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Best Freestanding & Slide-In Gas Range Deals 2019 (Reviews / Ratings / Prices)

Steve Sheinkopf  |  August 09, 2019  |  6 Min. Read

Bosch  |  Slide-In Ranges  |  Freestanding Ranges  |  Cooking

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So you’re in the market for a new gas range.

Gas ranges have changed a bit since the last time you bought a range. There are new product types as well as different features from new manufacturers.

If you haven't been in the market for a while, there is much more to consider.

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In this article, you will learn about the best freestanding and slide-in ranges as well as the different types of gas ranges such as freestanding, front control, slide-in, and professional.

I will also show you reliability stats based on 34,687 service calls logged by our service department last year. 

In the end, you ideally have the best ranges to consider at every price level out of the thousands you could possibly choose.

Now let's look at some unique products from the thousands of choices you might consider. 

Best Freestanding Gas Ranges 

Samsung NX58H5600SS - $599

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Features:

  • Convection - Faster, More Even Cooking
  • 5.8 cu. ft. Capacity - Lets You Prepare Multiple Dishes at Once
  • Stovetop Griddle - Versatile Cooking with the Removable Stovetop Griddle
  • Flexible Cooktop - Cook More, Faster on 5 Specialized Burners Simultaneously

I can't see why you would pay much more for a freestanding range. This unit has 5 burners, self-cleaning, convection, a griddle, and a wok burner. It has 17,000 BTU and 15,000 BTU power burners as well. It's a great range for the price.

Samsung NX58M6630SS - $749

Samsung NX58M6630SS

Features:

  • Blue LED Lights Illuminate when cooktop is in use
    True Convection - Faster, more even cooking

Another good option. This unit has hotter burners at 18,000, 16,000, and 10,000 BTU output compared to 17,000, 15,000, and 9,500. It also has true convection. True convection in an oven is when the heat is blown in from the back rather than having the heat blow upwards. 

GE PGB911SEJSS - $1,259

GE PGB911SEJSS

Features: 

  • Edge-to-edge cooktop
  • Extra-large, integrated reversible cast iron grill/griddle
  • 18,000 BTU Power Boil burner
  • Chef Connect
  • Two extra-large 18K Power Boil burners
  • Gas convection oven
  • 3 oven racks
  • Center oval burner
  • Self-clean with Steam Clean option

First, we haven’t carried GE in a while. Their Profile gas range offers an 18,000 BTU burner and has Chef Connect automatically syncing your GE compatible hood to your rangetop.  Ranges have been a strength for GE. This model is their most popular freestanding range with two, 18,000 BTU burners and convection. 

Best Slide-In and Front Control Gas Ranges

Samsung NX58H9500WS - $1,979

Samsung NX58H9500WS

Features:

  • Slide-in Design - Get a Sleek, Built-in New Look for your Kitchen
  • 5.8 cu. ft. Large Capacity - Allows You to Cook Multiple Dishes at Once
  • Flexible Cooktop - Cook on 5 Specialized Burners Simultaneously
  • True Convection - Faster, More Even Cooking

Samsung has good style, 5 burners with an 18,000 BTU high-output burner. As we've said in many of these articles, Samsung promotes heavily during holidays. At $1,979, this range includes two high output burners in a 5 burner configuration along with convection. 

KitchenAid KSGG700ESS - $1,899

KitchenAid KSGG700ESS

Features:

  • Even-Heat(TM) True Convection
  • Steam Rack
  • 5.8 Cu Ft. Oven Capacity
  • 5 Burners (5k, 8k, 9.2k, 15k, and 17k)
  • EasyConvect(TM) Conversion
  • FIT Guarantee
  • Aqualift(R)
  • Storage Drawer
  • Glass Touch Controls
  • Continuous Interlocking Grates
  • Side Trim Accessory Kit

KitchenAid has convection conversion and two power burners at 17,000 and 15,000 BTU.

Bosch HGI8056UC - $2,069

Bosch HGI8054UC

Features:

  • Touch Control for Easier Operation of the Oven
  • Heavy-duty Metal Knobs for a Premium Look and Feel
  • Low-profile Design for an Integrated Appearance
  • Stainless Steel Maintop
  • 9 Specialized Cooking Modes - Gourmet Cooking Made Easy
  • Standard Convection
  • Temperature Conversion for Convection Cooking
  • 5 Burners Add Flexibility to your Cooking
  • One Oven Light to Better Monitor Cooking Progress
  • Kitchen Timer
  • Extra Large Door Window for Easy Monitoring of Cooking Process
  • Star-K certified. Temperature range: 100(degree) - 450(degree) F

Five burners with BTU's up to 18,000 and a pure convection oven are the highlights of this range. Bosch has good styling and whole package rebates of 10% when buying other Bosch appliances.

