Gas ranges and cooktops can be expensive. With a low end price point of several hundred dollars, it's important to choose the right appliance for your kitchen and budget.
Our Top Pick: GE Cafe CGS990SETSS Slide-In Gas Range
This buying guide will help inform you about the options present in modern stoves through our gas range reviews, comparison and features sections.
You'll be able to determine which features are important to you and make an educated decision about choosing the best gas range for your kitchen.
Top 10: Best Gas Ranges
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Gas Range Reviews
In the following gas range reviews we will cover main features of each product and highlight a few areas of concern that you should know about before purchasing.
Update: This Samsung gas range was our top pick, but due to the lack of availability has fallen to 2nd place. It has a reasonable price range with enough value to cover most home chef’s needs in the kitchen.
In our opinion, the NX58H9500WS may be the best slide in gas range on the market right now.
- Temperature Probe
- Large LCD Display
- 18,000 BTU Burner
- Sleek Slide-In Design
Not to mention, this range is a real beauty to look at. You don’t need to worry about ugly side panels since this is a slide-in gas range.
These features are what helped put this unit in our top rated gas ranges category.
A unique feature of the Samsung NX58H9500WS is that it has a temperature probe for the oven to control. This means that you can stick the probe in a piece of meat and have the oven automatically cook it to the perfect internal temperature.
A large LCD display helps with control options so you know exactly what's happening while you cook. The oven also comes with a warming drawer as well as a self-cleaning mode to help keep your oven spotless.
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The cooktop comes with removable grates to offer continuous grating (for sliding pans around), a special wok grate, and a central griddle section.
There are two minor things to take note of. The control knobs on this unit are plastic and can break with regular use. The high heat on the burners isn't the easiest to control, you'll need a gentle touch to simmer with the powerful burners.
The price point of this range is quite reasonable considering the features and heat output. When browsing the other best gas ranges, keep the Samsung NX58H9500WS in mind.
LG LDG4315ST 30" Gas Range
We recently updated our LDG3036ST review because that model has been discontinued.
However, the 30" LG LDG4315ST is what we call an updated model that also includes a double oven with convection.
LG is a well-respected kitchen appliance brand so let’s have a closer look at this range.
- 18,500 BTU Burner
- Double Ovens (lower oven is convection)
- Freestanding gas range (easier installation)
- Can Be Converted To LP (liquid propane)
LG's offering comes with two ovens for complex baking and energy savings on small tasks. Its Superboil™ burner tops out at 18,500 BTU for high heat cooking.
Unlike the Samsung, where a small handful where the control knobs seem okay until they break, the knobs on the previous LG model felt a bit cheap. They're made of flimsy plastic which could be prone to breaking or even melting. They are very touch sensitive and may be turned on with a gentle bump.
However, our investigation suggests that the flimsy knobs have been fixed and replaced with sturdy ones, but be sure to check the packaging and understand what you're getting. Some retailers are still selling older versions.
The central burner is rather underpowered. This isn't a real issue because you still have four other burners to use. But we feel that is might have been better to leave it out to save complexity and cost.
It seems like we aren’t giving these gas ranges much praise, but we do like it. The cons pointed out are pretty much the biggest areas of concern that we could find.
This unit is freestanding, so it looks nice even if it's not in between cupboards and it doesn't overhang your counter top. If you’re not on a tight budget, give the LG LDG4315ST consideration when you decide to buy a new gas range.
Frigidaire FGGF3058RB Black Gas Range
If you can’t afford to pay for high end gas range, the FGGF3058RB might be one of the few budget friendly gas ranges to consider.
Don't worry, there’s no lack of heat with a 17,000 BTU quick-boil burner and a 14,000 BTU backup!
- 17,000 & 14,000 BTU Burners
- Convection Oven
- Comes In Black
Surprisingly, this range comes with a temperature probe for programming your oven use. The bottom oven rack extends automatically as you open the door, and a convection fan helps make sure that everything you bake comes out at an even temperature.
