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What is a range, you may ask? A range is a generic term for a kitchen appliance with a cooktop and an oven integrated into one unit. "Oh," you're probably thinking, "you mean a stove." Or maybe you prefer the word "oven." Depending on where you grew up, your terminology for this appliance may vary. We all agree on one thing, though: Whether you're warming up canned soup or cooking a roast for a big party, your range is one of the heavy hitters in your kitchen, and it can really make or break your daily food preparation experience.
There are four different types of ranges: gas, electric, induction, and dual-fuel. You've probably heard of the eternal debate about whether gas or electric gives you better cooking results, but you may not have heard of dual-fuel or induction ranges. Dual-fuel ranges are just that: They combine both gas and electric fuels, typically in the form of a gas cooktop with an electric oven. Induction ranges have induction (generating heat in your cookware with the power of a magnetic field) cooktops and electric ovens.
While these different fuel types appeal to very different types of chefs, we've tested many, many ranges and judged them all on the same criteria: ease of use, speediness, and cooking/baking abilities. After countless hours in the lab, we can say with certainty that we've found some of the best ranges out there. The Samsung NX58K9500WG(available at AppliancesConnection for $2,065.10) is our favorite gas range because of its fast water boiling and even cooking.
We love the Frigidaire Professional FPEH3077RF (available at Abt for $1,959.00) electric range because its burners can get scorchingly hot or hit a perfect simmer.
Here are the rankings of our top ranges, in order:
Best gas range: Samsung NX58K9500WG
Best electric range: Frigidaire FPEH3077RF
Best dual-fuel range: KitchenAid KSDB900ESS
Best induction range: Kenmore 95073
LG LDG4315ST gas range
LG LRG4115ST gas range
Frigidaire FFIF3054TS induction range
Bosch HEI8054U electric range
Frigidaire FPGH3077RF gas range
Electrolux EI30EF45QS electric range
Frigidaire FPEF3077QF electric range
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Samsung continues to impress with another outstanding range. 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°F-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 time to preheat is faster than competing ranges. There's also a warming drawer pre-heating plates or keeping side dishes warm. The cookies, cakes, and pork we cooked during testing all came out looking great. If you prefer to cook with gas, the Samsung NX58K9500WG gas range is a dream come true.
The freestanding Frigidaire FPEH3077RF electric range has the look, feel, and performance of much pricier range. With a sleek smudge-proof stainless steel finish, front-mounted controls, and handle with pro-style bracket, this range wouldn't look out of place in an architectural design magazine.
Of course, aesthetics are important, but this range can also bring the heat, literally. At their hottest, the cooktop burners were able to reach temperatures close to 700°F, while on their lowest settings, the burners can reach a cool 106°F—perfect for keeping something warm without burning it. One burner could even boil six cups of water in about four minutes. Our test cookies and cakes were cooked evenly all the way through, and We also appreciated extras like a storage drawer, bridge burner, griddle, and temperature probe. If you prefer to cook with an electric range, the Frigidaire FPEH3077RF will give you great results, and look good doing it.
The KitchenAid KSDB900ESS dual fuel slide-in range has a sleek pro-style aesthetic, with shiny knobs to control the gas burners and a full touch panel to control the electric oven. Between the oven and the baking drawer (which has three modes: bake, slow bake, and keep warm), the combined oven capacity is 7 cu. ft.; plenty for those large dinner parties or food-heavy holidays. Other nice touches include a steam rack for steam baking, a wireless meat probe, and AquaLift self-clean technology.
While some of out test cookies came out a bit unevenly baked, the cakes came out perfectly and evenly browned. On their lowest setting, the gas burners came in at an astonishingly low 95°F-100°F, some of the lowest temperatures we've recorded that still kept the pilot light lit. If you need fine control for your burners and mostly even baking in the oven, look no further than the KitchenAid KSDB900ESS dual-fuel 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, so we have some experience in seeing how much of a game-changer it can be for you and your kitchen. If you've already decided to pursue induction cooking, we'd recommend the Kenmore 95073 induction range. Its minimalist looks belie its stellar cooktop.
