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Best Ranges of 2019

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

The cooking appliance experts at Consumer Report test everything from inexpensive coil-tops to decked out pro-style models, and you'll need that breadth of insight when you walk into a showroom.

"If you shop at the biggest retailers like Lowe's, Home Depot, and Best Buy, you'll never see fewer than 25 models on the showroom floor," says Claudette Ennis, a CR market analyst who oversees ranges. "And it's not uncommon to see 50 or more."

We currently have more than 150 models in our range ratings. To put them through their paces, our experts use a combination of calibrated time and temperature measurements—to size up how evenly an oven distributes heat, or how quickly a cooktop heats water. We also cook food to see what results you'll get at home: tomato sauce and chocolate to test simmer functions, and burger patties in the broiler, to see whether they emerge uniformly browned.  Over the course of a year, our test engineers bake more than 2,400 cookies and 400 cakes.

We test models from mainstream brands like Samsung, Amana, GE, Kenmore, LG, Maytag, and Whirlpool, and from pro-style manufacturers including, Viking, Wolf, KitchenAid, and GE Monogram. The models range 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.”

CR members can read on for ratings and reviews of the very best ranges you can buy right now.

If you're not sure what type you'd like, check out our range buying guide. It will give you clear advice on what kind of range is best for you.