Updated on June 12, 2023
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!
Have a Look at the Types of Ranges and Stoves
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.
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
Learn More About Different Types of Cooktops
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.
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!
How to Measure for a New Range, Stove, or Oven
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.
Many stoves and ranges have adjustable feet that can be raised if needed.
Maintenance Tips for Your Cooking Appliances
But beware! Unless otherwise specified by the manufacturer, don’t use oven cleaners on self-cleaning models.
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.