FAQ: What's The Difference Between a Slide-In Range and a Cooktop/Wall Oven?

A lot of times, a kitchen remodel means getting new kitchen appliances! It can be a little confusing when it comes to choosing appliances. Your choice should be rooted primarily in your personal taste, the functionality you wish to obtain, and your available kitchen space. With that in mind, let's discuss the difference between a slide-in range and a separate cooktop/wall oven.

While it may seem self-explanatory there are some notable differences between the two.

Let's begin with the slide-in range. This is the standard in kitchen appliances. A slide-in range acts as an all-in-one appliance for cooking. There's a cooktop and an oven, in one appliance. I personally love a range because of how great it is on space. For smaller kitchens, it takes up less space and leaves more room for countertops. It's also great in terms of functionality. Often I'll cook something on the cooktop, and then transfer it into the oven. It's a fast transfer from the top of the stove, down into the oven. Also slide-in ranges are less expensive than a separate cooktop/wall oven.

Now, let's get to the separate cooktop/wall oven.

Wall ovens, are separate from the cooktop. The addition of a wall oven and a separate cooktop provide a more customized look to the kitchen. Wall ovens are also a great option for homeowners desiring a double oven. If you do a lot of baking or entertaining, the wall oven is an excellent choice. It gives you more cooking space and it is easy on your back! Are there multiple cooks in the house? The separate appliances allow multiple people to cook without worrying about bumping elbows.

We typically recommend wall ovens for larger kitchens because of the amount of space they consume. Unlike your space-saving range, wall ovens are larger, consume more space and leave less room for countertops. Also, wall ovens require their own unit of electricity and if you're adding a wall oven to your remodel, extra electrical work is required.

Here is a picture of a remodel with a cooktop located on the island.

So, which one do you prefer? If you have the space and spend a lot of time in the kitchen, go for the wall oven! If you're more limited on space, I would stick with a range. Remember, remodeling is about increasing functionality as well as updating the appearance of the kitchen.

So which appliance do you like? Let me know!

All for now,


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