We’ve updated this guide to include the Whirlpool WFG535S0JS gas range. The Samsung NX58K9500WG remains our Best Overall, and we plan to test more gas ranges to add to this list in the coming months.
Generally speaking, your cooking appliance choices are dependent on the kind of fuel hookup 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 offers a more visceral cooking experience. And fire. Let's not forget fire. So if gas is your fuel of choice, we’ve got you covered with the best gas ranges on the market today. Our favorite is the Samsung NX58K9500WG(available at Best Buy for $2,069.99), and we've also tested great options at every price point.
Here's our ranking of the best gas ranges we've tested, ranked in order:
LG Studio LSSG3017ST
Samsung continues to impress with another outstanding range. It wasn't just the premium look that captured our attention—this range was our top performer when it came to testing. The Samsung NX58K9500WG slide-in range has five sealed burners on top, ranging from 5,000 to 18,000 BTUs. An included griddle rests neatly on top of the oval-shaped burner in the center.
Our tests found that the minimum and maximum temperatures weren't record-breaking by any means, but it can get water boiling quickly enough, and its 120˚F minimum is satisfactory for most kinds of cooking. If you need super-low simmers, you might want to check out an induction range instead.
This range is a baker's delight thanks to a wonderful oven packed with useful features. It offers a true convection fan for even bakes. There's also a warming drawer for proofing bread, pre-heating plates, or keeping side dishes warm. The cookies, cakes, and pork we cooked during testing all came out looking great.
The user reviews are widely positive, with most people citing the power, fast preheat, and aesthetics. It's available in stainless or black stainless. Some users have complained about the black stainless finish being scratch-prone, though that's a known issue with many brands.
Hi there! We're Madison Trapkin and Valerie Li Stack, Reviewed's Kitchen & Cooking product testers. As passionate food and beverage aficionados who have covered topics like meal kits, espresso machines, pressure cookers, and popcorn poppers, we know what it takes to make a good kitchen appliance. Whether you’re finally replacing an old range or have always wanted to add a wall oven while renovating your kitchen, we've got your back.
Not only do we perform repeatable, lab-based tests on ovens, ranges, and cooktops, but we also do real-world evaluations. That means we can tell you which products will perform the best, will give you the most bang for your buck, or have the sleekest looks. Here are some key factors we measure.
Maximum/Minimum Burner Temperature
For products with burners, we measure the maximum and minimum temperature of each burner to help consumers identify which burners are ideal for simmering soup, and which burner can get hot enough to properly sear a steak.
A range or cooktop with multiple burners that can reach very high and/or very low temperatures will score well. If burners cannot reach very high or low temperatures—or if only one burner can do each task—scores will be lower.
Water Boil Speed
One of the most common tasks for a range or cooktop is to boil a pot of water. For each burner, we take an appropriately sized pot, and fill it up halfway with distilled water. Then, we position a thermometer horizontally in the middle of the pot, and vertically in the middle of the water column. We monitor the thermocouple and record the time it takes for the temperature of the water to reach 212°F.
If the water hasn’t reached 212°F after 35 minutes, then we stop the test. Because the water volume is different for varying burner sizes, we score the water boil test on the rate of water boiling: Faster water boiling will result in higher scores, while slower water boiling will result in lower scores.
Time to Preheat
Using a stopwatch, we measure how long it takes for the oven to achieve a preheating temperature of 350°F. We stop the clock when the oven’s preheat indicator beeps.
Because no one wants to wait around forever, shorter preheating times result in higher scores, while longer preheating times result in lower scores.
How Evenly the Oven Bakes
One happy side effect of testing ovens is that there are always extra cookies lying around. In addition to being delicious, cookies double as a cooking/baking proxy for other thin food items, such as brownies or vegetables.
Those cookies started as 12 chunks of Pillsbury ready-to-bake sugar cookies, which we place on an ungreased cookie sheet in a grid formation. After preheating the oven to 350°F for 15 minutes, we place the cookie sheet in the oven on the rack recommended by the manufacturer (or, if there is no recommendation, the middle rack) to bake for 15 minutes. We remove the cookies from the oven, and allow them to cool for 2 minutes.
We repeat the process if there’s a second oven, or if the range or oven comes with a convection option. Because convection is commonly used to bake or cook multiple food items simultaneously, we place two trays of cookies on the two racks recommended by the manufacturer.
After looking the cookies over, we determine how evenly baked they are, both within a baking sheet (regular baking mode and second oven baking mode) and between multiple baking sheets (convection bake mode). Because convection is generally a more efficient way of cooking or baking something, it is important that the multiple food items on different racks be cooked or baked to the same degree.
For all of our cookie tests, the more evenly baked the cookies are, the higher the score will be. If the product has a second oven and/or convection capabilities, then the cookie scores for those tests and the main oven test are weighted and combined to arrive at a final cookie score. This way, products with just a single, conventional oven are not penalized for their lack of a second oven or convection capabilities.
How Well the Oven Cooks Meat
To understand how each product cooks meat products, we also use fresh, never-frozen pork loins in our testing. While we recognize that all natural products have variations that can affect test results, pork is exceptionally uniform. After placing the 3- to 4-pound boneless pork loin in a roasting pan, we place a temperature probe in the middle of the meat. After preheating the oven to 325°F, we place the pork on the rack recommended by the manufacturer, and cook until the internal temperature probe reads 160°F, which is the minimum safe temperature for cooking most meat products.
