Kitchen ranges, also referred to as stoves, cookers or cookstoves, are usually one of the main appliances that outfit a kitchen. A traditional kitchen range generally consists of an oven topped with a cooktop that contains two to four burners. The cooktop with burners is specifically known as the range. Whether you are a gourmet chef, an aspiring gourmet or simply someone who enjoys cooking for others, having a traditional kitchen range at home can help you make delicious meals for your friends and family alike.
However, when it comes to choosing between different types of kitchen ranges, the possibilities can be overwhelming. After you decide whether you want a gas or an electric range, you will then have to choose between various brands that can offer distinct features. If you are in the market for a new kitchen range, be sure that you research all of the available options so you can choose the right range for you before making an investment.
Gas vs. Electric Ranges
While gas ranges refer to stove units that generate heat by using natural gas, electric ranges cook food by feeding off your homes electricity. The choice between gas versus electric kitchen ranges will depend on your personal preferences, as well as the available electric or gas outlets in your kitchen.
Take a look at the table below to contrast the unique pros and cons associated with gas versus electric ranges.
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If you are still at a loss on whether or not to choose gas over electric ranges (or vice versa), keep in mind that you may not have to make an absolute decision. In fact, some kitchen appliance manufacturers are now selling ranges and oven units that combine the benefits of electric and gas stoves. Most of these hybrid units tend to have gas stovetops and electric ovens.
Other Kitchen Range Features
While the traditional kitchen range usually exists as a freestanding unit, you can also opt for ranges that slide in the appropriate space or that are built-into a wall/cabinet unit. Your decision will depend on your available space and your budget. In general, built-in systems tend to be pricier than other options for kitchen ranges.
How to Choose the Right Kitchen Range
Before you run out and purchase a new kitchen range, read these tips to make sure that you get a range that will be right for you and your kitchen! Here are some tips for how to choose a kitchen range:
- If you currently own an electric range and are thinking about changing to a gas unit, check to see if you have any gas outlets behind your range. A lack of gas outlets means that you should probably stick to an electric unit if you want to avoid any major, costly renovations to your kitchen.
- Measure the space in which your current range unit sits so that you choose a unit that will fit comfortably in your kitchen.
- Stick to a major appliance brand that you trust. This means that you will likely be better off investing in units made by brands that have made other appliances you own.
Cost of Kitchen Ranges
While the cost of kitchen ranges varies from brand to brand, you can expect to pay anywhere from $500 to upwards of $3,000. Keep in mind that you can save money on your kitchen range by buying used units or by purchasing units made by less mainstream manufacturers. However, if you plan on buying used or less-mainstream kitchen ranges, be sure that you get a warranty to avoid buying a malfunctioning or low-quality unit.
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