Best Gas & Electric Ranges Under $800 of 2018

By James Aitchison, Lindsay D. Mattison, Kori Perten, and Jessica Teich

For some, spending thousands of dollars on a range just doesn't make any sense. If you aren't a professional chef, you probably don't need any of the fancy features that lift prices to eye-watering levels. You just want an appliance that can reliably get dinner on the table. Luckily, there are plenty of ranges that fit the bill.

What should you expect at this price point? Answer: freestanding ranges with decent-to-very-good cooking and baking performance. You won't fund any slide-ins or front-control models (at least not among what we've tested) in this price bracket, but there are some eye-catching designs if you're so inclined.

Our favorite is the GE JB655SKSS (available at AppliancesConnection for $713.00), but we've got options for everyone.

— Our editors review and recommend products to help you buy the stuff you need. If you make a purchase by clicking one of our links, we may earn a small share of the revenue. Our picks and opinions are independent from any business incentives.

Updated March 26, 2018

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GE JB655SKSS electric range Best Overall
Credit: Reviewed / Libby Schiau

GE JB655SKSS

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  • Best of Year 2017

GE JB655SKSS

Best Overall

There’s a reason why GE is the most popular brand for cooking appliances in the U.S.: It makes a solid product. The JB655SKSS is no exception. It does an excellent job at roasting and broiling, but may not be the best bet for serious bakers: Our cakes came out pretty uneven. But it boils 6 cups of water in about 9 minutes, which is pretty speedy. Overall, this range is a good deal for what it does and consumers agree. Read full review.

How We Tested

How we test ovens
Credit: Reviewed / Julia MacDougall
Pork is exceptionally uniform and makes a great test medium for evaluating ovens.

The gas ranges in this roundup were tested over a period of years, all adhering to the same careful procedures in a lab environment. We consider set-up and ease of use, cooking performance, and fit, finish & feel.

The cooking tests are, as you might expect, the most involved and the most heavily weighted part of the process. We use cake, cookies, toast, and pork roast as the food samples—always from the same source and prepared in exactly the same way. If an oven has a convection fan, we usually test with convection on and off. If it's a double oven, we usually test both upper and lower.

Read the super-detailed version of how we test ovens here.


Other Ranges Under $800 We Tested

Samsung NX58H5600SS

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Samsung NX58H5600SS

We loved this 5.8 cu ft. 5-burner gas range. It has nicely designed, stainless steel dials that create a super smooth turning experience, and the large digital display panel makes it easy to enter your precise oven temperature. The grates are well designed for easy cleaning, and you can remove the middle grate to place the custom griddle directly over the griddle burner.

In addition to aesthetics, the Samsung NX58H5600SS is built to perform. It preheats exceptionally fast and did well on both the baking and roasting tasks. While the burners didn’t heat our cast iron pan as evenly as some of the other ovens, it was quick to boil water. It comes in at a nice budget price for a convection oven, but it looks and performs much more like a high-end range.

Whirlpool WFE530C0ES

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  • Best of Year 2015

Whirlpool WFE530C0ES

The Whirlpool WFE530C0ES is the best freestanding electric range for the money. Inside the 5.3-cubic-foot capacity cavity you’ll find both pyrolytic and steam clean functions, as well as a convection oven. Sitting up top, four of five electric burners proved both fast and powerful, with fast boiling speeds and steady low temperatures. Read full review.

Whirlpool WFG515S0ES

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  • Best of Year 2017

Whirlpool WFG515S0ES

The Whirlpool WFG515S0ES gas range is great for those on a budget. With a retail price of $539, it boasts an excellent oven that's capable of great baking, plus a handy self-clean feature. The rangetop has all the temperature reach and speed you’ll need. It features a stainless-steel front and sits flush with your kitchen cabinets for a seamless, modern look. This range is undeniably better than most budget options. Read full review.

GE JGBS66REKSS

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GE JGBS66REKSS

This affordable range from GE comes in lots of finishes—including stainless and Slate—and packs some interesting features into a sub-$600 package. A built-in griddle is a nice touch—but remember that you'll have to keep it clean. We found the drawer-mounted broiler hard to use, and steam cleaning is good for mostly small spills. Still, the GE JGBS66REKSS cooks well and looks good: We think that makes it worth a look.
Read full review.

