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Best Ranges for 2019: Top Gas and Electric Ranges for Your Kitchen

If your kitchen has a heart, it is the range. This all-in-one cooking device does everything from boiling water in a pot to making cookies in the oven. It's the appliance that cooks rely on the most, so it makes sense to get the best range possible, whether gas or electrically powered.

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Based on more than 50 hours of research, we’ve selected the best ranges for families of all sizes, from singles to those with many children. Our top electric range is the $1,099 Samsung NE59M6850SS, a sophisticated electric range that offers plenty of performance and stylish good looks. Our favorite gas range is the $679 Samsung NX58H5600SS, which has a large, roomy oven and space to hold many pots and pans on its five burners.

For those who need to feed a crowd, the Kenmore 96047 is a great choice; it's an electric oven that offers two large ovens in the same space as a standard oven. For gas cooks with a crowd to feed, the Samsung NX58K7850SS offers a flexible oven that can be used as one large oven or two small ones.

Shopping for other appliances? Be sure to check out our picks for best refrigerators, best dishwashers, best microwaves,best washing machines, and best clothes dryers.

Latest News & Updates (December 2019)

  • Miele is offering anyone affected by the California wildfires 10% off a package of kitchen equipment through December 31, 2019. 
  • New JennAir smart ranges  work with an app that allows you to access recipes from the brand’s database, preheat the oven, and set timers. The app also allows you to contact the JennAir call center to diagnose problems or arrange for service calls. 

Best electric range

Samsung NE59M6850SS

Best electric range

Type: Free-Standing | Fuel: Electric | Oven Size: 5.9/3.2 cubic feet | Burners and power: 5;3000, 1200W | Features: FlexDuo oven, Dual Door, Steam | App Control: Yes

Single oven can be split in two
Flex Door makes cooking multiple dishes easy
Glass top requires careful cleaning to avoid scratches

Critics and users alike love the NE59M6850SS, praising its performance, stylish looks and flexibility. It includes five burners, two of which are high-power 3,000W ones for quickly boiling water in large pans. The Samsung SmartThings app lets you monitor the temperature and set a timer, but, for safety reasons, not to start the oven.

The highlight of this range is the oven, which is rather unusual in that it can act as one huge oven or two smaller ones. If you are cooking a turkey, remove the divider and you get a huge 5.9 cubic feet of space. If you are making cookies and a roast, put the divider in and it becomes two ovens that can run at different temperatures. The Dual Door design also makes this easier, as you can open the door to the top one without opening the bottom. It sounds odd, but it is a lifesaver if you want to keep the temperature constant. Both ovens are also convection ovens, which means faster cooking as the heat is more evenly distributed.

The only downside that some people note is that the glass panel on the top is slightly prone to scratching or cracking if you drop things on it, and it can be difficult to clean. But, with a little care, this is an oven that can handle anything your creative cooking instincts can throw at it.

Best gas range

Samsung NX58H5600SS

Best gas range

Type: Free-Standing | Fuel: Gas | Oven Size: 5.8 cubic feet | Burners and power: 5;5000, 9500, 17000 BTU | Features: Convection Oven | App Control: No

Plenty of cooking power
smart design
Worktop can be a little difficult to clean

The Samsung NX58H5600SS is a simple, well-designed gas range that offers plenty of cooking performance, with a large, 5.8 cubic-foot oven and five gas burners. The front right is a very powerful burner with a hefty 17,000 BTU of heating power, which is great for quickly boiling water in a large pan. Also included is an oval burner, which can be used with the included griddle for pancakes, frying bacon and other uses. Reviewers also praised the smart design of this range, with the dials on the front and the control panel being easy to use.

Top budget electric range

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GE JBS60DKWW

Top budget electric range

Type: Free-Standing | Fuel: Electric | Oven Size: 5.3 cubic feet | Burners and power: 4;1200, 2000, 3100W | Features: Powerboil | App Control: No

Simple, clean design and plenty of cooking power
easy to clean
No fifth burner

A budget range is about providing the basic functions, and the GE JBS60DKWW has everything that most cooks will need. It has four burners, one of which has an impressive 3100W of power. That's enough to boil a large pot of water in a few minutes. Missing, though, is the center oval burner that more expensive models have for heating the griddle.

