8 Best Gas Ranges for the Kitchen Under $2,000 of 2021
There’s a reason why chefs, serious home cookers, and foodie lovers cook on gas ranges.
You can easily control and maintain the heat. An electric range, which is your other option in range types, can’t replicate that.
With an electric range, you have to wait for the burners to get hot.
But with a gas range, all you need to do is touch a knob and the flame will come on immediately.
With a gas range, you should be able to reach impressively high heat to boil six cups of water that should take no longer than five minutes.
And you should be able to reach low heat when you are melting chocolate or simmering a sauce so they don’t burn.
But it’s hard to find a model you’ll be happy with. These days, there are so many gas ranges available on the market at many price points and it can be overwhelming to make the right decision.
That’s why we’ve put together a handy list of the eight best gas ranges on the market for 2021.
We looked for ranges that cost $2,000 or less so that you can find the most affordable options for you. We also discuss everything you need to know about a gas range so you have a sense of what to look out for before you buy.
The Top 8 Gas Cooking Ranges Under $2,000
Best Budget Gas Range: GE JGBS66REKSS 30 in. 5.0 cu. ft. Gas Range in Stainless Steel
We chose this 30-inch, 5.0 cu. ft oven gas range because it’s easy to use and very affordable, coming in well under $1,000.
See, you don’t need to apply for a home equity loan to purchase a range that may cost you around $5,000 and up.
This freestanding model functions just as well as a higher-priced range.
It comes with four burners and a center oval burner.
There’s a large cooking surface that allows you to keep pots and pans of all sizes near at hand while you cook.
And there’s an extra-large integrated non-stick griddle. This allows you to cook six grilled cheese sandwiches, for example, all at once.
|Edge to edge cooktop||The integrated griddle means you can’t put it away when you’re done. This means more time cleaning it and every scratch and stain will be visible.|
|Integrated griddle||Boiling speeds and temperature range from the four burners are sub-par.|
Best No-Frills Gas Range: Whirlpool WFG505M0BS Freestanding Gas Range
This freestanding model is the winner for the best no-frills gas range.
It may not come with all the features you want, but at under $900, it packs a punch.
There are five sealed burners (for easy cleaning) putting out 5,000 to 15,000 BTUs under its continuous cast-iron grates.
The middle burner has 8,000 BTUs for added flexibility.
However, there is only one high-performance burner which means you can’t cook two things at the same time at the highest heat.
Since the satin-finish cast-iron grates are continuous, it’s easy to move heavy pots and pans on the stove.
|Very affordable.||The burners lack even heat distribution.|
|5 sealed burners 5,000-15,000 BTU.||Only one burner reaches 15,000 BTUs.|
|Continuous cast-iron grates.||No frills mean no fun.|
Best Gas Range With Air Fryer Feature: Frigidaire FGGH3047VF 30" Gallery Series Gas Range
This standard 30-inch wide front-control gas range has 5 burners.
There’s the 18,000 BTU power burner, a 5,000 BTU simmer burner, a 10,000 BTU griddle burner (center burner), a 14,000 high burner, and a 9,500 burner.
This is undoubtedly a powerful cooking range.
While higher-priced models boil faster, this affordable gas range may be all you need if you are on a budget.
But this gas range has more features in comparison to similar models.
It comes with a griddle that fits the griddle burner.
However, the true extra plus is the air fryer function which customers rave about.
Not only is an air-fryer a healthier alternative to deep-frying but it's also a much cleaner and less smoky and dangerous way of getting the flavor you want.
|Front-mounted control panel means you don’t have to bend over food you are cooking to get to a back control panel.||Expensive|
|Smudge-proof stainless steel finish.||User reviews are mixed.|
|While it received a good ranking of 4.3 out of 5 stars on Amazon, there were 12% of reviews that gave it a 1 star.|
Best Gas Range with the Longest Warranty: Maytag MGR6600FB 30 Inch Freestanding All Gas Range
We chose this Maytag range because of its long warranty. Most ranges usually come with a standard one-year warranty. This model comes with a long, ten-year parts warranty that will save you money in the long run.
