Getting the Right Range
How much you need to spend depends on what features you want.
Synopsis: Options abound when you’re shopping for a kitchen range. Associate editor Patrick McCombe takes a comprehensive look at the most important things to consider: cost, warranty, convection, burners, self-cleaning, new double-oven designs, finish, installation, and style (freestanding, slide-in, or drop-in).
Even though huge restaurant-style ranges get all the attention in the design magazines and home-improvement shows, most consumers opt for something far less expensive. Self-contained ranges with multiple-burner cooktops and ovens below dominate the marketplace. Prices go from $400 for a bare-bones electric range to $3000 for a fully optioned slide-in model.
The best values, however, are found in the middle (from about $700 to about $1800). In researching ranges, I visited a number of big-box stores, home-improvement centers, and appliance retailers, both brick-and-mortar and online. I found the pricing to be pretty consistent in all channels. The costs given here are based on regular retail pricing, not sale pricing.…