If you’re looking to up your cooking game, now is the ideal time to buy a new oven range and modernize your kitchen.
Smart ovens have many automated features, and the models on our list vary from electromagnetic and convection to gas-powered ovens. They also come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and styles. Here are our picks for the best oven ranges of 2020.
Best oven ranges at a glance
- The best: GE 30-inch Freestanding Electric Double Oven Convection Range
- The best electric oven range: LG Electric Oven Range with True Convection and EasyClean
- The best gas range: Whirlpool Gas Range with Fan Convection Cooking
- The best induction oven range: Samsung NE58K9560WS
- The best smart oven range: GE Profile Slide-In Smart Gas Range with Self-Cleaning Convection
- The best cheap oven range: Samsung 30-inch Gas Range with Self-Cleaning and Fan Convection Oven
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 more days out of the 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 the 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.
Why we chose the LG Electric Oven Range with True Convection and EasyClean:
You won’t find a ton of frills on the LG LRE3194BD, 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 are both upper and lower heating elements, as well as one behind the fan. Thus, it is circulating heated air, speeding up preheating times, and cooking foods more precisely.
The cooktop is also all about speed. Its three-in-one element allows you to adjust the power on the same heating element, so you can cook a stockpot full of ingredients or simmer a small saucepan in the same spot. It pulls 3,200 watts of power, which gets your pot of water boiling on the double.
The large-capacity interior is perfect for cooking large meals. Plus, the interior’s enamel can be self-cleaned in 20 minutes using just water. Quicker cleaning puts this LG range a pace ahead of the rest.
Why we chose the Whirlpool Gas Range with Fan Convection Cooking:
Have you ever owned an oven that has a hot side? You know, where it cooks much faster on the right than on the left (or vice versa)? This 30-inch Whirlpool gas convection oven has a fan in the back of the unit, so it circulates the air and prevents hot and cold spots. The 5-cubic-foot capacity means the oven is pretty average in size, but it’s certainly large enough to cook holiday meals. The front control panel is easy to use, and you can disable the panel as an extra safety precaution for children.
The top of the oven is all cooktop, so you can place virtually any size pan on the cooktop, from small saucepans to large griddles. There’s also a speed-heat burner to get your water boiling faster, as well as a low-heat setting to keep your food warm.
Why we chose the Samsung NE58K9560WS:
If you’ve never used an induction oven before (we talk more about the technology in our FAQ below), then switching to the magnetic heating technique can feel a little awkward. Samsung’s 5.8-cubic-foot oven uses an induction range with blue virtual flames that light up when the induction plates are working, which looks cool and is helpful for new users.
In addition to the four burners, there’s a dual convection oven with two fans to cook even more efficiently, with three oven racks for a variety of setups. There are plenty of modes via the glass touch control panel, including unique options like Easy Cook presets, Slow Cook, Dehydrate, and Bread Proof. There’s also a built-in warming drawer with three different heat levels for keeping foods ready to eat. We also like that the self-clean option is a thorough steam clean feature that helps guarantee results. And, since this is a Samsung, it’s no surprise that you can use an app to control everything from a distance.
The best smart oven range: GE Profile Slide-In Smart Gas Range with Self-Cleaning Convection
Why we chose the GE Profile PGS930SELSS:
The 30-inch GE Profile smart oven has an edge-to-edge cooktop, so you can cook virtually anything you want on the burners, from a large batch of pancakes to burgers for the whole family. Although the top of the oven is all cooktop, each burner is engineered to promote flexibility while optimizing functionality. With features like a simmer burner, an oval burner, and a reversible cast iron skillet, you can cook sandwiches, sauces, and whatever else your heart desires.
Like the LG range, this model features true induction. Therefore, it has a top and bottom heating element, and it also has a third heating element in addition to a variable speed fan that circulates the hot air around the oven. If the oven gets dirty, it self-cleans with steam.
If you like the stainless steel professional look, this range certainly has it. You can also opt for black slate or black stainless steel. Each of the color options is fingerprint-resistant. Since this is a smart oven, you can wirelessly control the range’s functions, too. You can preheat your oven or adjust cooking times, and more.
Why we chose the Samsung Self-Cleaning Slide-In Gas Convection Range:
The Samsung NX58H5600SS looks like it should cost more than it does, especially because we’ve seen it on sale for as low as $600. (At that price, it’s a great deal considering all that it offers.) 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 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.
Research and buying tips
- What’s the difference between an oven and a range?
- What is an induction oven range?
- What is a convection oven range?
- What is a double oven range?
- What is a gas oven range?
- What is an electric oven range?
- What is a dual-fuel oven range?
- What is the best oven range brand?
- How do I choose an oven range?
- How wide is an oven range?
- Is now a good time to buy an oven range?
- How does Digital Trends test oven ranges?
Not all ovens are considered ranges, but all ranges contain ovens. A range contains a stove with burners that sit on top of an oven where you bake and broil foods.
An induction oven range has a different type of stovetop 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 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.
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 food cook faster, more consistently, and more evenly. A dual convection oven usually means that there are two fans instead of one, which increases the efficiency of the oven even more.
A double oven range has two different oven chambers, so you can cook two different dishes at the same time on different temperature settings.
A gas oven range uses combustible gas as its heat source. Gas is affordable and can heat very quickly, but note that it adds moisture to the oven, which may prevent some crisping options. It’s also a little harder to control the exact temperature of gas burners without practice, compared to electric or induction burners.
An electric oven range uses electricity as its heat source via a heating element inside the oven and behind all the burners. This isn’t very efficient, but it produces very even, reliable heat that’s easy to control. Electric burners are usually easier to clean than gas versions since there’s no need for a grid over open flames.
With a dual-fuel range, the cooktop is gas and the oven is electric.
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.
When buying a range, a lot of people think primarily about their kitchen’s design, their heat source (gas versus 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.
Standard residential oven ranges measure 30 inches wide. Larger ranges are 36 inches. Other oven range sizes are less common.
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.
Everyone 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, 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.
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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