Today's ranges, ovens and cooktops are innovative, multitasking appliances able to cook more dishes at once, saving time and energy. The right stove adds a good measure of convenience to your kitchen and improves any recipe, making mealtime more enjoyable.
Measure your existing appliance or the space you need to fill and determine whether you need electric or gas connections. Also, look for installation instructions on the range, cooktop or wall oven you are interested in for exact cutout specifications to ensure a perfect fit.
Today's appliances have features to help you do more. Look for ranges and cooktops with high heat or low-power burners for customized cooking. If you feel the need for speed, keep in mind that convection ovens cook 25-30% faster.
Types of ranges:
Look for performance features that fit your needs:
Ranges are appliances that combine an oven and a cooktop into a single piece. Ranges can be freestanding, slide-in or drop-in.
Consider replacing your range hood to complement your range.
Modern ranges, cooktops and ovens are easy to clean and maintain. Smooth surfaces and covered interior burners wipe down easily. Keep an eye out for cooktops with raised edges — they help to contain spills and protect your counters and floor. Cleaning the exterior varies by finish. Stainless finishes require special cleansers.
Self-cleaning settings work by heating the oven to very high temperatures to reduce interior residue to a small pile of ash that is easily wiped out of the oven. Some ovens use a Steam Assist cleaning feature that uses a small amount of water and a low temperature to loosen interior residue for easy removal.