Before shopping for a range, consider your baking and cooking needs, floor space, budget and decorating preferences. Finishes are no more than a matter of taste; anodized or stainless-steel finishes add an industrial touch while black finishes are perfect for a contemporary styled kitchen. Of course, the white and bisque range is a traditional all-time classic.
Slide-in or Freestanding?
All rangers are divided into freestanding and slide-in.A first type is a great option for those who want a flexible installation. Quite often they are equipped with backsplash controls and always have finished sides. Slide-in rangers aren’t that flexible but provide a built-in look. They can slide over countertops to avoid crumbs falling into gaps, thanks to a specific design. These models don’t have a backsplash allowing owners to get a custom option.
Where Will it Stand?
Before thinking about the style and size of your future range, consider where you want it to stand. Can it fit between counterplots? Rangers come in more or less the same sizes, starting from 24 inches and up to 30 inches for usual models and 36 inches for professional and designer rangers.
Measure the Space
For those who want something else than a usual freestanding range, it is important to carefully measure the width, height and depth of the chosen spot to make sure it fits without problems.
Check the Hookups
Having a gas line in the kitchen is necessary for those who’re thinking of buying a dual-fuel or a gas range. Gas stoves can work on either liquid propane or natural gas. If you prefer electric ranges, check the circuit: it should have enough capacity for it.
How Many Ovens do You Need?
Standard rangers have one spacious oven. Still, some users may need a double oven set up. It gives greater flexibility as you can prepare more meals simultaneously, without cooking smells in one oven influencing what’s being cooked on the other one.
You can expect to pay around $350 for the cheapest electric range with manual oven while the most expensive dual-fuel range with convection heating costs more than $4,000.