You have new worthwhile Bosch refrigerators if you're considering an appliance package. 

Samsung NX58K9850SS - $2,599

Samsung-NX58K9850SS

Features:

  • Flex Duo with Dual Door - Ultimate cooking flexibility
  • Blue LED Illuminated Knobs - Visually lets you know if your cooktop is on

Samsung offers a few unique features. First, you have the ability to cook with a 22,000 BTU burner on the top.

Their Flex Duo oven allows you to cook two different foods in 2 convection ovens. You can also cook one larger item by removing the flex divider.

This is the best design for 2 ovens because you can remove the divider for one large oven. In other brands with two ovens, the smaller oven is on the top, so you have to bend down to reach the smaller main compartment.

Unlike other double oven ranges, you also have a seperate warming drawer.

Jenn Air JGS1450FP - $2,499

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Features:

  • DuraFinish™ Protection
  • 19,000-BTU Dual- Stacked PowerBurner
  • Baking Drawer
  • True Convection
  • Telescoping Glide Rack
  • Brass Burners
  • Aqualift® Self-Cleaning Technology

Jenn-Air is part of the most popular appliance package.   It has the largest oven capacity 

The range has two burners at 19,000 and 17,000 as well as a large convection oven. You can even bake in the lower drawer.

GE CAFÉ CGS700P2MS1 - $2,789

GE CAFÉ Range

Features:

  • True Convection
  • Storage drawer
  • Slide-In
  • 6 burners

GE Cafe is GE's best cooking line. This range is is their most popular with two 18,000 BTU burners, a griddle, and a convection oven.

Best Professional Ranges

Many professional (pro) ranges are similar in price to a gas slide-in range after manufacturer rebates.

Jenn-Air JGRP430HL - $4,599

Jenn-Air Pro Range JGRP430HL

You have 2 powerful burners at 20,000. It has clock and timer functionality unlike most pro ranges along with self cleaning and twin convection in the oven. 

You also receive a free dishwasher with the purchase of this range.

Thermador PRG304 - $4,399

Thermador PRG304GH

The Thermador is a true pro range with 4 power burners of 18,000.  It also has the best simmer on two burners.  The oven is convection but not self cleaning. 

The infrared burner is the best for searing meats quickly because of its direct heat.  You also receive a $1,399 rebate with purchase of this range.

Wolf GR304 - Call for pricing

Wolf GR304

Wolf has a very good simmer as well and three 15,000 BTU burners.  Like Thermador, Wolf employs the infrared broiler.

When Is The Best Time To Buy A Gas Range?

As we have said throughout this blog, you should wait to buy appliances until there is a promotional holiday. Manufacturers always have the most heavily rebated appliances during the following holidays:

  • Presidents' Day 
  • Memorial Day
  • July 4th
  • Labor Day
  • Black Friday 

How Do You Choose a Gas Range

There is a reason to buy any of these ranges starting at $549.

You should assess what you need. Do you use the burners more than the oven?

Would you use a warming drawer or a second oven?

Secondly, you should understand the differences between each of the range types because they impact not just performance but the overall look of your kitchen. We included the differences below along with a video of the major style differences.

Once you assess your needs, look at reliability for an indication of future performance. Just be aware the most reliable appliance manufacturers sometimes have the least amount of support with issues after the sale.

Lastly, every product will need some service within 5 years. You should check who can and will provide service after the sale.

What are the most reliable gas ranges?

Whirlpool is number 1, but these ranges are basic and for builder jobs. Samsung is the most reliable for more featured products.
 
Samsung may be more reliable. However. Many dealers do not service Samsung, so it can be a problem in your area.
As a general rule, you want to investigate service before you buy, and not find out before Thanksgiving.

Most Reliable Freestanding and Slide-In Gas Ranges 2019

  Service Qty Shipped Qty Service Ratio
Whirlpool 13 465 2.80 %
Signature Kitchen Suite 1 28 3.57 %
Amana 2 46 4.35 %
Samsung 52 944 5.51 %
LG Electronics 3 51 5.88 %
Premier 9 52 17.31 %
Bosch Appliances 44 227 19.38 %
Kitchenaid 65 311 20.90 %
Bosch - Benchmark 10 35 28.57 %
Jenn-Air 134 418 32.06 %
BlueStar 13 30 43.33 %
Blomberg 19 25 76.00 %
Grand Total 383 2678 14.30 %

What are the most reliable professional gas ranges?

Pro ranges require more service. The number 2 most serviced item is a gas ignitor. Pro ranges have more BTU, so the problem becomes more pronounced.

You should keep the igniters clean, but be careful not to get soap in the ignition system.

