The best oven ranges of 2019

The best oven ranges, whether you’re a chef or just need to heat up a pizza

Based on roughly 10,000 hours of testing, as well as additional research, our pick for the best oven range is the GE 30-inch Freestanding Electric Double Oven Convection Range. It’s a reasonably priced, dual-oven range that offers versatility in the kitchen. If you’re looking for something a bit different, we still have you covered.

We’ve also included our pick for the best electric oven range, the best gas range, the best induction oven, and for those looking to design the ultimate kitchen, the best luxury oven range. If you’re on a budget, we also have a pick for the best cheap electric oven range and the best cheap gas range.

Best oven ranges at a glance

The best: GE 30-inch Freestanding Electric Double Oven Convection Range

Why we chose the GE 30-inch Freestanding Electric Double Oven Convection Range:

When you turn on your oven, the whole cavity warms up. That’s perfect for a turkey, but perhaps unnecessary for 300 or so days a year. Double oven ranges, like the GE JB860SJSS, are a great solution because they split the cavity in two, letting you use a smaller upper oven for quicker cooking.

Altogether, this GE model has 6.6 cubic feet of capacity: 2.2 in the upper cavity and 4.4 in the lower. If you are a fan of preparing big birds, keep in mind that the lower oven is 17.5 inches in height, making it several inches shorter than other ovens’ interiors.

The lower oven uses convection, so a fan blows the hot air around inside for faster, more even cooking. Up top on the range are five cooking elements, though one is just an on/off option that keeps food warm by heating it at a low temperature. In terms of versatility — with two ovens, convection, and a warming element — this reasonably priced range has a lot to offer.

The best electric oven range: LG Electric Single Oven Range with True Convection and EasyClean

Why we chose the LG Electric Single Oven Range with True Convection and EasyClean:

You won’t find a ton of frills on the LG LRE3083ST, though the interior is a nice surprise. Its 6.3-cubic-foot-capacity cavity is lined with blue enamel and cooks with true convection. That means there’s both an upper and lower heating element, as well as one behind the fan. Thus, it’s circulating heated air and speeding up the cooking.

The cooktop is also all about speed. Its dual element has two rings, which can be used together or independently as a smaller cooking surface. It pulls 3,200 watts of power, which gets your pot of water boiling on the double. One of its five rings is a pot warmer that keeps cooked food ready to serve.

The interior’s enamel can be self-cleaned in 20 minutes using just water. Quicker cleaning makes this LG range a pace ahead of the rest.

The best gas oven range: Samsung 30-inch Gas Range with Self-Cleaning and Fan Convection Oven

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Why we chose the Samsung Self-Cleaning Slide-In Gas Convection Range:

The Samsung NX58H5600SS looks like it should cost more than does, especially because we’ve seen it on sale for as low as $808. (At that price, it rivals the retail price of our budget model pick.) The five gas burners range from 5,000 to 17,000 BTU, giving you control and versatility based on what you want to cook. It comes with a useful stovetop accessory: a cast iron griddle for pancakes, burgers, and bacon. Both preheating and boiling are quick.

Inside, the 5.8-cubic-foot capacity true convection oven is more than spacious. It also has a self-cleaning setting. If you’re in the market for a gas range, you’re definitely getting more features than you would normally find with a comparably priced range.

The best induction oven range: Kenmore Elite Freestanding Induction Range w/ True Convection

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Who it’s for? Those looking for a well-built, affordable induction range.

Induction cooking is all the rage in Europe, and has been for decades. As you can tell from the price of the Kenmore Freestanding Induction Range, prices are a bit higher than found with gas and electric ranges. But if you’re in the market for an induction range, this is one of the least expensive.

The Kenmore 95073 has four surface cooking elements, two of which are high-powered. It also has convection oven mode, a touchpad for setting oven temperature, and a warming drawer. The appliance boasts precise simmering and excellent baking and broiling, and the self-cleaning feature works well.

The appliance features 25 different cooking functions, a heating convection fan that means equal heating of dishes, and a pan size detection sensor, which determines how much energy is needed to cook a dish properly.

The best high-end oven range: Wolf Dual Fuel Range

Why we chose the Wolf Dual Fuel Range:

The Wolf DF304 is called a dual fuel range because it has a gas cooktop and an electric oven, offering more precision on the stove and more even heating in the cavity. This range is definitely aimed at the wealthy and those who get a lot (and we mean a lot) of use out of their kitchens. That being said, the Wolf offers a lot of things no other range in this price range does.

The cooktop has four burners with the following BTUs: 9,200, 15,000, 18,000, and 20,000. They can be turned up high for a fast boil, but they also go down to 300 BTU for simmering. The 4.5-cubic-foot double convection oven has ten cooking modes, including bake and convection bake, and one specifically made for dehydrating food. Some of the optional accessories include a kit for all that food you’re going to dehydrate and a bake stone.

If you like the stainless steel professional look, this range certainly has it, and it allows for some customization, such as knob color. The oven’s interior is blue porcelain, similar to the LG oven. The Wolf range is definitely expensive, but you’re paying for more than just its looks.

