When planning a kitchen remodel project, few people give much thought to the configuration and choosing of the oven and stove. But choosing the right style and amenities in your new kitchen range can make a big difference in how well your kitchen functions. Here are 3 steps to choosing the right overall unit.
Together or Separate?
Although a traditional single unit — with 4 or 6 burners on top and an oven inside — is still a simple and popular choice, there are other options these days. Separating the cooktop and the oven makes it easier for more than one person to cook at a time. This is a great idea for people who have large families or entertain regularly. It can also reduce the visual footprint of your range, allowing you to blend in the cooktop where it fits best and then place the oven under the counter for a more seamless look across the kitchen’s landscape.
Gas or Electric?
Electric ranges remain the least expensive type, and they come with new technology and style that makes them easier to maintain and clean than past models. For example, smooth-top surfaces which house the electric or halogen coils underneath an easy-to-clean surface are growing in popularity. However, gas stoves are preferred by many cooks due to their quick heating and cooling times as well as better precision. You can even find units that provide the best of both worlds, featuring gas burners and either an electric or convection oven. Convection ovens are less popular, as they may leave food dried out due to their heated air method.
How Can It Be Cleaned?
Smooth-top surfaces, modern technology and things like touch controls make many modern ranges easier to keep clean than earlier types. For the easiest cleaning, look for features such as:
- Ceramic glass cooktops over electric burners
- Self-cleaning features (either continuous-clean or a high-heat cycle clean)
- Sealed gas burners
- Fewer or simpler knobs and handles
- A seamless (one-piece) backsplash
Choosing your new stove or range should be something you create time for during the early stages of your kitchen remodel. With so many options, it’s important to have a style firmly in mind before deciding on the kitchen layout, the wiring and the look of your other appliances. And having enough time to decide what works best for your family ensures that you will be able to make the wisest choice.
For kitchen remodeling specialists, contact a company such as Olson Cabinets & Woodworking Inc.