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Pros and Cons of a 5 Burner Range

by Olly Mason

The 30-inch range — thanks to its size and affordability, it’s the most widely recognized stove type on the market with the versatility that works in essentially any kitchen. Traditionally, 30-inch ranges include four burners, but for even more purchasing power, five burner ranges provide an additional heating element all while offering the same footprint as four burner models. While the addition of a fifth burner does come with its benefits, there are also some considerations buyers should know before making a purchase.

For a better idea of what to expect, follow this guide on 30-inch five burner ranges, including the advantages and disadvantages that come with the addition of a fifth burner.

  • Related: For insight on premium, restaurant-grade range options from brands like Wolf, Thermador, JennAir, Miele, Monogram, and more, explore our Professional Range Buying Guide

Electric 5 Burner Ranges

The first thing buyers should know about electric five burner ranges is most models come with four fully functional heating elements, plus a warming zone. That additional heating surface usually does not produce the same level of heat as the other zones and is intended primarily to keep dishes idle during meal prep. 

On average, a cooktop warming zone is capable of generating around 80 to 100 watts of power versus the standard 1200-watt output of a regular cooking elements, and 3000+ watts on high-power elements. Having a warming zone can be convenient, but in terms of value, the better option is an electric range with multi-size cooking zones.

This LG electric range demonstrates the versatility expandable heating elements add to the standard 30-inch range setup. While there are still only four elements usable for cooking, the liberty to arrange cookware in more than one way allows for greater flexibility than elements that aren’t capable of expanding.

Overhead look at an LG five burner electric range

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Gas 5 Burner Ranges

A fifth burner is considerably more useful when it’s part of a gas range since each hob is fully functional. Most often, the fifth burner is typically offered as a center oval burner with an elongated design that’s especially suitable for heating wide, long, and large cookware, and is often sold with a compatible griddle that can be removed to accommodate cookware accordingly.

But keep in mind: A removable range griddle is handy, but on some models, it can be awkward to use alongside regular cookware. Models like the Frigidaire gas range below feature a more efficient design that occupies less cooktop space while still providing ample room to grill multiple items alongside traditional food preparation.

Side by side aerial view of a Frigidaire five burner gas range with and without griddle top

Additional design variations can be found on models like this GE Profile 5 burner gas range featured below. Instead of a single unit, this central burner (exclusive to GE) is made up of three separate components that can be used independently for pots and pans or all together for larger cooking vessels like roasting pans and dutch ovens.

Overhead look at GE Profile five burner gas range

That’s not to say standard oval gas burners can’t perform the same function, but using the entire center burner for small cookware results in substantial heat waste, and it leaves a large amount of the flame exposed, which can be dangerous.

Grates

While smooth top electric ranges come with the benefit of an uninterrupted surface, gas ranges use grates, which can either enhance or hinder usability depending on the design. Revisiting the Frigidaire example from above reveals grates that stop just shy of the entire surface, whereas the GE Profile model provides grates that run edge-to-edge.

It may seem insignificant, but those extra few inches add value because: 

  • There is no border, so cookware can “overlap” for a greater range of positions
  • The seamless design also means a bigger griddle can be used without overcrowding the cooktop
  • A flat surface allows cookware to sit flat against the flame, promoting better cooking results

Overhead look at GE Profile five burner gas range with integrated griddle

As seen on the GE Profile range, there is substantially more room to grill with a standard aftermarket stovetop griddle that works seamlessly into the edge-to-edge grates. Models like the one above are also particularly convenient when they come with a reversible griddle that features a two-in-one surface for even more versatility along with the fifth burner.

When in full use, a well-designed five burner range should be able to accommodate all your cooking needs like the following example. While there is overlap, each burner is able to deliver heat to a single piece of cookware without compromising performance. Shop for five burner gas ranges with edge-to-edge grates from leading brands like KitchenAid, LG, and Whirlpool.

Depiction of five burner gas range with griddle fully occupied

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Buyer Tips:

✓ Front control ranges offer more user efficiency than ranges with back controls

✓ Slide in five burner ranges provide the sleekest presentation

✓ Sealed burners are always a bonus due to enhanced durability and easy maintenance

✓ BTUs and watt output are just as important as the number of burners

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Because every meal you create is special, finding a range that performs well and is a pleasure to use is a big deal. That’s why our experts are dedicated to finding an appliance that meets your needs, whether that depends on the burners or fuel type.

With 26 locations throughout Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, and Iowa, Grand Appliance and TV is the one-stop destination for all your major appliance needs. Shop online, by phone at 888-396-8165, or in-store today for an entire catalog of in-stock products from reliable brands at competitive prices!