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From fuel type to installation type, choosing the perfect range for your kitchen—and your cooking skills—can seem daunting. Luckily, our family is here to help your family simplify what you need to know.

Range Basics

What is a range? A range is a cooking appliance that combines a cooktop and an oven into one. So, you can go from frying savory goodies to baking sweet delights all in one place.

Standard range ovens are 30 inches wide, 26 to 28 inches deep, and 47 to 48 inches high. Smaller ranges are about 20 inches wide, and larger sizes reach up to 60 inches wide.

Ranges come in three basic fuel types:

  • Gas range
  • Electric range
  • Dual fuel range

And in addition to those choices, configuration and installation types span:

  • Freestanding range
  • Slide-in range
  • Drop-in range
  • Pro-style range

Differences Between Range Fuel Types

As mentioned before, there are three main fuel types for ranges: electric, gas, and dual fuel.

Electric ranges have an electric oven and an electric cooktop (whether coil, smooth-top or induction), which emit stable cooking heats and consistent dry heat in the oven. Electric ranges also come in different style types including, slide-in, drop-in, freestanding and pro-style, so be sure to choose the best range style for your kitchen.

Gas ranges have a gas oven and gas burner, provide precise burner flame control, and moist baking in the oven. These also come in all range style types, so you can pick the best that works for your kitchen.

Dual fuel ranges combine the best of both gas and electric ranges with a gas cooktop and an electric open. This means you can use the gas stovetop for excellent searing and the oven for more even baking.

Different Range Styles

The difference between range styles hinges on the installation.

  • A slide-in range features contoured sides, slightly protruding cooktops, controls on the front of the range above the oven door, and no backsplash (usually). Some models feature a storage or warming drawer.
  • A drop-in range also features controls on the front but doesn’t feature a storage or warming drawer. These sit on a cabinet base and require a bottom cabinet panel for a built-in look.
  • A freestanding range features a backsplash with touch controls and a clock. These will sometimes have a broiler drawer for extra cooking power.
  • A pro-style range features up to six burners, a grill, and a built-in griddle. A professional range will even double your cooking fun with a double oven range configuration as well!

No matter if you’re cooking for your large family or just for two, a range can handle all your cooking needs. Looking for ranges with Air Fry, convection, or induction cooking? Browse our large selection of range ovens in your preferred fuel type and range style. Have any questions? Gives us a call or stop by your nearest John’s Appliance—we make your shopping all about you!