Here’s the dilemma: do you opt for a cooktop or for a range for your kitchen? Do you know the difference? Hmm, let’s deal with that last question first.
Very basically, a cooktop is built right into the counter (like in the photo above). It can be wired to use gas, electricity, or induction. Cooktop sizes vary, but standard measurements are typically 30 inches and 36 inches.
A range, often simply referred to as a stove, is a stand-alone piece that comes with its own cooktop and its own built-in oven. Standard measurements are the same as the cooktop, but it, too, can come in a variety of styles and sizes.
So, now that you know the basic difference, how do you decide which one is best for you?
The answer to that lies squarely in your own personal tastes and circumstances. The cooktop, for instance, is just that. You’ll need to install an oven in the wall somewhere in your kitchen. If your kitchen is on the small side, and all the walls are taken up by cupboards, finding a place to install that oven might prove a bit of a headache.
A range, on the other hand, is an all-in-one appliance. The only consideration you’ll have to make is whether the cooktop and oven are large enough for your cooking needs. Do you love hosting parties where you need six burners going at the same time. Maybe roasting a large turkey along with five different side dishes is your thing. Yes, you can find cooktops and separate ovens that fulfill those needs. But, for a small kitchen, choosing a large one piece range might make more sense.
The one benefit of the cooktop over the range, as far as I’m concerned, is that the cooktop is typically built so that it abuts right against the counter. That means that there’s no gap for crumbs, drips, or anything else to fall through. Pulling out the range to clean along that crack is inconvenient at best and dangerous at worst. Ranges are not always very light weight. Moving one might cause some uncomfortable muscle strain!
Have you had to choose between a cooktop and a range? What helped you make that final decision?