Contrary to popular belief, electric ranges are generally faster than gas when it comes to boiling water. The best also simmer steadily, bake evenly, and on the whole, broil better than their gas cousins.

“Even though most people really like to cook on gas ranges, radiant electric smoothtops have a lot to offer,” says Tara Casaregola, who oversees all range testing for Consumer Reports.

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Getting a great electric range won’t cost you a fortune, either. Some smoothtops that rate Very Good can be had for around $500. Investing even a couple of hundred dollars more can get you substantial perks, such as stainless steel, warming zones, and in some cases, even convection.

In CR’s labs, we conduct a battery of performance tests, determining how quickly various ranges boil water, bake cookies evenly, and hold a stovetop simmer. Our engineers measure the usable capacity of every oven, assess self-clean features, and evaluate the ease of using the controls.

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And now every range in our ratings also includes brand-reliability and owner-satisfaction data that we gather from CR members. This information is factored into the Overall Score.

If you’re just starting the shopping process, check our range buying guide for comprehensive advice.

CR members can also browse our ratings of nearly 175 gas, electric, induction, and pro-style ranges or read on for ratings and reviews of five of the best electric smoothtop ranges for $1,000 or less from our tests.

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