The warranty covers the cooktop burners, oven burners, cast-iron metal grates, and the cavity of the oven.
If you need, say, the oven burners replaced and had a one-year warranty that expired, you would have to pay out of pocket.
There are four, high-intensity burners, including a 5,000 BTU simmer burner to get the precise heat you need. The convenient, fifth oval burner easily fits a griddle pan or oversized cookware.
|No matter what sized pot or pan you are using there is a burner that is the correct size.||Burners are close together, which limits the surface space you need.|
|Cast-iron grates with sealed surface burners to minimize leaks and make cleaning a breeze.||Leaves behind fingerprints on the stainless steel model|
|Front controls and an LED display are easy to operate.||Many agree that the design poses problems.|
|Comes in white, black, and stainless steel.||It’s inconvenient that the highest burner is in front of the range.|
|The center burner is great to have but limits the space you may need to have a spoon rest for your kitchen tools.|
The Best Gas Range That Boils Water Fast: LG LSG4511ST Slide-In Gas Smart Wi-Fi Range
This 30-inch gas slide-in range comes with 4 different sizes of burners. The output of the four sealed burners is 5,000, 9,100, 12,000, and 17,000 BTU.
We chose this gas range because it is among our most powerful picks and is known to boil water fast.
With five burners, you can cook faster, especially if you’re preparing meals using multiple pots or pans.
This model is designed to give you more heating power compared to a four-burner gas cooktop.
You can expect a good quality griddle with 5 burner cooktops.
|Sealed burners.||Hard to clean.|
|Continuous grates are convenient for sliding pots and pans around.||Grates are too heavy to pick up for easy cleaning.|
|Ensures faster and convenient cooking.||Non-removable top.|
|Stainless steel top easily scratches.|
The Best Statement Piece Gas Range: Thor Kitchen 30-inch Freestanding Pro-Style Gas Range
We chose this mid-range model purely on aesthetics. While it’s not a commercial range, it sure looks like one. The style resembles higher-priced commercial models.
This Thor looks exactly like a prohibitively expensive Wolf 30-inch gas range. Just like the Wolf, the oven window is rectangular in shape and the round knobs are on the front.
There are five control knobs for the burners. A sixth is to control the oven. That’s it. There are no other features or other knobs or switches.
The only thing that separates this model apart from comparable ones is that the entire body is made of stainless steel, not just the front.
So buy this if you like the look of a commercial range.
|Looks great.||Has absolutely no bells and whistles.|
|Comes with the right amount of BTUs for every type of cooking.||Lacks features yet is expensive.|
|Middle burner (Oval) 9,000 BTU|
|The 4,000 BTU is the lowest burner we’ve seen on a gas range|
The Best Slide-In Gas Range That’s Guaranteed to Fit: GE 30" Slide-In Convection Gas Range
Unlike a freestanding range, which is unattached to any walls or cabinetry, a slide-in range blends seamlessly with either side of the countertops due to the lip of the range that overlaps them.
This makes the slide-in look built-in and custom.
The benefit of the overlap on a slide-in is that cleaning is a cinch.
You don’t have to stretch down to either side of the range to clean up food particles and spills.
Five burners: 18,000 BTU is the highest.
The best part of this 30” sleek slide-in is that it’s guaranteed to fit in your space. GE will pay you up to $300 toward modifications if the slide-in doesn’t have an exact fit. Now that’s a deal!
|Extra-large integrated non-stick griddle||Limited central griddle cooking options. Open grate to be purchased separately as an extra accessory.|
|Safe. Location of controls makes it difficult for kids to access.||Some reported this slide-in didn’t cover the space between the stove and the countertops.|
|Heavy-duty, dishwasher-safe grates.||Potential for oil or grease from central griddle to overflow onto burners.|
|Large edge-to-edge cooktop to easily slide pans off heat.|
|Sealed burners help to contain spills.|
Best 36-inch Freestanding Gas Range: Cosmo 36-in 5 Burners 3.8-cu ft Convection Oven Freestanding Gas Range
Cosmo makes restaurant-style ranges that look pricey but are lower than you’d expect.
