Buying an oven or any other kitchen appliances for that matter, on a budget, can be challenging. And some don’t fancy the idea of spending thousands of dollars on appliances that don’t make any sense. Said that many consumers think that you need to spend a few extra bucks to get a good electric range or oven that will perform better and last longer.
However, unless you are a professional chef, you probably won’t use a lot of the fancy features that come with modern ovens and electric ranges. Not only these features superfluous, but the prices also make your eyes water. Most people just need an appliance that reliably puts food on the table. Fortunately, there are plenty of manufacturers who make oven and ranges that do just that.
Electric ovens and ranges retail for anywhere between $400 and $4000, and the exciting thing that actual price-to-performance differences between the products aren’t that significant.
Myths About Cheap Electric Ovens And Ranges
Let’s bust some myths about buying cheap electric ovens and ranges –
Cheap Equals Crap
Most consumers are under the impression that (especially for home appliances) is it cheap? It’s probably crap. It might be true for some cases, but not always. There are plenty of inexpensive stoves out there that are of exceptionally high-quality, very reliable, and have excellent customer feedback. All the ovens below we are going to discuss are some of the best in the market. Pretty impressive, don’t you think?
Cheap Means Ugly
Wrong! Are your impression of an expensive, high-quality, good looking oven is a stainless steel one? Then you’ll be glad to know that you can get good-quality, budget-friendly ovens in stainless steel. The only caveat is that the stainless steel option just costs a bit higher, but it’s often paltry. You only need to dish out an additional $70-$90, if that is fine with you.
Brands Don’t Sell At A Reasonable Price
Not true again! The market for electric ranges and ovens is incredibly competitive nowadays. So much so that the top kitchen appliance brands such as GE, Dandy, Samsung, Frigidaire, and others are selling stoves in a wide range of prices, including ovens for less than $600.
Cheap Stoves Don’t Have Many Features
It might true to some extend, particularly when it comes to other appliances, but not with ranges of ovens. Yes, you heard it right. Some expensive ovens and stoves have 6 burners, while the inexpensive models will typically have four burners. That doesn’t make a difference. However, almost half of the “cheaper” stoves include “self-clean” options, convection settings. And, sleek burners, which are now pretty standards on all stoves you see now.
Pro Buying Tip
Gas ovens cost more, so if your budget is low, we recommend you opt for electric options. It may work well for you, as gas stoves need to hook to a gas supply outlet—an additional cost to consider.
9 Affordable Ovens In The Market
These are the affordable gas and electric ranges and ovens we’ve found:
- Samsung NX58H5600SS
- GE JB655SKSS
- Kenmore 74133
- Premier 30″ White Gas Open Burner Range
- Bosch HGI8056UC 800 Series
- Cafe C2S950P2MS1
- GE JBS60DKWW
- Avanti ER24P3SG 24″ Range
- Frigidaire 30 Inch Black Freestanding Gas Range
1. Samsung NX58H5600SS
We like the Samsung NX58H5600SS, not because of its aesthetics, this 5.8 cubic ft., 5-burner gas range is designed to perform. This range not just looks and feels like a high-end range; it performs like one too. This range has a great design with stainless steel dials and a large digital display. The dials have smooth turning, and the digital display makes it easy to monitor and check the oven temperature and cooking progress.
The grates are easy to clean, and there is an option to replace the middle grate with a custom griddle over the griddle burner. The Samsung NX58H5600SS also preheats remarkably fast, making it ideal for baking and roasting. Overall a decent, and well-performing convection oven for its price.
- Great design and performance
- Nice features and build-quality
- The pans don’t evenly get heated like some of the other ovens
2. GE JB655SKSS
GE is one of the most trusted and reliable brands for cooking and kitchen appliances in the U.S. for some very impressive reasons. It makes authentic, dependable products, and the GE JB655SKSS is no exception. This electric range is an excellent job for broiling and roasting tasks. However, if you’re a professional baker, you better look elsewhere. Why? It doesn’t bake evenly. For everything else, this is your best bet.
The JB655SKSS has a fast right front burner that can boil 6 cups of water in about 4 minutes, which is incredible if you ask me. In terms of boasting the fastest burner in its class, it is one of the best broilers that we’ve come across. We were able to toast six slices of bread that were all equally browned without any uneven or over-burning spots—that is an amazing feat if you ask me! Overall, the GE JB655SKSS is a good buy for what it offers, and the customers like it.
- Great cooktop performance
- The ideal electric range for roasting and broiling
- The cooktop control layout needs improvement.
- Poor baking performance
3. Kenmore 74133
The Kenmore 74133 is a pretty modest gas range, but it does pack some serious punch under the hood. The 74133 is a capable gas range with average to above-average cooking performance, including preheat time, water boil speed, and baking. This range also cooks any kind of meat, including pork loins, very evenly.
The Kenmore 74133 comes with a fifth cooktop burner, which is unusual at its price point, much to the delight of the customers. The build quality is remarkable-thanks to the oven’s stainless steel finish. However, we were disappointed that the manufacturer deliberately didn’t include a broiler pan.
The significant shortcomings of this capable gas range are the oven vents are located directly onto the cooktop. So, if you’re someone who uses the oven and the cooktop at the same time, this is something you need to be aware of. Overall, the Kenmore 74133 is a solid pick is you’re looking for an oven that comes with a fifth cooktop burner without paying extra.
