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How to Choose the Perfect Range

Free-standing Ranges

The most popular type of cooking appliance in America’s kitchens, freestanding ranges generally offer a full-size oven with four or more burners or heat elements on the cooktop.

• Most electric free-standing ranges place their controls on a backsplash behind the cooktop.

• The chief benefits of free-standing ranges are all-in-one simplicity, easy installation, and value.

• They generally cost less than similarly featured slide-in and drop-in models.

Slide-In and Drop-In Ranges

Slide-in ranges are similar in style and function to free-standing ranges, but are designed to be built in between two cabinets and do not come with finished side panels. Both slide-ins and drop-ins are designed for a more finished built-in look.

• Drop-in ranges require customized cabinetry with a cooktop that integrates fairly seamlessly with the countertop. They are dropped into the cutout with a cabinet front panel at the bottom. These ranges are available in electric coil and electric radiant (smooth top).

• May also be placed in a kitchen island.

• Control panels are generally placed in the front of the unit, eliminating the need for a backsplash.

Built-In Cooking

A growing number of customers are looking for built-in cooking appliances, with a separate cooktop built into the countertop in one area and separate oven(s) underneath or built into the wall nearby.

• One of the main benefits of this configuration is for the way it looks.

• Many customers want to achieve the look and feel of a real professional kitchen, or to emulate the sleek, clean, contemporary design of modern European kitchens.

• Another key benefit is simple functionality.

Standard and Speciality Sizes

Ranges, cooktops, and ovens come in a variety of sizes.

• Most ranges are a standard 30” in width.

• There are also 36” and 40” models for replacing larger cutouts or for customers wanting more of a “commercial” look.

• Wall ovens are generally available in 27” and 30” widths, with some 24”models available as well. Most cooktops are either 30” or 36” models, with few exceptions.

•  Make sure you don't cut their countertop or cabinets until they have received their product and have the installation instructions.

• Sears Installation will fit countertops and cabinets to the needed opening.

Home Appliances Sales Where Product Knowledge Is Important

I was in need of a drop-in electric range due to Hurricane Irene. The associates were extremely helpful in making a choice of value and explaining how the Sears Outlet store process works. The manager was extremely pleasant and active in conveying the importance and different warranty and service options available after the sale. Product knowledge is important to us, and we felt very comfortable with the associate's expertise in the value sell. I would highly recommend that you recognize two individuals at the Richmond Va. facility on Tommlyn St. Renee' and manager #992214 did an excellent job during the entire sale process. I am hoping our installation experience will be one that we can share as well. Will Williams Richmond, Va.

Willie A W. from Richmond, VA

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