Pros and Cons: Range vs. Cooktop/Oven

Freestanding Range vs Cooktop and Oven

Kitchen Debate: Purchase a Range or a Cooktop and Oven

When building a home or re-designing a kitchen, homeowners can be faced with the choice of installing a single kitchen range vs. a cooktop and a separate wall oven. Here are a few considerations:

Advantages and disadvantages of a kitchen range

Freestanding-Range

This is a simple decision. Choose the range and you've purchased two appliances at once. No worries about locating two separate appliances, choosing among various dimensions eg, 30″ vs 36″, or running gas and/or electric lines to separate locations.

On the other hand, you'll be locking yourself into 2 separate appliances in a single space which may be inconvenient. You could find yourself needing to cook on the range surface while standing in front of a hot oven. Some people find that repeatedly bending over to access the oven is uncomfortable.

Advantages and disadvantages of a separate cooktop and oven

One big advantage is that by purchasing the cooktop and oven separately, you can get exactly the features you want in each appliance. Also, separate appliance purchases may sometimes result in different brands sizes and fuel types of cooktops and ovens. By having a wall oven installed at eye level, it can be operated and accessed without bending over.

Oven-Cooktop

In most instances, separate cooktops and wall ovens will cost more than a comparable freestanding range. Having remodeled kitchens in two different homes in the last 5 years, we've chosen both configurations. We love our current double oven range with radiant top. However, the separate gas cooking surface and combination wall oven/microwave probably edges out the freestanding range. Viva la difference!

For the best advice on appliance locations and options work with your builder and designer, and of course make sure to schedule an appointment with an appliance professional at Arizona Wholesale Supply for the best choices.


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More about cooktops at Arizona Wholesale Supply

Gas Cooktops

Gas fuel is probably the most preferred cooktop fuel type for pro chefs and enthusiasts alike. They like the instant on and off, the infinite control from low to high and the high heat that is often available on professional duty cooktops and rangetops. We distinguish cooktops, which are inserted into kitchen counters and have controls on the top, from rangetops which have the cooking surface on the countertop, but with knobs located on the cabinet front.

Jenn-Air-Cooktop

6 Burner 36 JennAir Cooktop

Cooktops and rangetops alike come in a variety of widths from 24″ all the way up to 60″. Cooktops are designed to fit into a standard 24″ deep countertop, and are usually no more than 20″ deep. Range tops overlap the countertop front, and may go all they way to the back of the counter, taking up the entire 24″ counter depth.

Cooktops can be made of glass (gas on glass), porcelain, or stainless steel. Rangetops are built on a stainless steel chassis, and can offer a variety of cooking options including grills, griddles, and even French tops. 30″ cooktops are mostly 4 burner models, while 36″ cooktops are likely to have a 5th burner in the center. Sometimes, gas cooktops and rangetops will feature power burners with a higher *btu output than the standard 8-10,000 btu rating. Also, some cooktops will have super low simmer burners going down to 1,500 btus. Modular cooktops over a wide array of options.

While there are a few cooktops and rangetops that have open burners, sealed burners have become standard for most. Sealed burners offer advantages, and in particular are easier to keep clean than open burners.

This blog is one of a series on cooktops. Visit often for updates and new cooktop blogs. Here are the previous cooktop blogs:

1. Choosing a Cooktop
2. Induction Cooktops

*btu = British thermal unit, a measure of heat.


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Choosing a cooktop for your kitchen

Cooktops abound at Arizona Wholesale Supply

If you are remodeling or building new, one of the kitchen choices you may have is separate cooktop and oven configurations vs. a freestanding or slide-in range which combines the cooking surface and oven into a single appliance. If you choose a cooktop and oven layout, you'll have myriad cooktop options in size, fuel type, brands and venting.

Sizes

In general cooktops are made in 24″, 30″, 36″, 48″, and 60″ width usually designed to fit in a 24″ deep base cabinet or island. A 24″ wide cooktop is compact; something you might expect to find in a studio apartment for example. A 30″ 4 element/burner cooktop is a common cooktop size for most starter homes. It gives the homeowner the same size cooking surface, typically 4 gas burners or electric elements, that they'll find on standard size ranges.

Gas Cooktop

30 Gas Cooktop

For additional burners or a griddle, you're probably going to want at least a 36″ cooktop. Make sure to let your designer know early in the process in order to accommodate the larger cooktop width.

For heavy duty cooking, or special needs such as deep fryers or grills, you may elect for even a larger cooktop 42″, 48″, or even 60″. Of course, modular units can be assembled in a variety of widths.

Fuel Types

Gas burners or electric elements represent the vast majority of all cooktops. Gas will be natural gas or in some cases, propane. Standard electric elements are coil, though they are increasingly becoming rare, or glass smooth top where the element is underneath the glass. Induction cooktops have been around for a while, and are becoming very popular.

Induction cooktops use a magnetic force to create heat. They generate heat very quickly, and much like gas, induction reaches full power and turns off quickly. Of course, induction has the advantage of no flame.

  1. Gas
  2. Electric Coil
  3. Electric radiant
  4. Induction
  5. Hybrid

Flexibility – Modular and Downdraft

 
Wolf-Modules

Separate Wolf Modules

Customers may also want some flexibility in a cooktop surface. For this, they may choose individual specialized cooktops, or cooktop bases with optional modules. For example, with Wolf cooktops you may wish to purchase an array of different individual cooktops an place them side-by-side.

