The Way to Locate the Right Range for Your Kitchen
A range can be the focal point of a kitchen, setting the tone and design right out of the gate. I seem at ranges as sculptures that are functional, not just appliances. I guess that is why I personally enjoy ranges as part of a combination with a cooktop and wall mount. Whether you go with an American commercial-style range that says “Restaurant industrial,” one having a coloured enamel finish that gives your kitchen a vintage touch or a European-style stove that communicates old-world allure, ranges have presence and weight unlike other appliances. But which style to choose? Following is a look at a few of the options.
Peter Zimmerman Architects
This French double-oven range and magnificent hood combo, with its mix of grey, stainless and brass accents, is similar to a very large piece of jewelry in this kitchen. There is a feminine element using the curve of the hood and the brass emphasized star-like knobs.
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Lacanche Large Cluny 1800 Stove
The French Lacanche range comes in an assortment of configurations and sizes, in addition to coloured enamel finishes and a stainless steel alternative. 1 thing to think about if you are an American purchasing a European stove is the ovens are often smaller than what you’re used to — and the Thanksgiving turkey issue inevitably comes up. I personally like the concept of heating a few smaller ovens at various temps for various dishes rather than having one big oven.
Conventional Residential Slide-In Freestanding Ranges
When hunting online, you may observe the terms “freestanding” and “slide-in. “The greatest assortment of standard ranges fall into these categories. Most typical ranges are 30 inches wide and also have four burners (sometimes five) and one oven. Some have a broiler drawer on the bottom or have a storage drawer beneath with the broiler within the oven. Some manufacturers offer a 36- or 40-inch range as well. Ranges within this category come in white, black or stainless steel and electric or gasoline options. Each manufacturer offers different bells and whistles, so it’s important to compare attributes when researching.
Apart from size, colors and configuration options (such as griddles and grills), standard residential ranges differ from commercial-style ranges chiefly concerning electricity — wattage for electric ranges and BTUs (British thermal units) for gasoline ranges. We’re going to stick to gasoline ranges for the purposes of the ideabook. Just like with cars, higher electricity generally means a higher price. Standard residential ranges typically range from $400 to $3,000.
GE 30-Inch Cafe Dual-Fuel Freestanding Convection Self-Cleaning Range – $2,609.10
Most standard ranges have BTUs out of 5,000 to 9,500, but a few fancier ones offer up to 20,000 BTUs, similar to this slide-in GE Cafe petrol stove. A slide-in array differs from a freestanding one in that it doesn’t have a backguard (see next photograph).
Stewart Thomas Design-Build
This freestanding 30-inch single-oven gas stove has a large backguard.
Whirlpool 30-Inch Freestanding Double Oven Gas Range With 5 Sealed Burners – $1,327.92
Manufacturers of standard 30-inch residential ranges are offering this very trendy split-oven setup, which gives a homeowner two ovens, albeit one quite tiny. This is a fantastic option, so many homeowners have the space for just a 30-inch range but might love two ovens.
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Stainless Steel Commercial-Style Ranges
This category is really extensive as well; now we are getting into more energy, customization and configuration options — also, obviously, higher costs. Ranges within this category vary in price from $3,500 to more than $15,000. Sizes and configurations split more or less like this:
30-inch only ovens36 inches using a large single oven and an optional grill or griddle48 inches using two ovens — one small and one big — and options to get a grill, griddle, French shirt, raised broiler etc.60 inches using two large ovens and all the cooktop options noted above, with room for more extensive configurations
Universal Appliance and Kitchen Center
Wolf 48-Inch Gas Range With Charbroiler and Griddle
This 48-inch Wolf range shows one little oven and one big oven, and features the options of eight burners or six burners and a grill or griddle, four burners with a grill and griddle, or four burners and a French shirt. You might even receive a double-size grill or griddle. As you can see, the options are many and wonderful to get an aspiring amateur chef.
Warmington & North
American Colored Enamel Commercial-Style Ranges
Over the category of commercial-style ranges for residential usage, color and finish alternatives to stainless steel can be found. These ranges all have the very same alternatives for cooktop oven and arrangement dimensions as their counterparts that are stainless.
