Kitchen range reviews

Kitchen range reviews

Consumer Reports is the only place to find unbiased, independent kitchen range reviews. Kitchen ranges are not only practical appliances for meal preparation, but also have become decorative elements in American kitchens. Are you looking for a electric or gas? Do you need a double oven in your range? Want a pro-style?

Our experts at the Consumer Reports National Testing and Research Center have evaluated more than 130 current kitchen range models at our on-site testing labs. Our reviews will provide you with Ratings, where you will find the exact numerical score our experts have assigned to each of the six tested criteria: cooktop high, cooktop low, baking, broiling, oven capacity, and self-cleaning. We even provide reliability Ratings—based on actual user feedback—for such brands as GE, Frigidaire, Whirlpool, Samsung, Kenmore, Jenn-Air, and many more. Our kitchen range review pages also include a selector tool, where you can input brand, category, and price to narrow down the right kitchen range for your needs.

After reading the kitchen range reviews, you can compare models, review our list of the features and specifications, read user reviews, and submit your own review. If you prefer a visual presentation, you can take a look at our kitchen range buying guide video.

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Read the kitchen range reviews below and compare the Ratings of each kitchen range model before you shop.

Range reviews

Frigidaire FFGF3017LW

Type: Gas ranges
Summary: This Frigidaire freestanding gas range has the following:
  • 4 surface burners
  • Among surface burners, 1 high-powered burner(s).
  • Grates: Cast iron.
  • Touchpads for setting oven temperature.
  • No high-temperature oven self-cleaning function.
  • Broiling drawer; no broiler in oven.
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Kenmore 78043

Type: Gas ranges
Summary: This Kenmore freestanding gas range has the following:
  • 5 surface burners
  • Among surface burners, 2 high-powered burner(s).
  • Grates: Cast iron, continuous.
  • Convection oven mode.
  • Double ovens.
  • Touchpads for setting oven temperature.
  • Has oval burner or bridge burner for griddle use.
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GE Cafe CGS990SETSS

Type: Gas ranges
Summary: This GE freestanding gas range has the following:
  • 5 surface burners
  • Among surface burners, 2 high-powered burner(s).
  • Convection oven mode.
  • Grates: Cast iron, continuous.
  • Double ovens.
  • Oven dial instead of touchpads for setting oven temperature.
  • Touchpads for setting oven temperature.
  • Glass touch-screen for setting oven temperature.
  • Has oval burner or bridge burner for griddle use.
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GE Cafe CGS985SETSS

Type: Gas ranges
Summary: This GE freestanding gas range has the following:
  • 5 surface burners
  • Among surface burners, 2 high-powered burner(s).
  • Convection oven mode.
  • Grates: Cast iron, continuous.
  • Has a cooking drawer in addition to main oven.
  • Touchpads for setting oven temperature.
  • Glass touch-screen for setting oven temperature.
  • Has oval burner or bridge burner for griddle use.
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Frigidaire Gallery FGES3065PW

Type: Electric smoothtop ranges
Summary: This Frigidaire slide-in electric smoothtop range has the following:
  • 4 surface cooking elements
  • Among surface elements, 2 high-powered element(s).
  • Warming element on cooktop
  • One or more expandable cooktop elements.
  • Convection oven mode.
  • Slide-in style range.
  • Touchpads for setting oven temperature.
  • Oven has "steam clean" cycle setting for light cleaning.
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What's behind our range Ratings?

Experts at our National Testing and Research Center tested 112 models in ranges to see which ones perform best.
We look for:
  • Overall score
    This is based on oven capacity, cooktop speed and simmer performance, and oven baking, broiling, and self-cleaning performance. The displayed score is out of a total of 100 points.
  • Cooktop high
    This reflects how quickly the most powerful element could raise a 6-liter (6 1/3 quart) pot of water from room temperature to a near boil.
  • Cooktop low
    This reflects how well the lowest-powered element or burner kept a low temperature as for melting chocolate. We also set the most powerful element to its lowest setting to test its ability to hold a large pot of tomato sauce below a boil.
  • Baking
    This reflects the evenness of cookies and cakes in multi-rack baking tests.
  • Broiling
    This denotes upper-element evenness as well as high-temperature searing, using a broiler pan full of hamburgers.
  • Oven capacity
    This is our evaluation of usable space, including shelf area and vertical space for casseroles. For dual oven models, the score includes both ovens.
  • Self-cleaning
    A gauge of the oven self-cleaning cycle's effectiveness at removing a baked-on mixture of eggs, lard, cherry-pie filling, cheese, tomato puree, and tapioca.

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