This induction cooktop is one of the best we've seen. Not only can it boil six cups of water in just over two minutes, but its burners can reach temperatures as low as 84°F and as high as 660°F; having a cooktop with this kind of burner flexibility is a serious boon to both serious chefs and cooking amateurs alike. While the oven is less impressive than the cooktop, we think it's worth it to buy the Kenmore 95073 for its cooktop alone.
Depending on your cooking and baking priorities, as well as the way you learned to cook, one of these fuel types might be more appealing than the rest. One more thing to consider: dual-fuel and induction ranges are typically more expensive than gas and electric ranges.
Convection vs. True Convection
True Convection is an oven setting that includes installing an extra heating element and a fan in the oven. By adding an additional heating unit and fan that circulates the hot air, True Convection is great for ensuring that cookies or cakes baked on different racks will bake through at the same rate, rather than the cookies closest to the bottom heat source cooking faster than those on the rack higher up. If you don't see mention of "True Convection" or "European Convection", but do see the word "convection" in a range's specs, it means that the unit lacks an additional heating element, but does have a fan to circulate the hot air. While you don't get the full baking and cooking effect that you would with True Convection, the added heat circulation can cook or bake food more evenly than it would without a fan.
There are also ranges out there that do not offer convection options at all; these ovens aren't bad, it will just take more time to cook and bake food all the way through. If you're a frequent baker or cook, convection can be a great time saver, but your dinners won't suffer unduly without it.
Slide-in vs. Freestanding
While slide-in ranges are meant to sit flush with your countertops, freestanding ranges can stand alone in your kitchen. While the difference may seem trivial, it has ramifications for two aspects of using the range: finish and ease of cleaning. Because freestanding ranges are visible from all slides, they have a more finished look on the sides of the range; 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 cut down on crumbs decorating 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.
Front-mounted Control Panel vs. 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.
If you need a slide-in range, be sure to double check both the dimensions of your cutout and the listed height/width/depth dimensions listed on the range's spec sheet. There are three dimensions listed for each range:
• Depth — The depth is the distance from the front of the range to the back of the range; this number typically varies from 26 inches to 30 inches because it's trying to sit flush with your cabinetry.
• Height — The height is the distance from the bottom of the range to the top of the range; this number typically varies from 36 inches to 38 inches because it's trying to get the cooking surface level with your countertops (Note: if you see product heights on the order of 46-48 inches, that number is measuring to the top of the back-mounted controls, rather than the top of the cooking surface.).
• Width — The width is the distance from the left side of the range to the right side of the range; this number can vary widely, but the typical value is 30 inches (often, this is the dimension number you'll see when you first look at the range). Additional sizes include 36 inches, 48 inches, and 60 inches. While larger range widths are nice because it can translate into more burners and/or more space for your cookware, wider ranges always come with a higher price tag.
If you're getting a freestanding range, it's still worth it to check the product dimensions to ensure that the range will fit in your allotted range space in the kitchen, as well as that you can fit the range in through any narrow doorways on the way to the kitchen.
Additional Cooktop Options
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 rangetop 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.
Additional Oven Options
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. Lastly, 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.
Fit and Finish
While black and white ranges finishes are still available, most ranges these days come in some variation of stainless steel options. You should be able to find a range that matches your kitchen setup and your other appliances, but be ready to pay more money for any finish more sophisticated than black, white, or basic stainless steel.
Don't worry: Whether you're on a budget or have a blank check, you can find a range that will cook, bake, and boil. Mostly, the price difference between high-end ranges and more affordable ranges is usually down to the number of cooktop burners, available features, storage options, and finishes.
We have plenty of experience testing these products in the lab, but we've also used them as normal people would in the course of their daily lives, which means that we have a great sense for what appliances are bargains at their price points, and which appliances have really useful extra features (as opposed to the kitchen-sink approach to features).
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Because cooking appliances are versatile products that can help you to prepare your food in a number of ways, we have multiple tests that that help us to determine how well-rounded any given range, cooktop, or oven is when it comes to getting dinner (or dessert) on the table.
• Cookies/cakes — How even is the heating in the oven when it comes to baking? This is our favorite part of oven testing. We bake a roll of pre-made sugar cookies and two white cakes in the oven so that we can give our readers who love to bake an idea of how evenly the oven can bake food, both within a single rack and between the upper and lower rack of the oven.
