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Top 5 Best Inexpensive Ranges in 2021

If you're shopping for a new range chances are you want a good looking reliable stove with functional features at an affordable price point. In selecting the best value ranges this year, we were faced with a challenge. We wanted to make this simple for you. In an industry with hundreds of ranges to choose from, we narrowed it down to the top 5 ranges with the best features, promotions, and reviews.

What are the different types of ranges?

Ranges come in all shapes and sizes. Your choice will likely come down to dimensions, style preferences, fuel source (gas/electric), and price. Below you can see the most popular range styles:

  • Freestanding ranges are the most popular range type. They have finished sides, meaning that they could stand alone, however most consumers want to install cabinets on both sides for a more finished look. Freestanding ranges typically have some of the controls on the back of the range, also known as a backguard.

    Some consumers prefer freestanding ranges because the oven controls can be kept out of reach of young children. Freestanding ranges are typically less expensive than other types of ranges. This type of range is not recommended for an island or peninsula installation because the backguard sticks up.

  • Front control ranges are a relatively new addition to the appliance market, but are becoming very popular. Front control ranges are also freestanding ranges, however all of the controls are on the front. Front control ranges don't have a backguard, therefore they will look much better in an island, or peninsula application. Front control ranges are different than slide-in ranges because they have finished sides and do not have wings that overlap the counters.

  • Slide-in ranges were historically the higher-end alternative to freestanding ranges. Slide-in ranges are similar to front-control ranges in that all of the controls are on the front of the range. To the untrained eye, these two range types can look the same. Since there is no backguard, slide-in ranges are also a great option if you're looking to add a range to your kitchen island or peninsula.

    Slide-in ranges are different than freestanding and front control ranges in that they must be installed in-between cabinets. This is because the range has little wings that are meant to overlap the counter top on either side. These wings prevent crumbs and food from spilling in between your range and your cabinets.

    Since the range must be installed over your countertops, it is a little bit trickier to install. For this reason, front control ranges have gained popularity.
Gas vs. Electric vs. Induction vs. Dual Fuel Ranges

Not only do ranges come in different styles, there are also 4 different fuel-types. In the past there was just gas and electric cooking. Today there are 4 options, gas, dual fuel, electric, and induction ranges all have their benefits.

  • Gas ranges have a gas burner and a gas powered oven. Typically gas ranges will have at least one power burner for boiling water. Many ranges today will have an oval burner in the center which is great for a cast iron grill or griddle pan.

  • Dual fuel ranges have gas burners including many of the same features as gas ranges. However, dual fuel ranges are considered better because they have an electric oven, not a gas oven. Electric ovens are known for having more accurate and consistent oven temperature across all oven racks. Many dual fuel ranges have true convection ovens for faster, more even cooking.
    Dual fuel ranges have gas burners including many of the same features as gas ranges. However, dual fuel ranges are considered better because they have an electric oven, not a gas oven. Electric ovens are known for having more accurate and consistent oven temperature across all oven racks. Many dual fuel ranges have true convection ovens for faster, more even cooking.

  • Electric ranges have an electric cooking surface and an electric oven. Electric ranges can either have a smooth glass top, or a traditional coil top. Electric ranges tend to be less expensive than the other range types and are relatively easy to install.

  • Induction ranges are the newest cooking technology. Induction ranges have a smooth electric cooking surface and an electric-powered oven. Induction is known for being very fast, safe, and easy to clean.

    Induction burners use electromagnetism to cause the molecules in your cookware to vibrate. This vibration creates heat, and is very easy to control. Induction ranges are considered an upgrade compared to regular electric ranges.
What features should you look for when buying a new range?
There are so many different ranges out there. The process of selecting the right range for you can be daunting. In looking across all brands and products, we came up with a list of features that make some ranges more luxurious than others. Let's take a look:
  • You know that dusty drawer under your old range that you never open? Some new ranges have turned that forgotten space into a warming drawer! If you have a busy family schedule, love to cook, or entertain often, consider a range with a warming drawer.

