Best buy gas ranges

A new gas range is a serious investment — it’s also the heart of your kitchen. That’s why we put the best models on the market to the test. Today, we will discuss the best time to buy gas ranges, best place to buy gas ranges and best time of year to buy gas ranges.

To find the best gas ranges, we tested burners to see how quickly they could reach a boil and maintain a steady simmer. We also baked cookies and cakes to test for evenness and doneness, and tested the broiler’s effectiveness by toasting bread and broiled steaks. We noted the ease-of-use of the controls, handles, knobs, the options of the self-clean cycle, and so much more to round up the only gas ranges worth your money.

For the best performance from stovetop to ovens, these are the best gas ranges to buy in 2019:

Best Buy Gas Ranges

Depending on your needs, you may prefer any number of range styles. You should get what will work best for you and your households needs, and if possible, check out some of these models at a local store and give them a look over for yourself: cooking is so personal, and if you can get to know your range before you invest, you’ll be better off.

If you bake frequently, choose a range with only one oven cavity, or a model with the larger cavity above the lower one. Otherwise you will need to bend to take food in and out of the oven.

If you’re low on counter space, you may prefer having a range with two ovens with a smaller one above. This extra oven comes in handy for tasks that might ordinarily be performed in a toaster oven like baking frozen pizzas, making open-faced sandwiches, or reheating.

If you use the oven often, particularly for roasts, casseroles, and pies (which can dirty the oven), do not buy a range without a traditional self-clean function.

If you use the cooktop frequently for a large group, you may want more than one power burner to assist you. That means you should look for a range with more than one burner over 12,000 BTUs — lower BTUs means lower power, which translates to more time spent in the kitchen.

Read on for more about our Lab’s top gas ranges — and if you’re upgrading your whole kitchen, don’t miss our tests on the best refrigerators, microwaves, and more top-tested appliances.1BEST OVERALL GAS RANGELSG4511ST Slide-In Gas Smart Wi-Fi RangeLGLGHome Depot$1,619.00SHOP NOW

LG’s smart range with ProBake Convection was the top performer in our lab tests. It performed well in our stovetop evaluation, but the oven is where this range excels: It consistently baked cakes and cookies in its spacious convection oven, browning perfectly even across baking sheets (though taking a couple extra minutes to do so). The broiler didn’t produce super even browning, which is important to keep in mind when melting cheese on a baked ziti. 

Its controls are easy-to-use and clear to see due to a slanted control panel. A smart feature we liked: If there’s a problem, the “smart diagnosis” feature transmits data via your phone directly to LG Customer Information Center to troubleshoot without stress. Its one caveat is that it lacks a self-clean feature. 

More details:
Width
: 30 inches
Oven capacity
: 6.3 cu. ft.
Burners
: 5 sealed gas burners 5,000-17,000 BTUs
Convection: LG ProBake
Drawer
:Storage
Cleaning: Manual

2BEST VALUE GAS RANGENX58R6631ST Freestanding Gas RangeSAMSUNGSAMSUNGsamsung.com$899.00SHOP NOW

It’s not the cheapest range on our list, but this Samsung gas range is the best value for what it offers. The fingerprint resistant Tuscan Stainless Steel will draw you in, and theilluminated control knobs feature a blue backlight when turned on so you’ll never have to wonder if you’ve turned off the stove. 

The oven features an automatic temperature adjust on convection mode, and it impressed us with its special features, including slow cook, dehydrate, bread proof and delay start. The broiler on this range didn’t wow us, though the burners evenly browned food, and baked goods came out beautifully. 

More details:Width: 30 inches
Oven capacity:
 5.8 cu. ft.
Burners
: 5 sealed burners 5,000-18,000 BTUs with continuous grate
Convection
: True convection
Drawer
: Storage
Cleaning
: Self-clean 
3GOOD HOUSEKEEPING SEAL-HOLDERHR1124G Freestanding Gas RangeMIELEMIELEajmadison.com$5,699.00SHOP NOW

In addition to having a super sleek design, this Miele range has oversized knobs and a large easy-to-grip door pull that adds to its professional look. This was one of the few models we evaluated that excelled at broiling, rivaling an outdoor grill when it comes to browning steaks

The burners are all powerful, ranging from 12,500 all the way up to 19,500 BTUs, so you’ll be able to quickly reach a boil in multiple pots at the same time. It’s also outfitted with dishwasher-safe cast iron cooking grates, dual convection fans for fast baking, and a top-notch self-clean cycle. This model continues to stand up against the competition, from its oven to its cooktop. Best part? It’s backed by the Good Housekeeping Seal, so if it’s defective or doesn’t live up to its claims, we’ll refund you in full.

