The range combines a cooktop and oven into a single appliance—making it the true workhorse of the kitchen. Ranges come in a variety of styles and can include all kinds of features, which is great, but can also be overwhelming. At Reno’s Appliance, we’re range experts, so we’ve created this simple buying guide to help you find the ideal one for your home.
- What’s Your Budget?
First, you should determine how much you want to spend. Prices can vary from about $350 for a basic range to $3500 or more for luxury models with plenty of features and high-end styling. Having a price point in mind will help you narrow down your options.
- What Size?
A standard range is 30 inches wide, but they can be 36 inches or wider. Be sure to measure the space where you want to install it and buy the correct size. The last thing you want is to have your range delivered only to find that it won’t fit.
- Do You Want Gas or Electric?
If you don’t have a gas line already installed in your kitchen, then an electric model is your only option. If you do have a gas line, then you can get a gas-powered or a dual fuel range. Dual fuel range models heat the oven with electric power for precise temperatures, and fuel the cooktop with gas for faster boiling and cooking.
- What Style?
There are three different styles of ranges:
- Freestanding models are designed to be placed anywhere in the kitchen. These are the most popular and least expensive ranges.
- Slide-ins are made to literally “slide in” between cabinets. The sides of a slide-in range are left unfinished since they won’t be seen, but they do have alignment grooves for ease of installation.
- Drop-ins are used with customized cabinetry. They are dropped into the prepared base with a cabinet front panel at the bottom for seamless integration with the kitchen and a high-end look.
- Do You Want to Go Pro?
Pro ranges are typically free-standing models that start at 36 inches wide, but come in 48 inch and 60 inch widths as well to accommodate multiple ovens, more burners, and built-in griddles and grills that span the cooktop. You’ll also find different burner configurations and well as French tops in pro models for more precise temperature control. If you want to take your cooking to the next level, then consider a pro range.
- Who Cleans the Oven?
Are you OK with cleaning the oven yourself, or do you prefer a self-cleaning oven? Self-cleaning ovens cost a bit more, but most people decide the extra cost is worth it.
- Have Your Considered Convection?
You may have heard the term convection oven. That means there is a fan inside the unit that distributes heat more evenly in the oven to speed up cooking and produce more consistent results. It will cost an additional amount if you opt for a convection oven.
- How Many Burners?
The least expensive ranges have four standard burners on the cooktop. As you get into higher end models, you’ll find burners that are more precise and flexible. For example, your range might come with a “power burner” for quick boiling and pan searing. It may also have a “low burner” for simmering sauces. Some ranges may even have a fifth burner.
- What Features Will You Need?
Now you have to decide which features are important to you. Adding features will increase the price, but you may find it is worth every penny. Some features you might consider include double ovens, “smart” temperature sensors, warming drawers, or a hidden bake element.
- How Do You Want to Control Your Range?
You’ll also have a decision to make when it comes to how your range is controlled. Are you fine with the standard cooktop knobs and oven controls? Or do you want your unit to be more sophisticated? For example, you can get a unit that’s all digital and push-button, or maybe even programmable.
One increasing popular feature found in higher-end ranges is voice control. For example, this GE Profile Range will respond to simple voice commands for the ultimate convenience.
Reno’s Appliance carries top-of-the-line electric and gas ranges from brands like Bosch, Wolf, GE, Amana, and Samsung. When it comes time for you to pick out a new range, stop by our showroom in Paterson, NJ to view our selection.
- What’s Your Budget?
Posted: October 10, 2017|Categories: Kitchen Appliances
Whether you’re giving your kitchen a complete overhaul, or simply updating the décor, installing a new kitchen faucet is certainly going to be part of the job. If it’s been a while since you last shopped for a faucet, and you’re not sure where to begin, then check out these four tips to help you find the perfect one for your space.
- Mounting Matters
First, decide if you want a deck-mount faucet or a wall-mount faucet. Wall-mount faucets attach through the wall and hang over the sink.
Deck-mount faucets attach to the countertop or rest on the sink. If you choose this type, then the number of holes on your sink is important. These are your standard options:
- Combination handle/spout faucets require a single hole, plus an additional hole for the sprayer.
- Handle/spout faucets with integrated sprayers require a single hole.
- Traditional faucets need four holes total: one each for the hot and cold taps, one for the spout, and a fourth for the sprayer.
If you want to add soap dispensers, instant hot water dispensers, water filters, or other optional components, then you’ll need more holes. If you’re starting from scratch, choose your faucet before your sink so you can buy a sink with the appropriate number of holes for your selection. Or, holes may be drilled into the sink to accommodate your faucet if needed.
- Focus on the Finish
Most kitchen faucets come in a range of finish choices, typically some color of metal. In the silver family, options include chrome, nickel, stainless steel, platinum, and pewter. For a warmer tone, you can try brass, gold, bronze, or copper. Metallic finishes can be either polished, brushed, or satin, depending on whether you want a bold shine or a more muted gleam.