Purchasing a warranty with this range is likely to be cheaper than repair options, especially considering that circuit problems might not manifest for three years or more.
While some problems can be fixed by unplugging your stove and plugging it back in, others may require you to purchase a control board replacement in order to fix the problem.
It's freestanding, meaning it's not as much of an eyesore without a cupboard covering up each side. Unlike some other freestanding units, the oven controls are in front of the burners, which can be a problem the way this unit ventilates heat.
While the oven is in use, the stovetop and burner control knobs may get extremely hot. If you have kids in the house or you're worried about accidentally burning yourself, you might want to look for a range with better heat ventilation.
When buying big items on a budget you kind of have to expect a few quality or functional issues to arise. We’re convinced that the few issues this gas range has, the Frigidaire FGGF3058RB is a top contender for the best budget gas range on the market.
GE Cafe CGS990SETSS
We think General Electric is one of the best gas stove brands. GE's CGS990SETSS comes with a 20,000 BTU burner and a double oven.
It's a beautiful range that can be an absolute pleasure to cook on with no back panel. This makes the 30" cooktop feels gigantic, not a bad thing.
- Large Cooktop
- Ball-Bearing Oven Racks
- 6.7 Cubic Feet Double Oven With Convection
- 20,000 BTU Burner
- 5 Sealed Burners
Unlike many ranges, all of the controls are in front of the cooktop, meaning there's no risk of burning yourself if you adjust the oven while you cook.
It comes with all of the modern amenities you want in an oven: ball-bearing racks, delayed starting, a temperature probe and a sophisticated timer.
The bottom oven includes an additional electric heating element for quick preheats and is digitally controlled.
The upper oven is controlled by a single knob which might have an effect on effective heat distribution. For example, it’s possible to burn the bottom of a pan of brownies while leaving the top raw.
That said, the bottom oven is excellent and the top one is at the very least a fully featured warming drawer.
While we're certainly a bit disappointed in the top oven, the rest of this range is excellent. The cooktop is large and powerful, and the bottom oven is more than large enough to handle most baking tasks.
The GE Cafe CGS990SETSS is on the expensive end of things, but we think that there is some justification in that. If you're on a budget, keep this range in mind and use it as a bench mark when you're debating on various models.
If you need more information on this range, check our full GE Cafe range review.
Thor Kitchen HRG3080U
The HRG3080U is a simple appliance as it doesn’t have any fancy electronic controls. It's a freestanding range with a convection fan for the oven.
There are on/off switches for the convection fan and oven light, a temperature knob for the oven, and gas controls for the range. That's it.
It doesn't have a warming drawer, clock, timer, center burner, or even a self-cleaning mode.
Like its competitors, this Thor Kitchen range pushes 18k BTU from its big burner and 12k from the little ones. This is enough to boil water or preheat a skillet in no time at all. For home cooking, you probably wouldn't need to go past medium heat very often.
The convection fan cycles air in the oven compartment to distribute heat and make sure your food cooks evenly. While other models tie this functionality to electronic cooking modes, this model simply has an on/off switch.
This gives you the freedom to use the fan while you're still preheating or after you've turned the oven off. This is a feature you don't find very often.
See our full Thor range review for an in-depth look at it's features and specifications.
Perhaps the biggest downside is the lack of notification when the oven is preheated. There's a little light that comes on, on the front. You'll probably wind up setting a timer somewhere and coming back to check the oven when it goes off.
This isn't a big concern, but it's an additional step that you don't have to worry about with some ranges.
It's refreshing to see a range like this. After being bombarded by technology all day, it's kind of nice to have a simple tool that does what it's supposed to do. Less electronics means fewer parts to repair or replace in the event of a mishap.
If you can overlook the lack of a self-cleaning mode, the Thor Kitchen gas range might be a range worthy of consideration.
Bosch HGI8054UC 800
This Bosch range has all of the features you'd expect in a modern slide-in range. The range boasts a powerful 18k BTU burner and a center burner with an optional griddle accessory (sold separately).
