Top ten gas stove

A new gas range is a serious investment — it’s also the heart of your kitchen. That’s why the Good Housekeeping Institute Kitchen Appliances and Technology Lab put the best models on the market to the test. 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 Top ten gas stove picks to buy:

Top ten gas stove

Best Gas Ranges

What is the best gas range?

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.

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 
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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
6BEST NO-FRILLS GAS RANGEWFG505M0BS Freestanding Gas RangeWHIRLPOOLWHIRLPOOLbestbuy.com$674.99SHOP NOW

The Whirlpool Freestanding Gas Range comes equipped with five sealed burners putting out 5,000 to 15,000 BTUs under its continuous cast iron grates. It excelled in our simmer testing, which means you can leave sauce warming on the stove as you continue cooking the rest of the meal without worrying if it will scorch. The burners also scored great for even heat distribution, but with only one burner that reaches 15,000 BTUs, you might be stuck at the stove waiting for water to boil.

Around the holidays, you’ll be comfortable with the easy-to-navigate oven controls when getting ready for a day of baking. One tricky function was the broiler: it can be difficult to access since it’s located at the bottom of the range in the drawer. This oven also lacks a convection mode.  

More details:
• Width: 30 inches
• Oven capacity: 5.1 cu. ft.
• Burners: 5 sealed burners 5,000-15,000 BTUs and continuous cast iron grates
• Convection: None
• Drawer: Broiler
• Cleaning: Manual 

7BEST DUAL OVEN GAS RANGECPF48UGMYW Portofino Pro-Style Dual Fuel RangeSMEGSMEGsmegusa.com$7,699.00SHOP NOW

When this 48″ dual fuel yellow Italian masterpiece arrived in our Lab, everyone stopped to gawk. It doesn’t just look good: It also preformed well in our tests. The secondary side oven is a bit small for full-size items, but great for reheating and warming dishes.  

The five-burner range was nice to cook with, with a vast range of power from 1,200 to 20,000 BTUs. Thanks to 10 cooking modes (including rotisserie and pizza) the oven excelled, too. It proved to have even heat distribution in our baking tests, and double interior oven lights make checking out what you have in the oven very easy without having to open the door and risk losing temperature in the oven. After all of the cooking, this unit was easy to clean with its smooth finish. One caveat: the oven depth was a little shy of fitting our favorite cookie sheets.

More details:
Width: 48 inches
Oven capacity: Primary oven, 4.5 cu. ft.; secondary oven, 1.45 cu. ft.
Burners: Five gas burners 1,200-20,000 BTUs
Convection: True convection
Drawer: Storage
Cleaning: Vapor clean

8EASIEST-TO-USE GAS RANGEKSGB900ESS Slide-In Gas RangeKITCHENAIDKITCHENAIDbestbuy.com$2,519.99SHOP NOW

When we tested this KitchenAid slide-in range, it felt comfortable and familiar, like the unit had been a standby in the Lab for a very long time. The controls and functions are familiar, intuitive, and both easy to use and read. With burners that vary in BTUs from 5,000 to 19,000, this range is well-equipped for everything from simmering sauce for hours, to boiling water in minutes.

Where most ovens have a drawer for storage, the drawer on this range is designed specifically for baking. The pull-out compartment is equipped to keep food warm, slow cook or bake. Beyond convection baking and self-clean, the oven also offers steam cooking for moist results, and we found that the oven produced mostly even baked goods, thanks to very even heat distribution. The broiler also browned toast perfectly evenly. 

More Details:
Width: 30 inches
Oven capacity: 6.5 cu. ft.
Burners: 5 sealed burners 5,000-19,000 BTUs
Convection: True convection
Drawer: Baking drawer 
Cleaning: Self-clean
9BEST FEATURES GAS RANGEFGGH3047VF Front Control Gas Range with Air FryFRIGIDAIREFRIGIDAIRE GALLERYbestbuy.com$1,249.99SHOP NOW

Air fryers have recently gained a lot of popularity — and probably some of your counter space. Take some of that space back with this Frigidaire gas range with air fry capabilities. Don’t rule this range out as a novelty, though: it boasts a speedy preheat, delay start, and even broiling in our tests.

We found that air frying does get a bit messy and smokey, but it crisped up chicken wings deliciously, and with four self-clean settings, clean-up isn’t so terrible. Its easy-to-read control panel and knobs take the guesswork out of cooking, but the range and oven both performed only moderately well in our tests. It’s still a solid choice, especially if you’re an air frying fanatic. 

More details:
Width: 30 inches
Oven capacity: 5.6 cu. ft.
Burners: Five sealed burners 5000-18,000 BTUs
Convection: True convection
Drawer: Storage
Cleaning: Self-clean

10EASIEST TO CLEAN GAS RANGEPGS930SELSS Smart Slide-In Front-Control Gas RangeGE PROFILEGE PROFILEbestbuy.com$1,599.99SHOP NOW

Stainless steel is known for its modern look, and with the GE Profile, you’re getting that and more. It’s equipped with multiple useful functions, including convection bake, convection roast, and an included precision temperature probe to monitor meat as it cooks, and you can monitor progress on the GE Appliances Kitchen App (you can start your oven or turn it off remotely).

If you dread cleaning your oven, this GE range makes it simple and stress-free with three modes: manual, steam (30 minutes), and self clean (three or five hours). Youcan even clean the stovetop grates right in oven with self clean mode

More details:
Width: 30 inches
Oven capacity: 5.6 cu. ft.
Burners: Five burners ranging from 5,000-21,000 BTUs
Convection: True convection
Drawer: Storage
Cleaning: Self-clean

Power options for stoves and ovens

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The Kenmore 41313 range has a smooth electric cooktop and an electric oven.Tyler Lizenby/CNET

Electric

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).

Electric coil

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.

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The Kenmore 95073 range has an induction cooktop and an electric oven.Tyler Lizenby/CNET

Induction cooktops

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.

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The SMEG C30GGRU is a gas range, so it has a gas cooktop and oven.Tyler Lizenby/CNET

Gas

Gas cooktops

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.

Gas ovens

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.

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The Dacor ER30DSCH has a gas cooktop and an electric oven.Tyler Lizenby/CNET

Dual-fuel

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.

Design styles

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The Kenmore 97723 is an example of a freestanding range.Tyler Lizenby/CNET

Freestanding

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.

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The Samsung NE58K9850WG is a slide-in range, so it doesn’t have a back panel and sits flush with surrounding countertops.Tyler Lizenby/CNET

Slide-in

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

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.

Bonus features

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.

Wireless connectivity

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.

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The GE PHB920SJSS induction range has built-in Wi-Fi and works with Alexa, Amazon’s voice-activated virtual assistant. You can give voice commands to this Amazon Echo Dot smart speaker to control the range.Chris Monroe/CNET

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

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

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.

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The KitchenAid KFDD500ESS range has two oven cavities, so you can bake two dishes on different temperatures at the same time.Tyler Lizenby/CNET

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.

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