Like their name implies, gas ranges are powered by natural gas. Many consumers choose this type of range because it is generally more affordable to run and it works even in a power outage. Professional chefs prefer gas-powered stove burners because they are known for producing uniform, even heat. Gas-powered ovens, on the other hand, do not hold a consistent temperature as well as electric ovens in professional tests. Of course, some models do a better job than others, but we found this to be a common complaint among even top-rated gas ranges.
The LG LRG3095ST (Est. $1,500) is one range that gets good marks in all areas, including baking. It was one of the top rated ranges in a recent professional test of more than 50 gas models. In that test, the LRG3095ST did a "very good" job of evenly baking multiple racks of cookies and cakes. It also performed well at melting chocolate and broiling hamburgers.
There are a few minor drawbacks. In tests, the LG doesn't boil water as quickly as other ranges do and its self-cleaning cycle is only average. Still, the large capacity, 4.2-cubic-foot range is a favorite among users, earning positive reviews from customers at HomeDepot.com, Sears.com and AJMadison.com. In more than 400 reviews across all three sites, it earns high ratings, with users saying they love the variety of burners on this range -- there are 5. Most say it performs very well on every heat setting. The convection oven is also very popular with owners, as is the bright cobalt blue interior.
If you want more baking space than a single oven can offer, the LG LDG3036ST (Est. $1,800) is very similar to the LRG3095ST but has a double oven with a total capacity of 6.1 cubic feet. Professional testing at Good Housekeeping showed similar results as those for its single-oven counterpart: It performs well in both stovetop and oven tests but lags at bringing water to a boil and has a subpar self-cleaning system.
If you're looking for a budget-priced gas range, reviewers say you can't go wrong with the Whirlpool WFG540H0A (Est. $950). It has a plethora of convenient features like a convection mode, five sealed burners -- including a high-powered burner for fast boiling and searing -- a steam-cleaning feature and a heavy-duty recessed rack for baking large items. At 5.8 cubic feet, it's also one of the largest single oven gas ranges available. Professional testers at Reviewed.com praise its powerful and efficient burners but, like most gas ovens, it wasn't so hot at baking.
More than 400 owners at HomeDepot.com and AJMadison.com give the Whirlpool gas range a combined overall rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. Most praise the number of convenient features and say the burners work exceptionally well but a few complain that the oven temperatures aren't as accurate as they'd like.
Maytag offers a nearly identical model -- the MGR8674A (Est. $850) has the same features except it lacks a convection mode and has slightly different styling. It should be noted that both models are made by Whirlpool.
The Whirlpool WFG510S0A (Est. $675) offers a not-quite-bare-bones option at a very affordable price point. At 5.0 cubic feet, it's a little smaller than the step-up Whirlpool and Maytag models but it's still large enough for most household needs. It has four sealed burners and five rack guides. It lacks a convection mode but has a traditional self-cleaning function, a hidden bake element and a keep-warm setting. Owners at HomeDepot.com and Lowes.com give the WFG510S0A high overall ratings of 4.6 out of 5 stars. Most say it's easy to use and the burners are very responsive. Some complain that the grates stain easily, however.
Slide-in gas ranges aren't reviewed nearly as often as their freestanding counterparts and they cost quite a bit more. But, if style and a seamless look are important to you, these models are worth the investment.
The KitchenAid KGSS907S (Est. $2,100) tops the list here. Reviewers give it high marks for its excellent performance, reliability and stylish looks. The burners heat up quickly and the oven holds an accurate temperature, according to reviewers at Bestcovery.com. Users at Lowes.com praise the range's convenient features, which include four sealed burners, one of which has three tiers for added flexibility in going from very high to very low heat. Some say the buttons on the oven control panel are a bit too sensitive, though; they turn on too easily if they are brushed against.
The 4.1-cubic-foot KitchenAid oven has five rack guides and comes with three racks and a temperature probe. It also has a broiler, hidden bake element and a warming drawer. Oven selections include bread proofing, control lockout, Sabbath and self-cleaning modes.
The GE PGS920SEFSS (Est. $2,800) also does well in reviews. It was a top performer in one professional test where the stovetop excelled at warming delicate sauces and rapidly bringing water to a boil. The oven likewise excelled at evenly baking multiple racks of cookies and cakes.
There aren't a lot of user reviews for the GE slide-in oven but most of what we found is very positive and centers on the range's many features. Users especially love the warming drawer and the included reversible cast-iron griddle/grill that fits on the stovetop's fifth burner. The stovetop also includes edge-to-edge grates, a recessed surface to prevent spills and a high-powered 20,000-British-thermal-unit (Btu) burner that has the flexibility of three burners in one.
The 5.6-cubic-foot oven has three self-clean racks, one of which is a heavy-duty roller rack that glides in and out with ease. It also has a broiler and oven light and is equipped with Sabbath and self-cleaning modes.