Gas Range Reviews: How to buy the right one?

Gas range is a staple in every kitchen, in every home. This is one of the necessities we need because we use it to cook our own food, which is a great step in living a healthy lifestyle compared to purchasing ready made food or fast food that don’t give much nutrients our body needs.

Having to cook your own food is great, but having to cook it in a range that specifically caters to your needs and wants is even greater. So before you head out to buy your very first gas range or replace an existing one, read through this article to find out more about the factors to consider before buying a gas range and the different types there is.

 

What are the factors to consider when buying a gas range?

Fuel: Either a propane gas tank or a natural gas line can power gas ranges. If you are looking through a long term one that can save you money, go for the gas line. Propane tanks require refilling every now and then, depending on how you consume. But it is a hassle to refill and replace. Gas lines won’t give you too much to worry about when it is installed.

If you are coming from an electric range, you might not have an existing gas line. You have to call a natural gas provider and they will send a person who will do the installation of the gas line as well as setting up the gas range. This is the safest way to do this, especially if you haven o idea how gas lines work.

Cooking or baking needs: Consider your cooking needs before buying a gas range. Some ranges have about five to six burners, which you may not need if you live by yourself or with a few other family members. However, this may prove really helpful if you like holding large parties at home. It saves you a lot of time cooking several types of dishes at once.

You may also want to consider getting a gas range that has a built in oven. There are varieties sold where you can pick if you want to have one large oven or two smaller ones. The smaller ones are good if you only bake small amounts of food as it consumes less gas overall. Check out:

 

GE PGS950SEFSS Profile 30″ Stainless Steel Gas Slide-In Sealed Burner Double Oven Range

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Kenmore Elite 75233 5.6 cu. ft. Gas Range with True Convection in Stainless Steel, includes delivery and hookup
  • Item includes room of choice delivery, unboxing, item hook-up and free optional haul-away at checkout
  • 5.6 cubic foot capacity
  • This Kenmore Elite range has 5 gas burners so you can multitask with ease. The Turbo Boil Flex burner can go as low as 750 BTUs or as hot as 18,000 BTUs

 

For variety, you can also pick burners that run using gas and a burner fired by electric coils. This way, you can still cook using your range, even if you run out of gas or there is a sudden power outage.

Available floor space: Determining how much space you have left in your kitchen is important before buying your gas range. Make sure to measure the available space and take it with you when you go shopping to find out the best size that fits. It may not be difficult to pick a freestanding range because you can place it practically anywhere and it will run smoothly.

Other types, such as built-in and slide-in ranges may require certain measurements so that it will fit in nicely in your cabinetry, as these types are designed to fit seamlessly in your kitchen.  Ranges vary in width, mostly from 24 to 60 inches. The wider ones, 36 to 60 inches are the most expensive.

Budget: Don’t buy a gas range on a whim, make sure to plan ahead and look through many types and brands so you’ll have an idea of the price of your chosen range. Afterwards, set the budget you have in mind and keep it. You’ll have better deals coming up in the future if you wait.

Ventilation: Gas stoves definitely require great ventilation. There are two options: Updraft or downdraft. The most common among the two is the updraft with an overhead hood ventilator. Downdraft, on the other hand, requires a duct to be installed so air can flow freely outside.

Updraft is the choice of many homeowners because it is nice to look at in the kitchen, especially if you are aiming for a certain theme or design. Look for something like the:

 

Broan 390 CFM Custom Range Hood Insert with Incandescent Lighting

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Broan PM390 Power Pack Range Hood Insert, Silver
  • 6-Inch round duct connector/back draft damper. Designed to fit flush with the bottom of a cabinet or custom hood installation. Also designed to be used with Broan's "Box" or "T" design custom liners.
  • Max Sones/100 CFM 1.5. Rated Voltage : 120 V
  • HVI rated 500 CFM, operates at 9.0 sones

 

What are the different styles of gas ranges?

There are three types of gas range designs that will suit the tastes of different customers. These are the freestanding range, slide-in range, and drop-in range.

  1. Freestanding range – These are the ones that when bought, can be placed anywhere in the kitchen even if without fancy countertops and cabinetry. It is freestanding because it doesn’t need the support of anything for it to work.

It is usually made with stainless steel material. This one is the easiest to place in the kitchen and has the most available brands and models. It is nice to have something like the:

 

Gallery Series 30″ Freestanding Gas Range with 5 Cu. Ft. Quick-Bake Convection Oven Color: Stainless Steel

Kenmore 5.0 cu. ft. Slide-In Gas Range with Turbo Boil in Stainless Steel, includes delivery and hookup -02275113
  • Item includes room of choice delivery, unboxing, item hook-up and free optional haul-away at checkout
  • A 5.0 cu. ft. single oven is perfect for potluck prep or regular weeknight meals. Easy-to-clean oven racks can be adjusted to the size of dishes for cooking versatility.
  • The 18,000-BTU Turbo Boil burner provides express heating power so liquids boil in less time

 

  1. Slide-in range – This one is designed to slide in-between cabinets to give it a built-in appearance. The top of this range is slightly protruded so that it rests on each side of the countertop. When pushed in, it looks really nice but you have to get the exact dimensions of the space for it to fit snuggly.

 

Check out the:

 

Frigidaire FPGS3085KF 30″ Slide-In Gas Range with PowerPlus Preheat and True Convection, Stainless Steel

Kenmore 2273433 4.2 cu. ft. Freestanding Gas Range in Stainless Steel, includes delivery and hookup (Available in select cities only)
  • Item includes room of choice delivery, unboxing, item hook-up and free optional haul-away at checkout
  • 4.2 cubic foot capacity. Main oven interior dimensions (WxHxD) : 23 W x 17 H x 18.75 D
  • 5 sealed burners providing cooktop versatility

 

  1. Drop-in range – By far, this one is the hardest to fit in, especially if you don’t plan to construct the cabinetry around it. It requires customization so you have to really get the dimensions of this range and hire someone to build the cabinets around it.

It is also slightly elevated, as it sits on top of a cabinet. Like the slide-in range, it is built-in seamlessly. Drop-in ranges mostly come in electric models, and not gas.

 

Conclusion

Whichever you pick, make sure that it not only suits your wants and needs, but it also just right for your budget. There are many models and brands out there that can tick everything on your checklist. All you have to do is search.

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