If you fancy yourself a home chef, you owe it to yourself to consider the benefits of an induction range. Though they cost a little more than comparable gas or electric ranges, these cutting-edge machines offer faster boiling times, pinpoint temperature control, and incredible efficiency.
Induction has been very, very slow to catch on the U.S., much to the chagrin of appliance makers. Since it's the newest technology for full-size ovens, induction cooking is awash in questions, fears, and misinformation. That's a real shame, because induction is awesome—something professional chefs have known for years. We've written about the topic a lot, but our Induction 101 guide is a great place to get started with basic questions.
If you're past the basics and just want to buy, we recommend the Kenmore 95103 as our top choice. It's also the most affordable of the batch we tested.
Updated September 25, 2018
Where To Buy$1,299.99 Sears Buy
Kenmore 95103Best Overall
The Kenmore 95103 freestanding range sports a near-perfect rangetop in terms of temperature range and one of the fastest preheat speeds we have ever seen on our lab tests. The baking performance wasn't the best we've ever seen, but its evenness was above average. Combine all that with a convenient self-clean cycle and you're left with a range that's easy for us to recommend. Read full review.
Kenmore Elite 95073
Kenmore Elite 95073
This Kenmore is an above-average range designed with induction newbies in mind. There are a few quirks that will need getting used to, but the numerous benefits of induction far outweigh the downsides. We’ll be straight with you: There are plenty of cheaper ranges and better ovens to be had out there. But that being said, if you’re keen to try induction, it's tough to find a better option at this price point. Read full review.
Where To Buy$983.10 AppliancesConnection Buy
We loved our time with the Frigidaire FFIF3054TS. It's not the fanciest range you can buy by any means, but the induction cooktop is simply too good to ignore, especially since the price has dropped below $1,000.
With that price barrier breached, it may convince some people who've been on the fence to finally give induction a try. That said, there are some things to consider. The FFIF3054TSW is a great value, but it's not hard to find where some corners were cut when you compare it to a more premium range. There's no convection bake mode, and the fit & finish isn't perfect. But likely, you'll end up as happy—or even happier—than you were with your old gas or electric cooktop. Read full review.
Induction is a great technology, but has always had a problem: It’s expensive. That’s why we love Frigidaire’s new FGIF3036TF (also available in black stainless as the FGIF3036TD). On sale for just under $900, it’s the least expensive induction range we’ve ever seen with an oven that also offers convection baking.
If you’ve always been interested in induction, but have been scared off by high prices, we think this Frigidaire would make a great introduction.
Where To Buy$2,864.00 Home Depot Buy
If you’re looking for a technology-forward induction range, LG doesn’t disappoint. With their app, you can check the oven timer, preheat the oven, and even turn it off without having to get up off the couch.
While it did boast excellent burner performance – boiling water as quickly as some of the best induction ranges we tested – the oven struggled to match up. Despite its ProBake Convection technology, the oven underperformed in both baking and roasting tests. Couple that with a high price tag and a touchpad that you have to push so hard it actually hurt our fingers, we’re going to give this one a pass.
How We Tested
The gas ranges in this roundup were tested over a period of years, all adhering to the same careful procedures in a lab environment. We consider set-up and ease of use, cooking performance, and fit, finish & feel.
The cooking tests are, as you might expect, the most involved and the most heavily weighted part of the process. We use cake, cookies, toast, and pork roast as the food samples—always from the same source and prepared in exactly the same way. If an oven has a convection fan, we usually test with convection on and off. If it's a double oven, we usually test both upper and lower.
Read the super-detailed version of how we test ovens here.