The oven has a warming drawer and convection fan. The electronic controller offers nine cooking modes varying from "proof" (which uses the heating element and the fan to keep air in your oven warm and moist to help bread rise) to "broil."
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Opening the warming drawer is a bit harder than it needs to be. It's designed to pop out with a simple push to release the catch. In practice, you may need to give it a little tug. Not a huge concern, but not exactly what's advertised either.
The oven and warming drawer are incredibly easy to clean. Both the drawer and oven door are removable, giving you easy access to the whole interior. The self-cleaning mode helps: the oven itself burns down any food waste to ash that you can easily wipe off.
The electronic oven controls might take some getting used to. There are a few quirks. For example, the convection fan only comes on after the oven is fully preheated. Still, push-button temperature control is perfect for precise baking and the inclusion of a Sabbath-friendly mode makes this an extremely attractive oven for some families.
Overall, the quality, flexibility and power of this range make it an attractive option. If you want easy cleaning and modern electronic controls without sacrificing heat output, give the Bosch HGI8054UC 800 consideration.
This Kucht range is extremely comparable to the Thor Kitchen model above. It's got a similar set of powerful burners on top, the same oven specifications, and the same lack of fancy electronic features.
The control knobs are identical. In fact, with the branding covered up, it's difficult to tell the ranges apart from the front.
The insulation on the oven itself leaves something to be desired. The knobs on the front of the range can get hot to the touch when the oven is in use.
This isn't a particularly unique problem, lots of ranges get hot when you use the oven, but it's not a great sign when it comes to durability or build quality.
Like the Thor Kitchen model, there's no self-cleaning mode or electronic oven control on the Kucht gas range. The preheat notification is similarly wimpy. This prevents the lack of oven insulation from being a real issue (there's no electronics to damage).
Again, analog controls give you increased freedom and control while requiring you to set a few more timers. Whether this is an upside or a downside depends on your kitchen and cooking style.
If you aren’t tech savvy, consider professional installation. It just takes out all of the guess work and of course ensures a safe installation. Kucht has a support number if you need a hand and from what we’ve heard, their customer service is excellent.
With a dedicated LP model available, this range is a strong contender for households that don't want to fiddle with a conversion kit. Otherwise, it's pretty similar to the Thor Kitchen model.
If you want a powerful range with no frills, keep the Kucht KRG3080U in mind.
Gas Range Features Guide
BTU And Burner Heat
One of the easiest things to quantify about your range is the amount of heat the burners put out. Burner heat is measured in British Thermal Units (BTU).
Most cooktops have at least one large burner for high heat (often about 12,000 BTU) and one that's deliberately on the low end for precise low temperature cooking (usually around 5,000 BTU).
A 12,000 BTU burner on high heat will be hot enough if you occasionally cook with a wok.
Some 'pro' models have a much higher range of heat available, with the big burners going up to 20,000 BTU or more. Depending on what kind of cooking you intend to do, this higher heat setting could be a lifesaver -- or a complete waste of money.
Gas Range Layout and Design
Appliance manufacturers have innovated range design quite a lot in the last few years.
Modern ranges often come with a lattice structure that covers the entire top of the range, enabling you to slide pots and pans from one burner to another without having to lift them over gaps.
Some others come with a central fifth burner or even an integrated griddle in between the outer burners.
It can be tricky to use all five burners at once due to space issues, but if you find yourself cooking a lot of small items at once it might be a feature worth investigating.
Range Size - Fitting In Your Kitchen
Gas ranges vary in size from 30" to over 42" for some industrial models.
Be sure to measure your kitchen before you purchase anything. Most appliances manufacturers have a range of options available for common sizes.
Range + oven combos tend to come in one of two styles:
Freestanding gas ranges have solid sides and oven controls are usually located behind the cooktop.
Slide-in Gas Ranges often have lips on either side of the cooktop designed to slightly overlap the counter on either side and oven controls sometimes on the front with the burner controls.
There usually isn't too much difference between the two styles, but if the side of your oven is going to be visible, you might want to lean towards a freestanding unit.
