Cooktops or Freestanding Range? What’s the difference?

What’s the difference Between Cooktops and Freestanding Ranges

Kitchens can be a sight to behold, provided that all appliances effortlessly fit together, and the style is not mix-matched. Seemingly trivial details can end up playing a huge role in the overall décor –color, design, cooking requirements and available space and can either add or detract value to your home.

Whether you’re looking to buy a cooktop for your brand-new home, or whether you’re improving the look of your current space, it’s wise to do a little bit of research to make sure you get the right appliance for your lifestyle. Here at Adelaide Appliance Gallery, we have a huge range of cooktops on display in our Payneham showroom, most of which are operational.

Bearing this in mind the question then remains, what are the main differences between cooktops, and which type is right for you and your cooking needs?  

 

Understanding the Style Differences

Cooktop

In simple terms, a cooktop has many of the same functions as a built in top, minus the integrated oven. In other words, cooktops only take up a portion of your kitchen by solely using counter space. To help you visualize this, picture the burner’s knobs and buttons being on top of the counter instead of in front of you. When adding an oven to the mix, you can opt for a wall-mounted oven in addition to the existing cooktop.

Range

In comparison to cooktops, a range is a free standing kitchen appliance that features the burners on top, while your oven is located down below. Buttons and knobs are conveniently tucked away in the front to not get in the way of your pots and pans.

Range top

The third option is a smart combination of the two, ideal for those who love different aspects of both styles. Whereas rangetops follow the design of a cooktop, the placement of knobs and buttons is similar to the range option. Professional looking and visually appealing, rangetops take more room than conventional cooktops and carry a more extravagant price tag as well.

 

The benefits of Cooktops

  • Cooktops have an ergonomic appeal –suited for people with knee or back problems.
  • Cooktops need a small amount of counter space, allowing for ample cabinet space below.
  • Cooktops are a safer choice for families with young children –since they are out of reach
  • Cooktops allow for less mess and a more straightforward cleaning process, especially since burners don’t need to be removed and put back in.
  • Electric cooktops are excellent for providing an even heat source and maintaining low simmering temperatures.
  • Cooktops feature flexible design (i.e., size, style, burner choice).
  • Cooktops are ideal for multiple-cook scenarios.

 

Range Benefits

  • Ideal for more compact kitchens with limited space
  • A range can serve as a focal point or a visually appealing centrepiece
  • Ranges are available in a variety of types, sizes and cooking styles, including drop-in, double oven, dual-fuel, freestanding, or even slide-in
  • Excellent for commercial purposes

 

Types of Cooktops

There are a variety of types of cooktops including induction, gas or electric. These types are not available in all styles, however, the most popular option here at Adelaide Appliance Gallery is induction cooking. See us in store for a demonstration to see why it’s become the most popular type of cooktop.

 

Which type is right for your home?

There are many benefits unique to a cooktop and a range, but ultimately the decision will rest on your shoulders. There is a wide range of factors to consider before having your choice. Do you cook alone or with your partner? Does your kitchen benefit from ample space or is it cramped? Do your friends and family know you as a weekly dinner host? Do your knees hurt when you bend over? These are just some of the questions which you’ll need to answer become deciding what works best for you.

 

The decision can seem daunting, but there’s light at the end of the tunnel! Here at Adelaide Appliance Gallery we have a full range of working cooktops and ranges on display and are happy to walk you through the features. In fact, we can provide you with advice on which cooktop can best suit your needs and teach you how to maintain your new cooktop so it lasts you well into the future.

All the best brands of kitchens appliances in Adelaide

Finding the Best Kitchen Appliances

The appliance world is constantly changing, and it shouldn’t surprise you that ovens, fridges, cooktops, and others can make your search even more challenging than it would have been a number of years ago.  

To help you along this journey, we have put together a comprehensive review of some of the best brands of kitchen appliances in Adelaide. Our decision looks at factors such as cooking performance, functionality, reliability, design and value for money.

Without further ado, if you’re interested what Aussie consumers like you buy in Adelaide then look no further!

Miele

Hailing from Germany, Miele offers a variety of different kitchen appliances in Adelaide, Australia. Whether you love the feel of an electric or gas way of cooking, this brand can deliver what you need. Aussies seem impressed with Miele due to the strong emphasis put on durability and ease of use. Miele also has a reputation as the luxe brand for appliances offering style and durability.

For those of you who love to enjoy new toys, the brand’s ovens feature a plethora of functions you can play with –easy-clean enamel, self-cleaning options, touch doors, or integrate “flex clips’ for turning over burgers or meats without burning the tips of your fingers.

It won’t surprise you to hear that these premium features come with an expensive price tag, as some appliances cost in between $3,000 and $7,000. Nonetheless, between the excellent cooking, functionality, reliability, sleek design, Miele achieve good value for money. The Miele range includes ovens, cooktops, dishwashers, dryers and washing machines.

Bosch Ovens

Bosch is a renowned giant in the appliance world, managing to combine quality with the latest innovations in technology in an elegant manner. The Australian consumer market is spoiled for choice when it comes to the Bosch brand, as it offers washing machines, dryers, ovens, cooktops, rangehoods and dishwashers.

