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1 Getting Started

Shopping for kitchen appliances doesn’t happen often. With that said, we understand you may not have purchased a range in over a decade. Heck, this may even be your first range purchase ever. Regardless of your experience and knowledge, we’ve created our buying guides to help bring you up to speed on the latest technologies and changes.

While the purpose of these appliances has never changed, the way in which they do those fundimental duties have. When we talk about ranges specificlly, you may be surprised by all the advancements in the world of cooking. So, let’s get started.

Measuring

Unless you’re building from scratch, your appliance openings have been pre-determined. Your cooking option is either a stand-alone range or a two-piece setup consisting of a built-in oven and counter cooktop insert. Regardless of your configuration, you’ll want to measure the height, width and depth of all openings before shopping seriously.

Installation

Power Cord - Check your power outlet, is it three or four prongs? In most cases you’ll need to purchase a power cord separately, so make sure your home wattage can handle your new range.

Gas Connection - Depending on where you live gas requirements are different. If you do have gas you’ll likely want to purchase a generic gas line for hookup. However, your installer should have the exact fit for your area and range.

2 Understand the Styles

Typcially, washers need replaced more often because they work harder and are more prone to breakage to to their handling of water. With this in mind, washers are the more expensive of the two laundry units. There are generally more options and features for washer as well, since they are doing the actually cleaning.

Cooktop

Cooktops drop down inside your counter top and do not have an attached oven. These come in gas and electric versions and range in a number of designs. Sizes: 30", 36"

Pros
  • Easier to clean, no gaps for fallen food
  • Sleeker, richer look and feel
  • Unique cooking configurations
Cons
  • Can take up additional counter space
  • Requires additional installation
  • Additional wiring/gas lines needed
Style Varations


Gas - Open flame under grates
Electric Coil - Traditional Coil Heat
Electric Smoothtop - Coil under Glass
Electric Induction - Heatless glass top

Oven

Built-in Oven come in numerous designs and features, but none of them come with a cooktop. These ovens come in either gas or electric.

Pros
  • Easier access by being installed higher
  • Sleeker, richer look and feel
  • Less restrictions on size and space
Cons
  • Requires additional installation
  • Additional wiring/gas lines needed
  • Needs additional cabinets for install
Style Varations


Single Oven - One oven wall unit
Double Oven - Two Stacked wall ovens
Combo Oven - Oven with microwave

Range

Standard ranges are likely what you’ve grown up with. While these both come with a cooktop and oven, the designs and features are countless. Sizes: 20", 24", 30", 36", 48"

Pros
  • Easy installation in standard kitchen
  • Great for small kitchens w/ less space
  • Number of designs to fit your needs
Cons
  • Bending required to access oven
  • Doesn’t look custom and may stick out
  • Prone to hidden dirt and grime
Style Varations


Freestanding - Traditional configuation
Slide-In - Built-in look, fit in cabinetry
Drop-In - Slide into cabinet, front controls
Double Oven - Freestanding w/2 ovens

2 Know the Features

Every brand offers different features to attract buyers, but not all of these innovative options will fit your needs and/or wants. Below is a breakdown of some of the most common and popular features available in today’s models.

Induction Cooktop

When iron bottom cookware is placed on the magnetic field of the cooktop, it produces vibration, which is heat. It’s completely safe to touch while on.

Infrared Cooking

Reduce preheat time by nearly 20%. This ultra-fast cooking allows food to remain juicier than typical thermal cooking does.

Update Controls

The days of knobs and buttons are disappearing as we move to digital controls. Touch screens are not only friendlier, but easier to clean too.

Downdraft Cooktop

Steam from cooking can damage your kitchen. Downdraft has exhaust ventilation in the cooktop to drive steam to vent instead of up in the kitchen.

Dehydration

Dry out foods very very slowly, like jerky and fruits at under 200 degrees. With a built-in dehydrator, you can dry foods correctly in a matter of hours.

Self-Cleaning

We’ve always known about this chemical burning feature, but new models are using new technology, like steam, to keep dirty ovens cleaner.

3 The Finishes

Below are all the finishes you’ll find from store to store. While you can get vintage fridges and small storage fridges in unique colors and styles, this list covers the majority of interests.

Black/White
We all know the basic black and white finishes, as well as the ever lovely bisque.

Slate
This flat light charcoal colored finish isn’t the top seller, but it can make a kitchen pop!

Stainless Steel
The most popular selling finish, no queston! Stainless goes with any kitchen style beautifully.

Smudge
-Proof

While slightly darker in tone, this stainless finish doesn’t leave fingerprints! Seriously.

Black Stainless
This rich new finish is coming to market soon! We suspect this to be very popular!

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Appliance Factory & Mattress Kingdom is always trying to educate our customers as well as provide the
best service and selection available. We’d love to help make your residence feel like a home.

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