What you need to know about purchasing a kitchen range.
With burners on the top and an oven below, the range is the most common cooking appliance.
New bargain-priced basic ranges are 30-inch white or almond freestanding or drop-in models, which include either electric coil or standard 9,000-Btu gas burners with an oven.
Better-quality ranges are marketed with ceramic-top electric burners, self-cleaning ovens, dual-fuel options, and convection ovens.
Top-of-the-line residential models have professional styling with stainless-steel or anodized finishes, widths from 30 to 60 inches, downdraft or restaurant-style hood venting, high-performance Btu burners, and continuous grates, along with built-in grill or griddle and double-convection oven options.
Do your homework. Browse Web sites and magazines that compare current models and features. Consumer Reports is an excellent source for unbiased information and recommendations. Visit: www.consumerreports.org/
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