Range Buying Guide
Depending on your region, the range may be known by many names. Ranges are commonly referred to as stoves, ovens, or some combination (such as "range ovens"). Ranges offer a (are you ready for it?) wide range (sorry, couldn't resist) of features, functions, and other options. Please use this handy buyer's guide from Goedeker's to educate yourself on all the different choices we have to offer when purchasing a new range.
Range Fuel SourcesElectric Ranges
An electric range uses electricity as its power source and usually has a less expensive purchase price. Electric ranges offer two cooktop surfaces: coil elements which uses coiled metal to heat the surface, and a smooth glass surface which is great for cleaning and a modern look. The oven portion also uses electricity to create heat.Gas Ranges
A gas range is available in open burner and closed burner models. A gas hookup - either natural gas or liquid propane - must be available in order to use. Gas ranges are ideal for quick cooking and cooking surfaces can be heated up in an instant for fast results. The oven portion also uses gas flame to create heat.Dual Fuel Ranges
Dual Fuel Ranges merge the best of both worlds. The cooktop surface of a dual fuel range uses gas, while the oven uses electricity.
Ranges by Installation TypeFree Standing Ranges
These models can be placed in the middle or the end of the countertop.Slide In Ranges
These models are designed to be flush with the countertop and cabinets with no backsplash and all controls are on the front.Drop-in Ranges
These are similar to the slide in models but rest on top of a toe kick for a "built-in" look.Induction Ranges
Induction technology is commonly misinterpreted as a unique fuel source. However, induction technology is actually a feature available on some electric ranges. Induction ranges require cookware specifically designed for compatibility with induction cooking. Induction works not by heating the cooktop surface, but instead using magnets within the cooktop to induce heat in the cookware. For this reason, if you remove a pot or pan from an induction cooking surface, it will cool more rapidly than any other available option. This is a significant safety asset to any family with pets or children that may inadvertently activate the range.
Ranges by Cooktop TypeSmooth Top Ranges
Available on electric ranges, smoothtop ranges have a smooth glass heating area. Smooth top ranges are easy to clean and have a modern look.Coil Element Ranges
Most electric range models use a "coiled" metal element to provide heat. These elements glow red when hot, and take time to reach the desired temperature.Open Burner Ranges
Open burners generally require a removable drip tray or drain pan to be placed under the grate for each burner. The lid of the range must be lifted occasionally in order to clean out residue and food debris that may fall between the cooktop and the burner.Sealed Burner Ranges
Sealed burners are available for some gas ranges. A sealed burner means that the cooktop surface runs right up to the burner, meaning that there is no room between the edge of the cooktop and the burner source for food to fall. Sealed burner ranges are easier to clean and maintain than open burner ranges.
Range Features & Issues to Consider When Shopping
On gas ranges, this refers to the metal coverings on which a pot or pan is placed. Grates are either continuous (a pot or pan can slide easily around the surface) or individual (the pot or pan must be lifted and placed on the grate for a separate burner).
Clear glass section of oven door with the ability to view food cooking without having to open the door and release heat.
Metal grates that give the ability to place food at different positions in the oven for optimal cooking.
Available on some models or as a separate unit, keeps food warm without over cooking.
Warming Element on Cook top
This feature allows for low heat to keep food warm without over cooking.
These models have a setting that they will clean themselves after cooking. This is accomplished through extreme heating, reducing any food remnants to ash. For safety, the oven portion of the range will lock during the cleaning process.
Provide less heat than standard burners to avoid overcooking food.
High Watt Coil Burners
These use more energy and heat up faster than standard coil elements.
Connects two burners to increase cooking surface for larger pots and pans.
Multiple broil settings
This allows you to broil food at different temperatures for best results.
Hot surface indicator lights
Lets you know when the surface of the cooktop is still hot to the touch.
Delayed start/Auto Sop
Available on some newer models, the ability to program the oven to start and end at a certain time.
The heating element in the oven used to cook food.
Capacity Plus Half-Rack
Special rack designed to maximize the oven space for large food items.
Collects food drippings on cooking surface and burners to make cleaning easier.
Some ranges offer two ovens for dual cooking, with one oven being smaller than the other.
Option to allow ventelation to go down through the oven instead of through a range hood.
Dual-size Heating Elements
These have two size settings so they can be used to heat both small and large pots and pans without wasting energy.
Halogen Burner Elements
Heat up quickly and cool down quickly for energy savings.
Recessed Oven Door
Designed to reduce heat exposure to surrounding cabinets to avoid discoloration.
Heating elements that can be removed for easy cleaning.
Stainless Steel Exterior
New and modern look to integrate with other kitchen appliances.
Cooktop and back splash are connected to create an easily cleaned surface.
Towel Bar Handle
Located on front of the oven to held kitchen towels and accessories.
Replaces the dial controls on ranges and ovens for a fresh modern look.
Located beneath oven for more kitchen storage, ideal for cookie sheets and long pans.
This feature allows you to left up the cooktop for easy cleaning.