Burner and Oven Combination
The number of burners can vary, as can the heat they generate. There's also the question of whether you want a single, large oven or a double oven range. Although BTU figures are often quoted by manufacturers, they can be a little misleading. BTUs (British Thermal Units) give a measure of gas flow, rather than temperature, so they indicate faster heating rather than a hotter burner.
Appearance and Ergonomics
You're likely to spend considerable time with your gas stove, so is it easy to live with? Are controls well positioned and simple to use? Does everything operate as it should?
Top quality gas ranges do much more than just heat your food, so what exactly has the manufacturer added in terms of features to help you while you cook?
Each of the premium gas ranges we've rated are attractive, high performance appliances that any cook would be delighted to own. While none are cheap, a great stove doesn't need to cost a fortune. We'll tell you which models are worth the price, and which you shouldn't spend extra money on.
One advantage with all of our top 5 gas ranges is that they have five burners, whereas cheaper models generally have four. The central burner is usually larger and oval. In the case of the Frigidaire FGGF3054M 30" Freestanding Gas Range, there's also an additional griddle plate, which is great for things like char-grilling and for heating a large pan - when canning, for example. the maximum burner BTU output is 17,000. The single convection oven is 5.0 cubic feet, with maximum output at 18,000 BTUs.
Bosch HGS5053UC 500
The Bosch HGS5053UC 500 30" Stainless Steel Gas Sealed Burner Range also has five burners, though a separate griddle is not supplied. Once again, maximum output is 17,000 BTUs. Like the Frigidaire, the Bosch has a single, 5.0 cubic foot convection oven - although confusingly the output is given as 5,270 watts. Although Bosch have a tremendous reputation for quality, some owners have expressed disappointment with the oven racks in this model, suggesting that they ought to be more sturdy.
You might normally associate our third manufacturer with TVs and other electronics, but the Samsung FX710 30" Freestanding Gas Range is certainly a strong contender in the kitchen. The five burner cooktop has a maximum output of 18,000 BTU. The convection oven is 5.8 cubic feet - and this time we aren't quoted BTU or watts but a maximum cooking temperature of 550°F (285°C). A few Samsung owners, while delighted with the burners, did report heat differences with the oven: for example, it might show 350°F when the true temperature was 300°F.
The LG LDG3036ST Large Capacity Gas Double Oven Gas Range once again has a five burner cooktop with maximum output of 17,000 BTU. The double ovens have a combined capacity of 6.1 cubic feet and are rated at 14,500 BTU for the upper and 16,000 BTU for the lower (a convection type). Owners particularly like the flexibility that two ovens provides, allowing you to use the upper oven for pizzas, broiling, and snacks, and the lower oven (or both) for big family dinners.
GE Cafe CGS990SETSS
The final gas stove on our shortlist is the GE Cafe CGS990SETSS, another double oven model and, in terms of BTU at least, the most powerful we've reviewed. The five burner top has what GE call a "Tri-burner" that produces up to 20,000 BTU. The ovens are large, too - 6.7 cubic feet in total. Output is 12,000 BTU for the upper and 16,000 BTU for the lower (a convection oven). One owner we surveyed did complain that the venting fan was rather noisy, but we didn't find this to be an issue during our testing.
Appearance is always subjective: we all have different tastes. However, while basically similar in that all of our top five ranges have a chrome finish, there are clearly discernible differences between each model. The Frigidaire FGGF3054M Gas Range, for example, has the utilitarian air of a professional stove about it. Among numerous positive comments from owners, people liked the continuous grates which make it easy to move pans around, and the fact that the burners are very controllable. The "Smudge-proof" finish was also praised, given how easy makes the stove to clean.
The Bosch HGS5053UC 500 Gas Range is a plainer looking stove which, not surprisingly, appeals to some customers but not others. The large oven window is a good idea, and owners are complimentary about the ease of use of the controls. However, while Bosch appliances generally have a strong reputation for build quality, some owners found the plastic knobs a bit cheap and were concerned about the long-term strength of the oven door springs.
Many owners like the sharp lines of the Samsung FX710 Gas Range. The burners are considered very controllable and the control knobs themselves very pleasant to use. Some owners were a little critical of the control panel and found it difficult to read - although these comments mostly came from newer owners. Seasoned owners who had greater familiarity with the appliance didn't find this to be much of an issue, and actually praised the high level of detail that the FX710 control panel offer.
The chrome on the LG LDG3036ST Gas Range exhibits a very clear and bright tone, making the gas range extremely aesthetically pleasing. Satisfaction ratings for this stove are continually high, and owners are particularly fond of the double oven, citing flexibility and the economy of being able to use the smaller oven much of the time. Although you do lose the storage/warming drawer at the bottom, none of the owners we surveyed considered this to be an big sacrifice. We found that the control panel, which may look a little cluttered on first inspection, is actually easy to use and is one of the better displays on the market.
