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Electric Range Stove Buying Advice

An electric range uses electric to generate heat. An electric range is a great thing to have in the kitchen and the most common type is a freestanding range. Buying a freestanding electric range means you have the freedom to choose the right style for you and your kitchen. First, you need to measure the space available for your new range. This is critical when you are planning to get a built-in electric range, especially if you are trying to avoid replacing cabinets or countertops. Most freestanding ranges sold over the last 20 years are 30 inches wide.

Electric Range
There are basically two types of electric ranges: Coil top ranges: The coil elements plug in so they are easily removed when cleaning the cook top. The drip pans lift out for easy cleaning, and the cook top lifts to allow cleaning underneath the cooking area. And smooth top ranges: Most customers agree that smooth top ranges look better and are easier to clean. The durable ceramic-glass cook top is sealed to the range top so spills cannot drip down under the cook top. Today more than half of ranges sold at retail are smooth top.

The next decision you are going to deal with is the type of oven you want to have: standard thermal or a convection oven. Convection oven offers many cooking benefits. In addition to the standard bake and broil elements in the oven, there is a third heating element around the fan in the rear of the oven. With convection baking you will delight in the way your baked goods maintain their delicate texture while turning a delicious golden brown. Convection roasting will cook your meats up to 25% faster and will result in meats that are beautifully brown on the outside and tender and juicy on the inside. Convection ovens allow you to choose between conventional or convection baking; and conventional or convection roasting.

Since most cooking is done on the cook top, you probably want a cook top that offers as much cooking flexibility as possible. On an electric cook top you may want an element that can be adjusted to accommodate a large or small pan. Most electric range allows you to use two 7-inch elements separately or with third element linking them together, creating a large 7 x 17-inch heated area. Electric range ensures the most accurate oven temperature. Fast response ribbon elements under the ceramic cook top enhance performance on electric models.

Buying Tips:
Look for those electric ranges with heavy-duty oven racks that could support the heaviest amount of food. Check the oven doors and make sure they are counterbalanced and won’t fall open or slam shut. The surface of the cook top should be tough porcelain enamel surfaces so that it could stand up to years of cooking and scrubbing. If you are replacing an old range, choose a model that is the same size as your current range and uses the same power source. This way you can simplify the delivery and the installation process.

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