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You don't have to spend a small fortune for a built-in range to get the polished, built-in look. Consider a slide-in range. These more budget-friendly models feature front-mounted controls and no back panel, offering a sleek, professional look. 

“We’ve seen more manufacturers offering slide-in ranges in recent years, since it’s a less expensive alternative to the refined look of a pro-style range,” says Antonella Pomilla, CR’s senior market analyst for major cooking appliances.

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Below, you'll find some of the very best slide-in ranges, in both gas and electric, from our tests. In our labs, we record thousands of temperature readings, bake hundreds of cakes, and cook more than 2,000 cookies each year to find the best ranges of every type.

For more on how we test ranges, and for the differences among range styles, see our range buying guide. CR members can also jump right into our range ratings

Before You Buy a Slide-In Range

There are three things to consider before buying a slide-in range. First, unlike a traditional range, which can stand freely in a kitchen, a slide-in range needs to be installed between base cabinets with countertops. That’s because most slide-ins have a cooktop that slightly overlaps a countertop on either side. Also, some models have unfinished sides.

Next, be aware that the front-mounted controls on slide-in ranges, though attractive, can pose potential hazards. They’re easier to bump into and activate, and for a toddler to reach. Most ranges don’t have a safety setting that prevents burners from being accidentally activated.

"If you have small kids in the house, you should seriously consider buying a range with controls that are mounted behind the cooktop," says Don Huber, CR's director of product safety. "But if you do go with a model that has front-mounted controls, remove the knobs when the range isn't in use or put on stove knob covers to make sure the burners can't be turned on by a toddler." 

These covers are made by the same companies that make other baby safety products, like outlet and doorknob covers. 

Last, slide-ins typically cost thousands less than a built-in pro-style range, but you'll still pay a premium of about $200 over a comparably equipped freestanding range that has a back control panel. 

CR members can read on for the six best gas and electric slide-in ranges from our tests.

Best Gas Slide-In Ranges

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Best Electric Slide-In Ranges

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