Whirlpool WFE515S0ES

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  • Best of Year 2016

Whirlpool WFE515S0ES

The Whirlpool WFE515S0ES electric range offers high quality cooking capability, an attractive, stainless exterior, and an array of features that cover all bases in the kitchen. The 5.3 cubic-foot oven bakes food evenly, and the 30-inch electric rangetop can reach high and low temperatures alike. There’s no convection in the oven, but standard bake and two self-clean modes are each so effective that you won't miss it. Read full review.

Kenmore 94193

Kenmore 94193

Kenmore 94193

This Kenmore is extremely reasonably priced for what it offers: A 5 burner cooktop with a Turbo Boil setting, warming drawer, and convection bake. However, while the stovetop works wonderfully, the oven doesn't. Convection is a highly sought-after feature in an oven, but this Kenmore's left our food extremely uneven—Even worse off than standard bake. If you plan to use your oven often, we'd advise you look elsewhere. Read full review.

GE JBS60DKWW

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GE JBS60DKWW

We put this inexpensive GE model to the test and found that it's a good deal for what it offers. Consumers agree that it’s worth its price despite its lack of bells and whistles—It's attractive, a snap to use, and simple to clean. Its cooktop is smooth and offers a ton of space, as well as a dual-ring burner, and its 5.3 cubic-foot oven excels in roasting and broiling, though its baking capabilities are less stellar. Read full review.

Kenmore 94173

Kenmore 94173

Kenmore 94173

This Kenmore is extremely reasonably priced for what it offers: A 5 burner cooktop with a Turbo Boil setting, warming drawer, and convection bake. However, while the stovetop works wonderfully, the oven doesn't. Convection is a highly sought-after feature in an oven, but this Kenmore's left our food extremely uneven—Even worse off than standard bake. If you plan to use your oven often, we'd advise you look elsewhere. Read full review.

Amana AER6603SFS

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Amana AER6603SFS

This Amana range is certainly aimed at the budget-minded shopper, but we’ve seen better performing electric ranges at the same price point. We like some of the features – like an easy-to-use digital keypad and baking assist buttons that let you quickly set preset oven temps.

Overall, though, the range has a cheap look and our main complaint is in the burner knob design. The knobs are located at the back of the range and hang out over the burners. During testing, they constantly ran into our large stockpots.

Amana AGR6603SFS

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Amana AGR6603SFS

This Amana AGR6603SFS gas range has a 5.0 cubic-foot oven that bakes, roasts, and broils insanely evenly, even without convection. That is almost unheard of. However, its rangetop leaves something to be desired. None of the burners can effectively reach high or low temperatures, and it struggles to boil water in a reasonable amount of time, making this range great for bakers and lackluster for home cooks. Read full review.

Kenmore 96183

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Where To Buy

$599.99 Sears Buy

Kenmore 96183

If you’re looking to upgrade your basic, no-bells-and-whistles electric range to include convection baking, this could be a good option. It’s not much more expensive than other Kenmore ranges, with the same somewhat dated-looking digital control panel that clicks in a satisfying way.

It has hot, even-heating burners that quickly boil water while also heating low enough to gently melt chocolate. The oven isn’t the best for baking, but it roasts pork and evenly broils toast with the best of them. Overall, for a budget convection range, there’s not a lot to dislike about this one.

Kenmore 74233

Kenmore 74233

Kenmore 74233

An upgrade from the Kenmore 74143, this model still has that classic Kenmore look and its signature clicky-buttoned control panel, but they added a 5th burner and nicer, metal knobs. At the end of the day, we had a hard time getting past the oven door on this model. The heavy, super loud door was unwieldy and slammed shut with a vengeance.

While you might get a budget price on this oven, you’ll also get budget performance. It fell smack dab in the middle of the pack in all the tests, not really standing out in any way, shape, or form. While this might be a good model for a rental unit, you should feel bad for the renters anytime they have to close the oven door.

Kenmore 74143

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Where To Buy

$619.99 Sears Buy

Kenmore 74143

This looks like the classic Kenmore model, with cheap plastic knobs and their classic clicky-button control panel. Like the slightly more expensive Kenmore 74143 (which added a 5th burner), this model had a terrible oven door. It’s super heavy, which made it almost impossible to hold open and it loudly slammed shut.

Unlike the Kenmore 74143, this range falls behind when it comes to performance. It performed poorly on both baking and roasting tasks, and toast cooked under the broiler came out terribly uneven. There are a lot of reasons to pass on this model, and those are just some of them.

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