Appliance Repair | The Ultimate Range Buying Guide (Pt. 2)

Appliance Repair | The Ultimate Range Buying Guide (Pt. 2)

Appliance Repair | Another range you may hear about is the Slide-in range. This freestanding range sits flush with counter-tops, so it appears to be built-in, although it isn’t. Like the one pictured  below:

Range Size

When we discuss sizing, we’re mainly covering cubic feet since it is the hardest thing for us to comprehend. When you shop for a range, the cubic feet measurement is always located in the specs. This measurement refers to the cavity of the range. For simplicity, we’ll break these measurements into 3 sections.

  • 2-3 Cubic Feet – best for Single Family Homes
  • 3-4 Cubic Feet – best for Small Families
  • 4 + Cubic Feet – best for Large Families

Before purchasing a range, keep in mind how much cooking you will do, how often and how much at one time.

Range Features

Now we’re getting to the fun part – features. There are literally dozens of different features you could expect in one of the newer ranges, but we’re going to go over the most common.

  • Convection – Convection ovens distribute heat evenly throughout the oven cavity with a fan.
  • Cleaning – Most of the newer ranges have self-cleaning cycles. Some also have recessed cooktops that are easily cleanable.
  • Smart Controls – Smart ranges have functions that can be controlled via smart phone through a Wi-Fi connection. These functions often include start and stop, temperature control, warming and timers.
  • Controls – Ranges will either have knob controls or an LED flat control panel. This control panel can be touch activated in certain ranges. For the best temperature accuracy, it’s best to go with a digital control.
  • Safety Control – To prevent burns, some ranges contain an indicator light that lets you know the range is still on. Also, if your range contains knob controls, they will not work unless pushed in. This prevents children from turning on the range. It also prevents carbon monoxide leaks.
  • Heat Options – Gas ranges usually have 15,000 BTUs and electric ranges have 3,200 watts. Certain ranges include simmer burners. On gas ranges it is 5,000 BUTs and on electric ranges it is between 1,200 and 1,500 watts on an electric range.
  • French-Doors – This feature is only included on certain ranges. These double door ranges are extremely spacious. It also makes accessing food much easier.
  • Induction Burners – (see Induction cooktop in the first section)
  • Sabbath Mode – People who follow the Jewish religion are prohibited from doing any kind of creative work on the Shabbat, which includes operating ranges for cooking. Sabbath mode overrides the standard six or 12 hour shutoff and disables the display lighting.

Cost Range

The cost of a range is heavily dependent on the style, fuel type, and features. Typically, they range from to $650 to $2,000+. Standard electric ranges with basic features are on the lower end of the scale, whereas double-oven, gas ranges are the highest. There is certainly flexibility in pricing.

Brand names also determine the price. Some of the names you’re likely to see in the home cook market are:

Once you have a price in mind, you can narrow your options by answering these questions:

  • What color are you looking for?
  • Do you prefer a certain brand?
  • What must-have features should your range have?
  • How many dishes will you cook at once?
  • Do you bake, grill, broil, or boil?
  • What size is the space you’re looking to put the range in?
  • What fuel option do you prefer?
  • Do you need warranty protection?

Lastly, and most importantly, find out if your home or apartment has an insurance that covers your range in the event of a natural disaster or flood. – Appliance Connection Blog

 

We hope you found this information helpful. If you need an appliance repair, schedule an appointment today at A Same Day Appliance Repair, (813) 563-2920!