Jenn-Air-Downdraft

Jenn-Air 3 Cartridge Downdraft

Jenn-Air offers downdraft cooktops in a modular configuration so that you can quickly replace modules depending on your cooking needs.

Though we've covered a lot of options here, there's more, much more that you might wish to know about cooktops. Consult your designer or builder to get their advice, and of course the experts at Arizona Wholesale Supply are here to answer your questions any time.

Check back to this blogsite often for upcoming blogs on advantages and disadvantages of different cooktop fuel types.


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Review of K+BB Criteria for Choosing a Cooktop

Kitchen and Bath Business Drops the Ball

Advice for choosing a cooktop according to the “experts”.

I regularly read the articles in Kitchen and Bath Business (K+BB) for the latest news in appliances. It’s generally quite informative. Sometimes articles appear to be written by folks who are writers, but not necessarily SMEs (Subject Matter Experts). While there is nothing wrong with this, when they don’t conduct thorough research and fact-check their information, the advice they give can be misleading. Consider the recent article:

Bertazzoni-Cooktop

Five Criteria to choosing the right cooktop

Here are my comments on the above article’s content.

1. Size considerations.

The author proclaims that if you need extra counter space, you should consider an electric smoothtop or induction top because you can use it as counter-space. Think about this. Your cooktop is a big investment. It’s obviously heat resistant and durable, but it is not a cutting board, nor is it a work surface. Yes, you might put down a bag of groceries on it now and then (carefully), but really it’s not a food prep station or general use countertop. If you drop something on it, your cooktop can break, costing you hundreds of dollars.

2. Cooking habits.

Again, the author’s advice is generally OK, but could be more useful – until she trips up with this doozy.

“..please note, though, that induction cooktops only work with cast iron, enamel cast iron or stainless steel cookware.”

Just about everyone in the industry knows that there are many stainless steel pots and pans that will not work on induction cooktops. The test is to place a magnet on the bottom of the pan. If the magnet sticks you’re OK, if not, the cookware is not usable on induction.

3. Energy usage.

It’s a big mistake to make energy usage a deciding factor in purchasing a cooktop, but the KB+B author jumps right in with her recommendations. Though I’m a big fan of saving energy, it’s unwise to decide among a gas vs. electric vs. induction cooktop based on energy usage. The total difference in energy cost among the various cooktops will not amount to much at all. Worry instead about the energy usage of an air conditioner or water heater – even washer, dryer, and refrigerator. The difference in energy costs on cooktop types is just not significant.

4. Safety considerations.

Here the author begins by stating that if safety is your concern then you should only choose electric or induction. WOW! Millions of us cook with gas. Are we disregarding the safety and well-being of our families? Seriously?

5. Maintenance and Care.

There’s an opportunity here for lots of good advice on cooktop maintenance and care, but alas the author just can’t seem to provide informed content even here.

Here’s my advice to K+BB: You have a stable full of great designers who write articles for you, and there are also many specialists available to you who are expert on appliances, cabinets, countertops, and other topics. There’s nothing wrong with using a writer (in this case a PR person) to produce your content, but at least have a subject matter expert review his or her content before publishing.


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New Jenn-Air Appliances at Arizona Wholesale Supply

Jenn-Air Takes it up a Notch in 2014

New Jenn-Air Appliances and New Luxury Showroom

In 2009, Jenn-Air launched a new lineup of appliances anchored by the world's only wall oven with a culinary center. Today, the Jenn-Air wall oven is still an industry exclusive, but it's time to investigate what's new with Jenn-Air 5 years later.

The luxury appliance industry has changed in the last 5 years and Jenn-Air has changed with it. Most recently, Jenn-Air has added a steam convection oven, and a built-in coffee machine.

Famous for cooktops, Jenn-Air is upgrading the line for 2014 with new gas cooktops featuring new styling, super low 800 btu burners, powerful 18,000 btu burners, a low profile design, and elegant, durable brass burners. Here are the specs on the new 36″ – 6 burner model.

New Jenn-Air cooktop JGC7636BP

Jenn-Air Cooktop

Jenn-Air JGC7636BP Cooktop

With a combined 78,000 BTUs of power, this luxury Jenn-Air® gas cooktop is an exceptionally robust six-burner, 36-inch cooktop. Its Simmer/Melt Burner reaches as low as 800 BTU, while an extremely low profile allows for near-flush countertop installation.

Low-Profile Design

With an extremely low profile, you can have a minimal look —nearly flush with the countertop — for an integrated transition to the cooktop.

Pro-Style® Stainless Design

Make a bold statement with a commercial-styled cooktop and match your other Jenn-Air® Pro-Style® Stainless appliances.

18,000 BTU Brass PowerBurner

Power Burner

Enjoy the elegance of brass and robust heat from this PowerBurner that’s necessary for high-powered cooking techniques, whether searing a steak, stir-frying vegetables or rapidly boiling water.

New Jenn-Air Luxury Showroom

Jenn-Air NY Showroom

Jenn-Air NY Showroom

In keeping with Jenn-Air's move into the Super Premium category, the brand has opened a new showroom in Manhattan.

The new Jenn-Air showroom, occupying the entire fifth floor of the Decoration & Design (D&D) Annex in New York City, serves as a showcase for Christopher Peacock Home, a leading designer of high-end kitchen cabinetry and home furnishings.

See the new Jenn-Air Appliances at Arizona Wholesale Supply. Check out the new Jenn-Air display at Arizona Wholesale's remodeled showroom in the Scottsdale Design Center.

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