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Several of the most popular names in kitchen ranges have roots that reach back to the days of coal and wood-fired stoves. Manufacturers began selling first gas-fired stoves meant for mass market home use near the start of the 20th century, while electric ranges became mass-produced in the 30s. This section provides reviews that reveal the best Ranges for your kitchen in various categories.
Our Range Reviews Explains the Different Range Types
One of the first things you will decide is what type of range you need. Below you will find your choices.
Smooth ceramic cooktops have a sleek appearance and offer easy cleanup. However, you will need to use a special cleaner for the ceramic glass. Ceramic cooktops are available in a variety of colors to complement any kitchen design. The ribbon elements on a smooth-top cooktop heat quicker than the old coil elements and some are adjustable in size. Some sealed ceramic cooktops can be recessed so they are virtually flush with the countertop. Smoothtop cooktops have helpful features like variable-size elements, warming zones, and bridge elements.
Sealed surface burners contain spills for easy cleanup. Many cooktops are designed with the sealed burners recessed below the surface of the countertop. Models are available with “gas-on-glass” where the sealed burner is mounted directly on the ceramic cooktop, combining the easy cleaning of an electric smooth top with the performance of gas. Sealed “simmer” burners allow you to cook delicate foods Precise temperature controls allow you to control the temperature for every cooking need. Most cast-iron, porcelain enamel-coated grates are dishwasher safe for easy cleanup. Click the link below to read our Cooktop Range Reviews.
Slide-in ranges allow you to have the seamless look of your tile backsplash without looking at the backguard of a range. Slide-In ranges also features the burner and oven controls up front and also are a little bit wider on top to overlap the countertop to create a built-in look.
There are two main benefits: Style and Cleanability.
Slide-In models and freestanding models are most often 30” wide to fit conventional cabinets. However, while they both require a 30” cabinet opening, slide-in models have unfinished sides so they are truly designed to be built-in between two cabinets. They are about 2” wider on top so they overlap the countertop.
One of the main benefits to the overlap is cleanability. Food and crumbs can’t drip down the sides like it can with a freestanding. Also, when you push a slide-in range all the way back, there is about a 2” space behind the range. You fill this with countertop material. This allows a built-in look and the capability of being able to showcase your backsplash since there isn’t a backguard blocking it like a freestanding unit. You can access our slide-in range reviews by clicking the link below.
On the other hand, Freestanding Ranges have a backguard which features the oven controls and burner controls (burner controls are usually in the back for electric ranges and up front for gas ranges).There are of course a few exceptions like KitchenAid, but generally speaking these are the most common features.
Freestanding models have finished sides so they are a little more flexible with installation. Available at much lower prices, Freestanding Ranges offer more selection than the higher priced slide-ins. The comparable freestanding will also be 10-15% cheaper as well. Click on the link below to read our freestanding range reviews.
Gas ranges come in either a stand-alone or slide-in models. The slide-in models create the “built-in” look. The standalone type is simple to install and installation can be done by anyone. Slide-in models are space-savers in tight quarters, but may require some special attention when it comes to installation.
In either case, you can likely ignore the total BTU rating. This is sometimes used as a selling point by stores, but is in no way indicative of performance. It is simply a measuring stick for how much fuel is used, not how efficiently it might burn. Our gas range reviews can be access by clicking the link below.
If you want to get more familiar with kitchen ranges, considered to be among the top-rated appliances to have in your home, check out our Kitchen Range Buying Guide.
Nowadays, picking a stove, oven or a kitchen range means choosing between much more than opting for either electric or gas. Modern ranges are available in a wide array of configurations, with special features available between models and companies. With so much to choose from, and the overall price capable of reaching into the thousands of dollars, it is smart to take your time and read the Kitchen Range Reviews presented to you by Greatest Appliances prior to making a purchase, ensuring you get the most value for your money.