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Ranges 6/23/13

Lauren Torre is finishing up a major kitchen renovation. Her most important decision … … what's cooking? She wanted a range that delivered everything she needed all-in-one. Lauren Torre, "Coming from somebody who had a really old kitchen, I could not believe how many different choices, and not just choices between brands but choices between one brand and how many different models there are." According to Consumer Reports, she's in luck. New ranges offer additional cooking options and can cost hundreds less than buying separate units - even 30-inch ranges. Take this 30-inch range with double ovens. It has a larger oven on the bottom and a smaller one on top - but maybe a little too small. This 30-inch Frigidaire double-oven range solves that problem. It has two same-sized ovens that can each handle a turkey. "We were even able to fit a 2-pound turkey in each one!" But testers found getting a turkey out of that bottom oven is no easy task! As for the stovetop … should you get gas or electric? Celia Lehrman "Chefs and cooks love gas ranges, but we've found that both gas and electric do very well in our tests." If you've got your heart set on a double-oven range, you have more options with electric. Among the top-rated - that double-oven Frigidaire for 18-hundred dollars. Both of its ovens have convection settings for faster cooking. It also simmers superbly, and the smoothtop makes cleanup a breeze. ."

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