GE Adora JGB735
The best gas stove
The best looks and build quality of any affordable, freestanding gas range that we found. It has a great cooktop and oven, too.
The cooktop on the Adora is about as good you’ll get for around $1,000. It has a stronger pair of power burners than you usually see, both situated in the front row where they’re easy to reach, 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. It also has a high-heat cleaning mode as well as a convection mode for quicker, crispier, evenly done cooking. We couldn’t find any evidence of widespread defects or short- to medium-term reliability problems, either. One downside: It’s available only through Home Depot, so if you can’t or won’t shop there, you’ll need to buy something else. We also wish that the oven came with a third rack and had a number pad instead of plus and minus buttons so it’d be easier to set the temperature and timer.
Frigidaire Gallery GCRG3060A
Easier oven controls, jumbled cooktop
A well-built stove with great oven controls, though its cooktop layout could be more convenient.
The build quality on the Frigidaire Gallery GCRG3060A feels almost as sturdy as that of the GE Adora, plus it has a third oven rack and a number pad, for easier control over the oven. We don’t think the Frigidaire cooktop is as versatile, since its second-strongest burner isn’t all that strong and sits in the back row (though some people might prefer this layout to keep hot pots away from kids). But the Frigidaire is a good alternative to the Adora if that model is sold out, or if you need a stove that’s sold somewhere besides Home Depot.
If you just need a cheap stove that works, the Whirlpool WFG320M0B has the best balance of features for a low price. It has one of the better cooktops that you can get for less than $600, with a stronger power burner than most competitors and continuous cast-iron grates, which are especially uncommon at this price. The oven has a similar capacity to what you get in a pricier stove, but it lacks convection, self-cleaning, or a number pad for control—all of which are typical for budget stoves. It seemed to us like it’s well built, and it has a strong average user rating.
GE Profile PGB960
Great double-oven range
This double-oven range has one of the largest lower ovens we’ve seen in this quirky product category, and one of the strongest power burners we’ve seen on any freestanding range.
May be out of stock
If you’re looking for a double-oven range (read more about them here), we’d suggest the GE Profile PGB960. It has best-in-class cooking features, including as powerful a cooktop as we’ve seen on any freestanding range, and a lower oven that can fit bigger birds and roasts than other two-cavity models.