Whether your kitchen already has an island or you’re considering adding one as part of your next renovation, installing an island range or an island cooktop can expand your space's possibilities and enhance the creative process. Read on to compare the benefits of a kitchen island range vs a kitchen island cooktop.

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Islands With Cooktops Vs. Islands with Ranges: What’s the Right Choice for Your Kitchen?

Standard ranges and cooktops installed in-line with kitchen counters take up valuable counter and cabinet space while forcing you to turn your back to company while you work. A kitchen island with a range or cooktop can help free up space around the perimeter of your kitchen for countertop appliances and prep work. 

When considering a kitchen island range or cooktop, think about how you move throughout the kitchen. The positioning of the sink, refrigerator and stove is known as the “working triangle” and the theory goes that they should be equal distances from each other while being close but not too close. A kitchen island with a range or a cooktop can dramatically improve the flow and appearance of your kitchen, but which one is right for you?

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Benefits of Kitchen islands with a range

Replacing an old kitchen island stove or installing one in a new island provides an opportunity to explore the benefits of today’s ranges. The latest KitchenAid® ranges, for instance, let you preheat from your phone with smart features or add extra moisture to the oven with steaming capabilitiesBefore making a decision, consider the way you like to create and move around your kitchen, the size of your kitchen, and the traffic flow. Keep in mind that a slide-in range is necessary for a smooth island top. A kitchen island with a range helps you:

  • Save the extra expense of a separate cooktop and wall oven.

  • Create a centralized location for all cooking activities.

  • Optimize your kitchen layout, floor space and working triangle.

  • Easily move dishes from the stovetop to the oven and vice versa.

  • Save the space and expense of two different appliance installations.


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Benefits of a Kitchen island with a cooktop

Islands with cooktops divide prep work into two stations: one at the cooktop for simmering, sauteing and boiling, and another at the wall oven for baking and roasting. Kitchen islands with a cooktop plus a separate wall oven are good for people who:

  • Have a small or oddly shaped island. Varying widths mean that cooktops can feature as few as two burners or as many as five, lending extra versatility to your kitchen design.

  • Want one person to handle stovetop cooking while another tends to items in the oven.

  • Want to take advantage of more storage space near the cooking surface.

  • Have kitchens large enough for an expanded working triangle or separate triangles for cooking and baking.

  • Want a wider variety of burner configurations.

  • Need a lot of oven cooking space. Double oven ranges generally have less capacity than double wall ovens.

  • Don't like bending over to use the oven.

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Ventilation for kitchen island ranges or cooktops

Island cooktops and ranges often sit at the center of your kitchen, so it's important to keep the air clear. This can be tricky on a kitchen island since there are no walls in which to install ventilation. Thankfully, you can find kitchen hoods designed for canopy installation over a kitchen island. Overhead island range hoods help capture smoke, steam, and grease produced by the kitchen island cooktop, provide an additional light source, and can add a bold statement to your kitchen design. If you'd like to maintain a more open feel in your kitchen, you can avoid adding overhead venting with a downdraft vent hood. These retractable systems are installed directly into the kitchen island, behind the cooktop or range. When not in use, downdraft hoods slide down until flush with countertops for a more subtle ventilation option.

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Downdraft ranges and cooktops for kitchen islands

If you're looking for a minimalist approach, a downdraft range or cooktop may be the perfect option for your kitchen island. These appliances include a downdraft ventilation system integrated directly into the cooking surface, eliminating the need for a separate vent. This integrated ventilation system is always ready to use and doesn't require the space or cost of installing a second venting appliance such as an overhead hood or retractable downdraft vent. Consider a downdraft range or cooktop if you want to save the expense of two separate appliances and installations, or if you prefer more open sight lines in your home.

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If you'd like the savings and centralization of a range for your kitchen island, choose from gas, electric, induction, and downdraft options depending on how you create. Gas configurations come in 4-burner, 5-burner and 6-burner options. If you're looking for the design flexibility and burner options of a cooktop plus wall oven, you should still be able to choose from gas, electric, inductiondowndraft and electric downdraft options. Start browsing kitchen island ranges or cooktops and get inspired by the possibilities. 





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