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Choosing Kitchen Appliances: The Range

Every working kitchen needs a functioning oven and stovetop, but trying to pick one out can be overwhelming! There are so many different styles, sizes, installation methods, and of course the biggest debate: gas versus electric.

The best way to choose a kitchen range is to know exactly what your cooking habits are, and how you plan to use it. Do you generally cook for a lot of people and therefore need to use multiple burners or elements? Is the food you are cooking sensitive to even heat that responds instantaneous to temperature change? Finally, is there a gas connection in your kitchen? All of these questions can help you determine the size and if a gas or electric range is best for you. Check out this pro-con list to find out which will work best for you.


Another thing to think about during range selection is where it will be placed in your kitchen. Some ranges are unfinished on either side so they can fit snuggly between two cabinets. Lowes has a great tip sheet for choosing a range that will fit well in your kitchen, which you can find here: