When it comes to choosing most of your appliances for the kitchen, it often comes down to style and value. Refrigerators and dishwashers fit standard cabinets. However, when it comes to cooking appliances you have a wide variety of choices to consider. A standard combination range is no problem as they generally come in standard sizes from 30” to 60” wide. However, if you choose to include a wall oven (or ovens) and a cooktop all that changes. Your decision will affect other elements of your design like cabinets and counter space as well as factors like ventilation and even lighting. So how do you choose?
The good news is that there really is no bad decision. It comes down to your personal preference and design aesthetics. The only real issue is that this is a decision you'll need to make before beginning your kitchen design. Your decision impacts your overall kitchen layout, including counter tops, cabinets, ventilation, lighting and electrical/gas line placements. If you choose a standard range, you will, in essence, be giving up at least 30” of counter top and a cabinet. But it will not impact your kitchen design beyond this minor inconvenience.
The real issue is if you decide to go with a separate cooktop and wall oven(s). We would need to incorporate these elements in your layout. The single or double oven will be placed within the kitchen and may impact cabinet space if a wall is not available.
The Pros and Cons of a Range
PRO – Because the range combines both the cooktop and the oven it takes up less space in the kitchen. This is a big pro if you're working with a smaller kitchen.
CON – Because the oven is located underneath the cooktop, access requires bending crouching and kneeling which can be tough as we age.
PRO – The range offers a bit more style than a traditional wall oven/cooktop. A pro level range offers an industrial look with large knobs and beefy handles. This can become a focal point in your kitchen.
CON - A range can be limiting when it comes to oven capacity. Unless you go with a larger range you're looking at a single oven. While most people don't often need the capacity of a two oven wall unit, at the times when you do, it a convenience you'll appreciate.
PRO – From an economic standpoint, a range offers the best value. You get all of your cooking needs, met by a single appliance. Even if you're purchasing a high-end range like a professional level Viking, this can save you thousands of dollars over purchasing separate appliances.
The Pros and Cons of a Wall Oven/Cooktop
PRO – Cooking capacity is the same as a 36” range if you choose to go with a single oven. The benefits come in the double-oven category. This is where a wall oven shines in your kitchen design. The only way you could get the equivalent cooking capacity is if you go with a 60” double oven range, but few kitchens are big enough to house one.
CON – Having two separate cooking areas takes twice the space. If you have a larger kitchen, this may not be a problem, but it can be limiting in a smaller kitchen.
PRO – Wall ovens are easier to get to as they are generally installed around eye level. This means no bending or crouching. This is a major benefit for older homeowners who are choosing to age-in-place in their homes.
CON – This option is expensive for exactly the same reason. Because you have to purchase two appliances, a wall oven or double oven and a separate cooktop it's the more expensive option.
As you can see, there's really no wrong decision. It comes down to your lifestyle, the space available and your budget. If you're seeking a new kitchen design
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