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Best Ranges of 2019

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

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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.
 

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Best Electric Smoothtop Range
GE Profile PB911SJSS
GE Profile PB911SJSS

    GE Profile PB911SJSS

    CR's take: Electric smoothtops are the most popular type of range, and for the vast majority of home cooks, the GE Profile PB911SJSS is the model to get. Technically, it's not the best—it earns the second-highest score of any electric range in our ratings, trailing its pricier cousin, the GE Cafe CS980STSS, by a single point in Overall Score. It also sells for about $1,500 less than the Cafe and heats faster on the stovetop. Two of the Profile's four burners are high-powered, versus just one (of five) for the Cafe. The GE Profile also excels at simmering, and the large oven bakes and broils well—it earns ratings of Very Good in each of those tests. Features include all digital controls, a convection oven, and a warming element. 

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    Best Gas Range
    Samsung NX58F5700WS
    Samsung NX58F5700WS

      Samsung NX58F5700WS

      CR's take: The stylish, stainless Samsung NX58F5700WS is the gas range to beat. It earns the highest Overall Score of any single-oven gas range in our ratings, and delivers where other gas ranges fall flat. It's high-powered burner is exceptionally fast at heating water, helping the range earn a rating of Very Good in our cooktop high test. It earns an Excellent rating in our simmering test. Baking and broiling are strong too, and the oven is generously sized. This Samsung has tons of features including a five-burner cooktop with a central griddle burner, a convection oven, and even a wok ring for cooking over the gas flame. 

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      Best Induction Range
      Kenmore Elite 95073
      Kenmore Elite 95073

        Kenmore Elite 95073

        CR's take: The stainless steel induction Kenmore Elite 95073 is a stellar range with four burners (two that are high-powered), convection, and a warming drawer. (It ties with the GE Profile PHS930SLSS in Overall Score, but costs nearly $1,000 less, so we think the Kenmore is the best choice.) 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 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, with a rating of Excellent. It has a convection oven and a warming drawer beneath the main cavity. 

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        Best Pro-Style Range
        Monogram ZGP304NRSS
        Monogram ZGP304NRSS

          Monogram ZGP304NRSS

          CR's take: At the very top of our pro-style range ratings is the stellar GE Monogram ZGP304NRSS. It has exceptionally strong performance at simmering, earning a rating of Excellent in our cooktop low test, and an unusually cavernous oven for a pro-style range. Performance is pretty solid for baking and broiling, too. Unlike many pro-style brands, it should prove reliable too—GE has among the best reliability and owner satisfaction of any brand of ranges included in our survey. This model has a convection oven, cast-iron cooking grates that accept a wok ring, and a temperature probe built into the oven—so you can pre-program the range to cook a roast to a precise temperature, then shut off automatically. 

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          Best Electric Coil Range
          Kenmore 94142
          Kenmore 94142

            Kenmore 94142

            CR's take: A basic range that delivers top-notch performance at a low price is the only way to describe the Kenmore 94142, which sits at the top of its class. 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 it doesn't bake 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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