Generally speaking, your cooking appliance choices are dependent on the kind of fuel or power source available in your home. There's no denying the benefits afforded by induction cooking—including superior heat, temperature control, and efficiency—but cooking with gas has a certain old-school appeal that's hard to deny. Gas stoves offer a more visceral cooking experience, so if gas is your fuel of choice, we’ve got you covered with the best gas ranges on the market today.
Although larger options are available, 30 inches is the standard width for oven ranges. The ubiquity of 30-inch ranges means that anyone in the market to upgrade their cooking experience will have ample choice. That’s where we come in: we’ll help guide you to the best gas range for you.
If you’re in the market for a new 30-inch gas range, our current favorite is the GE JGB735SPSS(available at Abt for $794.00), and we've also checked out great options at every price point.
The recommendations in this guide are based on thorough product and market research by our team of expert product reviewers. The picks are based on examining user reviews, product specifications, and, in some limited cases, our experience with the specific products named.
The GE JGB735SPSS features an impressive oven that wowed us with its lightning-fast preheat and baking evenness. It even has an air fryer mode that works as intended. In addition to the capable true convection oven, the GE JGB735SPSS features a versatile rangetop with four powerful burners and a center griddle burner for morning fry-ups.
The oven of the GE JGB735SPSS was the highlight in our testing, and performed basic tasks like preheating, roasting, and air-frying with aplomb. The only area where it faltered was with multi-rack cooking, where it struggled to bake multiple batches of cookies. Despite this, it’s still a good buy considering its affordable MSRP.
If you’re always looking for the latest and greatest in smart appliance tech, then the GE JGB735SPSS is definitely not for you. The range is as feature-lite as they come, with nary a whisper of Wi-Fi or guided cooking modes, but it’s a solid choice for a simple gas range.
The LG Studio LSSG3017ST gas range is a high-end appliance with efficient burners that’ll set you up for success in the kitchen. It impressed us with its speedy boil times, adjustable warming drawer, and seamless Wi-Fi connectivity that allowed us to remotely monitor the oven. This range would be well suited for folks looking to accomplish stovetop cooking quickly, bearing in mind that the oven won't perform quite as splendidly as the cooktop.
We noticed seriously uneven heat distribution in the cookie tests, which produced cookies that were significantly darker on the four corners of the tray than the ones in the middle. For its price, we'd expect more features and a more consistent oven.
The LG LRGL5825F is an ideal choice for any home-baking enthusiast in the market for an affordable, freestanding gas range. We were impressed with the oven's baking evenness and air fryer mode.
Like many products from LG, the range can be controlled and monitored remotely using your smartphone. In addition, the LRGL5825F features InstaView, which allows owners to activate the interior light by knocking on the oven door. It’s a little gimmicky, to be honest, but its presence doesn’t detract from the range. While the smart features are welcome, the real star of the show is the range's cooking performance. The capable, true-convection oven manages to bake and roast food evenly; plus, it features an uncharacteristically effective air fryer mode.
While there’s a lot to like about the LRGL5825F, it does falter in some areas. The preheat is interminably slow, and, for whatever reason, owners are required to purchase the necessary air fryer basket separately.
The slide-in Samsung NX60T8511SS is an utterly gorgeous, feature-rich gas range. Available in a series of stylish stainless steel trims, the range is an elegant centerpiece that features several useful additions like Wi-Fi connectivity and an Air Fry mode.
The range doesn’t only look good, it’s also a treat to use. The versatile cooktop has five well-spaced burners, so there’s plenty of room to work with if you have multiple pots and pans going at once. Other small touches like a soft-close door, racks that slide out easily, and the many cooking functions are appreciated.
However, while it may feel easy to use, its cooking performance will leave you wanting more. During testing, the convection baking mode produced inconsistent results. A determined home chef would be able to find the optimum timings and temperatures to get the most out of the oven, but if you lack the time or patience for that, we recommend looking elsewhere.
In addition to being a great range that can cook pork evenly and make delicious cookies, the big selling point of the Frigidaire FGGH3047VF is that it has a built-in Air Fry mode.
It's not surprising that large cooking appliance brands are looking to capitalize on the immense popularity of air fryers, which obviously very in size but are based on the same oven convection technology. During testing, this range was able to bring a bag of frozen french fries to crisp perfection using the special air fry rack much faster than it would have on a normal baking sheet with a normal cooking mode.
This Haier QGSS740RNSS gas range excelled in every test we threw at it, from boiling water to baking cookies. It’s a good choice for serious home cooks, star bakers, and tech nerds looking to add to their smart appliance repertoire. We love its quick preheat, short boil times, and elevated stainless steel look, plus the cast-iron grates on the cooktop that promote even heat distribution.