We chose this range because its freestanding style will look great in your kitchen.
This range manages to get higher in price but stay below $2,000.
First, it’s 36 inches wide, unlike the other models we chose that are all 30 inches. At this size, the range offers more cooking space than the 30- inch range.
And the reason why this exceptional range is 36 inches is that it comes with six cast-iron burners when many similar models or lower-priced models can only offer you four or five burners.
|Great commercial-style look.||If the model was 40 inches, it would have more space on the range.|
|Large size is great for families.||Cluttered and close-together burners.|
|Made of food-grade stainless steel, meaning it met all criteria to be deemed safe for food preparation.||The front upper panel gets hot when the stove is on.|
How We Decided
Your gas range should deliver precise and uniform cooking power and have responsive temperature controls for a more pleasant and professional cooking experience.
Whether you choose one of our picks or another model not listed here, always do your due diligence and make sure you know what you’re buying.
We looked at many sites mentioning notable gas ranges and made a note of the appliances that kept coming up and why.
Of the many sites we looked at, a few stand out: Consumer Reports, Appliance Connection, Designer Appliances, Good Housekeeping, The Spruce, and The New York Times.
As always, customer reviews were the major reason for how we selected and whittled down our list to eight contenders.
We looked at gas ranges that were consistently rated and ranked high among consumers and found out what people were saying about the ranges after buying one.
We also compiled our list by looking at the features offered on each appliance. These include the number of burners, the BTU range, a bonus gas burner, a griddle, and many more.
Everything You Need to Know About a Gas Range
There are many things you need to know before buying a gas range.
How much do you want to pay for a range?
Will you be comfortable with a unit that is under one thousand and doesn’t come with all the bells and whistles?
Or do you want to spend more money to get all the features you need, such as a fifth burner or a griddle.
You also need to decide on what size range you should get.
A 30-inch and 36-inch range are the most popular.
The larger size, 36 inches, is needed because it can accommodate anyone who cooks or entertains a lot. In addition, the 36 inch can fit six burners.
You also need to know if you need a slide-in or freestanding range, as well as how wide it is so that it will fit your kitchen configuration.
Also, aesthetics matter. You want a model that complements the style of your kitchen. If you have a lot of stainless steel appliances, you should look for a stainless steel range.
If you are buying a range under $600, you’ll only get it in black or white.
Gas vs. Electric Range: What’s the Difference?
Many people prefer gas ranges over electric ones. Gas-powered ranges heat up faster and cost less to operate.
Unlike an electric range, the gas range cuts down on time because you don’t have to wait for your burners to get hot to cook food. The flames will come on immediately with a touch of a knob.
And gas ranges give you more precise temperature control while cooking, making it easier to sear, grill, and simmer your food.
With a gas range, you can control the burner temperature quickly by making the flame larger or smaller.
In comparison, an electric range can take longer for the coils on the stovetop to heat up and cool down.
And when you turn off the electric stove burners, heat lingers and the burners don’t cool down quickly.
So, even with the heat off, if you leave a pot or a pan on a burner, it may keep cooking and eventually burn.
And gas is more efficient. In the long run, it will cost you less than half as much to operate.
With an electric range, it takes about three times as much energy to produce and deliver electricity to your stove.
But gas ranges are not perfect.
In the center of each burner, there’s a hot spot where the flame is the most concentrated.
You get faster heating, but the drawback is that there is uneven heating on the bottom of your pots and pans.
What are BTUs on a Gas Range?
BTU stands for “British Thermal Unit.” You need to know this unit because it’s used to measure how much heat a burner can go up to or go down to in terms of heating power.
