Range Reviews

A combination cooktop and oven, the kitchen range is a versatile tool for a wide variety of cooking applications, from braising and broiling to baking and roasting. The best ranges heat up quickly and maintain consistent temperatures. They should also be easy to use and clean. ConsumerSearch editors examined reviews for dozens of ranges, narrowing the field down to our top picks for the best gas, electric, dual-fuel and induction ranges for every budget and experience level.
 
LG LRE3083SW
Best Reviewed
Best electric range
LG LRE3083SW

The LG LRE3083SW provides excellent cooking and baking performance in an easy-to-use and stylish package. It's large enough for family and is loaded with features, such as five stovetop elements (including one low-power one designed to keep cooked foods warm), convection cooking, a fast cleaning mode, and well-organized, all-digital controls. This stove is white, but stainless, black and stainless and black versions are offered as well.
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Samsung NX58F5700WS
Best Reviewed
Best gas range
Samsung NX58F5700WS

The Samsung NX58F5700WS is a roomy and versatile powerhouse that excels at cooking on the stovetop or in the 5.8 cubic foot oven, reviewers say. It includes a wide array of convenience features, such as convection cooking, a warming drawer, fifth burner, gliding rack, a griddle, a wok grate and more. The stainless steel styling gives the range a pro-look, without the pro price tag.
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KitchenAid KFDD500ESS
Best Reviewed
Best dual-fuel range
KitchenAid KFDD500ESS

The KitchenAid KFDD500ESS combines upscale features with strong overall performance to produce a high-end, dual-fuel range. The electric double oven has a convection feature in addition to several other cooking modes and the 6.7-cubic-feet capacity can handle multiple dishes for a large family or group. The five-burner gas stovetop can deliver the appropriate heat levels for anything from a gentle simmer to a rolling boil.
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Frigidaire Gallery FGIF3061NF
Best Reviewed
Best induction range
Frigidaire Gallery FGIF3061NF

The Frigidaire Gallery FGIF3061NF aces professional kitchen range tests, with a stovetop that rapidly brings water to a boil and gently simmers delicate sauces without scorching. The oven is a high-performer too, with excellent reviews for baking. This Frigidaire range includes some great convenience features, such as convection heating and a self-cleaning cycle, which reviewers say really does the job.
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There's a perfect range for every cook, kitchen and budget

Kitchen ranges -- which combine a stovetop and oven -- are one of the most common appliances found in kitchens. Ranges come in countless configurations from bare-bones basic, to fancy, to super high-tech, but they basically fall into four major categories:

  • Electric ranges. These are the most common and affordable ranges. They come with either coil elements, that heat cookware directly, or a smooth-top surface, which has radiant heating units beneath a glass or ceramic surface. Many users say they prefer smooth-tops because they are more attractive and easier to clean than electric coils. Once found only on high-end models, smooth-tops now dominate the range market; only lower-end models have electric coil elements. The ovens on electric ranges tend to perform very well in maintaining a consistent, even heat.
  • Gas ranges. As their name implies, these ranges are powered by natural gas. They have heavy cast-iron or ceramic grates that cover the gas burners. Many higher-end models feature continuous cooking grates, which cover the entire cooktop's surface, allowing cooks to slide pots and pans from one grate to another. Less expensive models typically have individual grates over each burner. Many cooks prefer gas stovetops to electric because they feel they have a greater degree of incremental control over cooking, but gas ovens don't heat as evenly as electric ovens.
  • Dual-fuel ranges. These ranges combine the uniform, even heat of a gas-powered cooktop with the reliability and consistent temperatures of an electric oven. The burners on these professional-grade ranges are often more powerful than those found on gas ranges. However, dual-fuel ranges are more expensive than gas or electric ranges, costing anywhere from about $1,500 to $4,000 or more for a high-end model. Still, many cooks say it's worth the money to get the best of both cooking worlds.
  • Induction ranges. Induction ranges include an electric oven and an induction stovetop, which heats food by creating a magnetic field between an element just below the surface of the cooktop and the cookware itself. Experts say induction burners are very responsive, heating and cooling food quite rapidly. They get great reviews from people who like to speed up their meal preparation. However, you have to be sure to buy cookware, which we cover in a separate report, that is compatible with the induction stovetop.

If you need more oven space than a kitchen range can provide, a wall oven may be better suited to your needs. You'll need to have a separate cooktop if you prefer this kind of oven. We have top recommendations for both.

Finding the best ranges

ConsumerSearch editors evaluated dozens of expert and owner reviews for every type of kitchen range sold. From there, we narrowed it down to the models with the top reviews for features, performance and ease of use. Price was a consideration as well, and we found a couple of top ranges that will offer great performance without breaking the bank. One of these will be sure to fit all of your kitchen cooking needs.