There’s nothing quite like coming home to the smell of freshly made dinner. Then again, there’s nothing quite like cooking on a difficult range that takes the joy out of that experience. Often, the determining factors between a good range and bad range come down to what your needs are, so if your current cooking setup is due for upgrade or replacement, this blog is for you! For this edition, we’ve chosen the best range across eight categories, each suited for a particular type of shopper, whether that’s based off budget, design, or cooking needs. Follow along and prepare to be inspired to create your greatest meal yet!
At a Glance:
The range may be as common as the counter toaster, but that doesn’t mean these popular cooking appliances should be taken for granted. At their most basic, ranges are two appliances in one: a cooktop and an oven. At one time, this was a revolutionary design since it meant two cooking methods could be used on a single footprint, helping maximize a kitchen’s workflow and usable space.
Today’s ranges come in an array of fuel types, including electric, gas, induction, and dual fuel, as well as a variety of configurations like a slide-in design or double oven range. It’s a testament to the power of the original range design and its versatility, not to mention a great way for buyers to add more function to the kitchen without the need for a custom design.
Overall, every shopper should place ranges on the “to consider” list since virtually every households is equipped for a 30-inch range or 36-inch range while upscale kitchens with more space can accommodate ranges between 48–60- inches. This broad spectrum of sizes gives shoppers access to a large selection of buying options with varying costs from entry-level and mid-end price, all the way up to luxury with pro-style ranges.
Our Top Range Picks
Ranges are quintessential kitchen appliances everyone is familiar with, but some of the features we highlight in this roundup just might surprise you. Take a look to see how these eight best ranges can take your home cooking to another level.
Product testers have spoken—this Whirlpool gas range has everything you need to create delicious meals, earning it a 4.5-star rating from over 4,050 reviews, as well as the title of overall best range on our list. Two SpeedHeat burners that deliver up to 15,000 BTUs of firepower are a splurge, and with a middle burner with 8,000 BTUs, you can enjoy a variety of heating levels to conquer every type of meal. Other winning standouts include edge-to-edge cast iron grates for easy moving of heavy pots and pans, along with an equally ample 5.1-cubic-foot oven for multitasking made even simpler.
When you’re on a budget—or simply don’t need a high-performance range—turning to a classic design is one of the best ways of getting the most bang for your buck. Take this best electric range from GE, for example. Its simple setup of four electric heating coils in multiple sizes accommodates cookware from big to small and even uses Sensi-Temp Technology, a special feature for added safety while cooking.
The standard cooktop is paired with a 5.0-cubic-foot oven with Dual-element Bake technology that fully circulates the oven’s interior with even heat for uniform baking results. With a price point under $530, we recommend this GE range to home cooks looking for a cooking appliance that skips the theatrics but doesn’t skimp on brand reliability.
If your budget has deep pockets, this Monogram dual fuel range is a sound investment you’ll love to prepare meals on. A cooking experience unlike any other awaits on six solid brass burners with up to 23,000 BTUs of power, plus reversible grates for wok frying and a griddle surface—a buffet of cooking methods in one single appliance. Harness the future of wireless cooking using Monogram SmartHQ that gives you the ability to monitor and control temperature and cook times with cutting-edge features like Chef Connect and Precision Oven Modes. Complete with two ovens and 8.25 cubic feet of capacity, this pro-style range provides ample inspiration for your aspirational kitchen.
Only a gas-powered range can provide a char and sear exclusive to flame cooking, and this best gas range does it with flying colors. The proof is in its 4.7-star rating from over 10,700 reviews praising this gas range’s high-performance Power Boil burner capable of producing 15,000 BTUs of blazing heat. High marks also go to the dishwasher-safe, edge-to-edge grates ideal for smooth transferring of cookware from flame to flame, and the industry’s largest built-in griddle cooktop that generously fits up to six grilled cheese sandwiches at once. Users will also enjoy a large oven and its steam clean function for low-maintenance cleanup that gently cleans using just water.
Your taste for ultra-refined design doesn’t have to end in the kitchen thanks to the polished look of this best electric range. Five heating elements on a black ceramic class cooktop create a subtle profile complete with SpaceWise Expandable technology for a multi-functional cooking surface adaptable to your collection of cookware sizes. Smooth performance continues inside a 5.3-cubic-foot oven with Even Baking Technology for food that cook to perfection, as well as one-touch self-clean cycles that handle spills and splatters in as little as two hours.
Cut down on dinner prep while doing it in style with this LG double oven range that offers 7.3 cubic feet of oven space—the largest in its class. The bottom oven with ProBake Convection provides professionally inspired heat circulation to bake pastries and roasts to golden perfection. Use the upper conventional oven for side dishes or deserts to enjoy full-course meals ready at the same time. The cooking surface above is a showcase of high-end refinement with smooth glass and five heating elements, including an UltraHeat power source with up to 3,200 watts of performance. This pick is especially great as an alternative to a double wall oven setup without the extra space (or cost).
7. Best Convection Range: LG 30" PrintProof™ Stainless Steel Free Standing Gas Convection Smart Range with Air Fry
Small air fryers are a nice kitchen accessory, but when limited counter space becomes an issue, it’s full-size appliances like this LG convection range that are a smarter solution. Built-in Air Fry and True Convection provide two powerful methods for achieving crispy, flaky, godlen-brown food favorites such as chicken wings, french fries, and potato wedges, all with ample room to fit multiple trays inside 5.8 cubic feet of capacity. This mid-end smart range even lets you see the magic happen with an InstaView oven door that illuminates the interior with two quick knocks on the surface.
Not to be outshined, the gas cooktop delivers a maximum 20,000 BTUs of power, five burners, and a removable griddle for a cooking setup ready for all your favorite meals.
The slide-in design of this induction range makes for a clean presentation that feels high-end, minus the price tag. Induction cooking is a worthy alternative to gas with the ability to provide nearly equal heat output, response, and control. The inclusion of an LED Virtual Flame also helps to handle heat intuitively, so you always know how hot the induction burners are. Enjoy dual convection for cooking times up to 30-percent faster with results that are more even and precise versus conventional baking. Naturally, this Samsung range is ready for the future with Wi-Fi connectivity that puts the power to monitor and control this smart range all from a personal smart device.
Considerations Before Buying
We’re ready for you to enjoy the art of cooking with a range from our catalog of appliances, but in order for you to find the right choice, we recommend going over this quick checklist:
✓ Don’t forget the dimensions! Follow these tips for measuring to fit appliances.
✓ To learn even more about stoves, give our 101 on ranges a read.
✓ Unsure which brand to choose? Consider favorite range brands chosen by our specialist.
✓ Unlock expert tips for online appliance shopping in this guide.
Shop Ranges at Aztec Appliance
Whether you’re replacing or upgrading, Aztec Appliance is San Diego’s leading independent retailer for your home appliance needs. On top of our stock of brand-name ranges, we offer a large lineup of cooking appliances and refrigeration, plus cleaning appliances such as washers and dryers for the laundry room, and dishwashers for the kitchen.
To see everything we have to offer, shop online, by phone at (858)-987-5777 or visit one of our appliance showrooms near you in the heart of San Diego.