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How Do I Choose the Best Countertop Range?

By Christina Edwards
Updated May 17, 2024
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There are several preparations you should make before you select a countertop range. Consider the power source for your kitchen appliance, because if you do not have a gas hookup in your kitchen, it will be difficult to hook up a gas range. You should also choose a range that will fit into your available space and has enough burners. Ease of installation and price should be other considerations.

One of the first things you should consider when choosing a new countertop range is whether you will be using gas or electric. If you have no gas hookups, you will need an electric range, since running a new gas line to a kitchen is generally very expensive. If you have a gas line in you kitchen, you will most likely be able to purchase either a gas or electric range.

Whether you purchase a gas range or an electric range is usually a matter of personal preference. Gas ranges provide instance heat, and they generally cook food more evenly. Electric ranges, however, are considered a little safer, since homeowners do not need to worry about dangerous gas leaks.

You should also measure the area where your new countertop range will be installed. This will help give you an idea of how large of a range you will be able to purchase. Keep in mind that you will need some extra counter space for food preparation and other appliances.

If you have a very small kitchen, you will probably want a countertop range with no more than two burners. These small ranges are also usually sufficient for households with only one or two people. One the other hand, large families or people who use their ranges often will most likely benefit from purchasing a larger range. Some of these ranges may have as many as five burners. These are obviously significantly larger than ranges with just two burners, however, and they are best for large kitchens.

Installing a countertop range can sometimes be a very difficult project. You should make sure you will be capable of installing any range you purchase. It should come with a detailed set of instructions and you should also make sure that you have all of the tools necessary to complete the job. Although you can hire someone to install your range for you, this will cost much more.

Any countertop range you choose should also fit into your budget. If you need an inexpensive range, you may be able to find one on sale at a local appliance store. Keep in mind that gas ranges are usually a little more expensive than electric ranges. Popular name brand ranges are also typically more expensive than less well known brands.

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