Powerful and quiet
Convection oven shortens cooking time
Comes with griddle burner and pan
Back burners are small
Shows fingerprints easily
No warming drawer
A good gas range is the backbone of any kitchen. You need something that can handle everything from quick weeknight dinners to family-style Sunday meals. Plus, there are major bonus points to score if your appliance looks good while handling each dish. Of course, it can be hard to navigate through every option on the market in search of your perfect gas range. To save you a bit of time, we put the Samsung NX58H5600SS Gas Range to work, evaluating its performance, design, features, price, and more. Read on to see if this is the appliance your kitchen is missing.
Setup Process: You need a plumber
Like any gas range, the Samsung NX58H5600SS requires a little extra care when it comes to installation. Before the gas range is even delivered, you’ll need to make sure you have a new gas flex connection kit, a natural gas line (it won’t work with a liquid propane hookup), and a gas shutoff that’s located directly behind where the appliance will sit. You’ll also need a 110V-grounded, three-pronged electrical outlet in addition to the gas line. In most cases, you’ll also have to empty and unplug your old appliance, unless you’ve made arrangements to have your old range removed at the time of your Samsung installation.
All this in mind, we had a plumber waiting at our house to start the installation process as soon as our gas range was delivered. In total, the setup process took roughly an hour. Our previous gas range didn’t have a shutoff valve located directly behind the appliance, so the plumber installed one along with the new gas range. If you already have a shut off valve installed at the appliance site, your setup time will probably be significantly shorter; we would estimate 30 minutes at most.
Once the gas range is set up and the plumber gives you the go-ahead to start cooking, you’ll need to do a little prep of your own. Samsung recommends that you let the oven run (with nothing in it) at 450 degrees for at least an hour before you cook anything. The manufacturer also warns that there will be a pretty strong smell during this process and they were right.
It’s difficult to describe exactly what the oven smells like, but we’d liken it to burning paint or plastic and it was definitely strong and unpleasant. It’s a good idea to open as many windows and/or doors as possible before starting this initial burn-off to get a good crossbreeze and ventilation going so you’re not overwhelmed by the smell.
Design: Beautiful, but shows fingerprints
The Samsung NX58H5600SS comes in four colors: stainless steel, black ,white, and fingerprint-resistant black stainless steel. We chose the latter and were beyond impressed with how beautiful the gas range looked in our kitchen. The black stainless steel is actually more of a dark gray color, but we think it’s quite sleek and high end. The only problem—and we thought this was pretty significant given our choice of “fingerprint-resistant” stainless steel—was that fingerprints showed up all over the range.
As soon as we touched the stove—be it the oven door or the touchpad—our fingerprints were all over the place. We’re used to this being a pitfall of stainless steel appliances, but we had high hopes for the range since the manufacturer specifically noted the black stainless steel is fingerprint-resistant. In actuality, though, we noticed more fingerprints on this model than our previous stainless steel gas range.
As soon as we touched the stove—be it the front of the oven or the touchpad—our fingerprints were all over the place.
Aside from the fingerprints, everything else is designed beautifully. There are five different burners in varying sizes and five corresponding burner knobs on the front of the gas range. The burners are covered with a cast-iron grate, but there are no drip pans, so you’ll have to wipe down the area carefully after each use. The burner knobs are made of steel rather than plastic, so they feel a lot more high-end and like they can stand up to the beating a kitchen stove will inevitably take over time.
Features: Everything you need
There are five different burners and they all come in varying sizes. The two in the back are smaller, with the right rear burner offering 5,000 BTU and the left rear burner offering 9,500 BTU. The front burners are a significantly bigger and stronger—the front right burner goes up to 17,000 BTU and the front left caps out at 15,000 BTU. In addition to the standard four burners, the Samsung gas range also has an oversized oval burner right in the middle. This oversized burner has a 9,500 BTU capacity and is designed for oversized pots and pans or cooking with a griddle. Speaking of a griddle, the gas range includes a griddle pan that fits over the oval burner perfectly.
The cast iron grate that covers the burners is continuous, so you can easily slide pots and pans back and forth between the burners without having to lift them up. This is really convenient, especially when we were moving around a large pot of spaghetti sauce. The grate is also dishwasher-safe, so when it needs a deep clean, you can toss it in the dishwasher and it’s good as new with minimal effort.
Luckily, the Samsung gas range isn’t just pretty to look at—it performs well too.
In addition to the five burners, the gas range also outfitted with a 5.8-cubic-foot convection-style oven, which promises to cook your meals up to 30 percent faster than a conventional oven. The oven has a top broiler, two chrome cooking racks, an auto-shut off feature, a proofing option, and a Sabbath mode. In Sabbath mode, you can still operate the cooktop burners, but certain things, like timers, auto shut-off and displays are disabled.
