Should You Choose a Range or a Cooktop for Your Kitchen?

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.

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