When you visit your local home appliance store to check out new home appliances
for your kitchen, you might find yourself trying to decide between a range
and a cooktop. Both
ranges and cooktops have pros and cons depending upon your budget, kitchen space,
lifestyle, and cooking needs. Here are some facts to take into consideration
when trying to decide between these two home appliances.
How Much Counter Space and Wall Space Do You Have?
You can easily decide between a range and cooktop based upon how much counter
and wall space your kitchen has. A range typically requires 30 to 60 inches
of counter space, while a cooktop necessitates about 30 to 42 inches.
You’ll gain additional cabinet space below a cooktop, while a range
might not leave you with many storage options. A wall oven or range also
requires sufficient wall space.
What is Your Cooking Style?
If you rarely use an oven and require a lot of counter space for other
home appliances, you should opt for a cooktop. If you cook and bake frequently,
or if more than one person typically uses the kitchen at once, you’ll
benefit from the extra features and cooking space provided by a cooktop
combined with a wall oven or range. Cooktops offer more flexibility with
regards to burner style, size, and options. Wall ovens offer easier and
safer access to hot, heavy dishes.
What is Your Home Appliance Budget?
When planning your home appliance budget, you need to factor in both the
cost of the range or cooktop, and the installation. Ranges are often less
expensive, and easier to install than cooktops. Cooktops often have less
expensive maintenance and replacement options.
If you’re in need of a range, cooktop, or
wall oven near Pleasant Hill, come see us at Friedmans Appliance. Our home appliance store has a wide
range of high quality gas ranges and cooktops from top home appliance
brands. To learn more about how you can test one of our display products
in our showroom, call us today at (925) 808-2950.