Gas or electric? Single oven or double? Need help figuring out all the options available on today’s ranges? Select the hotspots (●) to learn more.
Will this range fit in my kitchen?
Standard width for a free-standing range is about 30″ — this will fit existing spaces in most kitchens.
What is a free-standing range?
A free-standing range is the most common range type. It can be placed between two cabinets or at the end of a cabinet. It has finished sides and a backsplash, sits on the floor, and controls are typically on the backsplash.
What types of burners are available?
If you have gas, there are different gas burner sizes and configurations. Electric range options include coil or glass (smooth) cooktops. Induction cooktops are another electric cooktop option.
Do I need gas or electric?
For most households, this depends on whether you have gas (propane or natural gas) and/or a 240 volt electric connection in your kitchen. Dual fuel ranges combine a gas cooktop with electric oven and require both gas and electric connections.
What is a double oven range?
Some range models include two ovens to allow you to cook two items simultaneously at different temperatures.
What kind of drawer does my range have?
Free-standing ranges come with a storage drawer, warming drawer, baking drawer, or broiler drawer. Warming drawers can be used to keep your food warm after you cook it, while baking drawers offer an additional baking space at temperatures up to 450 degrees. A roll-out broiler drawer allows you to toast or broil food.
What types of colors are available?
Standard colors and finishes for ranges include stainless steel, black, and white. Some models are available in other colors such as slate (a dark gray) or bisque (a pale beige).
What is convection and why do I need it?
Convection ovens utilize a fan that circulates hot air over, under, and around the food. This results in foods that are evenly cooked and browned, often in less time or with a lower temperature. American-style convection uses the upper and lower heating elements in conjunction with the fan, while true European convection has a third heating element.
How should I clean my oven?
Some ranges have a self-clean cycle, which uses high temperatures to burn away soils and spills from baking and broiling. Standard clean ovens can be cleaned using soap and water or a commercial oven cleaner.
What should I know about oven racks?
Most ranges come with two oven racks that can be placed at various rack levels. Most oven racks should be removed before using self-clean, but some can be left in the oven. Rolling racks glide in and out of the oven on ball bearings and are fully adjustable.