The LG LRG3097ST gas range is similar to the top-rated LG LRG3095ST (*Est. $1,500). Both ranges have touch controls, five cooktop burners of varying power levels and a 5.4-cubic-foot convection oven with self-cleaning capabilities. However, the LRG3097ST adds some luxury touches, like a 19,000-Btu power burner, a stainless-steel cooktop and some extra oven racks. In professional tests, this range gets high marks across the board for boiling, simmering, broiling and baking, although its self-cleaning cycle could be better.
We did not find nearly as many user reviews for this model as for the less expensive LRG3095ST, but the ones we found are positive. Owners praise the range's even cooking, stylish design and high-power burners. Their most common complaint is that the plastic control knobs can break, a problem LG seems to have fixed by replacing them with metal knobs on the current version of this range. Some users are also annoyed that the control panel partially obstructs the rear burners, so they can't be used for larger pots. The LG LRG3097ST has a stainless-steel finish, but black and white versions are available for about $50 less.
The LG LRG3097ST is included in the latest round of range tests at ConsumerReports.org and is also included in tests of gas ranges conducted by Good Housekeeping. We found about 25 user reviews for this range at HomeDepot.com and on the LG website. The annual appliance survey from J.D. Power and Associates provides useful information about the LG brand as a whole.
ConsumerReports.org provides ratings on its website for more than 100 ranges, including the LG LRG3097ST. Ranges are rated on cooktop performance, baking, broiling, capacity and oven cleaning.
Review: Kitchen Ranges, Editors of ConsumerReports.org
2. Good Housekeeping
After detailed testing, editors award the LG LRG3097ST a grade of B+, based on its overall cooking performance, features and ease of use. Editors praise its many features and call it "a pleasure to cook on." Their only quibbles: The oven racks are somewhat flimsy, and the stainless cooktop may be hard to clean.
Review: LG Large Capacity Premium Free Standing Gas Range LRG3097, Editors of Good Housekeeping, March 2011
About 17 owners give the LG LRG3097ST an overall rating of 4.5 stars out of 5 at Home Depot.com. Users love features such as the high-power burner, convection oven and stainless finish, but they complain about the design of the plastic knobs (now replaced with metal ones) and wish the control panel didn't partly obstruct the rear burners.
Review: LG Electronics 30 in. Self-Cleaning Freestanding Gas Convection Range in Stainless Steel, Contributors to HomeDepot.com
To date, fewer than 10 users have reviewed the LG LRG3097ST on the manufacturer's website. The range earns a perfect 5-star rating from owners, who praise its stylish looks, powerful burners and little touches like the tune it plays when it finishes preheating. One or two of them do find it frustrating that they can't fit large pots on the rear burners.
Review: LRG3097ST, Contributors to LG.com
5. J.D. Power & Associates
LG is tied for first place among manufacturers of ranges and ovens in this survey of more than 4,300 consumers. It is rated "among the best" for performance and features and "better than most" for styling, warranty, price and ease of use.
Review: Home Appliance Study, Editors of J.D. Power and Associates, Aug. 3, 2011