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When it comes to cooking, gas ranges and stoves have been a popular choice for many years. Most people like them because the open flame allows for great flexibility when cooking. You can tilt the pan, collect juices in a corner, baste your food, and still enjoy high heat thanks to the gas flame. However, gas ranges do require a gas line to operate, whereas electric or induction ranges simply need a wall outlet.

Even if you have a gas line available (or plan to have one installed), there are still a lot of questions to be answered. Which brand is the best when selecting a gas range? What features should you look for in a range? How many BTUs do you need?

In this article, we will answer all your questions, as well as introduce you to the 8 best gas ranges and stoves currently available.

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Our exclusive video review of the 8 best gas ranges

First, if you're not sure what exactly a gas range is, it's just the name for the combination oven-and-cooktop appliance. Most people refer to a range simply as the stove or oven. All in all, if your oven has a cooking surface on top of it for heating pots and pans, you have a range.

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Gas range or stove vs cooktop explained.
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Slide-in vs Freestanding Stove Design

8 Best Gas Stoves and Ranges

Ready to find out which gas ranges we picked as the best of 2022? Here's our list of the absolute best freestanding ranges from a variety of brands.

1) Best Budget Gas Range: Frigidaire Gallery FGGH3047VF

Frigidaire Gallery FGGH3047VF

Who It's For: People looking for a budget-friendly gas range that looks modern and updated.

Why We Picked It: Frigidaire has established itself as a top brand in the appliance space, and this affordable gas range exemplifies some of the things that make them such a great and reliable brand. We love the impressive features boasted by this model, such as 5 gas burners that even include an oval burner for oversized pots and pans.

This affordable Frigidaire Gallery FGGH3047VF gas range features convection cooking in the oven and optional removable griddle.

It is hard to find a gas range at this price range without the outdated backguard. This Frigidaire stove has an aesthetically appealing slide-in look.

You'll also enjoy the air fryer feature in the oven. The only downside to this gas range is that you need to purchase the air fryer pan/basket separately from the company.


2) Best Slide In w/Air Fry: Samsung NX60T8711SS

Samsung NX60T8711SS

Who It's For: People who want their gas range to have luxury features.

Why We Picked It: A plethora of additions to this gas range make cooking much easier and simpler. We particularly love the Air Fry capability and Wi-Fi connectivity that incorporates technology into your gas range.

This Samsung range is prominently situated on our rankings, and for good reason. The NX60T8711SS slide-in range represents a higher price point, but such a price point comes with more luxury features.

Samsung recently added an Air Fry capability to this stove. The large oven viewing window looks great and lets you monitor your food easily. The Guiding Light controls use touchscreen functionality

With WiFi connectivity, 6.0 cu. ft. of oven capacity, and a flexible cooktop, you'll have everything you need for a great cooking experience for years to come.

A quick note regarding the self clean feature in this range: there is a lock that prevents unwanted access to the hot oven cavity which activates during self clean. Also, be sure to remember that you need to remove the chrome racks from the oven prior to running self-clean.

Samsung Gas Range Features
Samsung Gas Range Features

3) Most Reliable: GE Profile PGS930YPFS

GE Profile PGS930YPFS

Who It's For: People who are looking for a reliable gas range that they can always count on.

Why We Picked It: The GE Profile series represents quality, and this slide-in front control gas range has plenty of quality to go around.

This gas range includes a cooktop with a dual purpose center burner that allows you to use either the circular burner or the oval-shaped configuration.

As with the rest of the GE Profile series gas ranges, this PGS930YPFS replaced its predecessor PGS930SELSS while adding an Air Fry capability and smudge proof stainless.

The new 21,000 BTU tri-burner is great for getting intense heat that's perfect for fast boiling and searing. The Wi-Fi connectivity means you can receive notifications about preheating, completed cooking tasks, and more. The range even features automatic syncing through GE's Chef Connect program.


4) Best User Interface: Bosch HGI8056UC 800 Series

Bosch HGI8056UC

Who It's For: People who want a gas range that has a great design and is straightforward to use.

Why We Picked It: We love Bosch for their longstanding reputation of quality design and reliability. This is a dependable and stylish choice for your kitchen range.

This model features five sealed burners with a top output of 18,000 BTU, plus great bonus features like a warming drawer, pizza setting, convection capability, and an effective self-clean cycle.

As gas stoves packed more features, manufacturers added more to the menu systems. Bosch is one of the few brands left with a straightforward control panel. The Bosch HGI8056UC made it to our top rankings due to ease of use.

