Note that we are currently reevaluating all of our guides to ranges and our advice on buying them, including learning everything we can about induction stoves and cooktops. This is largely due to changing city and state regulations (video) on installing gas kitchen equipment and to the 2022 Inflation Reduction Act, which introduced the first federal consumer rebates on electric kitchen appliances. However, if you need to buy a new gas stove now, the picks below are all available. And they’re made by companies we trust, so we remain confident in recommending them.
The cooktop on the GE JGB735 is about as good as you’ll get for the price. It has a stronger pair of power burners than you usually find, and both are situated in the front row (where they’re easy to reach) and covered with continuous grates. The oven is big enough to comfortably fit a hefty, 26-pound turkey or a spacious, 15-by-20-inch baking stone. The JGB735 also has a high-heat cleaning mode as well as a convection mode—for quicker, crispier, evenly done cooking—and an air-fry setting. The previous version of this range, the JGB720, received largely positive reviews and seemed generally reliable, so we’re optimistic about the current model. We do wish the oven came with a third rack.
The Frigidaire Gallery GCRG3060A has a build quality that feels almost as sturdy as that of the GE JGB735. Plus, the Gallery has a third oven rack. Like the GE JGB735, the Frigidaire Gallery has an air-fry setting and a number pad (so you can more easily control the oven). We don’t think the Gallery’s cooktop is as versatile, since its second-strongest burner isn’t all that strong, and it sits in the back row (though some may prefer this layout, to keep hot pots away from kids, for instance). But the Gallery is a good alternative to the GE JGB735, if that model is sold out.
We’ve noticed stock and price issues with our current budget pick. We are replacing it with a newer model, the Whirlpool WFG320M0MS, which has been updated with edge-to-edge grates. We will update this guide fully soon.
If you just need an inexpensive stove that works, the Whirlpool WFG320M0B offers the best balance of features for a low price. It has one of the better cooktops in this price range, with a stronger power burner than those on most competitors and continuous cast-iron grates (especially uncommon at this price). The oven has a similar capacity to what you get in a pricier stove. But it doesn’t have convection, self-cleaning, or a number pad for control (the lack of these are typical with budget stoves). We found it to be well built, and it has a strong average user rating.
If you’re looking for a double-oven range (read more about them here), we suggest the GE Profile PGB965. It has best-in-class cooking features, including an air-fry setting and a cooktop that’s as powerful as any we’ve seen on other freestanding ranges. And its lower oven fits bigger birds and roasts than other two-oven models can accommodate.
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