    Your warming drawer will free up space in your oven, and will make it so you can serve everything warm at the same time. You'll have a much better cooking experience, especially when prepping for busy holiday meals.
  • Convection ranges have a fan in the back of the oven to circulate air for faster cooking time and more even temperature. True convection, also known as European convection ranges have a 3rd heating element in the oven behind the convection fan for even better accuracy.
  • Most ranges today have a self-cleaning feature. Traditional high-heat self cleaning is the most popular. The oven heats up to a very high temperature for a long time and breaks down oven spills and build-up.

    You shouldn't run a traditional self cleaning cycle often. The high heat can damage the control panel over time. It's also labor intensive to remove the racks from the oven, and the self cleaning smell isn't pleasant.

    Given these issues with traditional self-cleaning ovens, many manufacturers offer a steam cleaning option. This self cleaning mode requires that you put some water in the bottom of your oven. The oven heats to a lower temperature and the steam helps loosen baked on food and spills.

    This steam cleaning method is better for regular cleaning as the lower heat does less damage to the oven controls over time.
  • In deciding our top 5 best value ranges, we aimed to select ranges that had Sabbath mode, and Star K Certification. For consumers that keep Kosher, these modes are a priority.
  • Some manufacturers go above and beyond to add extra features to give you a better cooking experience.

    A temperature probe is a thermometer that plugs into your oven. This way you can track the internal temperature of your food as you're making it. It will take the guesswork out of your next roast or Thanksgiving turkey.

    Gliding racks are a luxurious extra feature. An oven rack on a glider will make it easier and safer to get heavy items in and out of your oven.

    Some ranges come with a grill or griddle accessory. These accessories perfectly fit your new range and will help you make everything from eggs and pancakes, to roasted veggies.
  • Many ranges today have smart technology. Whether you want to ask your smart speaker to preheat your oven, get notifications about potential service problems, or if you want to learn new recipes having a range that connects to Wifi is an added bonus.

Top 5 Best Value Ranges 2020

  • Key Features:

    WiFi Connect
    • The WiFi Connect feature allows you to change settings, get updates and monitor your appliance from wherever you are.
    Tri-Ring Burner
    • An impressive 20,000 BTU tri-ring burner is like having three different burners in one.
    Reversible Cast Iron Grill/Griddle
    • The extra large, reversible cast iron grill/griddle provides optimum versatility.
    • Star-K Certified Sabbath Mode

  • Key Features:

    ProBake Convection®
    • Delivers even baking results on every rack, every time. Inspired by pro-style ranges, this new LG range moved the heating element from the bottom of the oven to the back wall for optimal heat distribution.
    • In 10 quick minutes your oven can be sparkling clean, without strong chemical fumes or high heat.
    • Simply spray the oven interior with water, press EasyClean® and then in 10 minutes, quickly wipe away any leftover grime.
    Warming Drawer
    • Keep meals warm in the warming drawer until they're ready to be served.
    Wi-Fi Connectivity / SmartThinQ®
    • Control your smart oven from anywhere
    • Works with the Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa, SideChef and Innit.

  • Key Features:

    4 Induction Zones
    • Black Ceramic Glass Cooktop with Hot-Surface Indicator Light and 4 Induction Zones
    5.4 Cu. Ft. Capacity True Convection Oven
    • Dedicated Third heating element that evenly circulates air for quicker and more even results
    Self Clean with Steam Clean Option
    • 2-3 Hour Self Clean Mode (High Heat) or 30 Minute Fast Steam Option that is chemical and odor-free
    Air Fry
    • It allows you to make healthier and delicious meals for the entire family.

  • Key Features:

    Dual Convection
    • Two fans circulate air for faster, more even, and efficient cooking.
    Flex Duo with Dual Door
    • Cook two dishes at different temperatures simultaneously with the Smart Divider.
    • Remotely monitor and control the oven from your smartphone with Wi-Fi connectivity.

  • Key Features:

    • Scan a food barcode with you smartphone and customized cooking settings will be sent to the range.
    Voice Control
    • Easily control the range with simple voice commands when you sync it with a smart home assistant.
    AquaLift® Self Cleaning Cycle
    • Effortlessly keep your oven spotless.