BUFFALO, NY - Remodeling your kitchen? One of the biggest challenges is deciding which cooking appliances to get. Choices among cooktops, ovens and ranges have mushroomed in recent years. Consumer Reports tests more than 250 models to help you hone in on some great buys.
Lauren Torre is finishing up a major kitchen renovation. Her most important decision, she wanted a range that delivered everything she needed all-in-one.
"Coming from somebody who had a really old kitchen, I could not believe how many different choices, and not just choices between brands but choices between one brand and how many different models there are," Torre said.
According to Consumer Reports, she's in luck. New ranges offer additional cooking options and can cost hundreds less than buying separate units - even 30-inch ranges.
Take this 30-inch range with double ovens. It has a larger oven on the bottom and a smaller one on top - but maybe a little too small.
This 30-inch Frigidaire double-oven range solves that problem. It has two same-sized ovens that can each handle a turkey.
But testers found getting a turkey out of that bottom oven is no easy task!
As for the stovetop ... should you get gas or electric?
Celia Kuperszmidt-Lehrman with Consumer Reports tells us,
"Chefs and cooks love gas ranges, but we've found that both gas and electric do very well in our tests."
If you've got your heart set on a double-oven range, you have more options with electric.
Among the top-rated - that double-oven Frigidaire for 18-hundred dollars. Both of its ovens have convection settings for faster cooking. It also simmers superbly, and the smoothtop makes cleanup a breeze.