More details:
Width: 30 inches
Oven capacity: 4.6 cu. ft.
Burners: 4 burners 12,500-19,500 BTUs
Convection: Twin convection fans
Drawer: No
Cleaning: Self-clean

4BEST DUAL FUEL GAS RANGENY36R9966PM Dual Fuel Professional RangeSAMSUNGSAMSUNGsamsung.com$7,999.00SHOP NOW

This Samsung Chef Collection beauty is serious. It boasts six evenly-spaced, super-powerful burners (and we mean powerful: the weakest one is 16,000 BTUs, which is as strong as some of the competition’s highest-performing burners). The electric oven has dual convection fans and one-touch Steam Cook to keep baked food juicy and crispy.

This oven has impressive bells and whistles, like dehydrate, keep warm, convection roast and bake, and three broil settings for everything from searing steak to melting cheese on nachos. We especially love the soft-close door and the dimmer light if you feel like some late-night cooking. Perhaps best of all, this range is Wi-Fi connected so you can power it on, off, or change the oven temperature directly from your cell. That feature can give you peace of mind on vacation, or get the oven preheated by the time you drive home from the grocery store.

More details:
Width: 36 inches
Oven capacity: 6.3 cu. ft.
Burners: 6 sealed burners 16,000-26,000 BTUs
Convection: Dual convection with twin fans
Drawer: No
Cleaning: Self- and hybrid-clean 

5BEST CUSTOMIZABLE GAS RANGERNB304BV2 RNB Series RangeBLUESTARBLUESTARbluestarcooking.com$5,095.00SHOP NOW

This professional chef’s choice is hard to beat for cooktop performance, and if you are looking for a workhorse, this is the range for you. Four star-shaped open gas burners allow for even heat distribution, and the burners excelled at simmering. That said, if you want a lot of precise temperature control, this isn’t the range for you, since the knobs lack exact temperature markings. The oven also excelled in browning baked goods evenly. 

We tested the RNB304BV2, but BlueStar also lets you build your own dream range exactly to your preferred specifications with 750+ color, door, trim, and knob options. You can choose between French tops, griddles, char broilers, and burner configuration: It’s serious fun if you’re serious about your cooking. 

More details:
Width: 30 inches
Oven capacity: 6.6 cu. ft.
Burners: 4 sealed burners 9,000-30,000 BTUs
Convection: Fan
Drawer: None
Cleaning: Manual

How to buy a microwave

Your Pizza Rolls deserve a good microwave. This countertop wonder, whose origins date back to the 1940s, is probably one of the most frequently used appliances in your kitchen thanks to its ability to reheat food fast (and cook a mug cake or two). There are a variety of options when it’s time to select a microwave, so we’ve broken down the options you have when you’re ready for a new microwave.

Location

The first decision you need to make about a new microwave is where in your kitchen you want to put it. The location affects the price, features, size and installation of the appliance. You have three main options:

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Countertop

This is the most common type of microwave. They generally cost less and are significantly easier to install than other models. Just find a spot on the counter for it to sit, plug it into an outlet and you can use it right away.

The biggest issue with the countertop microwave is how much space it needs. If you have limited room on your countertop, you may either want to look at the smaller countertop models available, look into placing your microwave on a small cart, or consider another style of microwave.

Price: $40 to $700

External dimensions: From roughly 10 by 18 by 14 inches for compact models to roughly 14 by 24 by 20 inches for larger models

Internal capacity: Less than 1 cubic foot to more than 2 cubic feet

Wattage: Typically 600 to 1,200 watts

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Some of GE’s stoves and over-the-range microwaves are connected via Bluetooth.Tyler Lizenby/CNET

Over-the-range

You install this style of microwave above your range, which will save you some counter space. These models have vent systems that take the place of the oven hood and lights to illuminate your cooktop.

Price: $190 to $1,300

External dimensions: Usually wider than countertop models, about 16 by 30 by 15 inches

Internal capacity: Less than 1 cubic foot to more than 2 cubic feet

Wattage: Typically 600 to 1,200 watts

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Built-in

Built-in models that you place among custom cabinets or paired with built-in, full-sized wall ovens are the most high-end (aka expensive) types of microwaves. Some microwaves in this category are even designed specifically as drawers with a compartment you pull out for your food.

