Unless you are a huge fan of microwave-only cooking (said no one ever), then you are likely going to want some means of cooking a real meal in your home. But surprise, surprise! When you go to make that investment, you will be confronted with questions about cooktop and range tops.
Is there a difference? Which one is best? Here’s your guide to cooktops and range tops and choosing what is best for you.
Cooktop and Range: Is There a Difference?
Although cooktop and range tops look very similar and serve the same overall purpose, they do have some differences, believe it or not – however, so slightly. A few of the most common distinguishable differences between the two include:
-The controls for cooktops are found on the top, whereas the controls for range tops can be found on the front of the unit.
-Depending on the model and type, cooktops aren’t always as powerful as range tops. They may have one really powerful burner, whereas a range top will have all of its burners at the same level of power.
-Sometimes range tops can come with a griddle as a feature – this is something you will likely never find on a cooktop.
-The counter in your kitchen will need to be cut to accommodate both the range top and the cooktop – and both can be flanked on either side. However, cooktops require a precise cut in the countertop as it is a drop-in unit.
Cooktop and Range: Fuel Type
While there may be a variance in the combination of appliance and fuel, typically, you see cooktops in both electric and gas. Range tops are most commonly gas. Electric cooktops are often glass tops with consistent and efficient heating, keeping your kitchen cooler, too. They are easy to keep shiny and clean, as well.
Gas cooktops and range tops use either propane or natural gas (converter kits are usually available). And they come with durable cast-iron grates that can stand up well to the heat from the flame and still look fantastic. Unlike electric cooktops, the gas versions do not require any time to heat up. Instead, you turn them on, and they are ready to go.
Choosing which fuel type is best will vary based on your preferences.
Cooktop and Range: The Similarities
Now, we told you that these two appliances are quite similar. So, let’s take a look at how that is:
Neither a cooktop nor a range top has an oven. They are strictly stove-type appliances. You will typically find them in homes that have a wall oven – or those that have a full range but are looking to add some additional burners to, say, the kitchen island. When installing them, both will have to be added to the countertop or to a storage cabinet. They are not stand-alone units.
Cooktops: The Pros and Cons
Cooktops are meant to be used regularly – especially those built with a pro-style strength. Families who cook every day or cook a lot will find them to be a reliable option. Plus, they come in varying sizes, such as 30 inches and 36 inches, so even the smallest kitchens will have space. Below are some of the pros and cons:
+Controls on the top make it a safer option for a household with young kids
+Cooktops are easy to clean
+Smaller than a full-size range
+They look like a fitting, beautiful addition to any kitchen
Unfortunately, some may feel as though there are a few downfalls, too, including:
-Cooktops are often smaller than range tops and may not be suitable for busy kitchens.
-They tend to come with a lot of features but may not be as professional as range tops, depending on the model.
-The knobs on top may be difficult to reach if cooking on all burners or with big pots and pans
Range Tops: The Pros and Cons
Professional kitchens are known to have range stops. They give the kitchen a commercial feel yet with ultimate class. They are durable, powerful, and give you lots of control while cooking. Range tops are often larger, requiring more space – for instance, 48 inches and 36 inches. They are great for those who do a lot of cooking.
Let’s take a look at a few perks and some cons:
+Range tops are designed for heavy use and are built for longevity
+They are larger, often making it easier to accommodate larger pans and pots
+The knobs are easily accessible despite what you are cooking on top
+Range tops have a professional look
Are there any downfalls of a range top? Maybe a couple. Let’s take a look:
-May seem too big and bulky for smaller kitchens
-Will likely require professional installation
-Controls in the front may be enticing for small children
-Range tops are often, but not always, more costly than cooktops
Cooktop and Range: Which is Best?
Well, all of that brings us back to the million-dollar question – which one is best? It truly depends. If you have a large kitchen, then a range top may be a perfect choice, but if you don’t, you may want to stick to a cooktop. If you are looking for an appliance that will give you great power and long-lasting durability? Opt for a range top. If you are just looking for convenience and safety for the kids, then a cooktop may be your answer.
One important thing to remember is that you will have to cut your countertop to make space for either one of these options, so make sure you are investing in the best fit for your home and your cooking needs.
Buy Cooktop and Range Appliances from Thor Kitchen
Well, there you have it – all the details, including the pros and cons – which means you should have everything needed to decide which one is best for you. Keep in mind that Thor Kitchen offers a long list of features for both cooktops and range tops, so you may want to dig a little deeper and do your due diligence before you decide which one is best and make that purchase.
Ready to buy? Find a dealer near you today to shop cooktop and range kitchen appliances for your home.