The 5.3-cubic-foot oven is large enough to hold a turkey or several large dishes, although it is not as large as some of its more expensive cousins. Some users also found the lack of a dial for setting the oven temperature an inconvenience, as you have to use the button controls on the panel to set the temperature. But these issues aside, the JBS60DKWW is a well-priced, basic range that will give most cooks everything they need.

Our favorite budget gas range

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Whirlpool WFG320M0

Our favorite budget gas range

Type: Free-Standing | Fuel: Gas | Oven Size: 5.1 cubic feet | Burners and power: 4;5000, 9500, 15000 BTU | Features: Custom Broil | App Control: No

Low price, simple, easy to clean design
Only four burners, no convection oven

If you are looking for gas cooking on a budget, our pick is the Whirlpool WFG320M0. This low-cost range has a decent selection of features, but without the fancy features that add to the cost. There are four burners, including a powerful 15,000 BTU one on the front right, but no griddle. The top is easy to clean, with two grates that can be put into the dishwasher and a wipe-clean top that hold in spills and drips.

The oven is a roomy 5.1 cubic feet, but does not include a convection feature. The Whirlpool WFG320M0 comes in a variety of finishes, including black, stainless steel or white. And, most important, it's cheap: we've seen this oven on sale for $499, which represents great value for the money. That’s partly because it is an older model, but that shouldn't put you off: It works well.

Best electric range for large families

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LG LDE4415ST

Best electric range for large families

Type: Free-Standing | Fuel: Electric | Oven Size: 4.3/3.0 cubic feet | Burners and power: 5; 3000W, 3200W, 1200W (2) 100W | Features: Dual oven | App Control: Yes

Dual Ovens can cook independently
Five burners with plenty of fine control
Can't combine two ovens into one
No storage space

IIf your house feels more like a restaurant, you'll need an oven that can handle the constant flow of food. A dual-oven range has two ovens that can run independently, so you can cook two different types of food at different temperatures at the same time. Our pick for the best dual-oven electric range is the LG LDE4415ST, which has one 4.3 cubic-foot oven and another with 3.0 cubic feet of space. One thing to note here: Unlike the Samsung FlexDuo model, you can't combine these two ovens into one. However, it should be large enough for all but the most monstrous of turkeys. You also get five burners with outputs ranging from 3200W to only 1000W for keeping foods warm.

It does all this without being any larger than a standard oven: it will still fit into a 30-inch wide slide-in space for a standard oven. The design does mean that you don't get storage space at the bottom, though.

Great gas range for large families

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Samsung NX58K7850SS

Great gas range for large families

Type: Free-Standing | Fuel: Gas | Oven Size: 5.8 cubic feet | Burners and power: 5;5000, 9500, 15000, 16000 BTU | Features: FlexDuo oven, Dual Door | App Control: No

Single oven can be converted into two
five powerful burners
A little expensive
doesn’t provide as much space as a true two-oven model

Gas cooks who need a very flexible oven will find a lot to love in the Samsung NX58K7850SS. It's one of Samsung's fancy FlexDuo models, which means that it has one large oven that can be divided into two.

If you need to cook one thing, you can remove the divider and have one huge (5.8 cubic foot) oven. If you need to cook two things, insert the divider and you have two ovens, one with 3.2 cubic feet of space, and one with 2.6 cubic feet. Each of these can run at a different temperature and has an individual timer. That means you get the best of both worlds, although you don't get quite as much space as a true two-oven model.

In addition to the dual ovens, your $1,500 gets you five burners, including a large oval burner for the center griddle or warming tray, and large, easy-to-read controls, which will be welcomed by anyone with failing eyesight who has struggled to read the panel on an older model.

Best professional dual fuel range

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Monogram ZDP366PSS

Best professional dual fuel range

Type: Professional 36-inch | Fuel: Gas/Electric | Oven Size: 5.75 cubic feet | Burners and power: 6; 18000 BTU | Features: Dual Fuel, Convection Oven | App Control: No

Six identical flexible burners
Very large oven with good reputation for baking
Easy to turn on and program
Easy to lift and clean burner grates
Slick finish on knobs detracts from professional look

Professionals need more room to create, so professional ranges are larger and wider than consumer ones. The ZDP366PSS gives you plenty of room to create because it is 36 inches wide. The top offers six high-powered burners, with each one offering a steak-searing 18,000 BTU of power as well as the ability to be turned down very low. 