Most Reliable Professional Gas Ranges for 2019

  Service Qty Shipped Qty Service Ratio
Samsung Chef Collection 0 1 0.00 %
Fisher & Paykel 2 10 20.00 %
Bertazzoni 3 14 21.43 %
Thermador 85 346 24.57 %
Jenn-Air 36 138 26.09 %
Wolf 75 278 26.98 %
Miele 10 20 50.00 %
La Cornue 1 2 50.00 %
BlueStar 20 36 55.56 %
Grand Total 232 845 27.46 %

Frequently Asked Questions

What's the difference between slide-in, freestanding ranges, and front control ranges?

Freestanding vs. Slide-In Ranges [VIDEO]

 
 
 
 
 
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Slide-in ranges are units with the controls on the face of the range rather than the back guard like freestanding ranges do for a more streamlined appearance (read Slide-In vs Freestanding, it will pop up in another window).

There are two types of slide-ins, front control and traditional. Front control ranges will fit in an in an existing space at 30 inches, but will have seams on either side.

A traditional slide-in will be more cleanable, because it's installed on the countertop, eliminating seams. However, it cannot replace a freestanding without some modification.

You will also see the custom tile and backsplashes without looking at oven controls like the freestanding units. Also, front control ranges are less expensive.

 

slide-in ranges vs front control ranges

What's the difference between front control and professional ranges?

You used to buy the professional range for higher BTU output, but that is not the case anymore. High-end front control, slide-in, and freestanding ranges will offer 1 or 2 power burners versus 3-4 on a professional range.

All pro ranges are front control, not slide-in.

Regular (non-Pro) front controls all have self-cleaning ovens, whereas only half of the professional ranges do.

Features vary widely as well. The front control will have a warming or baking drawer, whereas some of the Pros will offer different features like an extra low simmer or twin convection for more even baking.

The prices after promotions are pretty similar as well between a high-end front control or slide-in vs a professional range.

Your choice will depend on what features you will use and how you cook as well as your budget.

What are the top features to consider when buying a range?

5 Burner: Usually an oblong burner designed for griddles.

Convection: Fan-forced heat for more even heat distribution and better baking.  Most use a single, Miele and a few Samsung ranges have two.

Twin-Convection

Convection Oven

Warming Drawer: Instead of storage, warming drawers can keep food warm up to 3 hours if cooking and eating are at two different times.

Two Ovens: KitchenAid and Samsung (among others) offer two ovens. KitchenAid has the smaller oven on top whereas Samsung offers more flexibility with its Flex Duo system.

Samsung Flex Dual

Samsung Flex Duo

Power Burners: Most ranges will have one powerful burner of 15-21,000 BTU. The better units will have 2. Pro ranges will have 3 or more.

Wi-Fi: Wi-Fi has become popular over the last 2 years. You can control your range from an app on your phone. We would not recommend buying a range just for this feature until connectivity issues are solved.

6 Burners: GE Cafe will offer 6 burners on a 30-inch stove.

Infrared Broiler: Infrared is a more intense, direct heat. Regular broilers spread the heat, but infrared is more concentrated on the food itself for a faster sear.  BlueStar is the most powerful.  Wolf and Thermador employ an infrared as well.

Wolf broiler

Wolf Broiler

Additional Resources

Want to learn more about the latest gas ranges and technology? Read the Yale Gas Range Buying Guide with features, specs and detailed profiles of every major brand. Well over 510,000 people have downloaded a Yale Guide.

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WHY SHOULD YOU TRUST US?

A few review sites have placed this at the bottom of their articles. So here is our take: Our mission is to find reliable products for you to buy. Other review sites may say this as well.

However, we don’t love every product. Quite frankly, it costs us way too much money in repair costs to support less reliable brands.

In fact, we sell fewer brands than most appliance stores. Here is why:

We feel it is our responsibility to repair your appliances after you buy them.

We now have 30 service technicians, each averaging 8-10 calls a day Monday through Friday, plus another 110 on Saturday. That's over 30,000 service calls logged in one year.

The labor rates of fixing an appliance do not come close to the true cost in any product’s warranty period.

That is why no major retailer has a service department. It costs too much labor, money and time.

Our Blog is a bit different than most others you will read. We cannot write glowing reviews of unreliable products.

Hopefully, the bloggers and organizations who write such glowing product reviews for every brand consider servicing these products first. Only then they will understand the consequences of their marketing.

Steve Sheinkopf

My goal has always been simple: I want Yale to be the best retail experience anywhere. I have tried to create a compelling environment for customers and employees alike.

A Note About Pricing

Pricing on this blog is for reference only and may include time sensitive rebates. We make every attempt to provide accurate pricing at time of publishing. Please call the stores for most accurate price.

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