Choosing cooking appliances for your kitchen remodel
Comparing Cooking Appliance Options
The place with the most flexibility in your appliance budget and design will be in how you decide to address your cooking appliances.
The least expensive is the free standing, all in one range.
The freestanding range is typically 30″ in width, finished on the left and right sides, and has a raised control panel at the back of the unit. They are readily available in Gas, Electric, and “Duel Fuel” (Gas top- Electric oven). Ease of installation and lower cost are the main factors going for the free standing unit.
Often what you lose is flexibility in placement and style. The control console rising at the back serves to interrupt the smooth lines of a back splash design layout. In addition, the unit needs a certain amount of space around it for installation leaving a slight gap at the counter-top and cabinets. (usually only 1/8th of an inch if installed correctly).
A slide in range is slightly more expensive, but often worth it to keep the design streamline.
The main advantage of a slide in is that it allows for the backsplash to continue without interruption as well as allowing for more creativity on the wall directly behind the stove. A slide in also is a tighter fit and the top actually sits on top of the counter giving a tight seal.
Here is a quick reference chart relating to range choices.
|RangeType||PowerSource||Features to Consider||Additional Considerations|
|Electric||Electricity (Coil or Radiant Elements)||
|Dual-Fuel||Gas Cooktop and Electric Oven||
Next time we will look at the separate cooktop and wall oven options.