Your Ultimate Cooking Range Buying Guide

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Your Ultimate Cooking Range Buying Guide


Your range is both a workhorse and the focal point of your kitchen. When shopping for a new range, the type you choose—gas, electric, or induction—is largely determined by your home's configuration: Gas ranges require either natural gas or propane service, whereas electric or induction ranges will work as long as your kitchen has a 240-volt electric line. (If you don't have one, you'll have to hire an electrician to install one.)

When it comes to buying a cooking range, there are many options to consider. From gas to electric, freestanding to slide-in, the choices can be overwhelming.

Whatever style you require or prefer, there are numerous options to consider. We'll go over the details you'll need to know when purchasing a range, as well as the lowdown on major brands you're likely to come across while shopping. Once you've determined which features are most important to you, check out our comprehensive range ratings, which allow you to sort through nearly 200 models by type, price, and more.

Here is what to take into consideration when it comes to choosing cooking range:

1. Range Types

The majority of ranges are either electric or gas. Electric ranges of this type are known as induction ranges. Pro-style ranges are either gas or dual-fuel, with a gas cooktop and an electric oven. However, you may come across a few dual-fuel ranges that are not pro-style models. When purchasing a range, here's what you should know about the main categories.

    Electric Smoothtop Ranges

    Radiant electric smooth top ranges, which have electric heating elements concealed beneath a layer of flat glass, are a popular choice. All the models we tested had at least one high-power burner. Most have dual or triple expandable elements that allow you to switch from a large high-power element to a small, lower-power element within it. To keep side dishes warm, some ranges have a warming element in the centre.

    The disadvantage of radiant electric models is that they retain a lot of residual heat, which means that after lowering the temperature, the burners will take a few minutes to settle at the lower setting.

    Electric Induction Ranges

    These appliances use magnetic coils beneath the ceramic glass surface to send electromagnetic pulses that transfer energy directly to your cookware. They use the same electric line as a regular electric range. Food on induction ranges boils faster and simmers more steadily, and any adjustment to a burner takes effect immediately because the elements themselves do not get hot.

    Magnetic cookware is required for an induction cooktop, but it's not as difficult as it sounds. If a magnet strongly adheres to the bottom of a pot, the cookware is suitable for use on an induction range. You may already have induction-ready stainless steel or cast-iron cookware.

    Gas Ranges

    A gas range provides sensory feedback that electric models simply cannot match, thanks to the flame it emits with each burner. Most gas ranges have four or five different-sized burners, with at least one high-power and one simmer burner.

    Response time is especially quick when compared to a radiant smooth top. When you turn the knob on a gas cooktop from high to medium, the pot—and the food inside it—changes almost instantly. When your power goes out, you can light most gas burners with a match. However, gas burners, even high-power ones, are notorious for taking the longest to bring water to a boil.

    2. Fuel Type:

    The first decision you'll need to make is whether you want a gas or electric range. Gas ranges offer more precise temperature control and tend to heat up faster than electric ranges. Electric ranges, on the other hand, are typically more energy efficient and easier to clean.

    3. Size:

    Consider the size of your kitchen and the amount of space you have for a cooking range. Freestanding ranges are the most common and can be easily moved, while slide-in ranges are designed to fit into existing cabinetry for a more seamless look.

    4. Features:

    Look for features that will make cooking easier and more efficient. Convection ovens, for example, use a fan to circulate hot air, resulting in more evenly cooked food. Some ranges also come with self-cleaning options, which can make cleaning your oven a breeze.

    5. Cooking Surface:

    Think about the type of cooking you do most often. Gas ranges typically have continuous grates that make it easy to move pots and pans around, while electric ranges have a smooth surface which is easier to clean, but harder to move the pots and pans around.

    6. Brand and Price:

    Consider the brand and price of the cooking range before making a final decision. Look for a range that fits your budget and comes from a reputable brand known for producing high-quality appliances.

    Ultimately, the best cooking range for you will depend on your specific needs and preferences. Take the time to consider each of these factors and choose the best range from Toshiba Lifestyle Middle East that fits your cooking style and budget. With the right range, you'll be able to cook delicious meals for years to come.

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