Are you in the market searching for the best 30-inch gas range or professional range for cooking? There is a myriad of choices right now that can be quite confusing for you. You are not alone in this confusion though.
In this article you will learn more about them, how to choose a gas range and compare some of the most popular options around.
|GE PGS950SEFSS Profile||5 burners|
|Samsung NX58H9500WS||5 burners|
|Kucht Professional-Class Gas Range||4 burners|
|Thor Kitchen Professional Style Gas Range||4 burners|
- 1 Top 5 Best 30-Inch Gas Range 2019
- 2 GE PGS950SEFSS Profile – Expensive, But Worth It
- 3 Samsung NX58H9500WS Slide-In Stainless Steel – Nice range, good addition to our kitchen
- 4 LG LDG4315ST Freestanding Double Oven Gas Range – Amaizing Range and Editor’s Choice
- 5 Kucht Professional-Class Gas Range – Best Professional Range
- 6 Thor Kitchen Professional Style Gas Range – Very well made.
- 7 Best 30-Inch Gas Range Buyer’s Guide
- 8 CONCLUSION: THE CHOICE
Top 5 Best 30-Inch Gas Range 2019
|Name||Model||Heating capacity||Oven capacity||Cooktop|
|GE PGS950SEFSS Profile||Slide-in||11,000 BTU||Double ovens||5 burners|
|Samsung NX58H9500WS||Slide-in||11,400 BTU||Single oven||5 burners|
|LG LDG4315ST (Editor's Choice)||Freestanding||10,920 BTU||Dual oven||5 burners|
|Kucht Professional-Class||Freestanding||14,250 BTU||Single oven||4 burners|
|Thor Kitchen Professional||Freestanding||14,250 BTU||Single oven||4 burners|
This is the list of gas ranges that I like in the market today. You are free to check them and compare each of the products.
GE PGS950SEFSS Profile – Expensive, But Worth It
This is probably one of the best gas ranges available right now. This is a great slide-in range with a savvy look and it has double ovens. Its oven is quite spacious with an overall capacity of 6.8 cubic feet (2.5 cubic feet upper oven and 4.3 cubic feet lower oven).
Though its double ovens might make you fall in love with it, its stovetop is no slouch. It has five burners that can get your cooking job done without any hitch.
Samsung NX58H9500WS Slide-In Stainless Steel – Nice range, good addition to our kitchen
The next gas range on this list is another slide-in gas range. Samsung’s stainless steel gas range has a stylish design that will allow it to blend with your kitchen cabinets. It has a single oven with a 5.8 cubic feet capacity. This is quite perfect when you are cooking multiple dishes for your guests. The thing I love about this is the oven has a guiding light system which makes it easy to use.
It has a great cooktop with 5 burners. Hottest burner has a rating of 18,000 BTU and the lowest has a 700 BTU rating. You can use your oversized pots to cook for more people by cooking on top of the oval burner of this gas range. The burners also have customized grates making it very appealing
LG LDG4315ST Freestanding Double Oven Gas Range – Amaizing Range and Editor’s Choice
LG’s freestanding double oven gas range is a one of a kind range. It is equipped with dual ovens that make use of LG’s latest ProBake system. This is a system that allows you to bake cakes evenly by using the systems rear heating element and a fan that circulates heat inside the 6.9 cubic ft. oven.
This oven is beautifully designed and you can see the glass touch knobs slightly angled in the front. I also like that the display is carefully placed at the back of the cooktop so that you do not need to look down while adjusting your heat. The cooktop has five burners with the oval burner having a removable girdle. Amazingly, you will find the cooktop easy to clean as it has a porcelain finish. The burners have an average of 10,920 BTU.
It also has other features that you might like such as a door lock, 4 rack positions, and automatic safety shut-off after 12 hours of inactivity.
Kucht Professional-Class Gas Range – Best Professional Range
The Kucht professional-grade gas range is one of the minimalist choices you will see in the market today. It does not have any modern systems or display available. It is simply a solid 30-inch gas range made out of
It has a 4.2 cu. ft. oven that might be enough for you. It has a convection capability with 22,000 BTU rating. You will also see a blue porcelain interior, which I think is quite cool and a very nice complement with its silver exterior. You will need to be patient with this machine though as the convection and oven controls are manipulated manually.
