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.