I predict that the candidate who promises a commercial range in every kitchen will be the next president. But it's a tall order to fill with prices for pro-style stoves soaring from $2,000 to infinity and beyond. Fortunately, according to a popular consumer reporting agency, there are several high-performance stainless-steel stoves under $1,500 that actually outperform far pricier brands. One of these models, the 30-inch Profile JGBP85SEHSS, retails for about $1,300 and includes cast iron burner grates, two high-output (12,000 BTU) burners, a self-cleaning oven, and a warming drawer, among other features.

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