If you’ve picked out your kitchen sink, then you obviously want your faucet to match. Easy decision. But if you haven’t picked out the sink, consider that smudges and stains show up on chrome and polished finishes more easily than brushed and satin finishes. That may be a factor in your decision.
- Consider Ultra Low Flow
If you’re environmentally focused, or want to save on water bills, this may be important to you. Since 1992, federal regulations require that faucets made in the United States have a maximum flow rate of 2.5 gallons per minute (GPM), which has resulted in thousands and thousands of gallons of water saved each year.
But, you can choose to have an even lower flow rate. In 2008, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) started the WaterSense program to encourage the manufacture of high-efficiency faucets with a flow rate of 1.5 GPM or less. While not a federal regulation, most manufacturers have products that meet WaterSense criteria, so be sure to ask your salesperson if this interests you.
- Take a Look at Technology Trends
If you haven’t bought a faucet in a long time, then you’re probably not aware of all the cool new faucet features out there, like:
- Motion-activation: Motion-activated faucets enable you to turn the water on and off, adjust the flow, and raise or lower the temperature,
- Laminar flow: Laminar technology emits water in a clear, solid stream for a smooth and silky feel and no splashing. It feels luxurious, but laminar-flow faucets still meet federal water flow standards, with some models even meeting the stricter WaterSense criteria.
- Filtration and more: Many manufacturers make faucets that offer built-in filtration, instant chilling, and even carbonation for clean, cold, sparkling water on demand.
Shopping for a new kitchen faucet doesn’t have to be a daunting task. Follow these tips and you’re sure to find the perfect faucet.
- Mounting Matters
Posted: October 03, 2017
The mudroom is prized among homeowners for housing all kinds of gear, from coats and backpacks, to cleats and tennis rackets. It’s also the perfect place to handle messy chores like potting plants and painting small pieces of furniture. Perhaps most important, mudrooms help keep the dirt and germs that reside outside the house from getting inside the rest of your clean home.
If your mudroom is due for a remodel, or you are looking to add one in your home, consider these helpful tips:
- Focus on Floors
Start your mudroom renovation with what’s below your feet. You want your mudroom floors to be easy to clean and slip-resistant.
Linoleum is a good choice for mudroom flooring because it requires just basic upkeep and it naturally repels bacteria and dust. Vinyl flooring is another popular option because it’s nearly impervious to stains and water damage, and maintenance is a matter of sweeping it clean on a regular basis. You can pad either flooring option with a layer of cork for a softer floor.
- See Seating Possibilities
What’s the point of a mudroom if people don’t remove their shoes before entering your home? Giving people a convenient place to sit will encourage them to do just that. Many home goods or hardware stores carry small benches with shoe storage built right in. If you are a crafter you can buy unfinished pieces and paint and stencil the piece yourself to match your décor.
- Get On the Hook
Wall hooks were simply made for mudrooms. They are easier to install than cabinets and can hold anything from coats and backpacks to sports bags and laptop cases. Assign two or three hooks for each person in the family to keep things from piling up.
- Consider Cubbies
Cubbies are a perfect addition to mudrooms, especially when you have young ones at home. Hooks may be too high for them to reach, but a cubby is just their height, which will encourage them to put their things away where they belong. Cubbies are also a good option for storing shoes.
- Be Creative with Color
Most people may not think of painting their mudroom because they usually don’t spend too much time in there. On the other hand, mudrooms are usually small spaces, so using a bold color may just add that pop of color your home is looking for. In fact, maybe seeing happy yellow, tranquil green, or cool blue walls may set the right tone as you move through the space into your home.
- Look for a Laundry Solution
Mudrooms are usually conveniently located adjacent to the kitchen—which makes them perfect locations for your laundry set-up. Are you concerned that your mudroom isn’t large enough to accommodate a washer and a dryer? Consider purchasing a stackable washer-dryer units, which are perfect for small spaces.
- Enjoy Extra Refrigeration
Consider a second, full-sized refrigerator or even a compact fridge for the mudroom. An extra
refrigerator is perfect for canned and bottled beverages, and other food items that need long-term cold storage or freezing, but take up too much valuable real estate in the kitchen fridge. It’s also great to have that extra refrigeration for those times you host large gatherings.
Mudrooms serve different needs for different families, but they all share at least one common purpose—keeping your home clean and clutter-free. Follow the above tips to get the most out of your mudroom for years to come.
Reno’s Appliance was founded in 1951 as Reno’s Radio & TV. Since then, the shop has grown to become the one-stop home appliance source trusted by thousands. Reno’s sons continue to carry on the tradition set forth by their father and exhibit exceptional customer service. We have every home appliance you will possibly need. Stop by our showroom in Paterson, NJ to view our selection.
- Focus on Floors