Slide-in ranges have contoured sides with alignment grooves and are made to fit between kitchen cabinets. They are slightly wider on top so that the edges rest on the counter top on each side, which gives the ranges a built-in look. Freestanding ranges have side panels and can fit between cabinets or stand alone.Know More
Freestanding ranges are the most commonly purchased range and offer customers the widest variety of options for kitchen placement. They often include a bottom drawer for pots and pans or a warming drawer to keep food heated, and slide-in ranges may include a storage drawer as well.
Both range types come in gas and electric models. Some freestanding ranges offer a dual-fuel option, which combines gas burners and electric oven cooking. Slide-in range controls are normally positioned on the front edge. Freestanding controls are typically located on the backsplash for electric models and on the front edge for gas models.
Slide-in ranges are similar in appearance to drop-in ranges because both types fit between cabinets. However, drop-in ranges require owners to have cabinetry custom built to fit around the range. Drop-ins also lack a bottom storage drawer and are typically a special-order item. Cost-wise, freestanding ranges are the most economical and drop-in ranges are the most expensive.Learn more about Ovens & Ranges
The best rated electric ranges differs by type of stove and the style of the review or comparison. Good Housekeeping, for example, provides top letter grades of A for three models, Electric Range Review compares the top 10 ranges, and Consumer Reports picks a top unit from each range type.Full Answer >
Gas ranges require only about one-third the energy of an average electric range, making them much more energy efficient. Provided that the gas range has electric ignition rather than a continuously burning pilot light, it costs about half as much to operate a gas range for the same cooking time.Full Answer >
The best gas range at any price is the Kenmore Elite 78923, according to Good Housekeeping, noted for it's versatile dual ovens. Their pick for budget ranges is the GE JGB800SEPSS, with fast and even heating, a griddle burner and a warmer underneath the oven.Full Answer >
The single-oven LG LRG3095ST and double-oven LG LDG3036ST received high marks at ConsumerSearch.com for all-around performance and features. Reviewers also liked the Whirlpool WFG540H0A as a good alternative for the budget-conscious and recommended the Whirlpool WFG510S0A among basic models.Full Answer >