Fitting a Range into your Kitchen’s Design
Measure the space in your kitchen available for your new range. Height, width and depth are crucial in deciding which range is right for you.
• Range of Widths: Ranges are available with width between 20″ – 48″
• Range of Height: Ranges are available with heights between 36″ – 48.5″ measured to top of grates (or top of backsplash if freestanding)
• Range of Depths: Ranges are available with depths between 23.5″ – 30.5″ measured with door closed
Gas ranges use natural gas or can be converted to liquid propane to heat the oven and burners.
• Pros: A gas stove gets you an instant, constant flame that you can adjust visually and is therefore more intuitive. Flames cook food more quickly and have even temperature control. Additionally, the cost of setup and of using a gas range is less if your home already uses natural gas.
• Points to Consider: Gas range costs are usually higher than the cost of an electric stove. Also, if you do not already have a gas line to hook up to in the kitchen, you will need to factor in the ost of that as well. Keep in mind the potential for hazard if the burner does not ignite and gas is released into the air.
Range Styles: Freestanding vs. Built-In Range Models Select the range style you will be installing in your kitchen.
Freestanding: Freestanding ranges can be installed anywhere in your kitchen, and do not require additional cabinetry work. The sides of a freestanding range are finished so the oven looks attractive while standing on its own.
Slide-In: Slide-in ranges are great for a more customized kitchen design. Designed to fit between countertops and cabinets, side panels are not finished since they will be hidden when installed. A slide-in range does not have a built-in backsplash so it looks integrated into the look of your kitchen.
Drop-In: For an even more customized kitchen style, drop-in ranges require customized cabinetry and are dropped into the prepared space with a front cabinet panel at the bottom.
Extra Features for your Range
Ranges have become quite innovative and many different features are available for each format.
Number of Burners:
• 4 burners – Standard
• 5 burners – Designed to give you extra space and flexibility to cook more at once.
– Standard Open Burners – Require drip trays to catch spills
– Sealed Burners – The cooktop extends up to the burner so that spills cannot drip down the open space beneath the burner. Btu is slightly lower with sealed burners.
– Coil – Basic electric cooktop, takes time to heat up, may be difficult to clean.
– Radiant Glass Surface – Coils are housed under the surface of the smooth glass top. This radiates the heat up to your pot or pan. Any material of cookware (glass, copper-bottom, etc.) work fine.
– Induction Glass Surface – Compared to coil, induction surface adjusts heat instantly. Due to electromagnetic energy, heat is transferred directly to the cookware, while the surface of the smooth top stays cool to the touch. Plus, the glass surface is easy to clean. This is the most energy efficient cooktop. However, induction cookware is required for heating to take place.
Select from the many range brands we have to offer. Each brand offers many of the different features above.
Stop by a Sears Hometown Store today!
Stop by a Sears Hometown Store today and our certified sales team will help you pick the range that’s best for you. We’ll have it delivered and installed in your home as soon as possible.