Buying A New Range (Stove)? Here’s All You Need To Know
While remodeling kitchens, cost is to be considered. If you’re on a tight budget, and you’re looking for a cost-effective way to cook your meals, then a Range is a viable option. Don’t let the word confuse you, a Range is simply a stove with multiple cooking surfaces. Now that we know what we’re talking about, let’s go and find out what makes it an option to consider in remodeling your kitchen.
A range is a one-piece unit that includes a cooktop area with different zones. These zones include gas cooktops, electric cooktops or induction cooktops. Right underneath the cooktop area, the oven can be found. 30in – 36in is the usual range found in homes, others are for commercial use.
Types of Ranges
There are usually two major categories of ranges to choose from. One is based on the fuel that’ll power the range cooktop, and the other is based on how the range will fit into whatever space you want it to.
Since gas ranges have knobs on them that regulate the heat applied to the food, chefs that need to constantly fine-tune their cooking prefer to use gas ranges for that unique regulation quality that it has.
The major expense on a gas range is the initial installation. After that, as cost is restricted to filling up your cylinder, gas ranges are more cost effective than electric ranges because of electric bills.
Consumers prefer electric ranges because of their aesthetic beauty and how easier to clean they are. With gas ranges, there are a lot of individual parts to clean, but with the electric ranges, it’s one cleaning package, much easier to handle.
In terms of installation, electric ranges are better to use because for kitchens without a gas hookup already installed, an electric range is easier to install, as it’s already preinstalled. You just need to plug the socket and turn it on.
Via design, we have a variety of ranges that are suited to different users. One is the Freestanding range, which can be installed in any place and space you want. Similar to this is the Sliding range. The Drop-in range and the Wall oven aren’t widely used due to the difficulty in installation.
Factors to Consider before buying a Range:
Ranges can be costly, and with the different fuels involved, are even costlier to use after installation. Electricity ranges usually cost more in the long run than gas ranges. Convection Ovens and Induction Cooktops are even more expensive.
Ranges are known for their cooking speeds, with the electric range being most notable for its even heat spread. However, a gas range is faster, because an electric range has to heat up first, unlike a gas range which is instantly hot as soon as it’s turned on. Gas ranges also cool down faster, which is a safety advantage.
Each of these options has their advantages and disadvantages. It’s left to you to make an informed decision with the information at your disposal.