5 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Purchasing a Range

by Pete Lader October 30, 2020

Let's go over the basic questions and items to consider BEFORE you purchase a range/oven.

So you are rebuilding, renovating or building your new dream kitchen.... you know you need a range... but you have no idea where to start. 

Here are the 5 questions to ask yourself (or your contractor) before you purchase a range:

1. What type of range? 
The most common types are freestanding or slide-in.

Freestanding ranges are the most popular and typical option. It requires with no additional cabinetry work, the sides are finished and the range can fit between two cabinets or own it's own.

Slide-in ranges are the second most popular. The sides are unfinished, making these types of ranges designed to be placed between two cabinets. These ranges usually have overhanging sides which sit on top of the cabinet, which prevents food/liquids from spilling into the gaps between the cooktop and the counter.

Pete's Pointer: Premium Home Source offers a wide assortment of freestanding ranges, but no slide-in ranges.

2. What size are you looking for? 
This one is easy. The most common sizes are 30 / 36/ 40 / 48 inches and it depends on the size of your kitchen and the cut-out dimensions. 

3. What Fuel Type do you want? This one is very important as it is usually dependent on what was previously installed in the kitchen. The oven has two key areas where fuel needs to be distributed; the oven and the stove.

Here are the different types:

Type: Burners powered by:  Oven powered by:
Natural Gas Range Natural Gas Natural Gas
Propane Gas Range Propane Gas Propane Gas
Dual Fuel Natural Gas Electric
Dual Fuel - LP Propane Gas Electric
Electric Electric Electric

Pete's Pointer:
Don't know the difference between an electric and gas oven? Read my in-depth article on the pros and cons of both types (LINK).

4. What type of electrical requirement (voltage) is your kitchen equipped with?

All ranges that are powered by electricity require at least a 220 voltage. Even if you purchase a dual fuel range, where only the oven is powered by electricity, it will require you 200V. 

Most homes will have 110V electrical outlet (the common 3-prong outlet), which is perfect for any gas ranges. 
5. What additional features are MUST HAVES or NICE TO HAVES?

Not all ranges are built equally. Here are some additional features that are specific to each brand and series.

Convection Fans: Do you find that items you put in your oven aren't cooking evenly? The answer to this is a convection fan. Convection fans are fans built into the oven that produces even heat distribution in the oven.
Pete's Pointer: this is a must have!

Self-Cleaning: Self-cleaning is an oven setting that turns the oven to an extremely high temperature, which incinerates all the drippings/greases/leftover food inside your oven.
Pete's Pointer: this is a nice to have.

Storage DrawerA storage drawer located on the bottom of the range can be a useful storage space for pots/pans that aren't being used. This is useful when you are living in tight and snug quarters (think a NYC apartment!). 
Pete's Pointer: this is a nice to have.

5. What color fits your kitchen? All professional style ranges will be made with stainless steel. However, there are an assortment of colors that can fit your kitchen! From stainless steel, to black stainless steel, to red matte. Here are all the colors that Premium Home Source offers:

  • Stainless Steel - Pete's Pointer - This is my favorite: RA36
  • Black Stainless Steel
  • Black Matte
  • Glossy Black
  • Matte Graphite
  • Red Matte
  • Red Gloss
  • Blue Matte
  • Blue Gloss
  • Blue
  • White Matte
  • Green
  • Emerald Green - Pete's Pointers - This is my favorite: UMD10FDNS3EGGNG
  • Burgundy
  • White
  • Antique White

Further questions? Send an e-mail to [email protected] or call in and get free, expert advice!

1 comment

  • I am excited about placing my order for the 48” ZLine Range, but was disappointed that it did not have the self-cleaning feature.

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