Cooking Appliances Guide

Let's Get Cooking

If the kitchen is the heart of every home, the cooktop/range is its pacemaker! One of the best ways to upgrade a kitchen is replacing old appliances with newer versions. If you are thinking about replacing an older stove, range or cooktop, you may be happy to find that newer appliances can have a variety of benefits such as:

  • Greater energy efficiency
  • More modern appearance or style
  • Additional features that make food preparation easier or more fun

One of the first things you’ll need to figure out what combination of cooking appliances will be the best choice for your kitchen.

Will you want a dual wall-oven with a standalone custom cooktop built into a counter? Do you need a free-standing all in one range that includes an oven and a built-in stovetop with burners all contained within a single appliance?

Will you want a dual wall-oven with a standalone custom cooktop built into a counter? Do you need a free-standing all in one range that includes an oven and a built-in stovetop with burners all contained within a single appliance? Do you want a gas or an electric range?

Here’s a brief look at what’s what to make your decisions a whole lot easier:

A cooktop is a set of cooking burners that is usually installed into a countertop, without an attached oven range. It generally has between 4-6 burners.

A stovetop is the same as a cooktop except it is part of a cooking range.

Get more details on different cooktop and range options in our Cooktops Buying Guide

A kitchen range or a cooking range is a single unit with a cooking surface (stovetop) and an oven. This unit can either be made part of your kitchen cabinetry or a stand-alone.

If you are buying a stand-alone range, you have the flexibility of designing your kitchen space around it.

Get more details on different range oven and stove options in our Range Buying Guide

These are venting appliances that help keep smoke and odor away from the rest of your house. These can be placed on top of a range or cooktop. They can also be placed next to the kitchen cabinetry.

Get more details on different cooktop and range options in our Range Hood Buying Guide