Consumer Report Finds 'Worrisome' Levels Of Lead And Arsenic In Popular Baby FoodsAugust 18, 2018
Price: $ 650
CR’s take: Simply put, if you like its looks and can survive without a second oven, this Samsung range delivers. It ranks near the top of our ratings and costs $ 1,000 less than ranges that don’t cook as well. It has five burners and continuous cooking grates, which make it easy to slide pans from one burner to another. On the (slight) downside, it earned a rating of only Good for its high-power burner, meaning it takes longer to heat water than some other models.
Price: $ 700
CR’s take: This five-burner gas range from GE has continuous grates plus a central griddle burner for making a batch of pancakes or grilled cheese sandwiches. It delivers strong performance, earning a rating of Excellent for low-heat cooktop testing. That means it can hold a perfectly steady simmer, so you won’t have to adjust the flame constantly. It’s also decent at baking and broiling, which may be less important depending on how often you use the oven.
Price: $ 700
CR’s take: This handsome range offers a lot for the money. It has five burners, a built-in griddle, continuous cooking grates, and a warming drawer. It’s solid at baking and—for a gas range—exceptional at broiling, earning a rating of Very Good in CR’s broil test. That’s a plus if you want to char a steak or a piece of salmon in the broiler instead of firing up the grill.
Price: $ 800
CR’s take: This Kenmore is a step up from a typical entry-level gas range. It offers convection, continuous grates, and a fifth burner, as well as solid performance both on the cooktop and in the oven. Perhaps most noteworthy are the gas burners, capable of boiling water quickly and simmering steadily—earning ratings of Very Good in our cooktop tests for low and high settings.
Price: $ 900
CR’s take: This model performs about the same as less expensive Samsung ranges but brings the beauty, with more stainless steel accents and trim. It earned good marks for its oven, which bakes and broils evenly, and also for maintaining a steady simmer on the stove. As for staying power, there may be something to look forward to: Our member survey of range owners gave Samsungs a predicted-reliability rating of Excellent.