Size – Most ranges and cooktops come in two main sizes, 30″ W and 36″ W. Not only does this give you a larger cooking area, but it also means more burners on your cooktop surface. Most 30″ wide units will have 4 working burners, and one for a warming section, while most 36″ wide units will have 6 working burners. Depending on your cooking needs, you can find a range or cooktop to suit them perfectly.
Fuel Source – When it comes to powering your ranges or ovens, there are 3 options, which are electric, gas, and duel fuel. The most common of the three is electric, and requires a large 220V outlet to function properly. Next there is gas, a natural gasline is required, as well as a 110V outlet to power the ignition starters on the unit. Finally, there is dual fuel units which use gas power for the burners, and electricity for the oven itself. Electric ovens are generally cheaper, but will have higher running costs and less burner control. Gas ranges are generally more expensive, but will have lower running costs and a greater amount of burner control. Duel fuel models are usually the most expensive, but allow you to have the low running costs of an electric oven, while having the low running costs and greater burner control of gas cooktops. Regardless of which range you wish to go with, ensure that you have the proper hookups to use either appliance, or if you wish to move your appliances, ensure that it is possible to do so first.
Finish – When choosing new appliances, it’s nice to have a set that matches completely in both style and colour. Most appliances will come in three different finishes, which are white, black, or stainless steel. Stainless steel is the most common type of appliance to find nowadays, however black and white appliances can still be ordered, but are usually more limited in selection however.
Unit type – There is a large selection available for ranges and ovens, and with the large amount available you’ll be able to find something to perfectly suit your needs. The varying types of units are as follows.
Free Standing Ranges are the most common type of range available. Free standing ranges are designed to be placed on their own, or in between two cabinets. These ranges have their controls mounted on a raised panel at the back of the unit, to both protect the wall and give easy access to the controls away from the burners.
Slide In Ranges are a slick type of range unit which has the controls mounted on the front of the unit, without a raised panel at the back. These units are designed to be installed flush with the countertop, without any gaps in the cabinetry fronts or on the countertop. The lack of a raised section at the back allows for backsplash to be built flush across the countertop, giving the kitchen a streamlined, uniform look.
Wall Ovens are a great way to gain easily accessible oven space, and to grab a unique look for the kitchen. Wall ovens are generally built into large pantry units, and can be either single or double ovens, depending on your cooking needs. Wall Ovens are mounted higher then a normal range unit sits, allowing for quick and easy access to insert and remove large items. Since wall ovens do not come with burners, these models are generally paired with cooktop units.
Cooktops are an excellent way to compliment a built in wall oven, all while maintaining a slick look with increased storage and functionality. Cooktop units are installed right into the countertop, and do not require a break in the countertop, allowing for a great, fully connected countertop look in the kitchen. Also, cooktop units are shallow in height, so below a cooktop unit is a great place to store your large pots and pans, providing quick access to your cookware as you need it.