The most common installation type for ranges is freestanding, which means that the range can be placed anywhere in the kitchen and the control panel is usually on the back-splash. This style is more affordable than slide-in models and offers more flexibility in designing the kitchen. If you prefer a gas stove over an electric one, you'll find very few slide-in models available on the market.
Freestanding gas ranges retail online for around $1050 on average, which is about $100 more expensive than free standing electric models. However, as natural gas is less expensive than electricity, the costs of operation are significantly in favor of gas ranges. Users rate gas stoves around average for value, overall satisfaction and appearance, but below average for ease of use and cleanup. The best rated models (shown below), however, are scored highly for these factors.