Bosch recently made a significant style upgrade on this product (HGI8054UC was replaced by HGI8056UC) and eliminated the triangular flange in order to provide a better fit with countertops.


5) Best w/Double Oven: Cafe CGS750P2MS1

Cafe CGS750P2MS1

Who It's For: People who are looking for a gas range with a double oven.

Why We Picked It: The Cafe series represents the pinnacle of GE engineering. The company did not spare any expense on this 30-inch slide-in gas range.

The beautiful stainless steel finish boasted by this gas range is just the beginning, because under the hood you'll find 6 burners including a tri-ring fast-boil burner with a maximum output of 21,000 BTU. The rest of the burners on the CGS750P2MS1 are of various sizes to accommodate different cooking needs and pots/pans (21K, 15K, 12K, 2x9,5K, 5K BTU).

Unlike the competition, each oven comes with an individual convection fan and the insulation between the two ovens is substantial. You'll also love the backlit touch display, double oven design for cooking multiple dishes at separate temperatures, the Chef Connect customization feature, and fast preheating that lets you get cooking faster than ever before.


6) Best Open Burner: BlueStar RCS366BV2

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BlueStar RCS366BV2

Who It's For: People who need a gas range with an extra-large oven.

Why We Picked It: BlueStar creates extremely reliable, restaurant style appliances that are perfect for cooking a variety of foods. We love that this model comes with extra features such as a precise 130° simmer burner and an extra-large convection oven with 1850° infrared broiler that accomodates a full size 18x26 baking sheet.

You may not have heard of the BlueStar range, but they are a great brand with a fantastic reputation. The BlueStar RCS366BV2 speaks to that reputation, featuring six burners, a reliable oven with convection capability, and a stylish slide-in design that will make your kitchen look like a million bucks. Given the large size of the oven, you can easily embrace baking cookies or making a Thanksgiving turkey.

Continuous porcelain-coated cast iron grates make moving pots and pans easy, while the signature black knobs guarantee that no one will mistake this for a standard, run-of-the-mill kitchen range.


7) Best Value for High-End: Thermador PRG304WH

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Thermador PRG304WH

Who It's For: People looking for a luxury, high-end gas range.

Why We Picked It: The contemporary design, luxurious light-polished stainless steel finish, and variety of additional features make this a standout gas range that exhibits innovation and excellence.

This high-end Thermador range is truly impressive. You'll notice that this gas range has Thermador's signature Star Burners, which are designed to spread heat more evenly and make more contact with your pots and pans for better cooking results.

Other great aspects include front-end control knobs which ensure easy access, a streamlined digital display, and precision simmering capabilities that allow you to heat dishes as low as 100F on two different ExtraLow Simmer burners. Plus, it's all housed in a QuickClean Base designed for easy surface cleaning. With the QuickClean Base, you can stop worrying about scrubbing every crevice and get back to cooking great food.

Thermador backs its ranges with an amazing promotion that qualifies you for a free dishwasher. Since Bosch ownes Thermador, you will get a souped up Bosch dishwasher under the Thermador label for free!


8) Best Overall: Wolf GR304

Wolf GR304

Who It's For: People who want a high-quality gas range that provides an amazing cooking experience.

Why We Picked It: This is a stunningly designed gas stove that would be at home in the best kitchens across the world. We love that it is very easy to use and allows unmatched flame control.

The Wolf GR304 may be the right choice for you if you are willing to purchase a superior quality gas range for a premium price. With its signature red knobs and sleekness, this model is sure to impress.

This gas range's burners are capable of heat output ranging from 300 BTU to 15,000 BTU. Although the burner output is not one of the highest in the industry, it provides a significant amount of flame control that isn't seen on any other model available on the market. This is the reason why many chefs revere the Wolf brand. Furthermore, the sealed black porcelain-coated burner pans make cleanup easy.

The oven is simple and easy to use. The convection fan allows you to easily control heat and airflow in the oven, while a built-in temperature probe ensures that the temperature is ideal.


The DA Download: Gas Ranges & Stoves

A Gas Range & Stove Are Perfect If You...

  • Seek the modern design of a gas range
  • Prefer the flexibility provided by an open flame
  • Would like to have a high BTU cooktop for fierce searing
  • Want to have cast iron grates

A Gas Range & Stove May Not Be Right For You If You...

  • Don't like cooking with an open flame
  • Live in an apartment or home without a gas line and don't want to install one
  • Prefer to cook with very specific heat levels and duplicate such heat levels each time you cook

Factors to Consider When Choosing a Gas Range

Wondering what makes a gas range great? Here are 6 important factors to consider.

