When it comes to cooking, gas stoves and ranges, have been a popular choice for many years. Most home chefs like them because the open flame allows for great culinary flexibility. You can tilt the pan, collect juices in a corner, baste your food, and still enjoy high heat thanks to the gas flame. However, gas ranges do require a gas line to operate, whereas electric or induction ranges simply need a wall outlet. Don’t worry – in this article, we will answer all your questions on the top gas stove companies, while also introducing you to the 8 best gas stoves and ranges currently available for 2020.
Even if you have a gas line available (or plan to have one installed), there are still a lot of questions to be answered. Which brand is the best when selecting the gas range for you? What features should you look for in a range? How many BTUs do you need? What on earth is a BTU?
But first, it’s essential to learn a bit about gas ranges and how to select the best one for your unique situation and needs. If you’re not sure what exactly a range is, it’s just the name for the combination oven-and-cooktop appliance, also known as, oven and gas stove top, that’s common in many kitchens. Most people refer to a range simply as the stove or oven. All in all, if your oven has a cooking surface on top of it for heating pots and pans, you have a range.
Ready to find out which gas ranges we picked as the best of 2020? Here’s our list of the best of the best from a range of brands.
Top gas stove companies
1) Samsung NX58H5600SS 30″ Gas Range
Samsung’s place at the top of this list proves that the tech brand has established itself as a name to beat in the appliance space. This affordable gas range features convection cooking in the oven, removable griddle compatability, and 5 gas burners that even include an oval burner for oversized pots and pans. You’ll even enjoy the grate indicator marks that show you the best place to position pans for even heating. Overall, this is a top-quality range at a price point that won’t break the bank, which earns it a spot at the top of our list.
2) Samsung NX58H9500WS 30″ Slide In True Convection Gas Range
Samsung occupies both the first and second slots on our list, and for good reason. This Samsung slide-in range represents a higher price point, but that comes with even more luxury features. The large oven viewing window looks great and lets you monitor your food easily, and Guiding Light controls use touchscreen functionality as only Samsung can. And with WiFi connectivity, a 5.8 cubic feet of oven capacity, and a flexible cooktop, also known as gas stove top, with an oval burner for large pots and pans, you’ll have everything you need for a great cooking experience for years to come.
A quick note regarding the self clean feature in this range. There is a lock that prevents unwanted access to the hot oven cavity which activates during self clean. However, remember that you need to remove the chorome racks from the oven prior to running self-clean.
3) GE Profile PGS930SELSS 30″ Slide In Gas Range
The GE Profile series represents quality, and this slide-in front control gas range has plenty of quality to go around. It includes a cooktop with dual purpose center burner that allows you to use either the circular burner for tasks like steaming veggies or cooking with circular pots or the oval-shaped configuration for tasks that require more space (sandwiches, pancakes, etc.).
The 18,000 BTU power boil burner is great for getting that intense heat that’s perfect for fast boiling and searing, and the range’s connectivity means you can receive notifications about preheat, completed cooking tasks, and more directly to your smartphone or digital home assistant. The range even features automatic syncing through GE’s Chef Connect program, and the oven boasts true European convection thanks to a third heating element and fan combination system.
4) Bosch HGI8056UC 800 Series 30″ Slide In Gas Range
We love Bosch for their longstanding reputation of quality design and reliability. This model is no exception, featuring five sealed burners with a top output of 18,000 BTU, plus great features like a warming drawer, pizza setting, convection capability, and effective self-clean function. This is a reliable and stylish choice for your kitchen range, available now from Bosch.
Bosch recently made a significant upgrade on this product (HGI8054UC was replaced by HGI8056UC) and eliminated the triangular flange for better fit with countertops.
5) Cafe CGS750P2MS1 30″ Slide-In Double Oven Range
The Cafe series represents high-end luxury, and this 30″ slide-in gas range has luxury to spare. The beautiful stainless steel finish is just the beginning, because under the hood you’ll find 6 burners including a tri-ring fast-boil burner with a maximum output of 21,000 BTU. You’ll also love the backlit touch display, double oven design for cooking multiple dishes at individual temperatures, the Chef Connect customization feature, and fast preheating that lets you get cooking faster than ever before.
Power options for stoves and ovens
The heat output from electric cooktops is measured in watts. Output varies from stove to stove and burner to burner, but the output generally falls somewhere between 1,200 watts for low heat on a small burner and 3,800 BTUs for high heat on a large burner, though we’ve seen outliers at both ends of the spectrum. There are different types of electric cooktops from which you can select:
Smoothtop (glass-ceramic cooktop)
These cooktops are made of smooth glass-ceramic with heating units under the surface. A built-in sensor lets you know when a burner is still hot. This is important with smooth electric cooking surfaces, because the burner doesn’t always turn red if the heat is low.
Keep in mind that this type of cooktop is prone to scratches, and not all cookware is safe to use on the surface (the appliance’s manual will give you those specifics).
These burners convert the electricity that runs into the coil into heat. These cooktops contain thermostat sensors that notify you when a burner is on, but not necessarily whether it is still hot. Electric coil stoves are notorious for uneven cooking because of uneven distribution of the coil.