Aside from the porcelain interior, you also get a porcelain cooktop which makes it easy to clean. You will only get 4 burners on this range though unlike some of the choices in the market. The cooktop has a cast-iron grate which makes it very durable. Control knobs are located just in front and easily accessible. The two switches for the oven lights are also situated in the front.
Thor Kitchen Professional Style Gas Range – Very well made.
Not to be outdone when it comes to being minimalist, Thor Kitchen’s professional style gas range is another good choice if you are just a homeowner looking for an efficient gas range. This range has no fancy modern features and system available in well-known brands.
The cooktop has a very simple yet professional looking design. It has 4 burners with one burner having a dual burner for simmering (650 BTU). It has a porcelain-finish cooktop which allows you to wipe-off the stovetop surface easily. You will also get three durable continuous iron grates which allow you to slide your pans easily around the 4 burners.
The oven is not fancy and it has a U-shaped burner. Oven burner rating logs at 22,000 BTU and it has a convection fan that will help you cook your food evenly. Like Kucht’s , it also has a blue porcelain interior for easy cleaning. At 4.2 cu. ft, the oven is more than enough for home use.
The best thing with Thor Kitchen is they offer a two year warranty and parts if you opt to buy their professional grade gas range.
WHAT IS A GAS RANGE?
Most homes nowadays are already equipped with means for cooking. The cooking equipment comes in different shapes and sizes. One of the most common equipment is the gas range.
A gas range is a cook top that emits heat and flame by using natural gas. Gas ranges are often preferred by professional cooks than the electric ones as many of them believe that it is easy to assess the heat by looking at the flames emitted by the burners.
WHY GET A GAS RANGE AND NOT AN ELECTRICAL ONE?
Both systems have their own advantages and disadvantages but you can really get more out of your money by choosing the gas range.
Aside from the previously mentioned quick flame and heating assessment, there are other benefits that you can get by using a gas cooking tool. You can still continue your cooking activity even when the electrical outage in your area. If the gas runs out you can simply buy and change your gas tanks and continue making those delightful meals. Gas ranges are also compatible with any valuable cookware that you have unlike the electrical version where some cookware are not suitable to use. Electrical ranges are also quite pricey compared to the gas.
OVEN VS. GAS RANGE VS. GAS STOVE
You might have heard these terms used interchangeably over the years and just accepted them as they are as this was what they were traditionally called while you were growing up. However, a range, stove and an oven are really three different things.
- An oven is an enclosure or a box where you can cook and reheat food. It can either use gas or electricity as source of power. Basically anything where cooking is done through an enclosure, you can call it an oven.
- A stove is something that cooks food through burners or cooktops. It also uses natural gas and electricity as its source of energy. However, you can also define a stove as an enclosed space that uses an external source to generate heat. It sounds similar to an oven. You can say that ovens are stoves but some stoves are not ovens.
- A range on the other hand is more like a combination of both. It has a stovetop with burners and it also has an oven. It’s like the cooking equipment that can rule other cooking equipment. It can be considered as the best cooking apparatus solution for all your cooking needs.
HOW TO CHOOSE THE BEST GAS RANGE
Looking for the best gas range can be quite troublesome for you especially that you have a lot of options. There are a lot of brands and all of them are trying to compete to outsell each other. In this part I am going to share to you some guides to enlighten you on how to determine which gas range is good for you.
1) Gas range model
There are two gas range models available and they are called as freestanding and the slide-in gas range. Choosing any of the two models will depend on the organization of your kitchen and how the gas range will fit into your kitchen configuration.
Freestanding models are the most popular as they are easy to install. They allow you to install them anywhere in your kitchen. However they can be quite difficult to clean once installed as it doesn’t fit snugly into cabinets leaving a small opening on the sides.
If you are someone who doesn’t mind about style and would rather save the extra premium that you pay for a wider top then the freestanding model should be your choice.
The slide-in models on the other hand have unfinished sides and they also have a wider top allowing you to slide it in seamlessly in between two cabinets making it look good.