The Samsung gas range also has a standard storage drawer underneath the oven. While the extra storage space is nice for extra baking sheets and pans, we were a little disappointed that the space wasn’t a warming drawer. It’s not something that would deter us from purchasing this gas range again, but at this price point, it would have been a nice additional feature.
You can choose from four easy cook presets or set the oven at whatever time and temperature you choose. The Samsung also has a delay start option that allows you to program the oven to start cooking at a later time. We love this feature because we could put our chicken in the oven, set it to start in 20 minutes, and then go upstairs and take a quick shower without worrying about running back downstairs to start dinner.
Performance: Perfectly cooks food with ease
Luckily, the Samsung gas range isn’t just pretty to look at—it performs well too. We found the claim that the oven can cook your meals up to 30 percent faster to be spot on.
In our previous conventional oven, we could roast a whole chicken with potatoes and carrots in about 90 minutes and with the Samsung, we had that same chicken dinner on the table in just over an hour. We also noticed that the heat was more evenly distributed in the convection oven. Instead of having areas of chicken skin that were perfectly crisp and others that got a little too dark, everything came out perfectly golden brown.
Although we like the idea of the different size burners because they allow you to control your heat a little more precisely, we did wish that the burners in the back were a little bigger and more powerful. When we were making a Sunday pasta dinner, we were using all of the burners on the gas range and it would have been nice if we could have turned the heat up in the back a little bit.
We found the claim that the oven can cook your meals up to 30 percent faster to be spot on.
It wasn’t a huge negative for us, but it’s something to think about when you’re timing your food. You’re not going to have the same heating power on all of the burners, so you’ll probably have to start things at staggered times.
It’s also worth noting that the gas burners make a hissing sound when they’re on. We were concerned about this at first because we weren’t used to it with our previous gas range, but after a quick check in the owner’s manual, we found a paragraph where the manufacturer states that this is normal. After our mind was eased about it, we actually thought it was a nice feature, especially if you’re a forgetful cook who has accidentally left a burner on in the past. The noise reduces that risk since you can hear the burners when they’re on.
Cleaning: Basically maintains itself
Like any gas range, you can ride the control panel, cast iron grates, and stovetop of grease and crumbs with a damp cloth. The oven racks may require a little more work with steel wool and hot soapy water, but they shouldn’t be hard to manage either. The best part is oven features a self-cleaning setting.
Simply remove the racks (they’ll suffer discoloration if you leave them in) and press the Self Clean button once for a 2-hour cleaning cycle, twice for a 3-hour cycle, or three times for a 4-hour cycle. The self-cleaning setting will burns off grease, crumbs, and residue with high temperatures. When the cycle is done, your oven will beep six times. You may notice a fine ash or powder in the bottom of your oven (this is just decimated food), but that easily wipes off with a wet cloth.
Price: Fair for a beautiful gas range
The Samsung NX58H5600SS has an MSRP of $1,199.00, but depending on where and when you snag it, you can get it for as little as $749.99. While it’s certainly pricier than your basic, non-stainless steel range, we think it’s worth the money given its sleek features and upgraded hardware.
Competition: Several to choose from
Samsung NX58H9500WS Slide-In Stainless Steel Gas Range: If you’re looking to splurge even more, you might want to upgrade to Samsung’s higher-end model. At full price, the Slide-In Gas Range (view on Amazon) will set you back $2,600 (though it’s often on sale for $1,500), but it offers more power, a custom wok grate, a built-in temperature probe, and a warming drawer.
Samsung NX58K7850SS Double Oven Gas Range: If you’re a serious home cook and you spend a lot of time in the kitchen or cooking for dinner parties, the Samsung Double Oven Gas Range (view on Home Depot) may be more up your alley. You get all the same features as the regular gas range, but the double oven allows you to cook two different dishes—at different temperatures—at the same time. Of course, the extra tech comes at a cost. Samsung’s double oven has an MSRP of $2,099.
Whirlpool WFG505M0BS Gas Range: If you’re looking for a gas range that’s a little more budget-friendly, the Whirlpool WFG505M0BS (view on Amazon) is a viable option with a price tag between $500 and $750. It’s slightly less powerful, offering a maximum of 15,000 BTU, but it still generates enough heat for rapid boiling or quick cooking. It also has precise temperature control that’s ideal for simmering heat-sensitive ingredients like chocolate.
Yes, buy it.
If you can come to terms with the fact that fingerprints are going to show on your “fingerprint-resistant” range, the Samsung is an exceptional buy. The burners are powerful and the convection-style oven cooks food in 30 percent less time, so you can spend less time in the kitchen and more time enjoying your meal.
- Product Name 5.8 cu. ft. Freestanding Gas Range with Convection
- Product Brand Samsung
- MPN NX58J5600SG
- Price $1199.00
- Weight 207 lbs.
- Color Stainless Steel, Fingerprint-Resistant Black Stainless Steel, White, Black
- Capacity 5.8 cu. ft.
- Fuel Type Gas
- Total Power 56,000 BTU
- Warranty 1 year parts and labor