A freestanding oven, also known as a stove, range, or cooker, is a freestanding unit that combines an oven and a cooktop. Any combination of an electric or gas oven and gas, induction, or ceramic hob is acceptable.
Whether you’re replacing an old unit or remodelling your kitchen, you’ll find the perfect style and width to fit into any “hole” in your cabinetry. There are so many things to consider and the final choice depends on your personal needs, budget and cooking style. To help you with your decision we’ve put together this guide with everything you need to know about choosing the right gas range for you and your family.
Decide the size of the gas stove
The first thing to decide is the size of your gas stove. You will need a range large enough to cook for your family and guests, but if you are cooking for holidays or special occasions it should also be able to accommodate multiple pans at once. The larger stoves also feature more burners, which means that you can use as many as three simultaneously.
Deciding on the right size is crucial because it is impossible to buy an extra burner after you have bought your gas stovetop. It would be much easier just to purchase one with all the burners already built-in so that no one has any problems when they first use their new appliance.
It’s also important that each burner has its own individual controls so that each person who uses your home can control their own heat levels while cooking – this way everyone gets exactly what they want!
Select the material, finish & colour
When it comes to choosing a material, finish and colour, there are many choices available. When you shop for the right cooker stove, you will find stoves made of stainless steel, copper, brass and iron. A stove that is made of stainless steel will have a shiny finish while an iron or copper stove will have a duller look. The different finishes can be polished or brushed. You can also choose a specific colour depending on your preferences such as black stoves for small kitchens or white stoves for large kitchens.
Look for the Automatic ignition type
You can avoid the hassles of using lighters or matchsticks by opting for Auto ignition cooktop models. There are two options here: multi-spark battery-powered auto-ignition or single-spark mechanical piezo-powered auto-ignition. The multi-spark is preferable because it produces more sparks and allows you to keep the knob pressed until the flame appears on the burner.
Select burner type
When you’re selecting a stove, there are four types of burners: gas, electric, induction and ceramic.
Induction burners are the most efficient in terms of energy use. They also have an even heat distribution and can be used with any type of cookware. However, they do not work on glass-top ranges because they need metal pans to transfer the magnetic field that heats them up. In addition, induction burners aren’t suitable for glassware or nonstick pans because they can cause scratches on these surfaces when heated up too quickly (this will not affect stainless steel).
Ceramic burners are excellent at heating up pots quickly and efficiently—they’re often used in restaurant kitchens because of this quality—but they don’t allow for simmering foods like other types do because their temperatures tend to be very high (upwards of 500°F).
Consider additional features
The next step is to consider any additional features that you might want. Some stoves have self-cleaning features, which can be a huge time saver. Some include timers and warming zones so you don’t have to watch your food all the time. Some even come with grill pans or rotisseries for grilling or roasting meats. If you prefer baking, look for models with steam ovens that can cook pies, cakes and tarts without drying them out.
A gas stove is the centrepiece of any kitchen. A good option not only improves your cooking experience but also adds style to your kitchen. Though it is a common appliance, selecting the right one is not easy. We hope this article has helped you decide which stove is right for your kitchen.