The cooking appliance experts at Consumer Report test everything from inexpensive coil-tops to decked out pro-style models, and you’ll need that breadth of insight when you walk into a showroom.
“If you shop at the biggest retailers like Lowe’s, Home Depot, and Best Buy, you’ll never see fewer than 25 models on the showroom floor,” says Claudette Ennis, a CR market analyst who oversees ranges. “And it’s not uncommon to see 50 or more.”
We currently have more than 150 models in our range ratings. To put them through their paces, our experts use a combination of calibrated time and temperature measurements—to size up how evenly an oven distributes heat, or how quickly a cooktop heats water. We also cook food to see what results you’ll get at home: tomato sauce and chocolate to test simmer functions, and burger patties in the broiler, to see whether they emerge uniformly browned. Over the course of a year, our test engineers bake more than 2,400 cookies and 400 cakes.
Top 7 Slide In Gas Range
- General Specifications - ARRAY(0x86504e910)
- Oven - ARRAY(0x86504d260)
- 5.3 Cu. Ft. Capacity
- Edge-To-Edge Cooktop
- 5.8 Cu. Ft. Large Capacity Self Cleaning Convection Oven
- True Dual Power Burner Features Two Independent Elements
- Gas Range Oven with 5 Burner
- Black Porcelain Drip Pan
- 5.3 Cu. Ft. Capacity
- Edge-To-Edge Cooktop
- 5 Sealed Burners
- 18,000 BTU Center Burner
- Product Dimension: 23.62"L x 23.62"D x 34"H ,Interior Dimension: 18"L x 16"D x 13"H
- 2.3 cu. ft oven capacity, 9000 BTU basic broiler, bake function and ROTISSERRIE Function
There is a specially designed barrier that you can insert that allows you to have multiple things cooking at two different temperatures at the same time, essentially creating a double oven. This will be very handy for entertaining because you can cook different dishes simultaneously. A built-in probe makes it easier to monitor meats – you don’t have to constantly open the oven door. The racks are designed to glide smoothly in and out so you can add seasoning or baste with little effort.
What to Consider
Freestanding ranges are the most widely sold and easiest to install. Typically the oven control panel is on the back panel, above the cooktop surface. Slide-in ranges give a custom, built-in look and easily slide in between surrounding cabinets. The oven controls are on the range front, and there’s no back panel, so your backsplash can be showcased.
Most electric and gas ranges are 30 inches wide. Most pro-style ranges start at 30 inches wide but can climb to 48 inches if you custom-configure them with extra burners and ovens, or add-ons such as integrated grills, griddles, or woks. We test 30-inch and 36-inch pro-style ranges. They’re big on style but aren’t the best-performing ranges in our tests. Even regular ranges now typically have at least one high-power burner, a convection oven, and a dedicated simmer burner.
A roomy oven comes in handy when baking or entertaining. We measure oven space you can actually use—some manufacturers include space below the lowest rack position, so check the capacity scores in our range ratings. The smallest ovens in our tests are a little more than 2 cubic feet; the largest is nearly 4 cubic feet.
One Oven or Two?
Many ranges now come in single- and double-oven configurations. Double-oven ranges typically have a smaller oven up top and a larger oven below. They’re great if you want to bake or roast two different foods at different temperatures. If you’re reheating, say, pizza or chicken nuggets, you can activate just the upper oven and save some time on preheating. Just know that when you cook a large roast in the lower oven, it can be more difficult to remove because the door is close to the floor.
It lets you disable the oven controls. We recommend it if the electronic oven control panel is at the front of the range, rather than on the back panel, especially if there are small children in the house.
How to Choose a Slide-In Range
Some people prefer glass electric cooktops because they look sleek and are easy to clean. However, others like how much they can control temperature on a gas stove, even if the grates are harder to clean. Burner sizes don’t vary too widely but keep an eye out for especially big ones if you use oversize pots and pans.
Oven size can make a big difference if you use yours often. If you have a large family or like to entertain big groups, consider a slide-in range with a large interior. It is also worth noting the number of included oven racks as well as how many positions you can slide them into for baking, braising and broiling.
If you want a self-cleaning oven, consider whether you prefer one that steam cleans or one that heat cleans. In addition, some slide-in ranges have a warming drawer instead of a storage drawer for pans. If you observe Judaism’s sabbath rules, consider a range with a Sabbath mode, which can keep food warm so you don’t have to cook.