- Decent cooking performance
- Includes a fifth cooktop burner
- Cooks meat evenly
- Doesn’t include a broiler pan
4. Premier 30″ White Gas Open Burner Range
If you’re looking for an open gas burner range in the low price range, the Premier 30″ White Gas Open Burner Range is one of the highly ranked in the market. The Premier has a total capacity of 3.9 cubic feet and includes a pull-out broiler. If you like grilled items, this gas range has you covered. This oven has four cooktop burners with a total capacity of 9,100 BTU.
The Premier Gas Open Burner Range also happens to have a svelte design and is simple to operate and also clean, as said by customers. The style of this oven is rather appealing, which is perfect given its price. The reason why this gas range is a hit among customers is because of its inexpensive, yet attractive nature.
Overall, a significant gas open burner range that offers exceptionally high value and above average for performance.
- Appealing design
- Above-average performance
- Not much we can think of
5. Bosch HGI8056UC 800 Series
Bosch is synonymous with high-end ranges for decades, and the Bosch HGI8056UC is no exception. The Bosch HGI8056UC is the successor to the Bosch HGI8054UC model. The new HGI8056UC has an improved design and excellent cooking features, which has been the tradition of the 800 Series for years. The capacity of this oven is about 4.8 cubic feet and comes with five, four cooktop burners with a total capacity of 18,000 BTU.
In the looks department, the HGI8056UC is a keeper thanks to its heavy-duty metal knobs and gorgeous stainless steel finish. There is an included warming drawer to keep the food warm. Overall, the Bosch HGI8056UC is a premium looking gas range that is reliable with outstanding customer support.
- Premium looks and feel
- Great cooking features
- Didn’t find any.
6. Cafe C2S950P2MS1
Cafe is a manufacturer of high-end kitchen and home appliances, and the Cafe C2S950P2MS1 is one dual-fuel, slide-in oven that has an eye for style. One of the significant advantages of owning slide-in ranges is – the transition from cabinet to stovetop is a seamless motion. It not only improved usability and reachability as the controls are positioned along with the front panel but also eliminates the need for a back panel.
The C2S950P2MS1 has an eye-catching exterior stainless steel finish. This capable six-burner cooktop comes with a cast-iron griddle built-in. If you’re a techie, you’ll love this range as it has Wi-Fi connectivity allowing you to control the oven. You can even monitor your cooking progress from anywhere using a smartphone or any smart device.
There is also a sleek LED panel that is cleverly programmed to disappear when it’s not in use visually. Furthermore, this double-oven design provides enhanced flexibility while cooking. Overall, a world-class offering from the House of Cafe. If you’re looking for sleek, and one of the best dual-fuel ranges in the market, we can’t recommend the Cafe C2S950P2MS1 enough.
- Dual-fuel and double oven feature
- Sleek design
- Wi-Fi capability
7. GE JBS60DKWW
GE is one of the most trusted and reliable brands when it comes to home appliances, and the GE JBS60DKWW fits the bill perfectly. This inexpensive electric range is one of the best value ovens in the market today. Even though the GE JBS60DKWW lacks some of the bells and whistles of similar electric ranges, consumers agree that it’s worth its price.
The JBS60DKWW is a 5.3 cubic-foot oven that is excellent for roasting and baking. Operating and cleaning this oven is also a breeze. The cooktop is smooth and clutter-free and offers a ton of space. There is also a dual-ring burner as well. The left burner from the front has a separate “melt” setting. It’s useful for bakers as they can use this ‘setting’ to melt the baking chocolate without charring it.
The GE JBS60DKWW is also attractive. The white finish fits in with other white appliances you may have in your kitchen, and there is also a stainless steel finish model if you want one. Overall, a great and capable “back to basics” oven.
- Average performance
- Controls look cheap
- Very Inexpensive
8. Avanti ER24P3SG 24″ Range
The Avanti ER24P3SG Range is one of the low-cost, best value oven you can buy. But, it’s not that cheap as most of you are thinking, but it does offer great value as most owners are happy with this unit. The Avanti ER24P3SG is an electric range with a transparent glass oven door with 8-inch coil burners and three 6-inch coil burners with porcelain reflector bowls.
There is a hot surface indicator to let know when the surface is not safe to touch, and a digital clock that displays the cooking timer. Also, there is a storage drawer for additional storage space. Overall, The Avanti ER24P3SG provides excellent value for its price.
- Inexpensive model
- Above-average performance
- Easy to use
- According to the scale we measures, no cons found so far.
9. Frigidaire 30 Inch Black Freestanding Gas Range
The Frigidaire is another inexpensive stove with the color-coordinated oven door. The first thing most buyers of this low-cost value oven will notice is the large window that to check on the cooking without opening the oven door. To sweeten the pot, this oven includes a timer and digitally controls the intuitive that is easy to use.
This oven also features a pullout broiler drawer located under the oven compartment, which features a ‘Low Simmer Burner’ for cooking at low, consistent temperatures. Overall, this is one cheap stove that looks good and performs well, and most owners are delighted with this unit.
- Satisfactory cooking performance
- Appealing design
- Generic looks
Finding the perfect range that fits the bill is not easy, and we already established that at the beginning. What kind of range you choose depends on your needs and what you are looking for in a range. Are you looking for a gas or electric oven? What suits best for your kitchen style? Are standalone ranges more flexible and less expensive than slide-in units? Wherever you’re searching for, if you want the best value oven, the above list of models is an excellent place for you to get started.