What should you look for when buying a new kitchen range? Use our handy
range buying guide to get a quick primer on the things you should consider when
shopping for a new range.
If you need some recommendations on what ranges to
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ELECTRIC COIL RANGES: The coil sits above the
range top surface or into a recessed cavity. The coils are more
vulnerable to spills, but drip pans capture spills and are generally
easy to access, remove, and clean. These units are usually less
Shop all electric standard coil ranges
ELECTRIC SMOOTH TOP RANGES: The radiant elements are
installed beneath a glass surface presenting a sleek integrated
appearance. These cooktops are easy to clean. The radiant elements heat
quickly and evenly.
Shop all electric smooth top ranges
ELECTRIC INDUCTION RANGES: Induction cooktops work by
using an electromagnetic field to heat the cookware. It only heats the
area that comes into contact with the cookware, and allows for very
fast, even heating with precise control at all temperature readings.
Requires special cookware.
Shop all electric induction ranges
GAS - DUAL FUEL RANGES: Dual fuel ranges combine the
instant response of gas burners and the even heat of an electric oven.
Shop all dual fuel gas ranges
GAS - PRO STYLE RANGES: Commercial style ranges are
becoming increasingly popular and offer a variety of options catering to
the needs of even the most demanding cooks. These pro-style ranges
usually offer higher output burners.
Shop all pro-style gas ranges
DOUBLE OVEN RANGES: Available in both electric and gas
versions, the double oven range allows you to simultaneously cook two
different dishes at two different temperatures.
Shop all gas/elec double ovens
is a key consideration when purchasing a range. The vent can be a
microwave hood combination, but higher-performing ranges may require an
overhead hood with internal or external blowers.
Consider the number of people that
you typically cook for. If you cook frequently or for large numbers, a
large capacity range and oven may be your best choice. Ranges are
available in multiple sizes for just about any cooking requirement.
Heat Output - Gas: Most
gas ranges have four or more burners whose output measured in BTU/hr
(British Thermal Units). A range with at least one high output burner is
recommended (approx 15,000 BTU or more per hour). Medium and Low output
burner options are also available to cover a variety of cooking needs.
Heat Output - Electric: The
output of electric burners is typically measured in watts. The higher
the number, the faster your food will cook.
Ranges come in a variety of sizes. 30"
ranges are standard, although larger commercial-style ranges come in
larger widths up to 60".
|STYLE AND DESIGN
FREESTANDING RANGES have finished sides and do not need to be fitted
SLIDE IN or DROP IN RANGES ranges fit into the space between cabinets and do not
have finished sides. Drop-ins usually rest on top of a toe kick plate
matching the rest of the cabinetry.
temperature controls allow
for more accurate cooking temperatures.
ovens eliminate the
need for strong smelling sprays and scrubbing.
timing options allow
you to preset your oven to automatically turn on and off to cook
your meals even when you are not present.
ovens cook about 30%
faster than conventional ovens. Fans in the oven circulate the heat
around foods to cook them faster.
- Simmer burners provide
low, gradual heat when required for a variety of cooking needs such
as preparing soups and sauces. Once a drawback when cooking with
gas, better gas ranges offer precise low temperature control.
provide cooking heat allowing you to quickly boil or sear foods as
reqired, dramatically cutting down on cooking time. On some high-end
ranges, you can find burner output exceeding an incredible 17,500
drawers store cooked
food, keeping it warm and moist until you are ready to serve.
Warming features in ovens and on cooktops also serve a similar
- Dual element
electric ranges feature an inner ring for smaller pans and a large
outer ring for larger pots and pans. A flick of the switch turns on
the preferred size.
Element: An extra
element between two main elements on a smooth top cooktop that can
be turned on to create a large surface for large pans such as
oven racks allow you
to adapt your oven to your particular cooking needs.
- Multiple broil
settings allow you to
broil different types of food at optimal temperatures.
- Seamless or
continuous grates allow
you to easily slide heavy pots between burners without doing any
manufacturers allow you to customize their range cooktops with
accessories such as grills, griddles, wok rings and more.
- Hot surface
indicator lights are
available on some electric models alert you that a surface may still
be hot even though it is powered off..
- Large oven
windows and lighting allow
you to easily view your oven contents without opening the door.
Measure the space that you have available for your range. Know the
height, width and depth of the area you want the new model to fit into.
If selecting a gas range, you will need a gas hook-up to a natural gas
source, or to an LP (liquid propane supply tank). You will need an
electrical hook-up for both type of ranges.
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