Design Considerations

Frigidaire Gallery FGGH3047VF

Everyone wants their kitchen to look good. Don't neglect style when it comes to the range you choose. Whether you opt for the popular stainless steel look or something more unique, you should consider your personal style and any existing appliances you're looking to match.

Traditional freestanding gas ranges are more budget friendly, but they do not give your kitchen the ideal look. On the other hand, the slide-in ranges will give you more design possibilities with their streamlined look. In addition, the slide in stoves will allow you to showcase your decorative tile backsplash. We covered the differences between slide-in vs freestanding ranges in our earlier article.

One last element to consider when it comes to design is the depth of your stove in comparison to your countertops. If you are designing a kitchen with modern elements, make sure that your range does not protrude too far out. Most manufacturers offer gas ranges where the body (the oven) depth is standard cabinet depth at 24 or 24 1/2-inches.

Cooking Power from Simmer to High Output

Cooking power in gas ranges is measured in BTUs. That stands for British Thermal Unit, but all you really need to know is that BTU is a unit for measuring heat output. High output is nice to have so you can boil water fast and sear a steak. At the same time, having the ability to simmer at a low temperature is important.

Why does low-output capability matter? Because it allows you to handle more subtle tasks, like keeping a sauce warm and thick or melting butter and chocolate without burning it.

All in all, good quality gas ranges give you control over the flame. Some of the most revered brands such as La Cournue or Wolf stoves do not feature very strong BTU outputs and hover around 16,000 to 20,000 BTUs. However, it is great to cook on them because they allow for mastery over recipes.

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Size: Measure Your Space

How big is the space your range needs to occupy? Though there are common sizes that you're likely to find across brands, including 30-inch and 36-inch options, don't just assume that your range of choice will fit the same space as your previous model.

We talked about this earlier, but we cannot emphasize how many people underestimate the depth when making a purchase. No one wants a range that's going to stick out several inches from the edge of their cabinets.

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Reliability

Want to keep using your range in five years? Choose a brand and model that rates highly for reliability. You should also choose a brand that offers a robust warranty which covers both electronic and mechanical defects. Not only will this protect you in the event of any issues, but it also speaks to a company's dedication to quality. If a brand offers an unconvincing warranty, it's probably because they produce unsatisfactory products.

Features

Gas ranges offer a wide range of features on top of their basic cooking ability. Whether it's easy-control knobs, touch controls, automatic on-off controls for low-heat simmering, or Wi-Fi features that allow you to manage your range from your phone, don't underestimate the power of extra features to make your cooking experience more enjoyable.

These days most ranges come with convection ovens that can even tackle tasks such as air frying. Self-cleaning with steam is also becoming increasingly popular across many brands.

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Safety

Some high-quality gas ranges have special built-in safety features, including auto-reignite if the flame goes out. If safety is a high priority for you, make sure to keep safety features like these in mind when shopping.

Conclusion

The list above represents some of the best gas ranges you'll currently find on the market. But which one you ultimately end up choosing will depend largely on your preferences, needs, and budget. Make sure to think about what's important to you. What do you like about your current stove? What don't you like? What have you always wished your range could do? Questions like these are sure to lead you to the perfect range for your kitchen.


FAQs

What are the most common sizes for ranges?
The most common range size is 30-inches in width and countertop height, and 25-inches in depth. However, there are stoves that are 36-inch wide, 48-inch wide, and a range of other specifications (for example La Cournue ranges support 43-inch, 75-inch and even 90-inch models). Pro-style residential ranges can extend to 27-inches in depth in order to accommodate commercial baking sheets. Always make sure that your range will fit your space before purchasing.

Do gas stoves and ranges require more ventilation than electric ranges?
Ventilation is important for any cooking area, including for gas ranges. This helps to vent away any smoke that occurs from burnt food as well as any gas residue or scent.

What is a sealed burner?
A sealed burner is designed with a cap over the central section where the flames emit on a gas stove. One of the main benefits of this design is that it makes cleaning easier, while also preventing oil and food bits from dropping down into the burners. While not essential, sealed burners can be a great feature on gas stovetops.

What are BTUs and what do they mean?
BTU stands for “British Thermal Unit,” and, in basic terms, it’s a unit for measuring how much heat a burner or heating element can produce. The best cooktops are capable of approaching 20,000 BTU for powerfully hot searing.

What's the difference between a range and a cooktop?
A range is the name for a combination appliance that features both an oven and a cooktop. A cooktop is a standalone appliance that features only the stovetop feature. Many people refer to a cooktop as a gas stovetop.