• Maximum/minimum temperature — What is the maximum and minimum temperature of each cooktop burner? Cooktop burners need to be relatively flexible, temperature-wise; the best burners can both provide a nice sear (high temperature) on a steak and gently simmer (low temperature) a pasta sauce.
• Pork — How even is the heating in the oven when it comes to cooking? Never fear, cooking aficionados, we do the same kind of testing that we do on cookies and cakes for a pork loin. After the internal temperature of the pork has reached 160°F (the minimum safe temperature for consuming certain types of meat), we cut into the pork to make sure that the inside of the pork loin is evenly and completely cooked.
• Cornbread — How even is the heating on the most powerful cooktop burner? By measuring the temperatures across a cast iron pot full of cornbread mix, we can determine how evenly the heat is applied across the most powerful burner. Burner evenness is important because it means that you don't have to worry about hot spots in a burner that may overcook one pancake while the others are still puddles of batter.
• Toast — How even is the heating in the broiler? By toasting six slices of white bread on a broiler pan for a certain amount of time, we can assess how even the heat distribution is across the broiler. This test helps us to identify any hot or cold spots in the broiler that may overcook or undercook your food.
• Water boil — How long does it take for the cooktop's burners to bring a pot of water to a boil? We put appropriately-sized pots of water on every cooktop burner and see how fast each burner heats up the water in the pot to a gentle boil. Cooktops are rewarded for having more fast, hot burners.
While little things like interior oven lighting and cooktop knobs/buttons might not affect your meal's edibility, it definitely affects your overall cooking experience. We look at the features in both the cooktop (knobs/dials, temperature adjustability, cleaning, etc.) and the oven (interior lighting, door close, specialty racks, cooking options, etc.), and try to identify any features that would really enhance or complicate the food preparation process. We love ranges that have features that are especially useful, or that solve common cooking problems.
A range's primary purpose is to help you prepare your food in a safe and timely manner; as such, the results of the performance tests are given the most weight when it comes time to decide whether we should recommend a particular range or not. For example, a range may have a beautiful finish and lots of neat accessories, but if it can't cook a pork loin evenly, or if the cake bottoms are burned while the cake tops are still undercooked, we will not recommend that product to our readers. Features and usability are definitely incorporated into a product's final score (as mentioned above), but the performance testing is what really makes or breaks a range, in our opinion.
Other Ranges We Tested
The 30-inch, 5-burner LG LDG4315ST double oven gas range offers 6.9 cu. ft. 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 of the oven (rather than the bottom), 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 its cooktop and ovens do very well at core tasks: boiling, simmering, and baking. But it's important to use the correct oven (the lower oven) and the correct mode (convection mode) to get the best cooking and baking results. Learn the ins and outs of this oven and you will be rewarded.
The innovative 5-burner, 6.3-cubic-foot LG LRG4115ST freestanding gas range features LG's new ProBake system, which moves the heating element to the rear and adds in a powerful fan that helps the hot air to circulate more evenly throughout the oven cavity; this translates into more even baking results and faster preheating. With options for both steam and pyrolytic cleaning, you don't have to worry too much about needing to do some serious scrubbing when you get food spills in the oven.
When it comes to the cooktop, the burners hit temperatures between 110°F-440°F and the right front burner can boil six cups of water in about four minutes. Even better, the center burner is oval-shaped and meant to fit the included griddle. Even though there are five burners on this range, there's still enough room that your pots and pans won't feel crowded. If you want solid baking, cooking, and heating performance with a few extras, the LG LRG4115ST is the range for you.
We loved our time with the Frigidaire FFIF3054TS. It's not the fanciest range you can buy, but it's one of the most affordable ranges with an induction cooktop that we've ever tested. With its lower price, it may convince some people who've been on the fence about induction to finally give it a try. The four induction burners can hit temperatures between 120°F-700°F, and the right front burner can boil six cups of water in just over two minutes. Say goodbye to the time you used to spend idling at the range, waiting for your water to boil.
