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One of the best ranges of 2018 from Consumer Reports' tests.

Best Ranges of 2018

The best gas, electric, and pro-style ranges from Consumer Reports' test labs

The range aisle is bristling with options, from basic freestanding ranges to double-ovens and souped-up slide-ins. You might come across more than 40 models on a Lowe’s showroom floor or nearly 60 at a typical Sears—or more than 150 models in our current range ratings.

Consumer Reports’ appliance pros test ranges year-round. They use a combination of calibrated temperature measurements as well as actual food—including chocolate, to test simmering, and hamburger patties to test the broiling function. Over the course of a year, our test engineers bake more than 2,400 cookies and 400 cakes.

We test models from such brands as Amana, GE, Kenmore, KitchenAid, LG, Maytag, Samsung, Viking, Whirlpool, and Wolf, ranging in price from $400 to almost $8,000.

“We often find that price is really no indicator of performance,” says Tara Casaregola, who heads CR’s testing of ranges, cooktops, and wall ovens. “We have some in the mix for $1,000 that perform better than models costing $5,000.”

Where to start? We suggest checking out our range buying guide for clear advice on what kind of range is best for you.

Or if you already know what type you need, read on for reviews of the very best ranges you can buy right now.

Best Electric Smoothtop Range
GE Profile PB911SJSS

GE Profile PB911SJSS

Electric smoothtops are the most popular type of range, and the GE Profile PB911SJSS performed well overall in our tests. It has a large oven with convection and a warming drawer, features often lacking on pricier pro-style ranges. The stovetop has four burners, including two high-power elements that deliver heat fast, and a sleek look thanks to a design that runs the glass smoothtop edge to edge. This model is superb at simmering and self-cleaning, and it earned a Very Good in our baking test. When we baked two racks of cookies simultaneously, they came out evenly browned and properly cooked. The same was true for cakes. This model’s broiler did a great job in our broiler test, in which we sear a pan of nine hamburgers and note how evenly they turn out. The broiler should serve you well, whether you're searing steaks or browning casseroles. This GE model is available in white, black, and stainless steel.

    Best Gas Range
    Samsung NX58H9500WS

    Samsung NX58H9500WS

    The stylish, stainless Samsung NX58H9500WS gas range offers fast cooktop heating and, unlike most gas ranges we’ve tested, superb baking. Simmering is steady, and broiling is exceptionally good for a gas range; it earned a rating of Very Good in that test, also a pretty rare feat for a gas range. This model boasts five burners—two are high-powered elements—and a large oven with convection, gliding oven racks, and a warming drawer.

      Best Induction Range
      Kenmore Elite 95073

      Kenmore Elite 95073

      The stainless steel induction Kenmore Elite 95073 is a stellar range with four burners (two that are high-powered), convection, and a warming drawer. As with all the induction ranges we’ve tested, the Kenmore delivers fast cooktop heat and precise simmering—earning ratings of Excellent in each test. The ovens in induction ranges vary in size and performance even though they generally rely on the same old technology used in electric smoothtop ranges. This large oven does a nice job baking and broiling, and aced our self-cleaning tests. See our range ratings for more induction options, the top-performing category of ranges.

        Best Pro-Style Range
        KitchenAid KDRU763VSS

        KitchenAid KDRU763VSS

        The 36-inch-wide KitchenAid KDRU763VSS has the hunky good looks of a commercial range. Three of the four burners are high-powered and deliver heat fast. It earned a rating of Very Good for high-heat performance. And it gets solid marks across the board in CR’s tests, thanks in part to superb simmering and even baking. The large oven has a convection option. Keep in mind that this model is a dual-fuel range, meaning the burners use gas and the oven is electric, so you’ll need both a gas line and a 220-volt receptacle and electric line in your kitchen. But if you want the visceral satisfaction of cooking over an open flame and the performance of baking in an electric oven, dual-fuel is the way to go. See our range ratings for more pro-range models, including 30-inch-wide pro-style ranges.

          Best Electric Coil Range
          Kenmore 94142

          Kenmore 94142

          A basic range that delivers top-notch performance at a low price is the only way to describe the Kenmore 94142. There are four burners, including two high-powered elements that quickly bring a large pot of water to a boil. Simmering performance is superb; it earned a rating of Excellent in that test. The large oven does a nice job at baking, though not quite as evenly as the very best models in our ratings. Self-cleaning is solid. Overall, it's pretty hard to beat for less than $500. This model comes in white, black, stainless steel, and, yes, bisque. 

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            Paul Hope

            As a classically trained chef and an enthusiastic DIYer, I've always valued having the best tool for a job—whether the task at hand is dicing onions for mirepoix or hanging drywall. When I'm not writing about home products, I can be found putting them to the test, often with help from my two young children, in the 1860s townhouse I'm restoring in my free time.