The Newest Ranges
Ranges have come a long way since they first appeared in the late 17th century, and considering they can cost several thousand up to tens of thousands of dollars and are a major purchase in any household, it's important to know what's out there. Ranges can be freestanding (the more economical choice); slide in, meaning they are installed flush with cabinetry and have a storage drawer; or drop-in, which don't have a bottom storage drawer. Most ranges are 30 inches wide, but they can be as narrow as 24 inches and as wide as 48, and you can choose between gas, electric, and dual fuel (gas cooktop and electric oven), or, more recently, an induction cooktop with an electric oven.
In addition to the basics, there are all sorts of bells and whistles to sort through. Pro-style ranges pack all the power of restaurant-grade appliances; convection ovens use fans to more evenly distribute heat, producing better results and reducing cooking time; and cooktops can be customized with griddles or woks.
Here are ten new ranges that are sure to get you cooking.