Now is a good time to shop for a range. As the season of holiday cooking and baking nears, you'll see more sales. And while you’re saving money, look for range features that save time and make cooking easier—they’re especially handy when hosting holiday gatherings and for marathon baking sessions. The cooking appliance experts at Consumer Reports put these five range features on their list of favorites.

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Double Ovens

Why you'll like them: Roast a lemon-garlic turkey in one oven while apple pies bake in the other—different foods, different temperatures, and no crossover of aromas. Or use one oven for daily dinner but both when hosting holidays. Many double-oven ranges pair a smaller top oven with a larger oven below, and some pair two ovens that are the same size.
Ranges to consider: 
The $1,620 LG LDE3037BD, an electric smoothtop, aced all of our tests and is superb overall. Among gas ranges, the $1,740 LG LDG4315ST is impressive. Both ranges made our recommended list and are freestanding models. The top-rated Samsung NY58J9850WS is a dual-fuel range, pairing a gas cooktop with an electric oven. It's a slide-in range, so the controls are up front—but at $3,300, it's pricey. It also made the recommended list.

Induction

Why you’ll like it: Every induction range we've tested delivers fast cooktop heat and superb simmering. The electromagnetic field below the glass cooktop surface quickly generates heat directly to the pan, offering you precise simmering and control. Remove the pot from the element and heating stops, and the surface stays cooler than a radiant electric smoothtop, which should make clean-up easier. For more information, read The Pros and Cons of Induction.
Ranges to consider: The induction ranges we tested are very good or excellent overall, including the top-rated Kenmore 95073, $1,700; Kenmore 95103, $1,400; and Frigidaire Gallery FGlF3061NF, $1,540. All made the recommended list and are freestanding models. The $3,400 Samsung NE58H9970WS is a slide-in range. It's excellent overall and is also recommended.


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Convection

Why you'll like it: Convection can cut cooking time and result in more uniform heating. Convection also improves browning and crisping, using one or more fans to circulate the oven's hot air. 
Ranges to consider: Convection used to be just on higher-priced ranges, but now it comes on ranges that are less than $800, including the $720 GE JB655SKSS electric smoothtop. It is very good overall, and the oven is large. All of the ranges mentioned above feature convection as well. Click the features & specs tab in our range ratings to compare ranges with convection.  

Warming Drawer

Why you'll like it: Timing a meal so that the main course and side dishes come to the the table at the same time is tricky. A warming drawer can help. Warm the sweet potato casserole and roasted vegetables in the drawer while the chicken cooks on high heat to give it that crispy, nicely browned finish. 
Ranges to consider: The top-scoring electric smoothtop Kenmore 95052 is $1,300, or if you're set on induction, take a look at the Kenmore 95073, $1,700. Samsung's NX58F5700WS gas range is $1,600 and top-rated. All made our recommended list. Note that double-oven ranges do not have warming drawers or storage drawers—something had to go.

High-Power Burners

Why you'll like them: Great for bringing a large pot of water to a fast boil—pasta, pesto—and it provides the high heat needed for stir-frying. Every range in the range ratings has at least one high-power burner, including electric coil ranges, and some have two, even three. You'll see this called out in the features & specs tab in the range ratings
Ranges to consider: Any we've tested that fit your budget and meet your needs. Love to bake? Zero in on the baking scores in our range ratings. Never broil? Skip over those test results, but do be sure to check the oven capacity scores and cooktop performances.