Range Buying Guide
What is a range? 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" or "cooking ranges").
Ranges offer a wide variety of features, functions, and other options. All of these increase the usefulness of this necessary kitchen appliance.
Please use this handy range buying guide from Goedeker's to better educate yourself about all the different choices there are to consider when purchasing a new kitchen range.
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Range Fuel Types
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 a gas range. These are ideal for quick cooking; cooking surfaces can be heated up in an instant for fast results. The oven portion also uses gas flames to create heat.
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 use coiled metal to heat the surface, and a smooth glass surface, which is great for cleaning and offers a modern look. The oven portion also uses electricity to create heat.
Dual Fuel Ranges
Dual fuel ranges make use of both fuel options when cooking. The cooktop surface uses gas, while the oven uses electricity. This provides the best of the both worlds as gas is better for frying and electric is better for baking. Learn more about dual fuel ranges.
Wood Burning Ranges
Wood-burning ranges and stoves are a bit rare these days. However, they can be an interesting choice depending on what style you want to create in your kitchen.
Ranges by Installation Type
Freestanding range models can be placed in the middle or at the end of the countertop, because they have fully built sides.
Slide-in range models are designed to be flush with the countertop and cabinets with no backsplash. All controls are on the front.
Drop-in ranges are similar to the slide-in range models but rest on top of a toe kick for a built-in look.
Ranges by Cooktop Type
Smoothtop cooktops are available for electric ranges. They have a smooth glass heating area, 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, which leaves 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.
Induction technology is commonly misinterpreted as a unique fuel source. However, induction heating is actually a feature available on some electric ranges.
An induction range requires 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.
Popular Range Types
Single Oven Ranges
Single Oven Ranges are by far the most common range type. These ranges only have one oven.
Double Oven Ranges
Double Oven Ranges add outstanding flexibility to what you are capable of cooking in your kitchen. These ranges have two ovens. This allows you bake two items at the same time at different temperatures.
Triple Oven Ranges
Triple Oven Ranges turn your kitchen into a restaurant. Give yourself the control you want as you prepare meals. These massive cooking ranges have three ovens.
ADA Compliant Ranges
ADA Compliant Ranges ensure safety and ease of use for people with disabilities. These ranges have been tested and are proven to be safe and accessible.
Range Oven types
What type of oven you want is dependant on your cooking preferences. There are two main oven types, conventional and convection. Let's look at the difference between the two.
Convection ovens provide even heat distribution throughout the entire oven cavity. This creates even and thorough baking.
Convection ovens also cook items quicker than conventional ovens. However, since the vast majority of cooking times are calculated for conventional ovens, it is necessary to convert the cooking times.
Conventional ovens are by far the most common oven type. The heat radiates up from below.
While cooking times are a bit longer than convection ovens, no conversion is needed for cooking ties.
Top Cooking Range Brands
Nearly every major appliance manufacturer makes kitchen ranges, so there is no shortage of models and features.
Kitchen Range Sizes
Selecting the size of your range is important. Here is a list of common and uncommon range sizes.
|Common Range Sizes||Uncommon Range Sizes|
|24 Inch Ranges||20 Inch Ranges|
|30 Inch Ranges - The standrad range size for most households.||21 Inch Ranges|
|36 Inch Ranges||27 Inch Ranges|
|48 Inch Ranges||32 Inch Ranges|
|60 Inch Ranges||34 Inch Ranges|
|39 Inch Ranges|
|40 Inch Ranges - Learn more about 40 Inch Ranges.|
|43 Inch Ranges|
|44 Inch Ranges|
Range Burners and Burner Types
The burners on a range are incredibly important. You need to know how many burners and what type of burner you need in your kitchen.
Ten burners on a range may seem like overkill unless you run a restaurant. However, upgrading from a four-burner to a five or six can change your cooking.
Knowing burner type options makes you an informed buyer and can open possibilities that you never thought of.
|Number of Burners||Burner Types|
|1 Burner||Sealed Burner|
|4 Burners||Open Burner|
|6 Burners||Hotplate Cooker|
|8 Burners||French Top|
Kitchen Range Colors and Finishes
Gone are the days when appliances came in one or two colors. Today there is a wide range of colors and finishes available, so you can create the exact look you want in your kitchen.
