How to Choose the Best Range for Your Kitchen

Find the best range by choosing your preferred fuel, cooking capacity and style

Choose the Best Range

Kitchen ranges typically consist of a stovetop and attached oven, and they are available in a wide variety of styles. Ranges are available with different options in fuel type, size, cooking capacity and more that allow you to personalize your kitchen to your cooking habits. Whether you prefer electric ranges or gas ranges, this guide will help you determine the best kitchen range for your home.

Fuel and Cooking Type

Your cooking range can be fueled with electricity, gas (natural or propane) or both in the case of dual-fuel ranges. 

Tip: Propane conversion kits are typically included with gas ranges to accommodate the type of gas your home is equipped to use.

Stovetop heating options:

  • Gas ranges: Provides heat quickly and allows you to easily control the level of heat. Requires natural gas hookup for installation, though majority of gas ranges also come with a liquid propane conversion kit.
  • Electric ranges: Can be installed in most kitchens. Available in three stovetop varieties: coil, radiant/smooth-top and induction.
  • Dual fuel range: Typically comprised of an electrical oven for optimum baking as well as a gas cooktop.

  • • More traditional electric stove
    • Most inexpensive
    • Slow to heat and cool
    • Cookware is placed directly on heat source
  • • Features flat ceramic glass cooktop surface
    • Burners heat up from a solid disk/radiant heat element under the surface
    • Some models feature warming element between burners
    • Easier to clean than coil-top ranges
  • • Features flat ceramic glass cooktop surface
    • Burners heat up using magnetic coils under the surface
    • Energy-efficient
    • Most expensive range
    • Provides fast heat to magnetic cookware
    • Doesn’t work with aluminum, glass, copper, and some stainless steel cookware

Quick tip: What’s the difference between conduction and induction heating?

  • Conduction heating: Gas and electric cooktops heat only the part of the cookware that the heat touches. This is why food needs to be turned and rotated during the cooking process to ensure even heating.
  • Induction heating: The cookware itself becomes the heating surface. Electromagnetic fields transfer the heat to the cookware and allow for more precise temperature control and cooking power than traditional cooktops.

Oven heating options:

  • Conventional ovens utilize a top and bottom heating element to cook. 
  • True convection (also called European convection) ovens include a third heating element and a fan in the back of the oven. The fan blows heated air throughout the oven to ensure even cooking. Some convection ovens are known as "fan convection" ovens and don't include the third heating element and rely on the fan to blow around the air heated by the existing two heating elements. 

Installation Type

The arrangement of your kitchen’s cabinets will dictate whether you need a slide-in, drop-in or freestanding range. No matter the type of range you select, each variety is available in a range of looks, including the ever-popular stainless steel stove and oven combo.

  • • The most popular range style
    • Has finished sides
    • Easiest to install – can fit between other appliances or cabinets or stand-alone
    • Has traditional look with controls on a backsplash panel
freestanding range
  • • Slide-in easily between surrounding cabinets
    • Available with either finished or unfinished sides
    • Do not have an attached backsplash panel
    • Sit flush with the tops of your cabinets
Slide-in range
  • • Rest on pre-built cabinet base that eliminates bottom storage/warming drawer
    • Do not have an attached backsplash panel
    • Require custom-designed cabinets
drop-in range

Size and Cooking Capacity

Range widths

Most standard ranges are 30 inches wide, with professional or dual-fuel ranges slightly wider, up to 48 inches.

Pick from ranges that have traditional single ovens don’t take up a lot of space, or double ovens that are stacked on top of one another. Double ovens are available in both electric and gas options, offer more cooking space and can cook multiple dishes at once.

Cooking capacity

When choosing your oven’s capacity, a good rule of thumb is to consider how many people are in your home. Allow one cubic foot of space for each person in your household. An oven with four cubic feet of interior space should be sufficient with homes of four or more people.