This Monogram oven is one of the largest you can find, with 5.75 cubic feet of space and three racks; all of the racks slide out on ball bearings and can be left in place during the self-clean cycle. The convection oven distributes heat evenly, so it can bake several sheets of cookies at one time. As this is a dual-fuel range, the burners offer the quick response of gas, while the oven gives the even temperature of an electric oven.

Expect to pay a lot, though: At $7,020, the ZDP366PSS is a sizable investment. That's actually pretty well priced for this type of range, though: You can pay a lot more, particularly for larger models that include more burners and double ovens. You can also get the Monogram with 4 burners and either a grill or a griddle. 

Top professional gas range

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Thermador Pro Harmony PRD364GDHU

Top professional gas range

Type: Professional 36-inch | Fuel: Gas | Oven Size: 5 cubic feet | Burners and power: 4;18000 BTU | Features: Electric griddle | App Control: No

Simple, smart design will appeal to technophobes
excellent cooking performance
Only four burners

If you are a gas cook with the need for professional space, the Thermador Pro Harmony PRD364GDHU is our pick for you. This large range has industrial design for days, with old-school touches like preheat lights and switches that will appeal to the cook who doesn’t hold with all that new-fangled stuff.

It's not old when it comes to performance, with four 18,000 BTU burners plus an electric griddle. Reviewed.com found that these burners could boil a pan of water in less than 4 minutes. The burners are also unusual, with a star-shaped design that offers more even heating on the base of the pan. This also offers an ExtraLow setting that pulses the gas on and off for very gentle heating: perfect for things that easily burn, such as a roux.

Again, it is not a cheap option, but the Thermador Pro Harmony PRD364GDHU has performance to spare.

Best smart oven

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Whirlpool WEGA25H0HN

Best smart oven

Type: Free-standing, slide-in | Fuel: Gas | Oven Size: 5.8 cubic feet | Burners and power: 5;5000, 10000, 13000 BTU | Features: Scan-to-cook | App Control: Yes, Amazon Alexa, Android, Google Assistant, iOS, Nest

Works with Alexa and Google Assistant
recognizes food
Control panel can freeze

If you have fantasies of a robot cook that makes you dinner, the Whirlpool WEGA25H0HN is almost there. In addition to its five powerful burners and a new sunset bronze color, It includes a feature called scan-to-cook, where you scan the barcode of food and it sets the temperature automatically. It can also integrate with Amazon's Alexa voice control service, Google Assistant and Siri, so you can ask your smartphone to start the oven for you.

If you are in an extra lazy mood, it integrates with the recipe app Yummly, so you can use its image recognition to see what's in your fridge, pick a recipe and the app then sets the oven for you. There aren't any professional reviews of this particular smart oven yet—some customers mentioned that its control panel can freeze—but Whirlpool has a good reputation for reliability, so we expect it to perform well. Sure, it isn't quite the robot cook, but it’s getting there.

How we picked

To come up with a list of the best ranges, we looked at the top picks from CNET, Wirecutter, Good Housekeeping, Consumer Reports and other sites, focusing on those that do their own testing. We also looked at the top-selling models at Best Buy, Lowe's and The Home Depot. From there, we narrowed the list to the best based on features, price, design and other factors.

How to choose the right range for you

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Type: There are three main types of ranges. Free-standing models, which stand alone in the kitchen; Slide-in models that, as the name suggests, slide into a space between your kitchen cabinets and countertops; and built-in models, which are designed to be physically built into the kitchen in a cavity or other space. For this guide, we have focused on the first two types.

Fuel: What powers your range? The critics are divided on the benefits of gas and electric-powered ranges. Gas is faster and more controllable, say some, while others favor the simplicity and easier cleaning of electrically powered models. We've looked at both options, but there are also dual-fuel models that use electricity for the burners and worktop and gas for the oven. For many, the decision may be made by what is available, as gas ranges require a gas outlet nearby, while electric ranges require a separately fused 220 Volt outlet.

One subset of the electric models is the induction range, which uses magnetic fields to heat up pans and dishes without direct heat. These are easier to use and clean, as the surface is a simple sheet of glass. They are also safer, as the heating only happens when you put a pan on top of this surface. They only work with pans that are designed for induction use, though: use a non-induction pan on one of these and you'll get cold soup.

Other electric ranges are called smoothtop models, as they hide the heating coils under a smooth glass surface that the radiated heat can pass through. These share the easy cleaning of induction models, but can be used with non-induction pans.