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By: Kelly Burgess on January 25, 2017

Editor's note:
LG, Samsung, KitchenAid and Frigidaire make the top-performing gas and electric ranges, whether you're looking for a single or double-oven; or a regular or induction cooktop. All are great values too, but we also found upgraded models if you have a bit more padding in your budget, as well as some terrific choices if you have less.

LG LRE3083SW Review
Best Reviewed
Specs that Matter Capacity - 6.3 cu. ft. No. of burners - 5 Power source - Electricity

Best electric range

The LG LRE3083SW provides excellent cooking and baking performance in an easy-to-use and stylish package. It's large enough to handle a family meal 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 that make it very easy to clean the exterior. It comes in three color options. See our full review »

LG LDE4415ST Review
Runners Up
Specs that Matter Capacity (cu. ft.) - 4.3 (lower), 3 (upper) No. of burners - 5 Power source - Natural gas/propane

Best double-oven electric range

For the ultimate in versatility, experts say look no further than the LG LDE4415ST. It gets great ratings across the board for great performance on the cooktop and in both ovens. Owners love that they can cook two different items at once at two different temperatures, and note it's great for making "kid foods" and "adult foods" for the same meal. It's also packed with useful features.

Samsung NX58F5700WS Review
Best Reviewed
Specs that Matter Capacity - 5.8 cu. ft. No. of burners - 5 Power source - Natural gas/propane

Best gas range

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. See our full review »

LG LDG4315ST Review
Runners Up
Specs that Matter Capacity (cu. ft.) - 4.3 lower, 2.6 upper No. of burners - 5 Power source - Gas

Best double-oven gas range

The LG LDG4315ST is well-reviewed by experts, who give it top marks for both cooktop and oven performance. It's fully-featured, with a "ProBake" convection mode, a generous capacity of 4.3 cubic feet in the lower oven, 2.6 cubic feet in the upper oven, and excellent self-cleaning performance in both. The stovetop has five burners, including a long, oval burner with a removable griddle that owners love.

KitchenAid KFDD500ESS Review
Best Reviewed
Specs that Matter Capacity (cu. ft.) 2.5 (upper), (4.2 lower) No. of burners - 5 Power source - Electricity/ natural gas

Best dual-fuel range

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. See our full review »

Frigidaire Gallery FGIF3061NF Review
Best Reviewed
Specs that Matter Capacity - 5.4 cu. ft. No. of burners - 5 elements Power source - Electricity

Best induction range

Reviewers say the Frigidaire Gallery FGIF3061NF is a great value for the price. It 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. See our full review »

Types of Ranges

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 that has radiant heating units beneath a glass or ceramic surface. Many users say that 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 (and we don't recommend any ranges of this type). 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.

The range of ranges

Most ranges have single oven configurations and either a storage drawer or warming drawer below the oven. However, both gas and electric ranges also come in double-oven configurations -- a plus if you want more flexibility in your cooking.

In addition to single- or double-oven models, ranges also come in either freestanding or slide-in configurations. Freestanding ranges are most common (and, usually, the most affordable). They typically have finished sides and a control panel on the rear of the stove. Slide-in ranges are designed to slide in between kitchen cabinets. They have unfinished sides, but are a bit wider on top to give the appearance of a custom, built-in appliance. That overlapping top also makes them a neater choice as food can't get trapped between the counter and range. Most kitchens are already laid out to accommodate either a freestanding or slide-in range -- changing installation types usually requires a remodel.

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

Finding The Best Ranges
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There are several really solid expert review sites for ranges. The best are ConsumerReports.org, CNET and Reviewed.com. Fortunately, in spite of the wide variety of available ranges, there is a surprisingly good amount of consensus in the experts' testing. From there, ConsumerSearch editors evaluate dozens -- sometimes hundreds -- of owner reviews for every type of kitchen range sold. We look for the best performing ranges in cooktop and oven performance, features, and reliability. Price was a consideration as well, and we found a couple of top ranges that offer great performance without breaking the bank.

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