The Best Ranges of 2019By James Aitchison, Keith Barry, Kori Perten, and Jessica Teich, May 04, 2016, Updated February 18, 2019
Your range is at the heart of your kitchen, so you want the best. After all, whether you find cooking to be a joy or an unfortunate necessity, a great range will save you a lot of grief.
We’ve tested dozens of ranges, covering gas, electric, induction, and dual fuel options. We've looked for the speediest preheating times, the highest and lowest burner temperatures, and the most even baking. Now, after countless hours in the lab, we're can say with certainty that we've found some of the best ranges out there. Lucky for you, we’ve compiled them below for your ultimate convenience.
Because homeowners often don't get to choose their fuel type, you'll see our top-rated gas, electric, induction, and dual-fuel ranges. Plus, we've included a bunch of other ranges that we love. So good luck and happy cooking!
Updated February 18, 2019
KitchenAid KSDB900ESSBest Dual Fuel
The KitchenAid KSDB900ESS dual fuel slide-in range has a sleek pro-style aesthetic and cooks effectively. It also has 5 gas burners, plus 7 cubic feet of capacity between the oven and baking drawer. Other nice touches include a steam rack for steam baking, a wireless meat probe, and AquaLift self-clean technology. None of those features get in the way of cooking. Instead, they make life easier for the home chef. Read full review.
Where To Buy$1,695.20 AppliancesConnection Buy $1,698.30 Home Depot Buy $1,699.00 Abt Buy $1,699.99 Best Buy Buy
Samsung NX58K9500WGBest Gas Range
Samsung continues to impress with another outstanding range, the latest in the design-oriented Chef Collection series. This 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 when you need it. Our tests found that the minimum and maximum temperatures weren't record-breaking by any means, but it can water boiling quickly enough and the 120˚-minimum is enough for most kinds of cooking. If you need super-low simmers, you might want to check out an induction range instead.
The Samsung NX58K9500WG is a baker's delight thanks to a wonderful oven packed with useful features. It offers a true convection fan for even bakes. The pre-heat is faster than competing ranges. There's also a warming drawer for proving bread, pre-heating plates, or keeping side dishes warm. The cookies, cakes, and pork we cooked during testing all came out looking great. Read more about our Best Gas Ranges.
Frigidaire Professional FPEH3077RF
Where To Buy$2,119.00 Abt Buy
Frigidaire Professional FPEH3077RFBest Electric Range
This freestanding Frigidaire Professional has the look of a slide-in and the performance of a much pricier range. The 30-inch rangetop can get both screaming-hot yet can be mild enough to melt chocolate, while the 5.1-cu.-ft. oven bakes absolutely evenly. We also appreciated extras like a storage drawer, bridge burner, griddle, and temperature probe. Visually, the stainless-steel finish is beautiful and smudge-proof. Read full review.
Where To Buy$1,299.99 Sears Buy
Kenmore 95103Best Induction Range
Since it's the newest technology for full-size ovens, induction cooking is awash in questions, fears, and misinformation. We've written a lot about induction. (Read Induction 101: Better cooking through science).
If those questions are already settled for you, here's what you should buy: The Kenmore 95103 freestanding range. It 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.
How We Tested
The 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.
Other Ranges We Tested
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$1,705.10 AppliancesConnection Buy $1,709.10 Home Depot Buy $1,709.00 Abt Buy $1,709.99 Best Buy Buy
The 30-inch, 5-burner LDG4315ST double oven gas range offers 6.9 cubic feet of total oven space. The 4.3 cubic-foot bottom oven is equipped with LG's ProBake convection technology, which moves the heating element to the back and resulted in outstanding baking quality. Plus, both ovens can be cleaned in 10 minutes using LG's EasyClean Express cycle.
This is a powerful oven once you know how to use it. The LG LDG4315ST made it into the list of top performers because it does very well at core tasks: boiling, simmering, and baking. But it's important to use the right oven (the lower oven) and the right mode (convection mode). Learn the ins and outs of this oven and you will be rewarded. Read full review.
Where To Buy$1,345.10 AppliancesConnection Buy $1,349.10 Home Depot Buy $1,349.00 Abt Buy $1,349.99 Best Buy Buy
This innovative 5-burner, 6.3-cu. ft. freestanding gas range features LG's new ProBake system, which moves the heating element to the rear and adds a powerful fan. That means more even baking and faster preheating. The range also sports features like both steam and pyrolytic cleaning. Throw in versatile and powerful burners, and you end up with one potent package. Read full review.
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.
Where To Buy$1,974.10 AppliancesConnection Buy $1,979.10 Home Depot Buy $1,979.00 Abt Buy $1,979.99 Best Buy Buy
This 30-inch, all stainless range from Bosch feels sturdy and looks great, and we also enjoyed cooking on it. A $1,799 sale price may be high, but you're getting a lot of range. Since it looks like an upscale slide-in model but fits in the same cutout as a freestanding range, it's a great way to get more value out of a kitchen renovation. Read full review.
Where To Buy$2,119.00 Abt Buy
The Frigidaire FPGH3077RF freestanding gas range has a sleek slide-in aesthetic, complete with a stainless steel finish and continuous cast iron grates. In testing, we discovered it has an excellent and spacious 5.1 cubic-ft. oven, but a mediocre 30-inch rangetop. There are lots of oven functions, a dual timer, a meat probe, and an included griddle. Read full review.
At a glance, the Electrolux EI30EF45QS electric freestanding range has a lot going for it: The design is clean and transitional, mimicking a slide-in look, and the electric rangetop has an array of great burners with a broad range of temperatures. Read full review.
Frigidaire Professional FPEF3077QF
Where To Buy$959.00 Abt Buy
Frigidaire Professional FPEF3077QF
The FPEF3077QF Professional electric range has the genuine and classic look of a high-end oven at a substantially lower price. But it's quite capable in the cooking department too: The 6.1-cu.-ft. oven offers rapid preheat speeds and excellent overall cooking evenness. Whatever it may lack in ability, it makes up for in versatility. Read full review.