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.