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Buying a Range

Power Source

There are three types of ranges based on their power source. Ranges can be either gas, electric or dual fuel. 

The flame on a gas range can be controlled with precision and is usually preferred by professional cooks because the flame will provide instant heat. 

An electric range will boil liquid faster. Electric ranges may also contain an induction cooking feature that operates using electromagnetic technology and wastes far less heat than a regular cooktop while the heated surface cools down immediately after usage. 

Dual fuel ranges combine gas cooktops with electric ovens.

Styles

Based on their installation options, ranges can be freestanding, slide-in, or drop-in: Freestanding ranges are the most common range style. They fit anywhere in your kitchen independently and don't require any additional cabinetry work. Slide-in ranges are manufactured to fit flush with the countertop and are planned to slide into an open space in the cabinetry. Drop-in ranges require a prepared base into the cabinetry with a front panel of the cabinetry at the bottom, as they need to be dropped into the base, yet fit the cabinetry style. Keep in mind that, based on the number of burners, size of the oven, number of ovens, as well as their power, ranges can be either residential or professional. This doesn't mean that professional ranges are intended for commercial use only, but to provide convenience in the preparation of more complex meals while providing a more commercial appearance.

Convection

Among other features, convection cooking seems to be quite popular in the past few years. Convection ovens include a fan and an exhaust system that blow the hot oven air around the food and vent it out. This results in food being surrounded by hot air and cooked faster and more evenly.

Size

When purchasing a new range, make sure to measure its width, height, and depth so it will fit the planned space in your kitchen as well as pass-through perfectly on its way to the kitchen. There is no actual standard range size but most of the models are 30 inches wide and 27 to 29 inches deep. These numbers may vary by the number of burners, oven size, and other factors.

Price

Among all the household appliances, the biggest diversity in prices appears when it comes to ranges. There are some simple and smaller models available from $500, and depending on the size, features, brand as well as other conveniences, the price can go up to $20,000.

Features

Numerous features are available in today’s ranges. You may think of which one of these will provide the most convenience during your cooking. Coil burners seem to be a great feature, since, according to professional chefs, pans sit directly on the coils, and metal conducts heat well. Besides coil burners, convection cooking is the way to go. Also, induction cooking happens to be a more efficient and energy saving way of cooking. Sealed burners are a characteristic of gas ranges, and they are a choice of many chefs who prepare more specific meals unable to be prepared on other burners, as sealed burners provide an open flame. Additionally, grill mode is always good to own in a range. You can also experience great cooking with proof mode, sabbath mode, griddles, downdraft vent. Of course, check if your future range owns a self-clean feature, is it ADA compliant as well as if you need some smart features like touch-screen controls, built-in WiFi, Google Home and Amazon Alexa, and many more.