Determine what Range Installation Style is Right For You
Not all kitchens are the same. The design and layout vary, and play an important part in which installation option you choose for your range. GE ranges have three installations options so you can find the best fit for your kitchen style. Understanding the differences between free-standing, slide-in and drop-in installations for GE ranges will help you make the best choice for your kitchen.
This range type is the most common and the simplest to install. The majority of these ranges fit into standard 30-inch cabinet cutout widths, although a few are available in 27- and 24-inch widths. Free-standing ranges are finished on both sides, which means they can be installed with cabinetry on one side, both sides, or completely stand-alone. Most GE gas and electric free-standing range models include a backsplash. The GE Café series free-standing ranges do not include a backsplash. Typically, electric free-standing ranges have the burner and oven controls on the backsplash, while the gas models have the controls on the front of the range.
Slide-in range models fit into standard 30-inch cabinet cutouts like a free-standing range, but with a more custom built-in look. Unlike the free-standing ranges, slide-in ranges have sides that are not finished, which means cabinets are required on both sides of the range. Gas and electric slide-in ranges have no backsplash, which provides a more integrated appearance. Controls and panel display are on the front of these ranges.
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Drop-In ranges offer the most integrated, built-in look of all the installation options. These ranges look as if they are “dropped in” to the cabinets, with a strip of cabinetry beneath the range, and may require custom work for a built-in fit. Drop-in range models are similar in appearance to slide-in ranges with controls on the front and no backsplash. They also have unfinished sides, so cabinets must be installed on either side. Drop-in ranges are only available in electric configuration.