While the oven isn't as great as the induction range top, it still does a good job of cooking pork and baking cookies and cakes. If you're curious about induction cooking, check out the Frigidaire FFIF03054TS; you won't be disappointed.
The 30-inch Bosch HEI8054U all stainless electric range feels sturdy, looks great, comes with a ton of extra features and options, and performed well in our cooking and heating tests. While it takes a bit longer than usual to boil six cups of water, the cooktop burners are very versatile temperature-wise; they can reach temperatures between 110°F-800°F.
While we didn't get a chance to test out the numerous extra oven options (including Bake, Variable Broil (high and low), Roast, Warm, Proof Dough, Convection Bake, Convection Broil, Convection Roast, Multi-Rack European-style Convection with conversion, Pizza, and Fast Preheat), our tests showed that this oven does a great job cooking meat all the way through, but may be a bit uneven in its heat application when it comes to cookies. If you need a versatile electric range with solid burners and many cooking options, the Bosch HEI8054U is a good fit.
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-foot oven that does a great job evenly baking cookies and cakes. There are also a ton of useful features in the oven, including cooking modes such as PowerPlus Preheat, Bake, Convect Bake, Convect Roast, Keep Warm, and Broil, a Convection Conversion option that automatically adjusts your cooking inputs if you decide to use convection, a meat probe, and two timers.
The oven is really the star of the show; the cooktop is less impressive. Its fastest six-cup boiling time (for the right front burner) is just under five minutes, and the rest of the burners are pretty slow when it comes to heating up water. The burners also don't get as hot as other electric ranges we've seen, but the elongated center burner is the perfect size and shape for a griddle, which comes included with the range. If you need a great oven and don't have strong feelings about the cooktop, consider the Frigidaire FPGH3077RF.
The Electrolux EI30EF45QS electric freestanding range has a lot going for it. Its sleek looks and versatile cooktop are definite crowd pleasers. The five cooktop burners includes two simmer burners, a warming zone burner, one normal burner, and one tri-ring burner that promises very tight temperature controls. As a result, between these five burners, they manage to cover a temperature range of 85°F-770°F, which is no joke. While boiling times are a bit slow (about six minutes to boil six cups of water), that's to be expected on an electric range.
While the oven had no trouble perfectly roasting a pork loin, it had more difficulty when it came to baking cookies and cakes evenly. While the oven's baking isn't as even as we'd hoped, the oven has a built-in meat probe and hosts a number of useful cooking/baking modes such as Bake, Broil, Convection Bake, Convection Roast, Preheat, Slow Cook, Keep Warm, and Cakes & Breads. If you want very fine control when it comes to cooking with electric burners, look no further than the Electrolux EI30EF45QS.
The Frigidaire FPEF3077QF electric range has the classic look of a high-end oven at a substantially lower price. This range has five burners including one warming zone; by activating the bridge burner between the two burners on the left side, you can turn those two burners into a single massive oblong burner. Even better, the front right burner is a dual-ring burner that allows you to switch between low and high temperatures with just the flick of a dial. Between these five burners, temperatures on the cooktop vary from 141°F-720°F. If you need lower temperatures, use the center warming zone burner. Like with most electric ranges, boiling times were somewhat slow, but we think the cooktop's versatility in burner configuration and type is more than enough to make up for it.
The 6.1-cubic-foot oven offers rapid preheat speeds and excellent overall cooking evenness, minus a slight hot spot on the right side of the oven. It's unusual to see many convection cooking options at this price range, but the FPEF3077QF defies expectations by including convection cooking modes such as Convection Bake, Convection Roast, and Convection Broil. If you're on a budget and you need a workhorse range, but still want plenty of extra cooking and baking options, we recommend the Frigidaire FPEF3077QF.
Julia is the Senior Scientist at Reviewed, which means that she oversees (and continually updates) the testing of products in Reviewed's core categories such as televisions, washing machines, refrigerators, and more. She also determines the testing methods and standards for Reviewed's "The Best Right Now" articles.
We use standardized and scientific testing methods to scrutinize every product and provide you with objectively accurate results. If you’ve found different results in your own research, email us and we’ll compare notes. If it looks substantial, we’ll gladly re-test a product to try and reproduce these results. After all, peer reviews are a critical part of any scientific process.