Range Buying Guide
Shopping for a New Range
A cooking range powers your kitchen and is the cornerstone for warm healthy meals for you and your family.
With a single kitchen appliance, you have the combined power of a cooktop and oven to bake, broil, roast, simmer, fry, and boil your food!
Buying a new range?
Ask yourself these questions before buying a new range.
- Do you want a freestanding, slide-in, or drop-in range?
- Do you want a gas or an electric range?
- What type of oven do you want?
- What type of burner do you want?
This guide provides an outline of each of these and more to help you make a final decision.
Freestanding, slide-in or drop-in range?
These are your range choices depending on where you want to install your range.
This range gives you the flexibility to install it anywhere in the kitchen. Keep in mind that the location of electrical outlets and gas hook-ups will also influence the placement of the range.
The control dials for freestanding ranges are usually located behind the burners on the vertical panel.
Freestanding Ranges also include either a storage compartment or a heating drawer located underneath the oven. You also have the option to choose between a single or a double oven.
This type of range can be slid in between surrounding kitchen cabinetry or placed next to it.
This is a cleaner and more customised alternative than a freestanding range. This unit slides in so that the cooktop surface rests on top of the countertops on each side.
The control dials on slide-in ranges are upfront and easily accessible. These also come with a single or double oven option. Similar to freestanding ranges, the slide-in ranges also have either a storage compartment or a heating drawer below the oven.
This is a choice best utilized for custom-designed cabinets. The Control dials are upfront and easily accessible. The features of this type of range varies based on your customizations.
Slide-ins and drop-ins usually do not have finished sides as they are intended to be placed between cabinets where the sides will not be exposed.
All ranges come in three cooking surfaces types coil, smoothtop, and induction.
You will have installation requirements that are customized to your needs and what you have purchased. You can read more about our installation services here.
The second consideration is based on your fuel preference. Take a look at the features of each.
- Uses natural gas for power or Liquid Propane (LP Conversion Kit Required)
- Cooks food via flame both in the cooktop and oven
- Easily adjustable temperature via knobs
- Oven has a fan-only conventional heat option
- Uses electricity for power
- Includes induction cooktops and convection ovens
- Offers a variety of cooktop options including electric coil, electric radiant, and induction
- Offers both oven options: convection oven and fan-only convection
- Includes gas burners with well-insulated electric oven
- Have cast-iron continuous cooking grates
- Built with heavy-gauge stainless steel
What is your burner preference?
Number of Burners
While four burners seem the gold standard, there are many variations such as five or six burners, and some with a bridge burner.
Bridge burners are those that bridge two burners which is a nice feature fit a griddle or for cooking with oversized pans.
Gas burners and electric coil burners come with grates made of enamel on steel or cast iron. While these are removable, they are more difficult to clean.
Most glass-top electric burners or state-of-the-art induction burners are easy to clean as they have smooth ceramic tops.
Manual or Self-Cleaning Ovens?
Pause for a moment to think about this: would you invest the time and energy to clean your range ovens after use, or would you instead prefer to cook, eat, and move on to something more interesting while the oven takes care of itself? Needless to say, the self-cleaning feature makes it super convenient for you to maintain your cooking range.
Convection or Regular Ovens?
Another major decision for buyers is whether or not to spend more money on a convection cooking oven.
One advantage of convection ovens is even and consistent baking. So, if you are a passionate baker, the price of perfection is a higher-end model with a convection oven.
Power cords are not included as part of your brand-new range because the manufacturers don’t know which one you will need.
To buy an appropriate power cord, you need to identify if you need a three-prong or four-prong cord.
Check the amperage and decide if you need to buy a new cord, or re-use a cord you currently own.