In our view, the GE Cafe CGS990SETSS Gas Range is a very attractive stove and we're particularly impressed with the front, which accommodates both control knobs and the functions panel. Not only is this a very neat solution, it is also the safer option because there's never any need to reach over lit burners. As with the LG, people loved the two oven set-up. The burner control is excellent, too. The only negative was that some owners found it a bit of a chore to clean the top after spills, but once you get used to the layout, this becomes less of an issue.
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Modern gas ranges offer many features, but it's important note that most require the stove to be connected to an electricity supply. In the event of an outage, you'll still be able to use a match to light the gas for cooking, but you'll lose almost everything else.
Features on the Frigidaire FGGF3054M Gas Range are plentiful. There's a "Quick Boil" burner for faster hot water and a "Quick Preheat" for the oven (which is self-cleaning). There's a built-in temperature probe that not only lets you know when the final temperature has been reached, but it can then also switch to a "keep warm" function. The convection oven saves you the bother of converting temperatures from a normal oven - it does it for you. There are numerous timing options, an auto shut-off should you leave the oven for more than six hours, and even split racks to accommodate a variety of dishes!
Bosch HGS5053UC 500
The Bosch HGS5053UC 500 Gas Range, while perhaps not boasting quite so many bells and whistles as the Frigidaire, still has some important extras. Once again there's a setting for fast water heating, this time called "Powerboil". There's also a specific simmer function. The oven is self-clean and although it doesn't advertise a pre-heater, owners reported that it did the job rapidly. As with all these top five gas ranges, there's a multi-function control/timer panel.
Self-cleaning ovens seem to be the norm with these high quality stoves, so it's no surprise that the Samsung FX710 Gas Range provides one. Like the Frigidaire, there's also a useful split rack. One feature many users were very pleased with is the "True Convection" system. The fan itself is heated, so cooking is more even. Unsurprisingly from a company known for its electronics, the Samsung control panel offers plenty of options, including four pre-set menus so you have one-touch operation for things you cook often.
The LG LDG3036ST Gas Range is also self-cleaning and has what it calls Evenjet Convection to provide balanced heat throughout the lower oven. There are specific simmer and "Powerplus" burners. The "Intuitouch" scrolling control panel is particularly good, especially when you consider it provides settings for two ovens, not just one. The LG can also be converted to liquid petroleum (LP) gas if you wish, although BTU rates will be lower because of the properties of the gas.
GE Cafe CGS990SETSS
The GE Cafe CGS990SETSS Gas Range has all the things you would expect of a top stove: self-cleaning ovens, "Truetemp" convection for even cooking, simmer and "power" burners, meat probe, etc. The digital display is perfectly placed - always easy to get to - and has all the functions any keen cook would want. It also offers LP gas conversion. All in all, it's an extremely well thought-out gas range - to the extent that the control knobs are even dishwasher safe!
These appliances are often available for considerably less than the manufacturer's standard price and you can currently find the Frigidaire FGGF3054M Gas Range for as little as $1149. At that price, it's something of a bargain. It has many of the features found on more expensive gas stoves and is highly rated by owners. While there are reports of issues with the reliability of the digital control panel and that customer service could be better, this product is a solid deal for the current price.
Bosch HGS5053UC 500
Right now, the Bosch HGS5053UC 500 Gas Range is available for $1349, which is a couple of hundred dollars below list. That's still two hundred dollars more than the Frigidaire and good though the Bosch is, it's not clear why it costs that much more. Owners are, in general, pleased with their purchase, but the racks do come in for criticism for not being substantial enough.
The Samsung FX710 Gas Range will cost you $1149. For that you get a high quality kitchen appliance that the majority of owners find performs as expected and is easy to live with. While some customers have raised issues with the inconsistent oven temperature mentioned earlier, we didn't find this to be a recurring theme among the huge majority of owners. Overall, we recommend this unit at the current price.
This unit usually goes for $1299, but it's currently on sale at a tremendous price. The main advantage of the LG LDG3036ST over the Frigidaire, Bosch, or Samsung is that double oven. Keen cooks simply love it. One or two owners have pointed out that it does restrict the size of turkey you might have for thanksgiving - for example - but it's a somewhat isolated problem and most would rather have the flexibility and economy that this gas range offers.
GE Cafe CGS990SETSS
List price on the GE Cafe CGS990SETSS Gas Range is over $4500, so the fact that it's availability today for $2970 is a huge saving. It is still a lot of money - double what you would pay for the LG. Whether it's worth it is a purely personal decision, but it is a truly beautiful appliance. It's the most powerful of our top five gas ranges, and comments from satisfied owners are somewhere between "awesome" and "best ever". The only niggle ever raised is that noisy fan, but aside from that, this unit is a true masterpiece.