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Cooking Appliance Basics

Are you settling into a new home or upgrading your kitchen? Wondering which cooking appliances you should get? Whether you’re looking for a range, cooktop, microwave, wall oven, rangetop, or range hood, we’ll help answer any questions you might have.

What is the difference between a range and a wall oven?

The main difference between a range and wall oven is that a range has both an oven and a cooktop while a wall oven only has an oven cavity.

Ranges come in three different fuel types and three main styles. Simply decide whether a gas or electric is best for you, or get the best of both worlds with a dual fuel range that has a gas cooktop and an electric oven. Then, determine whether you want a drop-in, slide-in, freestanding, or pro-style configuration.

Wall ovens also use gas or electric fuel and come in multiple configurations, like single or double ovens (double the fun!). You can even experience cooking benefits faster with a microwave-oven combo or an electric speed oven.

Check out warming drawers to keep food warm and ready when you’re cooking elaborate meals.

Is there a difference between a cooktop and a rangetop?

There is a difference between cooktops and rangetops: Cooktops have controls on the top, and rangetops have controls on the front.

Additionally, cooktops come in electric, gas, and induction fuel types. Electric cooktops either have coil burners or a smooth glass or ceramic top, and induction cooktops have a smooth surface that contains electromagnetic technology, which heats compatible cookware.

Rangetops are most often powered by gas so you get the full power of a range cooktop and the space-saving design of a cooktop.

Which microwave is best?

The best type of microwave depends on your available space. If you have counter space to spare, then a traditional countertop microwave is all you need. But if you prefer a seamless kitchen layout, then consider a built-in, over-the-range, or microwave drawer. Don’t forget to consider the benefits of a convection microwave oven!

Do I need a range hood?

Whether or not you need a range hood depends on if your range or cooktop has built-in downdraft ventilation. If not, then you should get a range hood to vent away odors and cooking smoke. Simply choose the configuration that fits your kitchen layout and your taste, whether you prefer an under-cabinet or wall-mounted range hood, insert range hood, island, or downdraft range hood!

Have more questions about cooking appliances? Need some oven-cleaning tips? Considering the reasons why you should get an induction cooktop? Give us a call or stop by for the customer service you won’t get anywhere else!