Range Vs Cooktop Gas Cookers
Last Updated on June 1, 2021 by Gabriel Goddy
Are you looking to get a new cooker for your kitchen but don’t know whether to go for cooktops or range cookers? There’s nothing to be all concerned about. Choosing between a cooktop and range is a matter of preference. However, we’ll go through their differences for better knowledge.
Deciding on what type of appliance you need is often determined by the type of cooking you do as well as the space available in your kitchen. When designing your kitchen you should also keep in mind exhaust options.
What Is A Range?
A range is an “all-included” cooking appliance that combines a cooktop with a wall oven. It is generally larger in size, includes an oven down below, and is designed to slide right into your countertops, thus creating a seamless built-in look.
The size of ranges will vary quite dramatically. You can find ranges as small as 20 inches, which are ideal for tiny homes and RVs. The larger sizes can climb up to 60 inches and are a great fit for restaurants and other commercial purposes
However, for your average homeowner, the best size will be somewhere in the middle, with a 30 or 36-inch range being the most popular. If you have space, you may want to consider a 48-inch range, as these are usually packed with innovative features that any home chef can truly appreciate.
The knobs that control the range are going to be found on the front of the unit, directly below the cooking surface, and slightly sticking out from the cabinetry. This design is not always favorable for families with small children, as they can be easily accessible to toddlers.
The top of the range will vary depending on the model itself, offering a variety of cooking surfaces, grates, and zones. The larger the range, the more features, zones, or accessories you will have available to you. Many of these larger ranges will allow you to add on a griddle or give you a double oven.
Range hoods can be attached to the wall, hang freely from the ceiling (for an island), or be downdraft style (where they rise vertically from the countertop and exhaust fumes into the duct below the counter).
What Is A Cooktop?
A cooktop is built into a counter and is usually paired with a separate wall oven. Cooktops can also be powered by gas, electricity, or induction to heat food. The cooktop sizes are also available in 30″ and 36″ sizes.
A cooktop requires a cutout in the countertop where the cooktop can be “dropped” into the hole. A range requires a break in the length of a countertop, so you’ll have two separate pieces of countertop on each side.
The length, depth, and width of cooktops will generally follow the same trend as ranges, with 30 and 36 inches being the most popular. However, you can find cooktops in a wide variety of sizes.
The smallest will be portable cooktops that have a 10 or 12-inch cooking surface. The larger units will be mostly 48 inches, but you can find a few commercial models available in 60 inches. However, it is important to note that commercial ranges are the preferred appliance for restaurants and other large kitchens, due to having more features and versatility.
The knobs that control the cooktop are located entirely on top of the appliance. Typically, they will be located in the front or near the sides of the grates, either located all on one side or split among both sides near the grate in which they control.
Unlike a range, this design makes it harder for small children to reach the knobs and inadvertently turn on the appliance. The top of the device will vary depending on the model and brand you go with, but they all typically offer multiple cooking surfaces and grates.
Benefits of a Kitchen Range
As far as kitchen trends go, a range is the most popular cooking appliance that has also stood the test of time. It perhaps has something to do with the fact that is more affordable than owning a separate cooktop and oven.
To add a few other points in its “Pros” column, a range is easier to install and is more space-efficient, thanks to its one-stop-shop design. This really comes in handy if your home has a modestly sized kitchen. And if you’ve got a keen eye for interior design, a snazzy-looking kitchen range can establish a breathtaking focal point in the heart of your home.
As for choosing between a built-in (a.k.a., “slide-in”) or freestanding model, gas and electric ranges can reap the benefits of either installation type. While built-in ranges are favored for a seamlessly integrated appearance, freestanding ranges are less expensive and easier to install.
Benefits of a Cooktop
House flippers and culinary aficionados know: Separately installed cooktops and ovens are all the rage now. If you’ve got the space and finances, consider breathing new life into your kitchen with this modern setup. And we’ve got reasons that might compel you to take the plunge.
Opting for a separate cooktop and wall oven allows you to install a cooktop on a kitchen island without sacrificing storage space below.
Also, if you tend to cook meals on the stove, you can go for a larger cooktop with six burners and a smaller single oven—the latter of which you can install on the other side of the kitchen or directly underneath your stovetop.
Alternatively, if you’re an avid baker, you can splurge on a double oven and stick with an industry-standard four-burner cooktop. Any way you look at it, the possibilities are endless.
Pros and Cons of Rangetops
Rangetops are great for a professional kitchen, or if you want a commercial-style kitchen in your home. They often have superior power and heating ability than their cooktop counterparts. They save cooking time, and their front knobs give you smooth and better control while cooking.
- Rangetops are available in either electric or gas models.
- Rangetops are sturdy and built for heavy use.
- Rangetops offer more cooking space and can fit large pans.
- The location of the knobs on the front makes it easier to manage cooking even with multiple pots on the range top.
- Rangetops often have more professional features than their cooktop counterparts.
- If placed in a typical household kitchen, the range top may rather seem too bulky
- Rangetop installation requires significant work on the cabinet counter.
- The location of the controls/knobs may be risky, especially for households with small kids.
- Rangetops often are more expensive than similar cooktop models.
Pros and Cons of Cooktops
Cooktops are designed for everyday home use. Because of the way they are designed, they are sometimes referred to as stovetops. Cooktops offer apartment size 24-inch and 30-inch width models and fit right into your countertop. There is also a selection of larger cooktops available in 36-42 and 48-inches.
- Cooktops are available in either gas, electric, or induction models
- The control panel and knobs are on the top/surface, making it hard for kids to reach.
- Cooktops are smaller than ranges and take up less kitchen space.
- The entire cooktop unit is on top of the counter and gives the kitchen a classy finish.
- Cooktops are often easier to clean.
- Conventional cooktops come with less professional features than most range tops.
- Because of the small size, cooktops are less likely to meet the demands of a busy or professional kitchen.
- The controls may be difficult to reach if you have several pots on the surface.
- There is a risk of burns if you try to reach the controls while cooking.
Similarities between Cooktops and Rangetops
- They do not have ovens
- They are both installed above drawers or on top of storage cabinets
- They are both available in gas
Range Top vs. Cooktop
In this comparison between the range top vs cooktop, you will discover the similarities and differences between these two kitchen applications.
Both range tops and cooktops are designed to save space, as neither feature an oven. These are great options for homeowners who have built-in ovens somewhere in their kitchen. If you’re interested in installing a cooking appliance on an island, the range top or cooktop may be the best option.
So, what’s the difference?
The biggest differences between a range top and cooktop relate to the control features and installation method.
A range top often features similar dimensions as a full range, without the oven below. This allows you to install the range top above drawers or cabinets in your kitchen.
A cooktop is similar in the way you can install it above drawers or cabinets, but it features controls on the top of the appliances. Because of this feature, cooktops are often installed into a portion of your counter that’s been removed, providing a countertop on all four sides of the appliances.
Before we wrap it up, here’s something to keep in mind. If you are purchasing a range top, be sure to make room for adequate ventilation in the kitchen. Rangetops are very powerful and require good ventilation even without an over-the-range microwave. Cooktops can do with less ventilation even with an over-the-range microwave. We hope our guide makes your decision between a cooktop or range easier.