How To Choose a Range

Written by: Erica Spangler

Design Specialist
Find the best range for your cooking and baking needs, while considering your kitchen's layout and style. 

Find the perfect range by following the steps listed in this guide.


Total Space Needed

Check your available space by measuring the cutout opening of where your range or stove top will go

Family Size: 1 to 2 People

You need 2-3 cubic feet of cooking space

Family Size: 3 to 4 People

You need 3-4 cubic feet of cooking space

Family Size: 4+ People

You need 4 or more cubic feet of cooking space

Installation Type

Free Standing

  • Most common
  • Easy to install
  • Designed to fit common cutouts
Shop All Free Standing Ranges


Drop In

  • More seamless appearance
  • Designed without a warming drawer
  • Does not have finished sides
  • Top overlaps the counter top

Shop All Drop In Ranges

Slide In

  • Similar to free standing
  • Unfinished sides so cabinets are on both sides
  • Seamless built-in look with no backsplash
  • Top overlaps the counter top
Shop All Slide In Ranges

Energy Type


  • Oven: Electric
  • Stove: Electric
Shop All Electric Ranges


  • Oven: Gas
  • Stove: Gas
Shop All Gas Ranges

Duel Fuel 

  • Stove: Gas
  • Oven: Electric

Shop All Duel Fuel Ranges

Burner Type


  • Most economical
  • Even heat distribution
  • Drip pans lift for easy cleaning
  • Easy to replace
Shop All Coil Burner Ranges


  • Most efficient and accurate temperature
  • Easy cleaning of smooth surface
  • Most expensive
  • Special cookware needed
  • Water boils faster than gas
Shop All Induction Ranges

Smooth Top

  • Accommodates all pan sizes
  • Cooking surface is very easy to clean
Shop All Smooth Top Burner Ranges


Sealed Burner

  • More heat control
  • Easy cleanup due to multiple parts
  • Takes longer to warm up
  • Boils water faster than electric
Shop All Sealed Burner Ranges

Open Burner

  • Use open air to fuel flame
  • Harder to clean
  • Quick heat times
Shop All Open Burner Ranges


Finish is an extremely important decision when choosing a range or any appliance. In fact, a stainless steel finish may actually add value to the home because the look is timeless.
Other Considerations


Uses a fan to circulate the warm oven air, which cooks the food 30 percent faster.


This setting will clean your oven.

Hot Surface Indicators

Safety feature to warn that the surface is too hot to touch.