With features like Steam Self-Clean, No Preheat Air Fry, Scan-to-Cook, Frozen Pizza, Frozen Snacks, and Simmer Burner, this Wi-Fi–enabled Haier range has all the bells and whistles of a smart appliance. That said, many of its features are only accessible via the SmartHQ smartphone app, meaning you’ll need to have your device handy to use them.
The only other minor drawback we experienced with this range was the exposed rubber bumpers on the cooktop. They’re small, but a bit unsightly and could collect dirt and grime. Overall, we think this range would make a great addition to any kitchen.
Gas stoves are generally more expensive than their electric counterparts, and can even cost more than induction, depending on what features are involved. Keep in mind that this initial expense will be offset by a decrease in your electric bill—gas is much cheaper than electricity. If you need to install gas hookups to make the switch, however, the utility bill savings might not entirely cover the cost. Depending on where you live and your home’s design, installing a gas hookup can range from expensive to impossible: We recommend getting a quote before committing to a gas cooktop.
How Do You Clean A Gas Cooktop
While induction ranges get all the accolades for being easy to clean—just wipe down the cooled flat surface with a damp paper towel or sponge—that doesn't mean gas cooktops are particularly difficult to clean. All of the grates are removable to be washed individually. If you have any burned-on stains, you can scrub them down with a wire brush and a water-baking soda paste. While that's more labor intensive than a quick wipe-down, it's no more difficult than cleaning a traditional electric range with coiled heating elements.
How Many Burners Do I Need?
Depending on how much time you spend in the kitchen, it might be worth investing in some extra options for your range. When it comes to the cooktop, anything above the standard four-burner setup is a bonus. Some ranges can have five, or even six burners; however, the more burners a 30-inch range has, the more difficult it becomes to fit large pieces of cookware, such as a spaghetti pot and a frying pan, on their respective burners at the same time.
Sometimes, those extra burners offer specialty features designed to accommodate special cookware such as an elongated burner for a griddle. Other gas ranges offer dual-ring burners with two controls built into one knob. A smaller burner is surrounded by a larger, stronger burner, and you can turn on just the center smaller one, or both for a significant bump in heat.
Do You Need a Slide-in or Freestanding Range, and What’s the Difference?
In a nutshell, slide-in ranges are meant to sit flush with your countertops for a built-in look, while freestanding ranges can be placed anywhere there’s power, regardless of what’s around them. While these appliances may seem similar, the main differences between the two involve finish and placement of controls. Because freestanding ranges can be visible from all slides, they have a more finished look while slide-in ranges are meant to have their sides hidden by the cabinetry.
The controls for a slide-in range are found on the front or top face of the unit, while freestanding ranges usually have a back-mounted control panel to protect the wall behind the range. The oven controls are found on this back panel, and often the burner controls are there as well.
When it comes to replacing your existing range, if your current cooking setup has the range sitting in a cabinet or countertop cutout, you could replace it with either a slide-in or freestanding range, depending on the dimensions. However, if your range stands alone in your kitchen or one side is exposed, we'd recommend replacing it with another freestanding range.
Should I Get A Front-mounted Control Panel Or Back-mounted Control Panel?
Control placement is something to consider when buying a new range. While slide-in ranges usually have the burner controls on the front, the placement on freestanding ranges can vary from the front of the unit to the back-mounted control panel. Both arrangements have pros and cons.
On the one hand, having back-mounted controls means you may have to reach over hot food to control the temperature, but the controls are also far enough away that you’re unlikely to hit something on the control panel by accident. On the other hand, front-mounted controls are easier to reach, but that convenience can turn against you if you brush up against a knob accidentally, or have little ones that may be attracted to the knobs. Consider the ergonomics of using the range when it comes to picking a front- or back-mounted control panel.
What Oven Features Do I Need?
Beyond the standard baking capabilities, extra oven features can include everything from accessories like a temperature probe to special cooking features like convection settings, fast preheat, bread proofing (where the oven settings are customized to activate yeast and make bread rise), steam cooking (where you pour water into a reservoir and gently cook something with the resulting steam), and many more options.
Valerie Li Stack is a senior staff writer for Kitchen & Cooking. She is an experienced home cook with a passion for experimenting with the cuisines of countries she's visited. Driven by an interest in food science, Valerie approaches the culinary scene with a firm grasp of cooking processes and extensive knowledge of ingredients. She believes food speaks to all people regardless of language and cultural background.
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