We spent 80 hours researching all kinds of gas ranges with different features and at various price points to arrive at the best selection for you. Gas ranges give you a multitude of functions as well as great control over heat levels and the flames. Many are also equipped with first-rate ovens.
Best Overall Gas Range
If you love to feed a crowd, the freestanding LG LRG4115ST gas range may be your best option. You get a spacious 6.3 cubic foot oven, bigger than most competitors, that offers three oven racks and seven rack positions, as well as 10 cooking modes. It has a powerful broiler with an 14,500 Btu output for sizzling steaks. You can use the handy warming drawer to keep already-heated dishes toasty while other food is cooking.
Best Overall Gas Range: LG
This convection oven boasts a heating element located on the back with a strong fan to circulate the hot air. Cleaning is easy since this oven can be steam cleaned with just water in 10 minutes.
The five-burner stovetop comes with a potent rapid-boil burner and a low-heat simmer burner, along with a convenient oval heating area for griddle cooking – and a griddle comes with this gas range.
Best Budget Gas Range
The Kenmore Elite 75232 is a reasonably priced but highly useful and functional gas range. The five-burner stovetop gives you continuous metal grates so you can slide heavy pots across them.
You also get a power burner that can bring liquids to a rapid boil since it presents an impressive 18,200 Btu. The stovetop also provides a central heating area for grills or griddles, so you can easily whip up big batches of pancakes and bacon.
Best Budget Gas Range: Kenmore Elite
This convection oven comes with three oven racks and six rack slots, so you can arrange pans in the configurations you want. It also comes with an extra large oven window so you get a good look at what's happening without having to lose heat by opening the oven door.
You can stash dinner rolls or cooked foods in this range's warming drawer while you finish cooking the rest of a meal.
Best Range for Versatility
If you love to experiment in the kitchen, the Samsung NX58F5700WS/AA is an ideal choice since this gas range is so multifaceted. The cooktop provides something others don't, namely a built-in wok grate, which is a delightful feature for people who love to cook Chinese food. It also includes a handy central heating area, so you can prepare such culinary delights as Indian naan bread, Southern cornmeal hoecakes or Norwegian lefse quickly and easily. The removable wok grate and griddle come with this gas range. You operate the stovetop with metal knobs on the front, while the oven controls are on the back.
Best Range for Versatility: Samsung
The oven is big, measuring 5.8 cubic feet, and you get three oven racks. Two are traditional wire racks and one is a gliding rack that slides smoothly on ball bearings so you can safely ease a huge turkey out to baste it and then slide it back in again.
Gas Ranges: What to Look For
During our research, we evaluated common sized models that fit in most kitchens and are versatile enough to meet a wide variety of demands. The best cooktops include a continuous cast-iron grate so you can slide pans across them. We also looked for ranges that have a variety of burners, and it's helpful to have a stovetop with dedicated burners for demanding tasks like quickly boiling liquids and low-temperature simmering for delicate foods.
While gas ranges are not cheap, the models in our lineup have a fairly broad range starting at $550 up to about $3,000. You can buy a solid gas range with a lot of nice features at a midrange price. This would include our best overall pick, the LG LRG4115ST. The cheapest model in our lineup, the Amana AGR6603SFS, is a nice range, but there are no extras, like convection cooking, and it has a small capacity and basic functionality. For some, basic is best, but for the majority of consumers paying a few hundred extra dollars is worth it because you will get significantly more for your money.
Everyone appreciates convenience, so having an elongated burner and integrated griddle is a bonus you'd want to choose if you like to cook certain foods that need an evenly heated flat surface. If you have hectic days, you'd undoubtedly want to pick a range with a delay-start function. It also is great to have a warming pan or a storage compartment for pots and pans underneath.
Cleanup is another consideration. It's good to check for sealed burners that easily wipe clean, and a recessed pan that catches liquid spills and keeps them in place. Some models include an additional steam cleaning option, which uses water to help steam debris off the oven interior.
Contributing Reviewer: Linda Thomson