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By Platinum Team April 2, 2014

How to Choose the Right Cooking Range For You

The kitchen is the heart of the home.  Many people purchase homes because of how much they love the look of the kitchen or because they intend to do a complete overhaul of the kitchen and make it their own. If you are making any changes to your kitchen and are planning to purchase a new cooking range or stovetop, you will soon find out that there are many choices.  But, how do you know what is best for you?  You want something that will last the test of time and that will be able to cook the best meals possible for you and your family. The first consideration when choosing a new cooking range is space.  First and foremost, you need to measure how much space you have and then measure again.  And maybe, measure one more time.  The last thing you want is to order a brand new cooking range and then find out it does not fit properly. Next, you will want to consider the style of your home and other appliances in your kitchen.  If you are only changing your cooking range, you will probably want to try to match the existing style of appliances.  If you are changing all of your appliances, then choose a style and finish that best fits you and your home style. One important consideration is how much or often you cook.   If you have a big family to feed and love to elaborate meals often, you may want a stove with more burners.  If you have the room, consider purchasing a cooking range that has six or more burners instead of the traditional four so that you will be able to create your culinary masterpieces any day of the week.  If you do not cook often or only cook for you or your spouse, you may not need an elaborate cooking range and may be able to get by just fine with fewer burners.  There are many different configurations to suit any preference or cooking style. Next, it will be necessary to determine if you prefer gas or electric.  The debate tends to polarize people as many people often have strong preferences. The Nest discusses the differences between the two options, “You may not have a choice with this one: If you don’t have access to a gas line, an electric range is your only option; if you don’t have a 220-volt outlet, you’ll want to stick with gas. How to decide? Consider the type of cooking you do most.  Baking, low-maintenance cooking: Pros say electric ranges are best for baking because they allow for a more even oven temperature. The drawback: Electric coils stay hot after being turned off, so watch out!  Searing, boiling, frying: True foodies often prefer gas cooktops because they allow for more control of the heat. The flames add to the poetry of cooking, and, more important, the burner quickly cools once it’s turned off.” When you measure and consider your personal style and preferences, it will help you narrow the immense field of cooking ranges or stovetops available and find the perfect one for you and your home. Contact us for more information or by calling 800.871.2339]]>