When completing your kitchen remodel, no detail is too small to gloss over. In fact, it’s often these aspects of the kitchen makeover that can come back and bite you if you don’t invest the time to think through your choices carefully. One crucial decision that will influence your kitchen makeover will be deciding between a cooktop and wall oven combination, or a stove range. Not all homeowners are aware of the differences in the experience of having one versus the other. With the vast amount of options you have for either cooktops or ranges, you are likely to find a configuration from both categories that can suit your unique kitchen makeover. So when it comes down to it for your kitchen makeover, how do you choose between the two?
In a small kitchen, you’re likely limited with the amount of counter space, cabinet space, and wall space you have to work with. In general, designers suggest a cooking range since the single appliance combines the stovetop with the oven. They come in standard sizes that should fit your strategically placed cabinet openings. A cooktop will use up countertop space, but often don’t allow for a separate wall oven to be installed beneath in the undercabinet area. In addition, you need to consider how this affects the ventilation hood placement or installing a cooktop unit with a downdraft system.
Home Cooking Needs
Your cooking habits and practical use of the stove and oven can help you narrow your kitchen makeover choice. Do you enjoy baking or tend to hold food-centered gatherings? Double-wall ovens may take up extra space in your kitchen, but it wouldn’t be a waste if you get plenty of use out of them. Do you have any conditions that might hinder your mobility? A wall oven can be placed at a more comfortable height for you to move pots and baking trays, without requiring you to bend down to check the range oven.
Also, think about how many cooks will typically be occupying your kitchen at once. A separate cooktop and wall oven define two distinct work stations, giving everyone more room to move and to cook.
Aesthetic or Style Preference
If the practical aspects seem tied as you think over your kitchen makeover, you can think about your aesthetic preference — which is just as important in any kitchen design! Homeowners who love contemporary or modern styles may prefer a sleek electric or induction cooktop, along with wall ovens that fit into your cabinetry wall. Conversely, if you feel like your kitchen makeover is missing an “it” factor or needs a focal point to ground your overall design, a range can work well as that final element.
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