Price: $500 to $5,000 and up

External dimensions: This varies widely depending on type, and drawers tend to have more depth than countertop or over-the-range models, hitting about 15 by 30 by 26 inches

Internal capacity: Less than 1 cubic foot to more than 2 cubic feet

Wattage: Typically 600 to 1,200 watts

Size

It’s important to find the right-sized microwave that will meet your food needs and fit in the space you have for it. First, you want to measure the counter or other space where you plan to put your microwave. Then, measure the height, width and depth of any model you’re considering to find out if it will fit on your counter top, over your range or in a custom spot. The external dimensions can vary a lot, from 10 by 18 by 14 inches on the smaller side to 14 by 24 by 20 inches on the larger side.

Then there’s also the internal capacity, which can range from less than 1 cubic foot to 2 cubic feet or more. There doesn’t seem to be any set rule for how internal capacity correlates to size (like 1 cubic foot = small, 1.5 cubic feet = medium, etc.), but here’s an attempt to break it down:

Compact: Under 1 cubic foot

Midsize: 1 to 1.5 cubic feet

Full-size: 1.6 to 2 cubic feet

Extra-large: More than 2 cubic feet

Most microwaves are somewhere around 1.4 to 1.8 cubic feet. Still not sure which size you need? If you’re out shopping, bring in a plate or bowl from home that you plan to use often to make sure that it fits inside the microwave.

Still in doubt? Measure everything, take notes and check with your appliance retailer for help deciding what would work best. For over-the-range and other built-in models, you most likely won’t be the one installing your new microwave, so you can always avail yourself of their expertise.

Wattage

Microwave wattage equals power. In general, the higher the wattage, the faster and more evenly your food will cook. Most microwaves sit somewhere between 600 to 1,200 watts. Larger, more expensive microwaves tend to have a higher wattage, so this is a price and size consideration that can strongly influence microwave cooking performance.

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This GE microwave has scan-to-cook tech via a related app.Chris Monroe/CNET

Features

Many microwaves share common functions. Here are some microwave cooking essentials: cook time, defrost, power level and timer. Each one requires your direct input, but they are usually very easy to set. Most microwaves have touch panel controls and a rotating carousel to spin your food for more even cooking.

Default settings

Many microwaves come with preset cooking modes so you only have to press one button to automatically cook a dish. For example, many microwaves have a “popcorn” button that will cook your bag based on factory settings. This can be handy for common dishes you heat in the microwave, but you’ll have to figure out if the microwave’s default cook times work for your own food. Other common presets include: baked potato, pizza, beverage, frozen dinner and reheat.

Broil

Manufacturers are increasingly including features in microwaves that mimic what we see in full-size ovens, such as a broiler. This is a good addition for finishing off a dish or cooking something for which you’d prefer more direct heat.

Convection

A convection fan that’s built into the back of a microwave oven circulates the heat around the food to cook things more quickly and evenly. (Many new full-size ovens come with at least one convection fan.) However, microwaves with convection fans are generally more expensive than those without.

Inverter technology

Inverter heating is another option available on some high-end models. If you want to heat something at a 50 percent power level, most microwaves actually switch between 100 percent power and 0 percent power to average in at 50 percent power. This doesn’t yield great results if you want to heat something on a lower heat and achieve an even result. So, some models now use inverter technology, which maintains a consistent 50 percent power. That way, you can poach salmon, make a fluffy omelet, etc.

Other advanced features

In addition to new heating technologies, higher-end models usually have more presets than just the basic pizza, popcorn and baked potato standard. Some use moisture sensors to detect food doneness. And we’ve started to see models include LED lighting on the interior.

“Smart” technology, i.e. options that connect microwaves to the internet and other products, aren’t as widespread in microwaves as we’ve seen in other kitchen appliances. However, we’ve seen GE Appliances include Bluetooth technology in some of its over-the-range microwaves. This connection, which GE calls “Chef Connect,” pairs the microwave with compatible GE ranges so the light and fan beneath the microwave automatically turns on when you turn on a burner.

More options

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Will the June Intelligent Oven become the next microwave?Tyler Lizenby/CNET

Other small appliances have started to make a case for forgoing the microwave, such as steam ovens that use water to cook for more moist heating or the basic toaster oven that mimics a full-size stove. These options promise to cook more effectively than a microwave, but it might take longer to reheat your food.

Smart countertop ovens have also started to become an option. The June Intelligent Oven uses facial recognition technology to identify food and cook it automatically, and the Tovala Smart Oven will scan packaged meals for automatic cooking, including frozen meals from Trader Joe’s. These options are promising, but the technology is too new to determine whether or not these will become kitchen staples.

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