Busting myths: awesome ranges for $600 or under

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Buying appliances on a budget can be tough, and many consumers are under the impression that you need to spend big bucks to get a good product (especially when it comes to large appliances). Well, we already blew that notion out of the water with some great cheap refrigerators, and we're about to do the same with ranges.
Ranges retail for anywhere between $400 and $4000+, and the truth is - the actual differences between the differently-priced products are not huge. Let's bust some myths here:

  • If it's cheap, it's probably crap. Take a look at the best inexpensive stoves listed below. All of these receive exceptionally high cumulative scores, and are all said to be very reliable. In fact, all the stoves below made the top 20 list of the Best Stoves on the Market. Pretty impressive, don't you think?

  • Cheap means ugly. Wrong again! If you're really craving the stainless steel look that has become so popular in the last decade, you'll be pleased to hear that many of the budget-friendly models also come in stainless steel. The stainless option may add a little bit to the cost, but it's often an additional $70-$90, if that.

  • You can't get a name brand at a reasonable price. Not true. The top name-brands in the kitchen appliance market, such as Samsung, Frigidaire and Whirlpool, offer stoves in a range of prices, including a selection for less than $600.

  • If it costs less it will have fewer features. While this is often true other large appliances, it's not really the case with stoves. Yes, inexpensive models will typically have 4 burners and not 5. However, about half of the cheaper models have the desirable "self-clean" option and sleek smooth-top burners. Some of them even have a convection setting.

What you do need to know:
Gas stoves cost more, so a low budget might limit you to electric options only. This may work well for you though, as gas stoves require installation (an additional cost to consider) and a gas hookup. Also, at this price range, you'll only find free standing models and no slide-ins.

Top Inexpensive Ranges

The Top Inexpensive Stoves were determined following a thorough examination of the collected opinions. Buzzrake considered how frequently each stove is mentioned by users in regard to different factors, both positively and negatively.
#1 rated in inexpensive: Frigidaire Freestanding Electric Range, scored 95/10094

1. Frigidaire Freestanding Electric Range

The Frigidaire Freestanding Electric Range is ranked the #1 best stove in the low price range. It has a total capacity of 4.8 cubic feet. The cooktop includes 4 burners. As far as style goes, users think that this range is rather appealing. This model is rated exceptionally high for value. However, users consider the cooktop and oven to be just fairly user friendly and give them an average score for usability.
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#2 rated in inexpensive: Whirlpool Freestanding Electric Range, scored 94/10093

2. Whirlpool Freestanding Electric Range

The Whirlpool Freestanding Electric Range is considered the #2 best inexpensive stove. It has a total capacity of 4.8 cubic feet. The cooktop includes 4 heating elements. In terms of looks, this range is described as rather appealing. Owners absolutely love this range. In addition, this product receives great scores for overall value.
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#3 rated in inexpensive: Whirlpool Freestanding Gas Range, scored 92/10091

3. Whirlpool Freestanding Gas Range

The Whirlpool Freestanding Gas Range is the #3 best low-cost stove. It has a total capacity of 5 cubic feet. The cooktop features 4 heating elements. Most owners are very happy with this unit. This model receives good marks for overall value. However, users consider the stovetop and oven to be not entirely fool-proof and and score them around average for usability.
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#4 rated in inexpensive: Whirlpool Freestanding Electric Convection Range, scored 87/10086

4. Whirlpool Freestanding Electric Convection Range

Users consider the Whirlpool Freestanding Electric Convection Range the #4 best low-cost stove. It has a total capacity of 4.8 cubic feet. The cooktop includes 4 heating elements. Opinions reveal that the range performs well and that it usually delivers satisfactory results. In terms of appearance, the majority of users think that this range is rather appealing. Also, most users are happy with this unit.
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#5 rated in inexpensive: Frigidaire Freestanding Electric Range, scored 87/10086

5. Frigidaire Freestanding Electric Range

Users rate the Frigidaire Freestanding Electric Range the #5 best low-cost stove. It has a total capacity of 4.8 cubic feet. The stovetop features 4 burners. When it comes to looks, the majority of users find this range rather attractive. Owners are quite satisfied with this unit. Also, this product receives good scores for overall value.
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