Don’s Cooking Buying Guide
As the key part of the kitchen, shopping for cooking appliances or anything cooking related is essential for functionality. There’s a lot to consider when looking for appliances to cook your meals, but this guide is designed to ease your stress. We’ll give you the basics of cooktops, rangetops, and the appliances that go along with them. Buying your next cooking appliance won’t be a hassle.
Types of Cooking Appliances
There are many kinds of cooking appliances that have essential functions in the kitchen. We will give a general overview for each category, and what may be included in the type of appliance you’re looking for.
Cooktops will be solely countertop based, and not attached to an oven. These are just going to be installed in your countertop as a solo unit. There are three different types of cooktops that can be installed in your kitchen:
LG 30" Black Electric Cooktop Using regular pots and pans, the electric cooktop is a flat surface that requires no gas to heat. The burners will be stationary based on where they are installed on the cooktop. Most electric cooktops will have anywhere from 2 to 5 burners with heat control settings for each burner towards the front. These will only take up space on top of your counter, and not extrude from the front like rangetops.
KitchenAid® 36" Stainless Steel Gas Downdraft Cooktop Instead of a flat surface, gas cooktops have raised burners with metal grates for holding pots and pans. These produce a flame if connected to gas and can have 1 to 5 burners. Though these won’t be as easy to clean as a flat electric cooktop, certain styles do offer a more even and efficient cook.
GE Profile™ Series 30" Stainless Steel Built-in Touch Control Induction Cooktop As an electric cooktop, induction uses magnetic connections between the unit and pots and pans to create a quick heat. Create a burner almost anywhere on induction, and you won’t feel limited on space. While this is the safest option, it is also the costliest since you will not only invest in the cooktop, but also new pots and pans that are compatible with induction.
Rangetops will install between your countertops. Instead of just a flat surface on top of your countertop, rangetops will have an area in the front for knobs for heat control. There is also the option between gas or electric. Electric again, is easier to clean, and gas offers a more efficient heat.
The most common cooking appliance is one that includes both a cooktop, and an oven. Ranges are installed into their own space in your kitchen, and give you both options for cooking. Ranges will include an oven, and a cooktop on the top of the appliance. This are large units that include both styles of cooking. While these are more traditional and you get both an oven and cooktop in one, they will be more expensive. Each range has the same variations as cooktops:
Samsung 30" Fingerprint Resistant Black Stainless Steel Slide-In Induction RangeYou will also have the option for a convection oven, or a non-convection oven. Some models even have two sides to the oven: one bigger side and one smaller side.
Duel fuel ranges are also more common in newer models. This means that the cooktop is gas, but the oven is electric. Dual fuel allows for more control over your heating method. Although the difference in gas and electric heating can be more inconsistent on these models.
A traditional method for reheating food, microwaves are a must-have in some kitchens. There are many ways to install a microwave whether it be compact, or right on your counter.
Bosch 500 Series 1.6 Cu. Ft. Stainless Steel Built In Microwave A built-in microwave would go on your wall above or below your wall oven, or just installed next to your cabinets. It won’t take up space on your counter, but you may have to give up some cabinet space.
LG NeoChef™ 1.5 Cu. Ft. Stainless Steel Countertop Microwave The easiest to install, since you just have to plug this in without mounting it to the wall. With a countertop microwave you’re just sacrificing counter space you might use for prepping or serving.
Over the Range
GE® 1.6 Cu. Ft. Stainless Steel Over The Range Microwave Similarly to a built-in microwave, this would install in your wall between cabinets. The only different is that this is meant to live above your range. It will either rest on a shelf or be mounted and plugged into the wall.
KitchenAid® 1.2 Cu. Ft. Stainless Steel Under Counter Microwave Drawer The most compact of the microwaves, this can be installed in an island, or in the main part of the kitchen. This is the smallest of all the options.
Whether you need additional oven space aside from your range, or you like the accessibility of the wall ovens, there are many different options to choose from.
Electric Single Oven
Beko 24" Fingerprint Free Stainless Steel Electric Built In Single Oven A single oven that is installed on it’s own. In most new models there is the option for convection.
Electric Double Oven
A duo of two ovens, one stacked above the other. You can run them individually, or both at once. This is perfect for someone who needs to cook multiple things at once.
Electric Speed Oven
Bosch 800 Series 30" Stainless Steel Built In Speed Oven A quick heating convection oven with the speed of a microwave. Your food will turn out more crisp when reheating.
Electric Oven Micro Combo
GE® 30" Stainless Steel Combination Double Wall Oven A combination of both convection and microwaving. This will roast your food, but functions as both a microwave and convection oven. Convection will send heat all around your food, for an even cook.
Gas Single Oven
BlueStar 24" Stainless Steel Gas Built In Wall Oven A single oven that runs on gas. This will require a gas line like a gas range or cooktop.
Cafe™ 30" Matte Black Warming Drawer If you want to keep food warm until your guests arrive, the warming drawer will keep food hot and tasting like it just came out of the oven.
Steam Built In
Bosch Benchmark® Series 30" Stainless Steel Steam Convection Oven Great for the veggies, fish, or even baking, the steam oven locks moisture into your food while providing an even cook all around.
The proper ventilation is vital for any kitchen. A range hood will catch any unwanted heat, smoke, and grease that emits from your range. There is ventilation for any type of installation.
This would go under your cabinets, but above your range.
Mounts to your wall to vent above your range, one of the larger options for hoods.
Amana® 36" Stainless Steel Island Mount Range Hood Mounts to the ceiling to vent above an island with a range.
Whirlpool® 48" Stainless Steel Custom Hood Liner Inserts into or under cabinets to blend into the kitchen.
Maytag® 36" Retractable Downdraft Ventilation-Stainless Steel Installs beside your range or cooktop to catch any smoke and steam, but vents down into the hood.
Measure the Kitchen
For any cooking appliances it’s important to measure the amount of space it will take up in your kitchen. Do you have enough space for a range? Or do you need something more compact like a wall oven, microwave drawer, or cooktop? How big your kitchen is determines how much space you can dedicate to appliances. Is cabinet space more important to you than bigger appliances? These are things to consider when measuring your kitchen space.
Measure the Appliance
There are different size ranges for all the appliances in your kitchen. Measure based on what will fit best in your kitchen. It’s best to measure your kitchen first whether it be pre-existing spaces for appliances, or new spaces you want to make for an appliance. Keep in mind that you’ll want to measure with enough space between the cabinet or countertop so that your appliance will fit in the space. Most cooktops you will want to be flush with the cabinetry, but not too big that they won’t be able to be installed.
What Do I Need for My Kitchen?
Are you unsure of what you might want or need for your kitchen? Schedule with one of our sales staff to help you determine what best suits your needs. You can call or visit any of our locations!
Why Trust Us?
Founded in 1971, Don’s Appliances is a family-owned, independent appliance retailer based out of Pittsburgh, PA. Don’s has since expanded to 10 locations selling, delivering, installing, and servicing all major appliance brands. Large enough to offer competitive pricing yet small enough to continue offering the “white glove” service we pride ourselves on, our focus is always on the customer experience — from the first step into a showroom to the purchase transaction to well after your new appliance has been installed. When our customers are remodeling or building a new house, Don’s has all the expertise, product knowledge, inventory, brands, displays, and services to meet and exceed your needs. And in the event an appliance breaks, we are there, right on time and with the right product, delivery, installation, and service.
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