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First things first: One of the primary considerations when buying a new kitchen range is whether you need a freestanding or slide-in model. The difference between both lies in how each type fits within your surrounding cabinets and/or counters, so this could largely depend on the layout of your kitchen as well as personal taste.
Here’s a quick rundown of these popular installation types:
The most widely sold option, freestanding ranges are also considered the easier model to install, regardless of fuel type. Visually, freestanding ranges are defined by their finished sides. Most often, their controls are located on a back panel behind the cooking surface, although there are freestanding models that appeal to a more modern aesthetic with front controls.
By contrast, slide-in ranges have unfinished sides and are usually without a top console at the back. Luckily for stylish home cooks, both features are conducive to a “built-in” appearance that is in line with the modern design trend of having flush inset appliances. True to their name, slide-in ranges can be easily inserted between surrounding cabinets. In addition, because the controls are displayed at the front, you can showcase a snazzy kitchen backsplash behind your appliance.
Dimensions and Capacity
When it comes to determining the appropriate dimensions (i.e., height, width, and depth) for your new kitchen range, it is important to check and double-check your recorded measurements of your available space. That said, you don’t have to be limited by your existing cabinetry and counter spaces—if your heart desires, you can modify your cabinets to fit a larger appliance, with some brands offering
Now, aside from your kitchen design, another factor that could help determine the dimensions of your new appliance is your household’s meal habits.
Among a slew of questions to consider: Do you normally find yourself adjusting recipe portions to serve a large family? Do you only reserve oven-roasted entrées for holidays and special occasions? Are there days of the week you don’t even turn on the stove? Would you call yourself an at-home Iron Chef, or are you more of an amateur in the kitchen?
These and other semantically related questions are ones you should mull over as you explore your options, especially since they could sway you in either direction when deciding between a splurge or a frugal purchase.
Single Oven or Double-Oven?
If you need to accommodate more than two baking sheets of cookies or two foil pans of entrées at any given time, you might choose to invest in a range with a double oven.
It should be noted that most
Overall, double-oven ranges are a great option when you want to prepare two different foods at different temperatures, both at the same time. So, if your starving kiddo is craving some frozen chicken nuggets before dinner, you can pop them in without a second thought while your delicious casserole is baking underneath.
Fuel and Power Options
Sing it with us: Let’s get technical! Yes, we’re now diving into the differences in possibilities posed by gas, electric, and dual-fuel ranges. Generally speaking, your choice in cooking power should rest on personal parameters and preferences, including budget, long-run energy costs, energy-efficiency, and culinary expertise; however, remember that, sometimes, what you have determines what you buy.
With these considerations in mind, check out how gas, electric, and dual-fuel ranges stack up:
Favored by professional chefs,
Speaking of their electric counterparts, gas ranges are also more durable, and in the long run, more cost-effective. As you scroll through our catalog, you might find that gas ranges are priced higher than electric models; however, while gas ranges are typically more expensive upon initial purchase, they are more less costly to maintain, as gas costs are generally lower than those of electricity.
To put it simply, if you’re looking to get a lot of use from this appliance or prepare homecooked meals almost daily, a gas range is considered the more prudent purchase.
Unless your kitchen is already equipped with wiring for a gas stove, it might interest you to learn that it is less expensive to install
Despite their jarringly dissimilar appearances and price points, electric-coil and smooth-top ranges actually run on the same source of power and use the same type of coil burner; these electric range stoves are different in that the electrical wire embedded in the flattened metal spiral for a smooth-top range sits underneath a glass- and ceramic-top surface.
If you admire the luxurious appearance of a smooth-top electric range, you’ll be excited to learn that this cooking surface cools down quickly, making easy work out of post-dinner cleanup. And because there are no flames involved, electric ranges are safer to operate around young children.
On the pricier end of the spectrum,
Lastly, if you’ve got a gas line hookup, congratulations:
After you’ve narrowed down your preferred installation type and fuel type for your new kitchen range, you can start compiling your wish list for what we call “the fun stuff.” At this point, you can scour brand profiles to see what appliance finishes and high-end features complement your personal style.
As you explore brands, you might come across advanced cooking tech like steam, true convection, and air fry settings on your oven that can enable you to cook your favorite dishes with precision and finesse.
Along the same lines, you might find the word “smart” alongside product names for mid- and high-end ranges. Home cooking has never been as streamlined as with smart cooking appliances. If you’re willing to spend the extra bucks, you’ll find there’s much to gain from WiFi-powered cooking.
By syncing your smartphone with a smart range, you can save time by preheating and monitoring your oven from anywhere—even while you’re stuck in traffic on the way home from work. If you’re minding multiple responsibilities at a time, you can also monitor power-level settings and check or change timers with your smartphone or tablet.
In short, the culinary possibilities are endless.
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