The choice comes down to price, performance, and preference
For convenience and flexibility in the kitchen, you can’t beat the combination of a cooktop and wall oven.
Unlike with a range, you can separate stovetop cooking from oven tasks, alleviating congestion in a busy kitchen. Adding a cooktop to an island lets you chat with guests as you prep your meal, and placing a wall oven higher on a wall makes it easier to move pans in and out. But these options can come at a price, because cooktop/wall oven combos typically cost more than a range.
For starters, ditching a range in favor of a built-in cooktop and wall oven will mean buying new cabinetry to accommodate the appliances, not to mention the added cost of running new gas or electric lines, and installing a vent hood or downdraft system for the cooktop.
If you’re going in the opposite direction and switching to a range, factor in the expense of replacing the countertop where your cooktop was once installed, and you’ll likely need to retrofit the wall oven cabinets with shelves, since they’re specifically designed to house an oven.
Here are three additional considerations to help you make your decision.
Range. It’s hard to compete with the cost of a range—a top-performing gas or electric range from Consumer Reports’ range ratings can be had for under $1,300. Consider the LG LRE3083SW electric smoothtop or the Samsung NX58H5600SS gas range. The sweet spot for performance and helpful features, however, is usually $2,000 to $3,000. Look at the electric GE Profile PB911SJSS or the Samsung NX58F5700WS gas range.
Cooktop/wall oven. Plan on spending $900 to $1200 on a good gas cooktop like the Whirlpool WCG97US0DS or $750 to $1,300 on electric models like the KitchenAid KECC604BBL. The price of either can easily climb to $1,800, or up to $3,000 for an induction cooktop, such as the GE Cafe CHP9530.
For a single wall oven, like the Whirlpool WOS92EC0AH, you’ll want to budget up to $1,800 more than the cost of a range, and a double oven like the Whirlpool WOD93EC0AS can be $2,500 to $3,500 more. But the real budget blow is the cost of additional cabinets to accommodate a cooktop and wall oven. In addition to a wall oven cabinet, you’ll need 30 to 36 inches of additional base cabinets for the cooktop—a cost that can quickly climb into the thousands.
Range. A range can’t be tailored to your cooking habits in quite the same way as a cooktop/wall oven combo. If you want more burners or a bigger oven, you’ll always get both, since you need to step up from a 30-inch to a 36-inch range. That also means losing more base cabinets and counter space to accommodate the wider footprint.
Cooktop/wall oven. Opting for a separate cooktop and wall oven means you can install a cooktop in an island without losing storage below, allowing you to store cookware right where you’ll need it. If you mostly cook meals on your stovetop, you can opt for a larger, six-burner cooktop and a more modest single oven on the other side of the kitchen.
Or if you love to bake, you can choose a cavernous double oven and stick with a smaller, four-burner cooktop. Another plus is that you can install ovens at waist or eye level, so you don’t have to bend over when putting in roasting pans or cookie sheets.
Range. If having matching appliances is important, you might be better off with a range—it’s generally easier to find a single range that offers solid performance from burners and oven alike than it is to find matching cooktops and ovens that are both strong performers. For performance in a range consider the Kenmore 95052 electric smoothtop, $1,550, or the gas Samsung NX58F5700WS, $1,900.
Cooktop/wall oven. If you don’t mind buying a cooktop and oven from different manufacturers, you can mix appliance makes to find an outstanding duo. But there are other reasons to consider mixing and not matching. If you love the responsiveness of gas burners and the even heating of an electric oven, you can have both without buying a costly dual-fuel range, and you’ll have more shopping choices, too.
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Article courtes of Consumer Reports.