Whether you use your range for boiling water and baking frozen pizzas or you prepare a gourmet four-course meal every night, it's important to get just the right one for your needs and space. Older ranges may heat unevenly, be poorly insulated, or just not be the right fit for your kitchen. When it's time for an upgrade, turn to Kmart for plenty of options so you can find the perfect range for your needs.
The biggest debate is gas or electric. Many people prefer gas cooktops because they respond much more quickly to changes in temperature. However, if you don't have a gas hookup already, installation for an electric range will be much simpler, and many of today's electric cooktops have radiant surfaces that are much better than the coil-based cooktops. Plus, electric ovens tend to heat more evenly. If you want the best of both worlds, you can check out Kmart's dual fuel ranges, which have a gas cooktop with an electric oven.
Another option to consider when shopping for ranges is getting an induction cooktop. This is a relatively new option that relies on the generation of a magnetic field to heat the pot or pan you place on the cooktop. Pots and pans must be able to hold a magnet on the bottom to work on the cooktop, but if you have the right cookware, this is a great choice. Induction cooktops are very energy efficient because you don't lose much heat. Plus, they stay fairly cool to the touch, unlike radiant electric cooktops.
On the oven side of things, you'll almost definitely want a self-cleaning oven to keep it tidy. Some people these days opt for double ovens in their ranges, which make it easy to bake dishes simultaneously at two different temperatures. Other ovens have a broiler drawer or warming drawer instead of a second oven. The right choice for you depends on how you use your kitchen and how frequently you would use the second space.
Stainless steel ranges are the standard these days, and they look very sleek in the kitchen, especially with higher-end flooring and countertops. Plus, stainless steel looks great for years to come, protecting your investment in your range. However, there are still plenty of options in black and white if you prefer these more traditional colors.
The last decision you will have to make is whether to get a freestanding, slide-in, or drop-in range. The layout of your kitchen will dictate what the right decision is. As its name suggests, a freestanding range is perfect if the range stands alone in the kitchen or has countertops on only one side. A slide-in range typically has a cooktop that's slightly wider than the base to extend flush with countertops and keep the sides of the oven clean. The last option, a drop-in range, is designed to drop in over your cabinet front panel at the bottom. Regardless of what you're looking for, you can find it at Kmart.