Kitchen Range
Buying Guide

Picture of a clean range in a modern kitchen.
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Kitchen Range Buying Guide

The Best Range for Your Budget

The range is the workhorse of the kitchen, and if it's stylish, then it's probably the centerpiece too. Electric radiant smooothtop ranges remain the big sellers, but you have more options than ever, including double-oven ranges for the multi-tasker in all of us. And while a cooktop and wall oven combo has its appeal, the two appliances often cost more than one range.

At Consumer Reports we buy every range we test. So we know what it's like to pay big money for pro-style ranges. We don't rate them on style—that's your call—but we do test and score them on how quickly they deliver cooktop heat, simmering, baking, broiling, and self-cleaning, just as with we do with all ranges we test.