CNET logo Why You Can Trust CNET

Our expert, award-winning staff selects the products we cover and rigorously researches and tests our top picks. If you buy through our links, we may get a commission. Reviews ethics statement

LG LSG4513BD review: LG gets a lot right on this black stainless-steel oven

The LG LSG4513BD is a slide-in gas stove that deserves a spot in your kitchen.

Ashlee Clark Thompson
Ashlee Clark Thompson Associate Editor
Ashlee spent time as a newspaper reporter, AmeriCorps VISTA and an employee at a healthcare company before she landed at CNET. She loves to eat, write and watch "Golden Girls" (preferably all three at the same time). The first two hobbies help her out as an appliance reviewer. The last one makes her an asset to trivia teams. Ashlee also created the blog, AshleeEats.com, where she writes about casual dining in Louisville, Kentucky.
4 min read

LG gas stoves have been like Zack Morris from the TV show "Saved by the Bell": popular, attractive and not living up to its potential (never forget that Zack scored a 1502 on his SAT -- he could've been so much more than the smarmy big man on campus). The ranges from this brand have shown lots of promise with fast boil times and great roasting ability, but fall short in other areas such as baking a trays of biscuits evenly or not burning a frozen pizza



The Good

The $2,400 LG LSG4513BD is a gorgeous gas stove that bakes food evenly and boils water quickly. It's also one of the least expensive options if you're looking for a slide-in gas model.

The Bad

You'll have to fiddle with the cook times and temperatures when you use the convection fan because it has a tendency to bake foods a little faster than expected. And $2,400 is still asking for a lot when it comes to a gas stove.

The Bottom Line

The LG LSG4513BD is a good option if you want to treat yourself to a luxe gas stove.

With the $2,400 LG LSG4513BD slide-in gas stove, the manufacturer has righted some of the wrongs that have plagued its other gas models and doubled down on the performance features that the company has repeatedly gotten right, such as fast-boiling burners and gentle roasting performance. It doesn't hurt that the stove is also a beauty thanks to its black stainless-steel finish.

The LG LSG4513BD does have some quirks worth mentioning. Like other LG models, you'll still have to fiddle with your baking times and temperatures to account for baking with the convection fan, which speeds up cooking but puts you in danger of some overcooked dishes. The broiler cooks meat too slowly. LG has insisted on including its mostly useless Smart ThinQ technology in this stove. And its price (though less than that of similar slide-in gas ranges from other companies) is on the expensive side.

Despite its problems, LG has done right be the LSG4513BD. Consider this stove if you're looking for luxurious looks, a slide-in design and respectable cooking performance.

LG gas oven is gorgeous in black stainless steel

See all photos

LG gives oven eye-catching looks

Black stainless steel is a welcome addition to appliance finishes, and I was happy to see that LG tricked out the LSG4513BD with this dark design feature. Not only does it look good, but the finish also hides fingerprints and smudges much better than the stainless steel that has reigned supreme in kitchens.

Enlarge Image

The black stainless-steel finish hides fingerprints and smudges well.

Chris Monroe/CNET

The color only adds to the LSG4513BD's commanding presence. Though the stove is the standard 30 inches wide, the hefty knobs and wide curves make it feel larger than it actually is. Same with the continuous grates on the stovetop that cover five burners. The oven cavity has 6.3 cubic feet of space, which makes it among the larger ovens we've tested.

In terms of accessories, the LSG4513BD comes with three standard racks for the oven and a griddle for the cooktop's middle oblong burner. There's also a storage drawer at the bottom of the range.

Don't buy this oven for its smarts

LG has also equipped this oven with LG Smart ThinQ, a feature that uses near-field communication (NFC) to let your Android device talk to your LG appliance. Here's how it works: 

  1. Download the LG Smart ThinQ app on your Android device (it's not available for iOS).
  2. Turn the oven mode knob to Tag On.
  3. Adjust the oven settings, set alerts for the oven's EasyClean feature and run diagnostics if you have problems with your oven.

Smart ThinQ sounds great in theory, but it puzzles me in practice. Because the oven uses NFC to connect to your device, you have to hold your device right next to the oven for the two to connect. This isn't as helpful as it would be if the oven was Wi-Fi- or Bluetooth-enabled, which would let you control your oven from further away. You might as well use the control panel on the oven to manually change your settings if you have to be close to it for Smart ThinQ to work.

LG's performance outpaces other ovens in some areas

There were no in-betweens when it came to the LG LSG4513BD's cooking performance. In some tests, it was phenomenal. In others, it was just plain bad when you compared it to comparable ovens. 

Let's start with the high points of the LG LSG4513BD. It boiled 112 ounces of water in an average of 9.78 minutes, which made it one of the fastest gas stoves we've ever tested.

Large Burner Boil Test (Gas Models)

Kenmore 74343 9.75LG LSG4513BD 9.78Frigidaire FPGH3077RF 10.42Samsung NX58H9500WS 11.35Kenmore 72583 11.4Electrolux EI30GF45QS 11.55KitchenAid KSGB900ESS 14
Note: Time to achieve rolling boil, in minutes

It also nailed the "Pizza" setting, a function that automatically sets the oven temperature based on the type of pizza you will bake (frozen pizza with rising crust, frozen pizza with regular crust or fresh pizza). When I tested the LG LDG4315ST, it burned a pizza I cooked when I used the setting. LG must have tweaked some settings, because I got much better results with the LSG4513BD:

Enlarge Image

LG nailed its "Pizza" setting.

Ashlee Clark Thompson/CNET

Now, let's talk about some of the not-so-bright points of the LSG4513BD's performance. It took a LONG time for the oven to broil six hamburgers at a time. It took an average of 21.4 minutes for all the patties to reach an internal temperature of 145 degrees Fahrenheit. That's sluggish when you compare it to other gas ovens:

Hamburger Broiling Test (Gas Models)

KitchenAid KSGB900ESS 15.88Kenmore 74343 16.57Samsung NX58H9500WS 16.78Frigidaire FPGH3077RF 18.83Electrolux EI30GF45QS 19.68Kenmore 72583 21.12LG LSG4513BD 21.4
Note: Time to achieve 145 degrees F, in minutes

However, the LG managed to keep those burger patties pretty juicy despite the long cook time, so the 20-plus minutes weren't a deal breaker. 

The baking tests produced some lackluster results, as well. The LSG4513BD did better than other LG ovens when it came to baking biscuits to a uniform color. Unfortunately, the biscuits browned a bit too much.

Enlarge Image

The two photos on the right show biscuits I baked simultaneously with the convection fan in use. The pictures on the right are a color representation of their brownness. 

Tyler Lizenby/CNET

I blame this on the convection fan, a fan located in the back of the oven that helps circulate hot air for more even and quicker baking. Once again, this disappointment wasn't enough to make me completely write off the LSG4513BD. It just showed that you'll have to tinker with cook times and temperatures to figure out what works best when you use the convection fan.

Final thoughts

LG gets a lot right with the LSG4513BD. It looks good, boils water quickly and cooks a pretty good pizza. There are definitely some things not to love -- price, slow boil times, extra-brown biscuits -- but LG is on the right track with this appliance. The LSG4513BD is worth your consideration.



Score Breakdown

Design 9Features 7Usability 8Performance 7
Shopping laptop image
Get the best price on everything
Shop your favorite products and we’ll find the best deal with a single click. Designed to make shopping easier.
Add CNET Shopping