Replacing Your Stove and Range

by Lee Wyatt
(last updated September 14, 2012)

Whether you are completely remodeling your kitchen, or you are simply looking to replace an old and worn out unit, one of the most difficult dilemma's that face a home owner is deciding on which of the many possible models they should use for the cooking needs. Considering the sheer numbers of differing models contained within just one brand name, it is truly mind boggling when you stop and think about the number of different brands there are, well...is it really that surprising that so many people fear the idea of going out and trying to purchase a new stove?

Luckily, this isn't as difficult of a thing as many people would think. There are only a few things that a person needs to keep in mind as they go through the homework process that is a necessary part of choosing your next cooking center. Here are some simple guidelines that you should keep in mind as you are going through that process, and to help you be able to pick out the range that is absolutely perfect for your needs.

  • Type. One of the very first things that a consumer needs to consider is what type of unit you are going to purchase. There are roughly three kids of units that a person can purchase, such unites are gas, electric or a combination of these two. Even with these three main groups, there are other permutations for these as well when you take into account those units that have ovens as well. When deciding on what type of unit you may want, be sure to keep in mind that gas units are usually better for cooking delicate meals simply because they have better temperature control, while the electric units are more easily cleaned, at least the newer flat-top models.
  • Features. There are almost a limitless number of different types of features that you can have on your new stove. Automatic timers, temperature control, multiple burner rings for gas units, integrated ovens, as you can see, the list goes on and on. Take careful stock of what your cooking needs are going to be, the amount of money that you are able to spend and where the two are going to be able to meet.
  • Reviews. Prior to making your final decision, take a look at the different consumer magazines and websites and take a look at what the reviews of the units you are interested in are. One of the best possible sources of reviews would be appliance repairmen or even the salesmen at your local Home Depot or Lowe's stores. Personally, I would suggest that you compare the information gained from all these possible resources, and make your decision based off of what they tell you.
  • Color and Size. Finally, after you have made your decision as to the brand and the model, all that is left is to choose the size and color of the model that you have chosen. Be sure that you choose one that is going to fit into the area you have set aside for your stove, as well as choosing one that is going to match the rest of the decor of your kitchen.

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Lee Wyatt

Contributor of numerous Tips.Net articles, Lee Wyatt is quickly becoming a regular "Jack of all trades." He is currently an independent contractor specializing in writing and editing. Contact him today for all of your writing and editing needs! Click here to contact. ...

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