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Best Ranges With Big Ovens

These stoves have ovens that can hold an entire holiday feast

If you struggled to cram your entire Thanksgiving feast into an old, undersized oven, you should know that newer ranges have bigger ovens. And if you need a new range, it’s a particularly good time to splurge on one.

It will arrive in time for the busy holiday baking season, and you’ll save money over what you’d pay at other times of the year.

“Now is the perfect time to buy a range,” says Claudette Ennis, CR’s market analyst for ranges. “You can get a good deal this time of year, and the newest models are on the showroom floor.”

Consumer Reports has found big differences in the size of ovens in the ranges we test, and our test results show that capacity and capability don’t always go hand in hand.


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“A huge oven is nice to have if you’re trying to heat a bunch of casseroles for a potluck,” says Tara Casaregola, who heads up CR’s range testing program. “But a bigger oven isn’t as useful as you might think if you’re trying to bake or roast different foods at once, since you can still cook at only one temperature.”

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In other words, if you’re slow-roasting a pork shoulder at 275° F, a large oven may also have space for a gratin dish full of root veggies. But if you want to roast them at, say, 450° F, so they develop a nicely caramelized exterior, a bigger oven won’t help you.

Instead, look to a double-oven range, which features two separate cavities that can be set at different temperatures. These models are more versatile and tend to do very well in our oven capacity test. You’ll have to give up the bottom warming or storage drawer to accommodate the second oven, but you’ll get more usable space for baking and roasting.

How We Test Oven Capacity

In addition to our standard set of cooktop and oven performance tests, which call for heating water, simmering, and baking upwards of 2,400 cookies and 400 cakes per year, we assess and score oven capacity in a way that captures usable space, not just total size.

We put a rack in the oven’s lowest position and measure to the underside of the upper heating element. Next, we measure the width of the rack to see how much usable space is on each rack. Ranges with the biggest ovens and the broadest array of rack positions tend to fare best in our capacity test.

We test the oven capacity of every range that comes through our labs, and we look at models from major mainstream brands such as Amana, Electrolux, Frigidaire, GE, Kenmore, KitchenAid, LG, Samsung, and Whirlpool, as well as from pro-style brands like Thermador, Viking, and Wolf.

Start with our range buying guide for insights on the right style of range for you. Then CR members can browse our comprehensive ratings of nearly 150 models. Or read on for five of the best ranges with large ovens from our tests. 

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