The Best High-End Ranges

After 40 hours of research—including interviews with three kitchen architects, four chefs, and three luxury-appliance specialists—we’re convinced that the Wolf Dual Fuel Range is the best 36-inch pro-style range for most people. For kitchens that can fit a 48-inch range, we recommend the Thermador Professional Series Pro Grand Dual Fuel range. Both ranges offer the best balance of features, power, aesthetic potential, and long-term service reliability we’ve found. Our research showed that most people designing a luxury kitchen want a 36-inch pro-style range with dual fuel—namely, a gas cooktop and an electric oven. The Wolf Dual Fuel Range (DF366) combines one of the most spacious ovens in the category with one of the most versatile cooktops; it has a 20,000 BTU power burner, the lowest simmer output we’ve seen (300 BTU), and more convection options than other ranges its size. We like that it has straightforward physical controls, and we think the simple but timeless stainless steel design will look great in a variety of kitchens. It comes with an above-average five-year warranty, and our research into years of service records shows that Wolf has one of the best records for dependability among several competitive brands. This range also comes in 30-, 48-, and 60-inch versions…

The Best Dishwasher

After putting more than 100 hours of research into 210 models over three years, we’ve learned that most dishwashers are good cleaners. But it’s also worth paying a little more for a model that’s quiet, reliable, and easy to load. That’s why we think the new Bosch 300 Series SHEM63W55N is the best dishwasher for most people right now. The Bosch 300 Series SHEM63W55N has the best racks for the money, including a V-shaped third rack and a nine-position middle rack. The extra capacity and flexibility allow it to hold more dishes per cycle (including hard-to-fit items like trays, pots, and cooking tools) than its competitors, all loaded properly so that they should get totally clean. At 44 decibels, the 300 Series is also quieter than others for the price, and most people won’t even hear it unless they’re standing next to it. Bosch dishwashers have one of the lowest repair rates of any brand, and a better warranty and more helpful customer service than most. The 300 Series is also excellent at cleaning stuck-on foods, and is efficient enough to earn the Energy Star badge. On the downside, it leaves plastic dishes a little wet, and doesn’t fit deep cereal bowls as neatly…

The Best Refrigerator

The best refrigerator for you is probably the Whirlpool WRF535SMH—a reliable, affordable, French door fridge that fits a space 36 inches wide; our 65 hours of research has shown it to be the most common size and style of fridge bought in America today. But let’s back up for a minute. Picking a fridge really boils down to personal taste; most fridges work well. Depending on your budget and the amount of space you have, you can choose from dozens of fridges with different features and styles. We can’t predict exactly what everyone wants in a fridge, but we can help you ask the right questions so no matter what you need, you’ll be able to find something that will make you happy. That said, we’re still recommending a few specific refrigerators because our research shows that some size-style-price combinations are especially popular. These are the models that we would buy, informed by what most people seem to find important in a refrigerator and also our taste and preferences. If these picks suit you, fantastic. They’re all available at several national retailers near you. The Whirlpool WRF535SMBM’s build is stripped-down but solid; it feels like it can turn in years of steady…

The Best Stoves and Ranges

With close to 100 hours of research behind us, including interviews with repair technicians and chefs, we think the Whirlpool WFE745H0FS is the best bet for most people who need an electric stove. If you have a gas line, we think the Frigidaire Gallery FGGF3059TF is the right choice for most. These ranges have every feature that make it comfortable to cook almost anything, and we think they’ll work reliably for many years. The Whirlpool WFE745H0FS freestanding electric range has a huge 6.4-cubic-foot oven, as big as you’ll find at this price. It has a true convection cooking mode for better roasting and baking, and a versatile racking system, including a split-level rack. As a brand, Whirlpool has one of the best reputations for making reliable electric smoothtop ranges, and this model in particular has very strong reviews from owners. It looks and feels nice, too, with sturdy burner knobs and a number pad for setting oven temperatures. The easy-to-clean ceramic-glass cooktop gives you more temperature control than most, including two multi-element power burners and a simmering element that can hold low temperatures very steadily. Almost all of its features can actually be useful to most home cooks. The Frigidaire Gallery FGGF3059TF freestanding gas range has the sturdiest,…