The best cheap electric oven range: Whirlpool Freestanding Electric Range with Easy Wipe Ceramic Glass Cooktop

Why we chose the Whirlpool Freestanding Electric Range with Easy Wipe Ceramic Glass Cooktop:

While it lacks some of the higher-end features of other electric ranges on the list — no convection feature here — the Whirlpool WFE515S0ED is still a great deal.

The four-burner range has one that pulls 3,000 watts of power, slightly less than the LG model. With 5.0 cubic feet of capacity, the oven is pretty standard, with an upper broiler element and a hidden lower baking element. The lack of a fan means cooking will be a little slower and potentially less than convection models. Though it may not have extras like a built-in temperature probe, this Whirlpool still delivers when it comes to cooking. We also like that it offers options beyond black, white, and silver when it comes to aesthetics.

The best cheap gas oven range: Whirlpool Freestanding Gas Range with AccuBake Temperature Management System

Why we chose the Whirlpool Freestanding Gas Range with AccuBake Temperature Management System:

The cousin of the budget electric model, the Whirlpool WFG515S0ES is one you should keep your eye on if you’re thinking of buying a new gas range but don’t want to shell out tons of money.

A low price isn’t enough of a reason to buy an appliance, however. The four-burner top has some versatility, with the 5,000 BTU burner being best for simmering and the 15,000 BTU burners being better suited to heating quickly and searing. Inside the 5.0-cubic-foot cavity, you won’t find a convection fan, but it does have a self-clean feature — something that’s not always offered at this price range.

Like the electric Whirlpool, you can choose this model in several colors. It may not make your company “ooh and ahh” as the Wolf range will, but for all your daily cooking needs, it will serve its purpose.

Research and buying tips

What’s the difference between an oven and a range?

Not all ovens are considered ranges, but all ranges contain ovens. A range contains a stove, which has burners, that sits on top of an oven where you bake and broil foods.

What is an induction oven range?

An induction oven range has a different type of stove top than a traditional oven range, however the oven portion of an induction oven range operates much like a regular electric oven. With an induction range, the stovetop uses electromagnetism to heat the bottom of the pan without heating up other parts of the cooking surface (or the rest of the kitchen). Induction cooking is more efficient, yet you must have pans made of compatible materials like steel or iron.

What is a convection oven range?

A convection oven range distributes the heat inside of the oven differently. It moves the heat around using a fan and exhaust system, which makes foods cook faster, more consistently, and more evenly.

What is a double-oven range?

A double oven range has two different oven chambers, so you can cook two different dishes at the same time on different temperature settings.

What is a gas oven range?

A gas oven range uses combustible gas as its heat source.

What is an electric oven range?

An electric oven range uses electricity as its heat source.

What is a dual-fuel oven range?

With a dual-fuel range, the cooktop is gas and the oven is electric.

What is the best oven range brand?

Whirlpool oven ranges typically receive high marks from consumers. You could also go with a brand like GE, KitchenAid, Frigidaire, or for a higher-end oven range, Thermador. However, buying from a specific brand does not necessarily guarantee a quality product, and you should research each specific model, as opposed to researching just the brand name.

How do I choose an oven range?

When buying an range, a lot of people think primarily about their kitchen’s design, their heat source (gas vs. electric), and their budget. But in addition to choosing whether you want stainless steel or matte black and making sure your oven range fits in the space, you also need to think about how often you use your oven and what you’re going to be cooking at home. If you order takeout most nights and you only turn your oven on once a week at best, you probably don’t need to spend thousands on a high-end appliance. But, if you cook every meal from scratch, you may want to spend a bit more money and focus on features that will make cooking easier and more enjoyable for you.

How wide is an oven range?

Standard residential oven ranges measure 30 inches wide.

Is now a good time to buy an oven range?

No matter the time of year, there’s almost always a sale going on when it comes to appliances. Just wait for the next holiday weekend — Presidents’ Day, Memorial Day, and so on — and chances are, you’ll see a reduced price on a range. Regardless of whether it’s February or September, Black Friday feels like it’s just around the corner, and there are usually good deals to be had on the mother of all discount days.

The range is one of the most important appliances in your kitchen, and there are a lot of factors to consider when replacing or upgrading. Size is one: Despite how different they all are, every oven on this list is 30-inches wide. For more spacious kitchens, manufacturers offer 36-, 48-, or even 60-inch models. On the smaller side, there are 20-inch ranges available, too. Whether you choose gas, electric, or induction may depend on your setup, unless you’re building from scratch or planning an extensive remodel.

How does Digital Trends test oven ranges?

Everyone in the office gets excited when we test ovens because it means we bake a lot of cookies. We also cook and bake other foods to get an idea of how quickly and evenly they heat. We look at how quickly they preheat and how well they hold their temperature, and just how much that temperature varies from what the oven’s display says. When it comes to ranges, we want to know how long it takes to boil water on each of the burners. We also like to see how well the burner holds its heat by putting it on simmer for 20 minutes and tracking the liquid’s temperature.

But ranges aren’t just there for cooking. Kitchens are points of pride for many people, so aesthetics matter a lot. It’s not just how pretty the appliance is, however. We let the staff use them throughout the testing phase to get feedback on how intuitive the interface is — and whether or not the oven burned their pizza.

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