Guide to Buying a New Kitchen Range
If it's time to re-do your kitchen, the best place to start
is with the range. And the good news is that, if you're looking
for a new range you're in for a surprise once you see the
scope of what is available. Here's a guide that might help
you in making your choice.
is important from the outset to make sure you know with
certainty the space you have available for your range. You'll
want to measure the width, length, height and depth of the
area; this will come in handy when you're shopping. It is
also useful to make a note of all the doorway measurements
from the front door to the kitchen to be absolutely sure
that on delivery day your new kitchen range can fit! With
so much choice it is easy to become distracted and end up
wasting time looking at appliances that simply will not
fit into your kitchen.
Choosing whether to have a small or large range is an entirely
personal choice, depending on the size of your family or
how large a part cooking plays in your home. You may even
consider it worth redesigning your kitchen to make more
room for a larger appliance and really make it a focal part
of this busy heart of the home.
people love the high tech, futuristic stainless steel options.
With its sleek lines and easy to clean functions and surfaces
and other ultra modern, digitalized features, it slots neatly
into the modern, contemporary kitchen.
may enjoy the more traditional look. These too have many
modern day functions but housed within a classic, retro
design reminiscent of the 1940s. Perfect for the traditional,
farmhouse kitchen look.
with the contemporary ranges the choices of colors, designs
and features continue to grow allowing any customer to match
their new range perfectly into their home.
are 3 main types of kitchen range:
Freestanding ranges are finished on all
sides and typically have controls on the backsplash. They
can stand alone or at corners where the sides will be seen.
Slide in ranges with control situated at
the front offer a clean, seamless look.
Drop in ranges have unfinished sides and
front controls. They are designed to drop down into spaces
left by old stoves and ranges and may necessitate alterations
to the cabinets for a snug fit.
days of high energy prices consideration has to be given
to the fuel you choose to use; natural gas or electric.
To save installation costs it makes sense to go with like
for like. Cooks tend to like the familiar anyway once recipe
times have been perfected, perhaps over years.
ranges come with open and sealed burners. The open burner
makes use of a lift off top. It catches spills on top but
is easy to remove to clean underneath. The sealed burners
are recessed into the cook top surface. This leaves a flush
surface for fast and hygienic clean ups.
An additional benefit of choosing gas is that in the event
of a power out you still have the facility to cook.
The electric range, ranging in size from 20 to 36 inches,
have smooth top designs and designs with the heating coils
on show. They allow for precise heat control, and are able
to deal with unusually large or small pans, griddles or
fish steamers. Cleaning is easy, a simple wipe down with
a damp cloth most often but for a thorough clean, the elements
can be disconnected and cleaned around safely and the drip
tray lifted away for cleaning.
with coil elements tend to cook for more evenly than the
smooth top. Smooth top designs can be broken if something
heavy falls on them. Should this happen the entire cooking
top will need to be replaced rather than, if a coil should
be damaged, replacing just one small part at considerably