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Updated on June 12, 2023

Buying guide

How to Choose the Right Range, Stove, or Oven for Your Kitchen

Choosing your kitchen appliances is a decision that has a major impact on your daily life. There are many different types of ranges, stoves, and ovens, with a multitude of styles, models, and finishes to choose from. Check out our guide to choose the best one!

Make Meal Prep Easier with the Right Kitchen Appliance

Whether you cook a little or a lot, your range is undoubtedly one of the kitchen appliances you use most every day. There are several types of ovens, including convection, wall ovens, and self-cleaning. Perhaps you prefer a wall oven with a separate cooktop? Not to mention smart models! So be sure to evaluate your needs—and the space available—before making your purchase.
Modern stainless-steel range oven
Modern oven range without backsplash
Stainless steel kitchen stove

Have a Look at the Types of Ranges and Stoves

Modern-looking freestanding range

Freestanding Range

Freestanding ranges are traditional models that combine a cooktop and an oven. They are usually equipped with a backsplash and side panels and can easily slide between your cabinets for simple installation and seamless integration into your kitchen.
Stainless-steel slide-in range

Slide-In Ranges

Fans of modern design will love these fitted ranges that blend well with any kitchen decor. The controls are also located at the front, giving you easier access while cooking.

Pro Tip

Some freestanding ranges come with a double oven. These models offer greater cooking flexibility and help you save energy by only using the smaller oven when necessary, and accelerating cooking times. They also enable you to simultaneously cook two plates requiring different temperatures, or to keep a dish warm while the other continues to cook. Note that there are also drop-in ranges available on the market, but that these models often require custom cabinetry.

Simple wall ovenDouble wall ovenWall oven with an integrated microwave oven

Discover the Various Types of Wall Ovens

There are 3 types of wall ovens (also called built-in ovens and fitted ovens) available on the market: 

  • Simple: Simple fitted ovens are available in three formats and are perfect for smaller spaces – and budgets.
  • Double: With these models, you can use both ovens at once to simultaneously cook two dishes that require different temperatures.
  • Combined: Combining an oven and microwave in just one appliance, this model saves space in your kitchen and is the best of its category when it comes to style and elegance.

Understand the Cooking Methods

Ovens mainly use one of these two cooking methods: 

  • Convection cooking (forced air): With this type of cooking—which uses less energy—a fan keeps the hot air circulating throughout the oven faster in order to maximize the heat transfer to your food and ensure more consistent cooking. Once you’ve mastered this process, you’ll wonder how you ever lived without it.
  • Traditional: In classic ovens (natural convection), the food is cooked by the elements located on the top and bottom walls.

American- vs. European-Style Convection

There are 2 types of convection ovens. American-style convection ovens are traditional ovens with an added fan to accelerate cooking. Real convection ovens—also called “double convection” or “European”—are equipped with a powerful element behind the fan. The heat emanating from the element is redistributed around the oven, ensuring highly superior performance and more even cooking.

Learn More About Different Types of Cooktops

The cooktop is a key element that will make a significant difference on the use of the range. Therefore, it should be chosen carefully.

Ceramic Glass

This type of electric surface is the most popular. It’s offered in a wide variety of models. In addition to providing consistent cooking, easy-to-clean radiant elements are located beneath the glass surface.


These surfaces are very popular thanks to the speed of the burners and the precision they offer. The power of these ranges can reach up to 20,000 BTU. Double flame burners are also available with certain models, for performance worthy of professional chefs.


Induction models combine the precision of gas ovens with the elegance of electric ones. Plus, the surface remains cool to the touch, and since food doesn’t stick to it, maintenance and clean-up are very easy. With refined, elegant, and modern lines, as well as improved cooking performance, these electric models are increasingly popular.


Gas-fuelled surfaces must be installed and connected by a certified installer in order to meet building code requirements and all other local regulations.

Additional Cooktop Features to Look Out For

  • Compatibility with a fitted oven: This type of surface can be installed atop a simple fitted oven for more design flexibility.
  • Element Layout: Cooktops are usually equipped with 4 elements, but there are also 5-element models on the market. Be sure to take into account the number of burners, their size, and their layout.
  • Dual or triple radiant elements: These allow you to select the area in use for each element depending on the size of the pot to ensure better heat transfer.
  • Warming element/zone: Perfect for keeping food warm at a low temperature.
  • Boiling detection feature: This intuitive option determines the optimal power required to quickly bring water to a boil, sounds a signal when the liquid is boiling, and adjusts the power to minimize risks of a boil-over.
  • Touch-sensitive control: With this feature, you can adjust temperatures with the simple touch of a finger.
  • The downdraught system: Cooktops with downdraught systems are equipped with an integrated fan that sucks up cooking smells and smoke, so there’s no need for an extractor hood. With this option, you can therefore install the surface within kitchen islands or counters: It’s a perfect solution for small spaces. If your home has specific ventilation requirements, know that you can purchase a ventilation kit without ducts.

Additional Oven Features to Look Out For

  • Steam-cleaning feature: With a steam-cleaning feature, you can say goodbye to unpleasant smells. This new technology combines water and heat to dislodge food stuck in the oven. The complete cycle takes under an hour and requires a temperature of less than 200°F.
  • Temperature probe: A temperature probe enables you to measure the temperature of your meat, poultry, and other foods with precision and without opening the oven door.
  • Wi-Fi: Certain models offer Wi-Fi connectivity, allowing you to receive notifications and to keep an eye on your food wherever you are. No more burned meals!
  • Air Fryer: Why have another small electrical appliance that takes up space in the kitchen, when your oven can do the job? With air frying, food cooks faster and gets crispy and evenly browned using very little oil.
  • Fingerprint-Resistant Stainless Steel: This elegant finish is perfect for families and people in a hurry!
  • Warming Drawer: Heat up your plates, keep food warm until it’s ready to be served, rise your pastry dough... you name it! A warming drawer is a practical option that’s hard to do without.

Pro Tip

Still having a hard time choosing? When you see a model you like, scroll down to the Reviews section. You will be able to read the comments of our other customers!

Illustration showing how to measure the size of a kitchen range

How to Measure for a New Range, Stove, or Oven

To make sure you buy an appliance of the right size, remove your current one, then measure the height, width, and depth of the available space as pictured.

Remember: for a seamless integration, your range should arrive flush with your counter and kitchen cabinets, excluding the knobs and handles.

Also, make sure to leave at least 40" of clearance in front of the range. This “work zone” is necessary to accommodate the various motions associated with cooking.

Pro Tip

Many stoves and ranges have adjustable feet that can be raised if needed.

Woman cleaning a kitchen range oven

Maintenance Tips for Your Cooking Appliances

Regular cleaning will keep your new appliance clean and running smoothly. Good maintenance also prevents smoke, which can affect the taste of your food. Read our complete guide to learn how to keep your appliances clean and maintained.

But beware! Unless otherwise specified by the manufacturer, dont use oven cleaners on self-cleaning models.

Pro Tip

Most ovens use a standard 40W incandescent appliance bulb (A15). The main difference between a regular bulb and an appliance bulb is that the latter is specially made to withstand both heat and cold. Refer to the user guide to know what kind of light bulb to use.

Did You Know?

Have your new range, stove, or oven and we will pick up your old model for free! We’re happy to offer you this safe and convenient service so you don’t have to haul your old kitchen appliances to an ecocentre.

Designer Tip

Now that you’ve chosen the perfect range for your space, it’s time to think about the range hood! Be sure to choose models with a matching design and finish for a consistent look. Check out our buying guide to choose the right range hood for your kitchen.


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