Types of Ranges
When you think about updating your kitchen, one of the major appliances to consider is a new range. There are so many types of ranges available, so I’ve outlined some need-to-know details of each type to help you understand which is best for you and your family.
Gas ranges heat the cooktop and oven with you guessed it, gas. Gas cooktops are overwhelmingly preferred by chefs because they provide immediate heat that can be precisely controlled with adjustments to the flame. However, bakers tend to dislike gas ovens because they give off an uneven heat distribution, making it trickier to achieve an even bake.
To give you even more selection, THOR KitchenⓇ now offers a gas range, a liquid propane range, and combination gas and liquid propane range so you can choose the option that best fits your home.
Electric ranges are pretty much the opposite. Electric cooktops feature a glass surface that is heated by electricity. They take time to warm up and lack the precise temperature control that gas cooktops offer. However, electric ovens give off an even heat distribution and offer precise temperature control. It also doesn’t hurt that the glass cooktop is easy to clean.
As THOR KitchenⓇ says: “The future is electric.” They just released their first line of fully electric ranges, making it possible for you to get a top-notch, professional-quality electric range.
Dual Fuel Ranges
A dual fuel range lets you have the best of both worlds — a gas cooktop and an electric oven. This option gives you the pros of gas and electric ranges without the cons of either. The only drawback is that dual fuel ranges cost a good chunk of change more. Options are available with a dual fuel range that, along with electricity, can be powered with gas or liquid propane.
Which One Is Right for Me?
Honestly, it comes down to your preferences. If you only use the oven for a Thanksgiving turkey, you’ll probably want the benefits of a gas cooktop. Conversely, if you’re an avid baker, you’ll probably want to go with electric. If you really love both, consider whether the investment in a dual fuel range is worth it.
If you need some help with this decision, don’t hesitate to contact us and one of our design specialists would be happy to give you some guidance! Click here to learn more about the appliances we carry.