A kitchen range combines a cooktop, often called a stovetop, and an oven into a single appliance that covers all your culinary bases. Ranges let you sear, saute or boil on top and bake, broil or roast inside. They come in gas, electric, dual fuel, freestanding (or electric freestanding) or slide-in models in multiple sizes.
If you’re deciding on the best cooking appliances for your kitchen, the first step is simple: choose between a kitchen range or a wall oven plus a separate cooktop. Read on to learn more about different range types and how they can help enhance the way you create in the kitchen.
Why are kitchen ranges sometimes called kitchen stoves?
The term “stove” has had different meanings over time and usually refers to the entire appliance, or “range.” However, some people also associate it with only the top of the appliance, or “cooktop.” “Range” is the term used within the kitchen appliance industry and should help you find what you need when shopping.
Which kitchen range is right for me?
Whichever word you use, the right kitchen range can help bring any recipe to life. Explore all your possibilities with this quick breakdown:
Gas, electric or dual fuel ranges
Gas ranges use an open flame on the cooktop as well as inside the oven to heat food. Gas heat is known to be highly responsive. Many home cooks like gas cooktops because the open flame allows for a really hands-on experience, letting you move quickly between heat levels and cooking techniques. Most models, like the full line of KitchenAid® gas ranges, will feature removable cast-iron grates with an easily wipeable surface underneath.
Electric ranges use heating elements on the cooktop and inside the oven to cook food. Electric heat inside the oven is produced by consistent element cycling, promoting even cooking for dishes like big batches of cookies or roast chicken. Many cooktops on electric ranges are smooth and flat, making them simple to clean. Some electric kitchen ranges feature elements with two or three rings that you can adjust for different cookware widths, like the entire selection of KitchenAid® electric ranges.
Another unique type of electric cooktop is an induction cooktop which uses electromagnetism to generate heat directly within your cookware rather than the surface of the cooktop. Generally, this allows you to reach high temperatures and cool down much more quickly than a regular electric cooktop. Learn more about types of cooktops.
Dual fuel ranges combine a gas stovetop and electric oven, letting you take advantage of both. You may like a dual fuel range if you prefer the hands-on experience and responsive control of a gas cooktop, but also want the even, dry heat of an electric oven. Even heat in the oven helps deliver consistently cooked results while drier heat promotes nice browning and crisping. Dual fuel ranges come in a variety of configurations and sizes. For instance, KitchenAid® dual fuel ranges are available in both slide-in and freestanding models, some with up to six burners.
Freestanding ranges, slide-in ranges and commercial-style ranges
Keep in mind that both freestanding and slide-in ranges are available in gas, electric and dual fuel options, so prioritize your fuel type before deciding on a style.
Freestanding ranges feature finished sides, which allows them to be installed standing alone, between cabinets, or at the edge of the counter with one side exposed. Many models also have a backguard where the oven controls are located, which helps protect the wall behind the range from food and grease splatters. Find the flexibility you need with a lineup of gas, electric and dual fuel freestanding ranges from KitchenAid.
Slide-in ranges slide smoothly between cabinets for a seamless, built-in look. The controls are located up front, making them easy to reach. Plus, since they don’t have a backguard, they are ideal for kitchen island installations or in front of a wall with a decorative backsplash you want to show off. The slide-in style also often comes with other premium features like KitchenAid® slide-in ranges with Even-Heat™ True Convection.
Commercial-style ranges are restaurant-inspired ranges. They combine high-end design and premium features to deliver a professional-style cooking experience at home. They’re available in wider widths than standard ranges and typically feature gas cooktops with high-BTU burner options and grill or griddle inserts. Commercial styling includes large front-control knobs, heavy-duty grates and expanded finish options.
Find a kitchen range that matches how you make
Whether you’re testing out a new recipe, making sauce from scratch, or conquering a five course meal, KitchenAid® ranges are up to any challenge.
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Learn More about Range Types and sizes
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