DTCHomeowners March 12, 2024

Cooktops vs. Ranges: Know the Difference

Ah, the kitchen. Done right, it’s a sight to behold. But done poorly, it can come back to haunt you. Seemingly trivial differences often end up playing a large role in the room’s success. Today, we’ll focus on the centerpiece itself: Cooktops vs. Ranges.

Understanding the Difference Between Your Cooktop and Range

What is a Cooktop?

So what is it exactly that makes a cooktop different from a range? Well, in simple terms, a cooktop ditches the oven portion of a range and takes up only counter space. This means that the burner’s knobs and buttons are on top of the counter, rather than on the front. Of course, if an oven is needed, that means opting for a wall-mounted oven in addition to the cooktop.
What is a Range?

A range, on the other hand, is both of these units in one. This means it’s a freestanding appliance that has the burners on top and the oven down below. The knobs and buttons on a range are typically on the front as to not get in the way of the pots and pans while cooking.
What is a Rangetop?

There is a third option, however, called a rangetop, which is essentially just a cooktop with the knobs and buttons placed on the front. It typically takes up a little bit more room than a standard, flat cooktop. For our purposes, we’ll group this option in the regular “cooktop” category.

Range vs. Cooktop: Which type is right for you?

There are many benefits unique to a cooktop, but really it all depends on what your needs are. Is your kitchen cramped or full of space? Do you cook alone or as a team? Do you host large dinner parties? Do you suffer from bad knees or back? The questions are endless, but answering them is crucial when deciding which would suit you best. Here’s a handy guide to help you quickly decide which option might be your best bet.

Related: Gas Vs. Electric – A Heated Debate

Top 10 Cooktop Benefits:

Cooktops require a much smaller cutout in your counter space, and are surrounded on all four sides, leaving ample room for cabinet space below.
Because there isn’t an oven below it, you don’t have to stand by extra heat (which usually radiates from the oven) if you use both appliances at the same time.
Purchasing an oven separately gives the option for you to select a single or double wall-mounted unit.
Cooktops are also better for people with knee or back problems because their accompanying ovens are more at arm height.If you have small children in the house, a cooktop could be a safer choice because the control settings will be out of their reach.
Glass, or smooth cooktops also make for much easier cleaning, since things like burners don’t need to be removed.
Cooktops offer more flexibility in burner style, size and options like induction burners.
Electric cooktops also provide constant, even heat and can maintain very low heat for simmering.
If your kitchen already has a focal point, such as a window, sink, view or back splash, a cooktop is a good choice so it will let the other features stand out.
A cooktop is best for multiple-cook scenarios because of separate cooking and baking zones.
Oven cooking can be more ergonomic: at eye and arm level.

Top 4 Range Benefits:

A range is best for small kitchens with limited space because it houses the cooktop and oven in a single appliance and location.
Ranges are easier to install as well as less expansive, and there are more options at the lower end of the budget spectrum.
If your kitchen needs a strong focal point, a range can help bring the room together.
There are several different types, sizes and cooking styles available, including freestanding, slide-in, drop-in, double oven and dual-fuel ranges – all at an added cost.

SOURCED FROM: https://www.ahs.com/home-matters/cost-savers/cooktops-vs-ranges-what-is-the-difference/