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|A range combines a
cooking surface with the oven in one unit. You can choose an
electric range, a gas range or a dual fuel range. The dual
fuel will have a gas cooking surface and the oven will be electric
Power: Usually 30" in electric, gas and Dacor offers
a dual fuel. Black, White, and Stainless finishes.
Important features include convection oven, self cleaning,
sealed burners, electric re-ignition, closed-door broiling and
a range in BTUs (for gas) from 2,000 to 12,500.
Available in freestanding (a unit finished on 3 sides,
designed as a stand-alone, lowest cost and usually less
features), drop-in (built-in look) and slide-in,
(built-in look - slides in with
controls on front, leaving the space behind the range
Styling: From 24" (Viking) to 60". Usually
stainless steel, but also available in black, white and
designer colors (also by Viking). The Professional Range
is all the rage out in the kitchen business these days.
The Pro Range offers the home chef an assortment of surface
configurations including griddles, grills, French tops (Wolf)
and any combination of burners and options -all with the high
15,000 BTU power burners. Not all Pro Ranges are self
cleaning, so if that is an important feature, be sure and
ask about it.
Dacor, Viking, Wolf and
Thermador offer the best pro ranges. All these brands
offer gas ranges, and several offer dual fuel. Viking
offers their 30" pro range in electric. The Pro Ranges
also feature an infrared broiler that performs beautifully on
steaks and fish. All offer convection ovens in the main
oven, but if you are looking at the 48" size, the small oven
is not usually convection.
When planning for a Pro Range,
make sure you plan adequate ventilation. Each
manufacturer offers hoods and power units to complement their