The Best New Ranges
From induction to dual fuel, 10 new appliances that are sure to get you cooking
Ranges have come a long way since they first appeared in the late 17th century, and considering they can cost several thousand up to tens of thousands of dollars and are a major purchase in any household, it's important to know what's out there. Ranges can be freestanding (the more economical choice); slide in, meaning they are installed flush with cabinetry and have a storage drawer; or drop-in, which don't have a bottom storage drawer. Most ranges are 30 inches wide, but they can be as narrow as 24 inches and as wide as 48, and you can choose between gas, electric, and dual fuel (gas cooktop and electric oven), or, more recently, an induction cooktop with an electric oven.
In addition to the basics, there are all sorts of bells and whistles to sort through. Pro-style ranges pack all the power of restaurant-grade appliances; convection ovens use fans to more evenly distribute heat, producing better results and reducing cooking time; and cooktops can be customized with griddles or woks.
Here are ten new ranges that are sure to get you cooking.
Double oven ranges are especially helpful for large holiday meals, but also solve everyday problems like cooking a main dish and side or dessert at the same time. This model from GE Profile has a 2.2-cubic-foot upper oven and a 4.4-cubic-foot lower oven and self-cleaning oven racks. About $1,549, GE
Microwaves are certainly handy, but the question of where to put them is always difficult: they take up too much space on a counter and taking hot dishes in and out can be treacherous when they are over a range. Sharp's Insight and Insight Pro Ranges offer a great solution. The three-in-one appliances feature an electric cooktop, a convection oven, and a microwave drawer. They are available in freestanding or slide-in configurations. About $1,899-$2,499, Sharp
Mixing and matching in ranges isn't new (electric ovens have been paired with gas cooktops for many years), but it's still difficult to find an induction range. This model from Kenmore features four induction cooking elements (induction uses magnets to produce heat in a cooking vessel and cooks faster and more efficiently) paired with a 5.8-cubic-foot convection oven. Its AirGuard system eliminates unwanted odors during self-cleaning and cooking (you can turn the feature off to allow pleasant smells into a room). Other highlights include a warming drawer and the oven's larger-than-average viewing window. About $3,199, Kenmore
If you like the look of days past but want to save a bit on a vintage-inspired range, Elmira Stove Works now offers its Northstar P line with color-matched trims for about $500 less than full-chrome models. If you are willing to spend a bit more, you can add back chrome a la carte: crown trim is $200, cooktop trim is $200, and a base skirt is $100. The Northstar line features self-cleaning ovens (convection is optional), nine color options, and the choice of gas or electric cooktops. About $3,495, Elmira Stoveworks
The KitchenAid Dual Fuel Convection Range with Steam Assist lets you get moist, flavorful dishes without bothering with manual water baths, spiriting, or basting. It has a built-in two-liter reservoir that allows you to add water when needed without setting up any extra plumbing lines (an indicator light and audible signal let you know when the reservoir needs to be filled.) The range lets you choose automatic settings based on the food type you are cooking or experiment with manual settings. Two widths are available: 30 and 36 inches. About $4,299-$6,499, KitchenAid
The Saute/Step-Up Hybrid Range from American Range gives new meaning to the term pro style. It combines gas and induction cooktops with a convection oven. Mimicking ranges found in the kitchens of French and Italian restaurants, it has elevated rear gas burners, allowingd for easier access to saute pans placed on them and the ability to point pan handles in the same direction to more easily cook several things at once. The front induction burners can accommodate 16-inch sauce or stock pans. About $4,950, American Range
Despite its tiny size (its width is just 24 inches) this range is packed with functionality. It features American Range's Innovection Convection System, a 3.71-cubic-foot capacity, commercial-grade stainless-steel construction, and sealed one-piece burners. It is available in the standard configuration shown or as a saute/step-up or hybrid range. About $3,299, American Range
Known for its fine craftsmanship, La Cornue normally handcrafts each of its ranges and delivers them from France, a process that can take about 14 weeks. CornuFé, the company's newest offering, is manufactured and available for immediate purchase at roughly half the price. An added bonus: the ranges are one of only a few that offer pro function (including two convection ovens and five powerful gas burners) in a traditional style. About $9,000, La Cornue
Stainless steel, black, and white are the standard, if not somewhat boring, finish options for most ranges. Fratelli Onofri's new hammered finish is a stand out. It is currently available on two models in the Royal Chantishire line: the Double Oven and the Giant Oven. About $4,199 for Double Oven and $3,649 for Giant Oven, Fratelli Onofri
If you just can't decide between electric and gas (or you want the features of an electric oven, such as self clean and convection, and the controllability of a gas cooktop), dual fuel is for you. This freestanding range from Electrolux features Wave-Touch Controls that appear with one touch and fade away once you choose an option; 5.5 cubic feet of cooking space; an oven door that stays put at whatever angle you place it; convection cooking; and a Perfect Turkey button. About $2,599, Electrolux