depot, and Best Buy, you’ll never see fewer than 25 models on the showroom floor,” says Claudette Ennis, a CR market analyst who oversees ranges. “And it’s not uncommon to see 50 or more.”
Top 10 Ranges
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- Induction Cooktop
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- 2.3 Cu. Ft. Capacity
- 4 Burners: 6" - 8" | 1250 - 2400 Watts
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What to Consider
Freestanding ranges are the most widely sold and easiest to install. Typically the oven control panel is on the back panel, above the cooktop surface. Slide-in ranges give a custom, built-in look and easily slide in between surrounding cabinets. The oven controls are on the range front, and there’s no back panel, so your backsplash can be showcased.
Most electric and gas ranges are 30 inches wide. Most pro-style ranges start at 30 inches wide but can climb to 48 inches if you custom-configure them with extra burners and ovens, or add-ons such as integrated grills, griddles, or woks. We test 30-inch and 36-inch pro-style ranges. They’re big on style but aren’t the best-performing ranges in our tests. Even regular ranges now typically have at least one high-power burner, a convection oven, and a dedicated simmer burner.
A roomy oven comes in handy when baking or entertaining. We measure oven space you can actually use—some manufacturers include space below the lowest rack position, so check the capacity scores in our range ratings. The smallest ovens in our tests are a little more than 2 cubic feet; the largest is nearly 4 cubic feet.
One Oven or Two?
Many ranges now come in single- and double-oven configurations. Double-oven ranges typically have a smaller oven up top and a larger oven below. They’re great if you want to bake or roast two different foods at different temperatures. If you’re reheating, say, pizza or chicken nuggets, you can activate just the upper oven and save some time on preheating. Just know that when you cook a large roast in the lower oven, it can be more difficult to remove because the door is close to the floor.
If you bake frequently, choose a range with only one oven cavity or one with the larger cavity above the lower one. Otherwise, you will need to bend to place foods in and take foods out of the oven as well as to check on them.
If you bake infrequently, you may prefer having a range with two ovens with the smaller one being above the lower one. This upper oven comes in handy for tasks that might ordinarily be performed in a toaster oven like baking frozen pizzas, making open-faced sandwiches, or reheating.
If you use the oven often, particularly for roasts, casseroles, and pies (which can dirty the oven), do not buy a range without a traditional self-clean function.
Read on for more about our Lab’s top gas ranges — and if you’re upgrading your whole kitchen, don’t miss our best refrigerators, microwaves, and more top-tested appliances.
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.
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.