Range/Stove/Oven Buying Tips
- Gas, Electric or Combination? - This is the first question that needs to be answered before starting your search for new cooking appliances. Which you choose depends on personal preference and what fuel source is availabe at your location. Certain combinations will cost more, for example a gas cooktop with an electric oven.
- Installation - Know the size of the space you have to place the appliance. Is there room for a double wall oven or a commercial size oven or would a space-saving combination range/oven be a better choice.
- Performance - The more bells and whistles the higher the price. Here are some special features to consider: convection cooking, refrigerated ranges that offer cooking and cooling to support busy lifestyles, warming draws hold your food at an optimal temperature before serving, heat variations with smart controls allow you to pre-program delay and start cycles on your ovens, simmer and high heat burners and don't forget special safety features like control lock-out that are now available.
- Capacity and Flexibility - How much do you need to cook at one time and what do you need to cook? Consider what capacity means to you when you shop for a kitchen range. Is it size? Higher heat output? Adjustable interior and surface space for different sizes of cookware?
- Maintenance and Upkeep - Don't forget to look at how easy it will be to access and clean your burners and oven parts.
- Efficiency - Electronic displays, split-levels in the oven, and a good seal on the door can save you money in energy costs.