If you’re in the market for a new range for your kitchen, you may be wondering which type or what style is the best, or which ones are the most popular on the market today.
Keep in mind that a range is a combined appliance. It’s a stove and oven in one unit as opposed to a separate cooktop and a separate oven. Of course, if two separate appliances work better for your kitchen, take the route. Be aware that a range is often just as effective, generally costs less than two appliances, and requires dealing with only one installation.
There really isn’t such a thing as a “best kitchen range” because what’s best for one person may not work for another. To find a unit that works for your needs and kitchens, take a look at what’s available and the pros and cons of each. The unit that provides you with the most pros will be the best kitchen range for you.
Range types can be categorized based on the fuel type they use and their overall design. There are three types of fuel sources for kitchen ranges: gas, electric and dual ranges. You may be limited in the type of range you can choose based on what fuel types are available to you. While most kitchens will have electricity, not all will have a specialized gas hook up that can be used to install a range that runs on natural gas. You might have to ask for an appliance repair service in San Diego County to do the needful.
Gas ranges are known for having cooktops with a capacity for precision heating. The flame on the cooktop also gives a constant visual cue of the temperature of the burner. They’re economical as far as energy use is concerned, and the unit heats up and cools down quickly. Set up can be more costly, though, and the stovetop can be more difficult to clean. A gas oven’s temperature precision is inferior to an electric unit’s.
Electric ranges, especially smooth-top ones, look sleek and are generally easier to clean. There’s less involved in installation and the oven most often has precision temperature control. Electric units usually cost less than gas ones. However, they cost more to operate and the stovetop heat levels aren’t precise.
Dual ranges combine the best features of both an electric and gas range in one. This allows for one-stop precision cooking and baking. They tend to be more expensive and require gas hookups and sometimes extra electrical energy for them to work properly. There are main range design types:
Slide in Range
Drop in range
A freestanding range can be moved anywhere in the kitchen where there’s a gas or electrical hookup, and are the most common design of range used. They have a flat back, standardized sizes and finished sides. They usually have a back-guard as well.
A slide in range doesn’t have a back-guard and the controls are located in the front of the range to create a cleaner, smoother look. They have a wider top which reduces the chance of drips or crumbs falling off the counter and beside the range to the floor. A slide in range can have a built in, custom made look without the extra construction required for a true built in range.
Drop in ranges are similar to slide in ones but don’t touch the floor. It generally requires custom made cabinets since the unit is installed on top of the cabinet baseboard. The end result is built in look. There are not as many drop in ranges available on the market as there once was.