At the forefront of the company is a design ethos which captivates its audience, with soft-open and soft-close doors, along with various cooking options. Another detail which is rarely heard of is the auto-pilot function for cooking your perfect Sunday roast or Christmas pork.

Neff

The company is slightly less-known than the others we’ve featured, but the quality is a top priority for Neff. Part of BSH -a German manufacturer which holds Bosch and Siemens under its umbrella – Neff features excellent appliances and is constantly pushing the envelope for technological advances. We often hold cooking demonstrations with the team from Neff, like our Facebook Page to find out when the next demonstration will take place. Their range includes cooktops, ovens, steam ovens, microwaves, coffee machines, range hoods and dishwashers.

Asko

Asko has a huge range of kitchen and laundry appliances adhering to a timeless and minimalist design which integrate effortlessly into your kitchen or laundry design. Their range includes: dishwashers, cooktops, ovens, rangehoods, fridges, washing machines, dryers and drying cabinets.

We also carry appliances from Jura, Laurastar, Euro, Siemens and Schweigen.

Here at Adelaide Appliance Gallery, we take pride in displaying these best brands in our showroom. Pop down and see us to discover the wide range of appliances which could soon be yours! We can provide advice on what appliance will best suit your needs and can give you comprehensive information on the differences between all the ranges.

 

Which oven should I consider for my home?

Choosing the Best Oven

There are hundreds of different types of ovens in the market and finding the right fit for your home, budget and lifestyle can be a little tricky. Single or double, gas or electricity, built-in or freestanding,  self-cleaning or not? The options can be endless!

In fact, we understand it can seem overwhelming to make this decision. Between the wide range of fuels, sizes, and styles, features–it’s an information overload, especially when you’re a first-time buyer.

You want everything to be perfect, and for a good reason. That’s where we come in. Having been around since 1973, we at Adelaide Appliance Gallery have the expertise to help you pick the right oven for your lifestyle and cooking needs and can teach you how to maintain your oven so it lasts you as long as possible.

 

Which style should I choose?

The first decision is to determine what style of oven will best suit your needs. This will involve looking at your kitchen to see what can fit and considering your cooking style. For example, if you enjoy cooking a large turkey at Christmas then you will need a bigger oven, but if you rarely cook in your oven then a space-saving model will be better. We have a huge range of ovens in our showroom on Payneham Road in Adelaide including the following varieties.

Single Oven

As the name suggests, single ovens feature only one oven space. These types of products are excellent in kitchens that are tight on space or for small families which don’t require more than a tiny oven. Two styles complement this kind of ovens: built-in and built-under.

Double oven 

The first thing to understand about double ovens is that they are not transferable–meaning you can’t move them around easily, so you will need to think about the rest of the kitchen décor and layout before making the purchase.

Built-in oven 

There is an element of convenience when it comes to integrated ovens because you won’t need to bend down, hit your knees, or have your glasses fall from your head when retrieving hot foods. They can be fitted seamlessly into your cupboard configuration and make it easy to access and safer for children due to the height.

Built-under oven 

Elegance is what built-under stoves are meant to offer you, as they are a subtle integration which sits alongside your kitchen cabinets.

Electric or Gas? Which fuel should I choose?

Electric fuelled ovens

This type has seen an increase in popularity over the years. We’re not surprised considering their even heat distribution, at least in comparison to some of the other gas options.

Nowadays, many professional cooks and food enthusiasts prefer this type of fuel for cooking dishes at a more accurate temperature, ensuring that the results follow safe and reliable roasting, grilling, and baking procedures.

Gas fuelled ovens

This type of fuel has been around for generations, and there are many advantages to it. For example, gas ovens are incredibly cheap to run and offer a responsive and quick heat.

The process is guided by hot air circulation from a flame or gas burner located at the rear of the base, making it suitable for cooking all types of food. Because of their popularity, there are many oven styles to choose from, single or double– you name it!

It’s also easier to stay with the gas option if you don’t want to go through the expense or hassle of switching to electric. No need to worry, these products are reliable!

 

Is self-cleaning the feature for me?

Many of the new ovens come with a self-cleaning feature to make maintaining your oven easier and take the stress of scrubbing built up grime out of every crevice. There are a few different types of self-cleaning features including:

Easy-clean enamel –the least expensive and least complicated option, this process involves using a wipe to clean the enamel surface. The enamel repels grease and grime allowing it to be cleaned simply with a damp cloth.

Steam cleaning –steam cleaning involves adding water to a dish located at the bottom of the oven – which then heats, creating steam that loosens and cleans dirt and grime.

Nano-cleaning –this feature involves a coating found on the oven door, designed to repel dirt.

Catalytic liners –it has a cool name and won’t force you to do any work. In fact, catalytic liners involve a unique surface which absorbs spills from cooking foods; while temperatures over 200°C will help break down grime and other stains.

Pyrolytic cleaning –this option has an integrated program that heats the cavity to high temperatures of around 500°C, which burns off grime or dirt that you can then just wipe away.

 

The Adelaide Appliance Gallery showroom on Payneham Road is packed-full of a huge range of ovens, many of which are operational. Come down and see them for yourself and we can run you through the many differences to find the perfect oven for you. We also offer monthly cooking demonstrations so you can sample the food too!

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