We then remove the pork loin, let it sit for 10 minutes, and cut it into thirds so we can see how evenly cooked the pork loin is. An identical test is conducted if the oven has convection capabilities, using the Convection Roast option if available, or the standard convection mode if not.
How Effectively the Oven Cooks Pizza
One of the most common reader questions we get is whether a specific oven can get hot enough to actually cook a pizza. To answer this question, we place a batch of Pillsbury Classic pizza dough on a lightly oiled baking sheet, place a temperature probe in the dough, cover it with tomato sauce and cheese, and bake it at 500°F for 10 minutes. Between the temperature data and our own subjective assessment, we determine whether the oven is capable of cooking a pizza all the way through or not.
While we obviously go to great lengths to test the cooking/baking abilities of these cooking appliances, we also incorporate more subjective information into our overall assessment. For example, how easily can the cooktop surface accommodate multiple pots and pans? How easy is it to understand the control panel? How nice are the burner knobs or buttons? How loud is the preheat notification noise? We answer all of these questions and more in order to determine if there are any major drawbacks to the product that might not make it a good fit for most households.
What You Should Know Before Buying a Gas Range
Are Gas Cooktops Better Than Electric Ranges?
Both gas and electric ranges have pros and cons that may make them more or less suited to your needs.
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 or 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 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 and washed individually. If you have any burned-on stains, you can scrub them down with a wire brush and a water and baking soda paste. While that's more labor intensive than a quick wipe-down, it's not any 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 it to investigate 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 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 are specialty burners are designed to accommodate special cookware such as a griddle or a wok; other burners are bridge burners that are meant to keep food warm without continuing to cook it.
Another possibility is to have a dual-ring burner, or a burner that includes a stronger heat source wrapped around a weaker heat source. That way, on a single burner, you can choose to use just the smaller heat source for lower temperatures, but you can add the stronger heat source if you need higher temperatures.
What Is The Difference Between Slide-in And Freestanding Ranges?
In a nutshell, slide-in ranges are meant to sit flush with your countertops, while freestanding ranges are meant to sit on top of any surface. While slotting in and sitting on top of your countertop may seem similar, the main differences between the two involve finish and ease of cleaning. Because freestanding ranges are visible from all slides, they have a more finished look; slide-in ranges are meant to have their sides hidden by the cabinetry, so the finish typically isn't as pretty on the sides.
Additionally, because slide-in ranges sit flush with your countertop, they're a bit easier to clean because they do not have a large lip around the edge. Freestanding ranges often have larger lips around the edge of the cooktop to corral any crumbs that would otherwise decorate your floor. Freestanding ranges also typically have a back-mounted control panel for the same reason.
While slide-in ranges will do fine in a freestanding arrangement, the reverse is less true. If your current cooking setup has the range sitting in a cabinet or countertop cutout, we recommend replacing that range with another slide-in range. Conversely, if your range stands alone in your kitchen, we'd recommend replacing it with another freestanding range to cut down on food debris spilling everywhere.
Should I Get A Front-mounted Control Panel Or Back-mounted Control Panel?
As we mentioned earlier, most freestanding ranges have back-mounted controls, but some slide-in ranges do as well. Both arrangements have pros and cons; on the one hand, having back-mounted controls means you may have to reach over hot food to adjust the oven temperature, the controls are also far enough away that you would have difficulty hitting 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. 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?
As for extra oven features, they can include everything from accessories like special oven racks or a temperature probe to special cooking features like the aforementioned convection settings, fast preheat (which expedites the preheating process), 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), air fry mode (where you can expeditiously fry frozen and fresh foods, similar to an air fryer) and many, many more options.
With some of the higher-end ranges, you can even choose to cook your food in one smaller oven or a larger oven, as needed. It is possible to get a double-oven range, if you need the flexibility of two ovens, but still want a cooktop included in the same unit.
Other Gas Ranges We Tested
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, 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.
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.
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 visibly more burnt 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. With its hefty price tag, we’re surprised by its lack of features commonly seen in high-end ranges, such as an air fry mode.
The freestanding Whirlpool WFG535S0JS gas range has a highly efficient five-burner stovetop with a reliable oven—and it won’t hurt your wallet. We were impressed by its quick boil times, which means fewer minutes spent waiting to add pasta to your pot. Despite the oven not having a true convection function, it took about 8 minutes to preheat, making it one of the fastest we've tested.
Though the oven is reliable at performing basic tasks such as a roasted dinner or pizza, don't expect it to perfectly bake cookies across multiple batches. We also noticed hot spots on the left side of the oven during the pizza test. After all, it’s a budget-friendly pick for people who want a convenient, reliable, and affordable range, even without having the bells and whistles that are seen in our top-rated ranges.
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 built-in Air Fry.
It's not surprising that large cooking appliance brands are looking to capitalize on the immense popularity of air fryers. While we're on the record as saying that air fryers aren't really necessary, we can understand the appeal. During testing, this range was able to bring a bag of frozen french fries to cooked perfection using the special air fry rack much faster than it would’ve on a normal baking sheet with a normal cooking mode.
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.
Madison Trapkin is the kitchen & cooking editor at Reviewed. Formerly the editor-in-chief of Culture Magazine, Madison is the founder of GRLSQUASH, a women's food, art, and culture journal. Her work has also appeared in The Boston Globe, Cherrybombe, Gather Journal, and more. She is passionate about pizza, aesthetic countertop appliances, and regularly watering her houseplants.
She holds a Bachelor's degree from the University of Georgia and a Master's of Liberal Arts in Gastronomy from Boston University.
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