In addition, the wide top of a slide-in gas range covers the opening that is present when using a freestanding model. If you are looking for something that is stylish and quite easy to clean then this model will be a good choice.
2) Heating capacity
Heating capacity is the ability of your chosen range to give off heat. Heat capacity is often measured in BTU or British thermal units. You will often find this in your range manual or even in the front labels of your gas range.
Most professional kitchen often has high BTU. Getting a range with an average 7,000 BTU for all burners is totally adequate for you. In this kind of range you will often have a burner suitable for simmering and low-heat cooking which is around 3000 to 5000 BTU.
Choosing a good range means that you will have burners where you can jump from different BTUs, from low to high. Also, make sure you will choose something that will have enough heating capacity to speedily boil a pot of water.
3) Oven capacity
This is something that I always check when looking for a gas range. If you often invite guest to lunch or dinner in your home then you can be better prepared with an oven that is at least 3 cubic feet in size.
You can also choose those with double oven options. This is a gas range with a combination of a big oven and a small oven. I also like this option as I can use the small oven for reheating my leftovers.
In addition to oven capacity, you should also take time to check and decide on the oven windows. Bigger windows will allow you to see the food inside the oven as it is cooking. However, this will release more heat and therefore you will need extra time to cook your food if your oven has a large window.
4) Cooktop capacity
Oven capacity isn’t the only thing you need to consider in choosing a gas range. You should also check for the burner or cooktop capacity when shopping for one. Most 30-inch gas range usually has 4 burners in them but some have five. It is also not uncommon to see gas ranges with a broiler and oven combination.
If you have a family of three, then 4 burners with an oven is enough. But, if cooking is really your passion, there is nothing wrong choosing the 5-burner gas range or selecting a broiler and oven combination.
Size is another factor to consider when buying ranges. You can choose any size from 20 inches to 60 inches in width. Most restaurants often use ranges that are within 36 to 60 inches. For normal users, you can choose the 30-inch-sized models. They are suitable for most homes. The 30-inch wide models are designed to be similar with the standard kitchen counter tops.
There is nothing wrong with choosing other sizes for your gas range. You just need to weigh on its advantages especially if you need to reconfigure your kitchen just to fit it.
6) Other things you need to consider
I have shared with you the main parts when buying a gas range. I will not discuss about some of the minor things that you might want to consider before you head out and purchase a 30-inch gas range.
- Gas hook-up
Before you even buy your gas range, it is equally important that you check and plan for the gas line of you range. Without this line, you will not be able to power-up your range. You can contact some gas line professionals to help you with this if you do not have an existing gas line available.
- Child safety feature
Children in the kitchen are not really a good combination. A gas range whose functional buttons that are out of children’s reach is always a good option. Some brands often have their controls slanted in a way to prevent children from reaching the knobs. Some offer a control lockout feature which disables the knobs and decreases the risks of any impending accident to your children.
- Modern features
As brands continue to outdo their competition, they have added modern features which you might din useful in one way or another. Features can include convection cooking, extra racks, faster water heating, warming drawers, preprogrammed menus, and even self-cleaning oven ability.
You can check on these features and determine which will be useful to you. As a reminder, these features can cost you extra so weigh on these features properly.
I choose to put aesthetics as a minor consideration because I would rather focus on the functionality of the range than its physical features. It is always nice though to have a range that fits perfectly with the color scheme you have envisioned for your kitchen.
I always find the stainless steel and black-colored gas ranges as very stylish and professional looking. If you do not want these colors there is nothing to worry because you have a lot of colors to choose from and also there are gas range companies that build their ranges in very appealing shapes.
CONCLUSION: THE CHOICE
I think the best 30-inch gas range choice will be the LG LDG4315ST Freestanding Double Oven Gas Range. Other gas ranges are good but for its price you get an effective gas range not only for professionals but also for conventional users.
It has a great heating capacity and oven capacity with its dual ovens. Though it is a freestanding model it is still easy to clean due to its porcelain finish. The combination of the cooktop burners is great and so is the individual burner’s heating capabilities. It has modern features such as the ProBake system, which I think is one of the things that make it worth its price, and safety features as well. Overall it’s a total deal breaker for you.