|Black Stainless Steel||Bisque||Red|
Cooking Range Features to Consider When Shopping
|Feature||Things to Consider|
|Number of Burners||Range stoves can have anywhere from 1 to 10 burners. The most common amounts you will see on the market are 2, 4, 5, and 6 burners.|
|Types of Burners||There are several different types of burners that may be included on a range stove. Tri-ring burners are like three burners in one and offer three different heating levels, from a low simmer up to boiling. Simmer burners provide less heat than standard burners to avoid overcooking food. Boil burners are specialized for fast, powerful heating and cooking of food. Warm zones help keep food warm after it’s been cooked. Griddle burners are perfect for making pancakes or grilling sandwiches. Oval burners are often placed in the center of the cooktop of the range and are meant to accommodate odd-sized pots or pans.|
|Convection Cooking||The ovens of some ranges also have convection heating elements for baking, broiling, browning, and roasting food.|
|Number of Ovens||Ranges may come with single or double ovens. Double ovens offer higher cooking efficiency, giving you the ability to prepare different types of food in each oven.|
|Oven Settings||The ovens of some ranges may come with any number of preset options. Preheat, reheat, and add-a-minute settings are very common. Other popular features include slow cook, proof, delay bake, my favorite, chicken nuggets, and pizza.|
|Grates||On gas ranges, this refers to the metal coverings on which a pot or pan is placed. Grates are either continuous or individual. Continuous grates allow a pot or pan to slide easily around the surface to a different burner. Individual grates mean that the pot or pan must be lifted and placed on the grate for each separate burner. Some ranges feature bridge elements, which can connect two burners and increase the cooking surface for when you use larger pots or pans.|
|Oven Racks||These are metal grates that give the ability to place food at different positions in the oven. Some brands or models offer half-racks so you can cook multiple dishes at once for optimal time management.|
|Drawers||Some models include different types of drawers, such as a broiler drawer, a warming drawer, an additional oven drawer, or simply more storage space. Storage drawers are ideal for items such as cookie sheets and long pans.|
|Color||Ranges come in nearly any color you could imagine. Some basic color choices are stainless steel, white, and black. Other popular color choices include green, gray, purple, blue, red, bisque, cream, and burgundy. Slate, orange, yellow, and silver are less common choices but they are also available.|
|Temperature Management||Advanced range models have precise temperature management systems which offer more control of the heat produced by your cooktop or oven.|
|Self-Clean||These range models have a setting where they clean themselves automatically 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.|
|Timer||Many ranges feature a timer which can be used for the oven or for your other kitchen needs.|
|Child Lock||These models have a child lock or control lock safety feature. This may include keeping children from changing the cooktop settings, changing the oven settings, or opening the oven door.|
|Auto Shut-Off||This safety feature automatically shuts off the oven after a certain period of time. For most models, the automatic shut-off time is after 12 hours. That way you are offered peace of mind and security, but you are not prevented from overnight cooking.|
|Hot Surface Indicator||This safety feature is a light that lets you know when the surface of the cooktop is still hot to the touch.|
|Drip Bowls||Removable, no-drip bowls come with many types of coil cooktops. These collect food drippings from the cooking surface and burners to make cleaning easier.|
|Hidden Bake Element||The bake element is covered in the oven to make cleaning easier.|
|Removable Elements||Dishwasher-safe grates and knobs that can be removed from the cooktop of your range make for easy cleaning.|
|Touchpad Controls||These replace the dial controls on cooktops for a fresh, modern look.|
|Oven Window||A majority of oven models feature a clear glass section of the oven door that gives you the ability to view your food cooking without having to open the door and release any heat.|
|Recessed Oven Door||These doors are specially designed to reduce heat exposure to surrounding cabinets to avoid discoloration.|
|Downdraft Venting||This type of venting for your range allows ventilation to go down through the oven instead of through a range hood.|
|Interior Lighting||Lights inside the oven help you more easily see your food cooking.|
|Sabbath Mode||This feature is available on select models and is in keeping with kosher practices during the Sabbath.|
Cooking Range Resources
We are always creating resources to help our customers. Below is a list helpful articles about ranges.
- What’s a Range? Are Ranges, Stoves, and Ovens the Same?
- Top 10 Gas Ranges 2017
- What is Sabbath Mode? Star-K Appliances
- Cooking Ranges: 8 Bestselling Kitchen Range Models
- What Is a Dual Fuel Range?
- 7 Tips for Buying a Slide-in Range
- Best Samsung Electric Range for the Money
- Best Samsung Gas Range for the Money
- Dual Fuel Ranges vs. Gas Ranges
- LG ProBake Convection Ranges
- The Evolution of the Kitchen Stove
- List of Ovens
- List of Stoves