In short, it is hard to keep the coil perfectly level, which can make all of the food in the pan slide to one side. In addition, electric coil stoves are slow to heat and slow to cool. But ranges with this type of cooktop are cheaper than comparable models.
Induction burners use the heat created from electromagnetic energy to cook your food. An element just below the surface of an induction cooktop creates a magnetic field. When you put a piece of cookware containing iron on top of that magnetic element, it causes a vibration of sorts that converts to heat through a series of magnetic interactions with iron (you can read more about the science behind induction here).
These cooktops are safer than gas or electric burners because they don’t use flames or direct heat — induction burners won’t start to heat if you put something on them that doesn’t contain magnetic material. Induction cooktops are also more efficient and heat things quicker than other types of burners (the ones we’ve tested have boiled a large pot of water in an average of 6 minutes).
There are a few downsides to induction cooktops. You have to make sure you have cookware that will work with the cooking surface, and ranges with induction burners tend to cost more money than comparable electric or gas ranges.
Electric ovens: This type of oven uses a heating element that is either visible on the top or bottom of the oven, or hidden. Our baking tests show that they often cook more evenly than their gas counterparts.
Both home and professional cooks have valued gas stovetops because of the how uniform the heat output is. An open flame surrounds the bottom of your cookware, which evenly distributes the heat around it. This heat output is measured in BTUs (British thermal units). Like electric models, the power range varies from model to model, but the output generally falls somewhere between 5,000 BTUs for low heat on a small burner and 18,000 BTUs for high heat on a large burner. We’ve seen burners on high-end ranges get as low as 800 BTUs and as high as 20,000 BTUs. If you’re a speedy cook, be aware that our cooking tests show gas cooktops tend to take longer to boil large pots of water than electric or induction cooktops.
When it comes to gas ovens, we’ve seen in our cook tests that they have a harder time producing even baking results than electric ovens.
Some ranges use two types of power: gas for the cooktop, and electric in the oven. These dual-fuel ranges are a good compromise for folks who want the direct heat of a gas burner but the even cooking of an electric oven. However, these hybrids cost more than traditional one-power-source ranges.
Freestanding ranges are designed to fit anywhere in a kitchen. Oven controls are often located on a back panel that raises up above the cooktop. These are less expensive than slide-in models.
These ranges don’t have a back panel and are meant to fit in flush with the surrounding countertops. Slide-in ranges are often more expensive than freestanding models because of the mechanics that go into putting all the controls up front.
Drop-in ranges are similar to slide-in models — they sit flush with the surrounding countertops and all the controls are located at the front of the unit. But this type of range looks like you dropped it between two cabinets because of a strip of cabinetry you place beneath the appliance.
The search for an oven or range can resemble a visit to a car dealership — there are always opportunities to upgrade. Assess your needs and decide if these bonus features are worth throwing down more money for an appliance.
Companies have become more proactive in including wireless capabilities such as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and near-field communication (NFC) in their ovens and stoves so you can control your appliance from your smartphone. For example, you could begin to preheat your Wi-Fi-enabled oven on your way home from the grocery store, so it’s ready for your frozen pizza by the time you get home.
Manufacturers have also started to connect appliances with smart-home products to add some automation and voice control in the kitchen. For example, GE’s Wi-Fi-connected ranges work with Alex and Google Assistant, so you can give voice commands to control your appliance. And Jenn-Air wall ovens work with Nest Learning Thermostats ($269 at Amazon) so you can automatically lower your home’s temperature when the ovens get hot.
Convection fans are built into the back of oven walls. They circulate the heat in the oven so hot air is more evenly dispersed, which means your food will bake more evenly. You’d want convection fans if you’re baking food like cookies on more than one oven rack at the same time. Midprice ovens will have at least one convection fan. Some ovens have what’s called “true” or “European” convection, which means there’s a heating element that surrounds the fan that warms the air as the fan blows. Read more about the science of convection here.
Special cooking modes
Your basic oven can bake and broil. But as the price for ovens increases, you’ll see that there are more cooking options. For example, ovens with convection fans will have modes for convection baking and convection roasting, which will enable the fans and heating elements. Some ovens also come with cook settings for specific foods, such as pizza or turkey, or food preparation methods, like dehydration or bread proofing.
Bottom drawers (baking/warming/broiling)
Some ranges come with a bottom drawer that can serve one of many purposes depending on the model. Some range ovens offer a baking drawer, which enables a person to use the main oven to roast or broil, and the baking drawer for smaller dishes, so you can cook more than one thing at the same time using different temperatures. A warming drawer will keep food warm, but it won’t cook the food. Some ovens have a broiler drawer, which functions like a traditional broiler and must be watched just as closely to ensure that food does not burn.
Temperature probes plug into the wall of your oven, and you use them to monitor the internal temperature of meat as it cooks. The temperature displays on the control panel of your oven, so you don’t have to open the door to see if your dish is done.
Double ovens in conventional space
The ovens on some ranges have dual baking chambers, which give you the flexibility of double wall ovens without the need for more space. These ovens allow the convenience of simultaneous cooking at different temperatures. Some ovens come with a divider that allows you to split your single oven into two unique temperature zones that will remain separate as long as the divider is in place.