Some manufacturers supply the fundamentals of stainless, white and black; others, such as Viking, offer 24 enamel colors. This BlueStar range is extended in a whopping 190 custom enamel colors — what designer isn’t jazzed by the options of this!
I love using coloured enamel ranges as opposed to stainless steel. They include a lot of personality to a kitchen and are just a bit different.
Contemporary Gas Ranges And Electric Ranges
This superb sage color from Viking has a vintage feel and could be a great alternative if you’re looking to add a little bit of color to your white kitchen.
In case you’re looking for retro credibility for your vintage-style kitchen, then you may want to look into a true vintage range that is either still working or has been refurbished (antiques retailers sell these), or a reproduction-style vintage range. You might recognize this kind of stove from the kitchen Julia Child cooked.
Elmira Stove Works
Antique Collection Range
This reproduction version is one of many offered by Elmira Stove Works. While the pros are authenticity and vintage charm, the cons are the tiny ovens, as previously mentioned with European ranges.
European Enamel-Coated Ranges
Like the debate over the sort of cookware is best or what goes into a standard cassoulet, the debate over range materials is endless. As with many other things, it’s often a matter of taste.
This variety gives a farmhouse texture to this kitchen.
44-Inch Legacy Dual-Fuel Range – $5,700
This enameled Aga stove is made more for the American market in a much better price point compared to cast iron options. Most consider the Aga as a classic British stove, but it really began its life in Sweden.
Dallas Renovation Group
Bertazzoni’s professional show ranges come in eight different colors plus stainless. They’re quintessentially Italian, using a design that adheres to the past while being contemporary.
Bertazzoni Professional X365GGVGI 36-Inch Gas Range – $6,305
This series has 30-, 36- and – 48-inch sizes offered and ranges in price from $3,300 to $7,500.
European Cast Iron Ranges
A whole different ball of wax, cast iron stoves are serious parts of machines. They vary in price from $5,000 to more than $45,000. Many are completely custom constructed, and the earlier automobile analogy is apt, as these units can cost as much as a vehicle.
Six-Four Collection Range
Aga offers an enameled range as shown and a stainless steel version as well, but this traditional cooker comes in two-, three- and – four-oven arrangements in addition to using a 24-inch companion stove alternative that is awfully cute. Both gas and electric can be found as well as 10 beautiful colors. The dimensions are unusual by American marketplace criteria: 24, 38 7/8 and 58 3/4 inches. They range in price from $5,700 to $20,000.
Many culinary connoisseurs seem to La Cornue as the height of scope luxury. Its products are completely custom, crafted by artisans and famous for their magnificent beauty; in addition, La Cornue is a family-run business that spans three generations. If the range is the centerpiece of a kitchen, then a La Cornue is your crowning jewel. There are a whopping 8,000 distinct configurations for your Château series, so if you are trying to buy this range, know that it’s like designing a house from scratch!
Château 150 Range
The Château show ranges in size from roughly 30 to 65 inches, and the Grande Palais is 72 inches wide. Twenty-eight colors are available, along with different trim colors, like stainless and brass (shown here) — this appearance is my own personal favorite. These custom ranges can cost up to $50,000.
Lori Smyth Design
The CornuFé show is targeted more toward the American market. There are 3 styles with one big oven or two smaller ovens; they come in six colors and three trim options.
La Cornue CornuFé Stove, Gloss Black – $8,600
The fashionable CornuFé comes in 36- and 43-inch dimensions and ranges in price from $6,800 to $14,500.
Bertazzoni additionally makes a Heritage series array that comes in three colors and three dimensions. I really like the stainless steel top and trim detail on the doors.
Bertazzoni Heritage 48-Inch Pro Gas Range with 6 Burners and Griddle – $8,800
The 48-inch Heritage show has a European look but with a large oven and a tiny single oven, such as the commercial-style ranges Americans are used to. The size options are 30, 36 or 48 inches, and the price ranges from $5,000 to $9,500.