Range Buying Guide
Buying a New Stove?
Here's Everthing You Need to Know
A range (also called a stove) combines an oven and cooktop in one appliance. For the budget conscious, this is the most common and economic option. Range hoods provide proper ventilation and eliminate lingering odors. Some kitchen layouts allow for the popular and stylish option pairing a cooktop with one or more wall ovens. Wall ovens come in various sizes and combinations of single or double ovens, and you can even add a convenient warming drawer.
If you are replacing an existing range or oven, you have options to choose from. Simply measure the appliance for size and check your existing hook-up. Ovens and ranges are available in either electric or gas-fueled models to work with the power source available.
- Responsive burners cook with adjustable gas flame for precise temperature control
- Uses either natural gas or liquid propane
- Electronic ignition for easy starting
- Requires a 120-volt electrical connection
- Less expensive to use
- Oven maintains a more consistent temperature, ideal for baking
- Great choice for fueling convection ovens
- Requires a 208/220-volt or 208/240-volt electrical connection
- Easy to install
- More expensive but offers a combination for the best of both cooking and baking options
- Gas burner cooktop for precise temperature control
- Electric oven for even heat consistency
- Requires a 240-volt electrical connection
Dual Fuel Ranges→
The standard kitchen range measures 30” wide, 26” – 28” deep, and 47” – 48” in height including the backsplash. It has 4 burners and a 3 – 4 cu. ft. oven cavity that is perfect for a family of four. Don;t worry if this wasn’t the kind of range you had in mind, there’s a range for everyone. Ranges come 20” wide for smaller spaces and up to 60” wide for trendy designer kitchens. Larger professional style cooking ranges offer hot stuff like a second oven, a grill, a griddle, up to 6 burners or some combination of these specialty features for your cooking ease and pleasure.
Drop In Ranges→
Double Oven Ranges→
Colors and Finishes
Although many consumers prefer the classic Stainless Steel look, there’s a wide spectrum of color options available when selecting a range. Some manufacturers offer dozens of color options for the same range. If the modern range style doesn’t suit your tastes, there are also ranges available with a more vintage aesthetic.
Available Oven Features
Certain features simplify the way you use and maintain your oven. There are several features you should look out for depending on your cooking preferences, aesthetic tastes, capacity needs and demand for easy maintenance.
Ranges with Infrared Grill Systems→
Ranges with Flexible Rack Systems→
Ranges with Temperature Probes→
Ranges with Delayed Start→
Ranges with Broiler Drawers→
Ranges with Wi-Fi Connectivity→
Available Cooktop Features
Built-in cooktops and rangetops are becoming increasingly popular for the seamless, customized look they offer in modern kitchen designs. Most cooktops are 30” or 36” wide, but they can be as small as 12” wide. Designed for installation in a standard 24” deep counter, cooktop depths vary from 19” to 22”. They are available in either gas or electric with 1 to 10 burner options. Some also come with an integrated griddle, charbroil grill, or French top burner. Another innovative option is induction cooking, which offers all the benefits of cooking with gas through electric cooking. Whether you have a small space, or have big dreams to cook like a pro, there are multiple options to suit your needs.
Heat food with a flame. Chef’s choice for rapid heat and exceptional control. Features you’ll want when it’s turned on:
Gas Ranges with Power Burners→
Gas Ranges with Seamless Grates→
Ranges with Downdraft Vents→
Gas Ranges with Center Control Panels→
Gas Ranges with Electronic Ignition→
Gas Ranges with Simmer Burners→
Gas Ranges with Sealed Burners→
Gas Ranges with Flame Failure Features→
More Range Features
There are a number of exciting features that can make your range more suited to satisfy your cooking needs. Recent developments in range technology such as Internet connectivity provide you with the ultimate cooking convenience.
Ranges with Electronic Temperature Controls→
Ranges with Storage Drawers→
A busy kitchen is often filled with the aromas of a home cooked meal. While these smells are welcoming, the lingering odors, grease, steam and smoke from cooking will need to be properly removed from the room. A range hood is required for proper ventilation, but with all the range hood styles available it is also an important design choice in the kitchen too!
Your range (or cooktop) selection and kitchen layout can determine what ventilation options are available to you. If you aren’t sure what type of range hood you want, you can view our Ventilation Buying Guide. You may also want to look at one of our kitchen packages that include range hoods, making your decisions easier.
It is important to choose a ventilation system to match or exceed your range or cooktop’s requirements. Hoods come in standard widths of 24”, 30”, 36”, 42”, 48”, 54”, and 60”. Specialty hoods can span up to 66” and 70”. The width of the vent hood should be as wide as your range or cooktop for maximum performance. Hood depths vary from 12” for inserts and up to 25” for professional range hoods. Width and depth selection varies by type of cooking.