What to Look for When Buying a Gas Range

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Buying a gas range is a significant investment. That's why it is important to research your purchase before you plunk down your hard-earned cash. Evaluate your cooking needs and then find the gas range that meets them. Consider things like reliability, ease of cleaning and the configuration of your existing space before purchasing.

Easy to Clean

  • Look for a model that offers easy cleaning. There are two particular features that make cleaning both faster and easier. Sealed gas burners don't allow crumbs or liquids to fall below the cook top. And a self-cleaning oven saves both time and elbow grease when it comes time to clean it. While self-cleaning is mostly standard for electric ranges, some gas models lack this feature, according to ConsumerSearch.com (See Reference 1), so you may need to shop around to find one with this option.

    Some colors show grease and grime more obviously than others. While this may seem counterintuitive, black often shows scratches and grease spots quickly. Also, flat digital controls are easier to keep clean than the older knob style but can fail more often than the traditional style. Make sure the controls are conveniently located and will not accidentally turn on the gas.

Size

  • The usual width for a free-standing residential gas range is 30 inches, according to GasRangeInfo.com. (See Reference 2) If you have the space, you may wish to consider a commercial gas range which can be either 36 or 48 inches wide. (See Reference 2) If you are remodeling your kitchen, you can include a wider-than-normal gas range in the plans. However, if you are buying a replacement gas range, it will be easier if it is the same size as your old one.

Burners

  • More expensive gas ranges often offer a high-heat burner that can sear food or boil water more quickly. (See Reference 3) They also offer low-heat burners that can gently simmer food. Most gas models now offer pilotless ignition, which can save up to 30 percent over models that have a constantly burning gas pilot light. (See Reference 4)

Gas Line

  • While this may sound obvious, make sure that you have a gas line needed to supply fuel in the location where you want the range. If not, you will need to have one installed. Because gas can be dangerous to work with, you may want to hire a professional rather than do it yourself.

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