You do not have to buy a pro range for super hot burners anymore. Gas ranges are starting to perform more like professional ranges with at least one burner being super hot. You also have available features like griddle burners, warming drawers or second ovens.
So if you haven't been in the market for a while, there is much more to consider than just five years ago. It can be a bit confusing, but we will describe each unit and feature below. You can determine the right product for your kitchen.
We'll look at the best units to consider now with freestanding first and then slide-in ranges below.
Slide-In vs. Freestanding Ranges
Slide-ins are units with the controls on the face rather than the backguard for a more streamlined appearance (read Slide-In vs Freestanding, it will pop up in another window).
There are two types of slide-ins. A traditional slide-in with the same features will cost 10-15% more but will be more cleanable, because it's installed on the countertop, eliminating seams. You will also see the custom tile and backsplashes without looking at oven controls like the freestanding units.
The newer (as of 2015) slide-in is just a front control range without the cleanability of the traditional range.
The traditional slide-in is better for new construction. Front control is better for replacement of a freestanding range, because you do not have to modify cabinets.
Best Freestanding Gas Ranges
Pricing updated for June, 2016
Frigidaire is a good, basic range with decent reliability (we performed 25,000 service calls in 2015). It also has a power burner of 14,000 BTU.
This is a great range with 5 burners and two power burners of 17 and 15,000. The convection fan is especially good for baking with more even temperatures. Samsung is a very interesting company these days.
This KitchenAid has 5 burners and a max output of 18,0000 with convection as well. Like their sister company, Maytag, they offer the steam self cleaning as well.
KitchenAid is a true double oven at 6 cubic foot and a 17,000 BTU burner as well as a griddle burner in the middle.
Most of these have greater savings as part of a package. Click here for a few of our best selling packages.
Best Slide-In Gas Ranges
Frigidaire FFGS3025PS - $1,199
The Frigidaire distinguishes itself purely on price. $1,400 might seem high for a range, but is quite reasonable for a slide-in range.
KitchenAid just restyled this range more like an expensive professional range. They offer a steam rack for better food quality as well as two power burners.
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