Whether you’re upgrading your kitchen appliances or are planning a rebuild, a new range will most certainly be on the top of the list of needed major appliances. How else will you be able to cook up your famous peach cobbler for your house warming party? No matter your reasoning for searching for the perfect range - we can all agree it is a big purchase that requires extensive homework.
The design of a range can be classified as either slide-in or freestanding. Wanting to know which design will work better for you? Our team at Appliance Educator has gathered all of the details to make this process an ease. Let’s get to cookin’!
What is a Freestanding Range?
Freestanding ranges are the most popular amongst kitchen home designs. These ranges are finished on all sides, allowing it to be installed in between cabinets or standing on its own. Since the range is finished on all sides, this will make a small gap between the range and the cabinets on either side. Typically, freestanding ranges have a back guard that sits flush on the back wall. This guard includes the control knobs and electrical button panel to operate your stovetop and oven.
To get an idea of what a freestanding range looks like, we have included a photo of GE’s 30” Double Oven Range.
What is a Slide-in Range?
Slide-in ranges are only meant to be installed in between your kitchen cabinets. This is due to the fact that it is not finished on the sides or back of the range. The lip on both sides give this range a complete flush look when installed. This range does not typically include a back guard, but has the control knobs and button panel on the front of the range. Some see this as an advantage because it is an easier reach.
For photo comparison, take a look at Bosch’s 30” Electric Range. Between the two ranges, our Appliance Educator team sees the slide-in range as the winner. It has a great, flush finish when installed that would be a great sleek upgrade to any kitchen.
How do I know which one is right for me?
Consider the layout of your kitchen. If you are installing the range in an island, the Slide-in design would be a better fit. If you like the idea of a range that is versatile for any kitchen layout, the freestanding ranges are for you. Not only this, but the cosmetic differences of the ranges are a great way to help make your decision. Which one is more aesthetically pleasing for your kitchen?
When in doubt, we suggest getting a second opinion from a contractor or designer to ensure you are getting the right range for your home. The kitchen is the heart of the home and what’s a kitchen without a professional, beautiful range?