The Difference Between KitchenAid Slide-In and Freestanding Ranges
When you’re picking out a new KitchenAid range, you want to make sure you get the perfect appliance to fit your – and your kitchen’s -- needs. KitchenAid offers plenty of options to choose from, but freestanding and slide-in ranges are the two basic styles.
So, what’s the difference between the two, and how do you decide which one will work best in your kitchen? We’ll break down the differences between slide-in and freestanding ranges, and help you decide which one is going to be best for your next purchase.
The primary differences between slide-in and freestanding ranges are style and convenience. Freestanding ranges are most common type — controls for the oven and cooktop are located on a built-in backguard that extends up against the wall. Most kitchens are configured for a freestanding range. Slide-in ranges tend to be more stylish — controls for the stove and oven are on the front of the appliance, allowing for a more seamless blend with the counter, the backsplash, and the rest of the kitchen.
Why Buy a Freestanding Range?
Freestanding ranges are more common, so you’ll typically find more options if you decide to go with a freestanding model. The abundance of freestanding range options means you can be choosier with other stove functions, without limiting your options. Most kitchens are already configured to fit a freestanding range, making them a more convenient option if you don’t plan to do any major remodeling.
Freestanding ranges are several inches deeper than slide-in ranges, so if you’re thinking about switching to a slide-in range from a freestanding model, keep in mind that you will also need to install several inches of countertop behind the range to fill that gap. Sticking with a freestanding range can be simpler, faster, and let you keep the rest of your kitchen the same. They also tend to be more affordable, so if you’re remodeling on a budget, a freestanding range might be the best option.
Why Buy a Slide-In Range?
If style is your primary goal, a slide-in range makes for a sleeker, more natural look. They’re designed to blend right in with your countertops and create a built-in look. If you have a custom backsplash, a slide-in range without a backguard will let you better display tilework and other kitchen décor above the range.
A slide-in model can also help keep your kitchen cleaner — most slide-in ranges include a lip that fits over the countertops on both sides, to prevent crumbs and oils from collecting in crevices. Slide-ins can also provide some extra safety and convenience during the cooking process — because the dials are all on the front of the unit, you don’t have to reach over hot burners to get to the controls.
Which Is Best?
Ultimately, the choice between a freestanding and slide-in range depends on your tastes, budget, and kitchen design. Both types have comparable cooking strength and offer options with more burners to maximize your cooking space. These guidelines can give you an idea of what to expect when you’re shopping for your next range, but with KitchenAid, you’ll be in good hands regardless of which type you decide to buy.