Before purchasing a range, please make sure that you know which type of gas the hookups in your home provide and verify that the unit you're looking at is compatible.
Most modern gas ranges come with conversion kits to allow you to use them with either natural gas or propane.
The oven attached to your cooktop can come with a number of modern amenities designed to make your job easier. Several ranges offer a convection fan in the oven to circulate air and help foods cook more easily.
Many come equipped with temperature sensors or probes in the oven to control your baking more effectively which enables the oven to automatically shut off after hitting a certain temperature, or to hold an exact temperature for the entire baking process.
Some ranges even come with two separate oven bays to really allow you to multitask. Having an additional oven can be a godsend for complex baking tasks (especially around holidays!).
I can't imagine most home chefs actually use this feature more than once or twice a year, and the two ovens can feel a bit cramped when compared to a single large one.
Surprisingly, a number of the best gas stoves come without any sort of modern concessions.
While LCD displays and complex cooking routines come standard on a number of less expensive models, at least one high-end manufacturer sells units with only the most basic controls.
Available features include automatic pizza cooking, precise preheating, and cook timers that automatically shut off your oven. Before you go nuts over these offerings, consider how many of the buttons on your microwave you actually use.
If you're anything like me and you only use the 'add one minute' button, you probably shouldn't value programmable controls too highly.
Warranty And Durability
Not all of the best gas ranges are created equal. Some ranges have control knobs that melt, circuit boards that cook or even faulty gas hook-ups that can cause totally uneven cooking.
The warranty options for gas ranges are NOT something you should dismiss out of hand -- a few hundred dollars at the time of purchase can save you thousands over the next several years in repairs and replacements.
Be sure to assess risk levels for the ranges you're considering and purchase a warranty or repair plan appropriate for the level of risk your purchase entails.
Alternately, purchase a range that's reliable and durable -- even if a cheaper range plus a warranty is cheaper, it might not be worth the hassle of having to call someone.
Gas Range Safety Options
Modern ranges are pretty safe. Two major concerns you might have are accidental ignition and child-safe controls. Some gas ranges have knobs you can activate accidentally with a gentle bump.
If you have small children (or are just worried about not noticing you turned on a burner!) you may want to investigate models with electronic child locks for the controls.
The best rated gas ranges won't activate at all until you hold a button or input a special sequence of controls. This makes it pretty hard for a child or absent-minded adult to accidentally start a fire.
Pros And Cons Of Gas Stoves
- Unlike electric stove’s heating elements, gas burners instantly respond to your controls, with no heat lingering in the heating coils after you turn down the knob.
- All types of cookware, including cast iron, copper, ceramic and stainless steel cookware can be used with gas ranges unlike induction ranges which require induction compatible cookware.
- In many locations, the gas your stove uses is actually cheaper than electricity, meaning that you can cook more often for less money.
SEE ALSO: Gas Vs Electric Stoves
- Upfront costs are often more than that of electric stoves.
- Installation is more technical because gas lines are involved. It’s wise to choose professional installation for safety reasons.
- In gas ovens it’s possible for uneven oven temperatures without convection. Also, uneven flames for burners if near a window or drafty area.
Final Thoughts - Choosing A Gas Range
With the features and reviews highlighted in this guide, you should now be able to reflect on your cooking needs and select the best gas range for your kitchen and budget.
If you're like us, the BTU output of the burners will be especially important since cooking on top of a stove is where I spend most of the time cooking.
Having low BTU and high BTU burner options means that you can cook a variety of meals from delicate sauces to stir-frying which requires intense heat needed when cooking with a wok.
If you are a casual baker, the oven options may not be so important to you.
However, if you love to bake, and bake a lot at the same time, might instead want two separate ovens, programmable controls, or a convection fan for even heat distribution while you bake.
Whatever features you prefer, make extra certain that you measure the space for your range and get your gas hookups checked by a professional. While it might seem incredibly basic and intuitive, you wouldn't believe how many people try to return appliances that simply don't fit in their home.
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