Whether you're moving into a new home or looking to upgrade your existing appliances, finding the right range is essential. With a variety of fuel types, styles, configurations and features, there is always a model designed just for you. Here are some features, tips and types of ranges to help make your decision easier.
What's the Difference?
Sometimes you'll hear certain industry lingo that might confuse you. The terms "ovens", "cooktops" and "ranges" are sometimes used interchangeably. Here's a breakdown of the three terms.
Sizing Your Range
Trying to install a range that is too bulky or small not only makes it an eyesore, but it also makes the unit unusable. Before you buy an appliance for your kitchen, make sure it fits your space properly. Consider these useful tips to make sure your range will fit properly.
Measure Width, Depth and Height of the Opening
Measure for Door Opening and Hinge Space
Check Your Doorways
TIP: To avoid damaging the floor during installation, use plastic mover strips or part of the cardboard box it came in under the range's legs so you can slide the unit into place easily without scratching your floor.
Refer to a measurement cheat sheet or hire a general contractor for additional help installing your new appliance.
If you have a natural gas line in your home, gas ranges are a great choice for heating up your favorites. Your food on the cooktop and in the oven will be heated with an open flame. Certain options feature ovens with fan convection heating.
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Cut the flames and plug in an electric range. Choose between coil, smoothtop or induction cooktops. Select models come with true convection or fan-only convection options.
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Dual-fuel ranges give you the best of both worlds with a gas cooktop and an electric oven. Certain options come with convection features.
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These styles are traditionally found in most homes. Single-oven ranges don't take up a lot of space, and they add a classic look to any kitchen's design.
Double-oven ranges give you more cooking space so you can get more done in less time. Most designs come with low-capacity ovens, but the combined total capacity certainly makes up for this.
Combo Wall-Oven Ranges w/ Microwaves
The built-in look of the latest combination wall ovens and microwaves add convenience to your life by bringing every essential appliance within arms reach.
Designed for chefs and food TV channel addicts alike, pro-style ranges are the centerpiece to any home. They come with a sleek, professional look that is sure to become the talk of houseguests.
Freestanding ranges are traditional configurations that feature controls on the backsplash panel and have finished sides. Most options come with a bottom drawer for additional space when you need it.
Slide-in ranges give your kitchen a built-in look with a range that fits perfectly with your kitchen cabinetry. Controls are found in front, and some units come with unfinished sides. However, like freestanding ranges, most slide-ins come with a bottom drawer or storage or warming food below the oven.
At first glance, drop-in ranges are nearly identical to slide-in models. Like slide-ins, they don't have backsplashes, the controls are found in the front and they're designed to fit flush with the top of your kitchen cabinets. However, these options require custom-designed cabinets for installation and come without a bottom drawer.
Cooktops feature burners with a variety of heat outputs. Gas options use British Thermal Units (BTUs) as a measurement for heat while electric models measure heat in watts. Here are the different types of burners you'll find.
Learn more about cooktops in the Cooktops Buying Guide