Gas ranges offer the satisfaction of cooking over an open flame.

Gas ranges are not the best performers in Consumer Reports' tests. So why is it that most CR members surveyed say they prefer cooking with gas? It's visceral.

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“Even if gas ranges aren’t always as fast as smoothtops to boil water, they offer a level of sensory feedback that you won’t find on electric models,” says Tara Casaregola, who oversees range testing for Consumer Reports.

Twist a knob and you get fire. That taps into a vein of satisfaction that goes back millennia.

You don’t have to spend a lot to get a great range. Some of the very best models in our ratings can be had for less than $1,000.

Our cooking performance tests determine how quickly a range boils, how evenly it bakes and broils, and how steadily it holds a stovetop simmer. We also size up self-cleaning features, the ease of using controls, and the real usable capacity of every single—and double—oven. And now, every range in our ratings has brand reliability and owner satisfaction data integrated into its Overall Score.

If you’re just starting out in the shopping process, check out our range buying guide for more comprehensive advice. CR members can also browse our ratings of nearly 175 gas, electric, induction, and pro-style ranges.

If you already know what you're looking for and just need to narrow your choices, read on for reviews of five of the best gas ranges for $1,000 or less from CR's ratings, listed from least to most expensive.

The Best Gas Ranges for $1,000 or Less

Samsung NX58H5600SS
Price:
$650
CR’s take: Simply put, if you like its looks and can survive without a second oven, this Samsung range delivers. It ranks near the top of our ratings and costs $1,000 less than ranges that don’t cook as well. It has five burners and continuous cooking grates, which make it easy to slide pans from one burner to another. On the (slight) downside, it earned a rating of only Good for its high-power burner, meaning it takes longer to heat water than some other models.


 

GE JGB700SEJSS
Price:
$700
CR’s take: This five-burner gas range from GE has continuous grates plus a central griddle burner for making a batch of pancakes or grilled cheese sandwiches. It delivers strong performance, earning a rating of Excellent for low-heat cooktop testing. That means it can hold a perfectly steady simmer, so you won’t have to adjust the flame constantly. It’s also decent at baking and broiling, which may be less important depending on how often you use the oven.


 

LG LRG3061ST
Price:
$700
CR’s take: This handsome range offers a lot for the money. It has five burners, a built-in griddle, continuous cooking grates, and a warming drawer. It’s solid at baking and—for a gas range—exceptional at broiling, earning a rating of Very Good in CR’s broil test. That's a plus if you want to char a steak or a piece of salmon in the broiler instead of firing up the grill.


 

Kenmore 74332
Price:
$800
CR’s take: This Kenmore is a step up from a typical entry-level gas range. It offers convection, continuous grates, and a fifth burner, as well as solid performance both on the cooktop and in the oven. Perhaps most noteworthy are the gas burners, capable of boiling water quickly and simmering steadily—earning ratings of Very Good in our cooktop tests for low and high settings.


 

Samsung NX58F5500SS
Price:
$900
CR’s take: This model performs about the same as less expensive Samsung ranges but brings the beauty, with more stainless steel accents and trim. It earned good marks for its oven, which bakes and broils evenly, and also for maintaining a steady simmer on the stove. As for staying power, there may be something to look forward to: Our member survey of range owners gave Samsungs a predicted-reliability rating of Excellent.