High-end gas ranges have 18,000 BTU and can reach 20,000 BTU, which is the maximum output. But even though these are very high, you don’t need them.
A gas range at our price range comes equipped with 15,000 BTU. That’s the standard.
Unless you are a professional chef who needs a high-power burner, you won’t know the difference between the standard 15,000 BTU and the high capacity 20,000 BTU.
Both can get hot enough to heat boiled water in the fastest way. And while 20,000 BTU is good for searing, a 15,000 BTU can also handle that.
A range usually comes with one or two high burners and a low simmer burner that is great for maintaining low heat.
At 650 BTU, you can simmer a sauce without scorching or burning, although more expensive models not listed here can go lower.
In general, the higher the BTU capacity of a gas burner, the hotter the
burner can get.
And the lower the BTU means less power.
What are the Main Gas Range Types?
Gas ranges come in many models and sizes and styles. But there are two standard types you need to pay attention to that will affect the configuration of your kitchen.
The Freestanding Gas Range
The freestanding gas range is the most common style you’ll see in a kitchen. You can recognize it by its finished outer sidewalls.
A freestanding is best for you because you don’t have to build your countertop and cabinets to accommodate it.
It just slips in between your cabinets.
The freestanding range is the cheapest on the market.
However, the range is hard to clean because food can spill and fall down in between the range and the countertop.
Slide-In Gas Range
A slide-in appears built-in because it offers an integrated look by its sides seamlessly fitting with your base cabinets.
The slide-in has a snug fit because its sides of the range sit precisely to the edge of your counters.
Having a lip means it can overhang onto your counters for a seamless and finished look.
Because of this, you don’t have to worry about food or spills falling between the cracks.
But it’s more expensive than a freestanding model.
How Much Does It Cost to Purchase a Gas Range?
As you go higher in price, you can expect to pay more for a higher BTU, an elegant design, and greater cooking power and control.
Price Range and Features of Lower-End Models $400‒$800
This is a standard model. You probably can’t get the range in stainless steel. Instead, the range will have a “stainless steel” look that’s a finish on doors and control panels.
And typically, the range will come in two basic colors, black or white.
Also, at this price point, the only configuration available is freestanding, which means it has controls on a back guard.
The highest burner will be 1500 BTU.
You’ll also get cast-iron grates.
Price Range and Features of Upper Mid-Range: $1,000‒$1,500
At this price point, you’ll usually get two high-performance burners, 15,000 and 17,000 BTUs, but only one power burner.
But you do get a fifth burner.
With five burners, you can cook faster with multiple pots and pans on the burners at the same time.
A fifth burner is designed to give you more heating power as compared to a four-burner gas cooktop.
You’ll also get a low simmer burner for delicate foods at 5,000 BTU.
On top of that expect a removable stovetop griddle.
Price Range and Features of Premium Gas Models: $2,000 and up.
You’ll get two high-performance burners.
And you’ll also get a lower burner than the standard 5,000 BTU for delicate foods.
According to Consumer Reports, the gas range at this top tier offers the best performance.
Expect a fifth burner, with one being a super-hot burner of up to 20,000 BTU. On wider models (say a 36 inch one) expect six burners.
The super-hot burner heats your cookware faster, so you’ll save a lot of time waiting for water to boil.
The premium range also has a better aesthetic. It has the look of a professional-grade appliance that you’ll see in commercial kitchens.
Plus, your model will have an all stainless steel construction, not a “stainless steel” look with a finish only on doors and control panels.
The premium gas range will be 36 inches to 48 inches wide, not 30 inches. The reason why the range is wider is so that it can accommodate six or more burners.
|Griddle||If you spend more than $700, a gas range will typically come with a center griddle that’s handy for cooking eggs, bacon, pancakes, or grilled cheese without a pan.|
|Continuous Grates||Continuous grates make it easy to slide cookware around the surface of the cooktop. In terms of aesthetics, continuous grates just look good.|