Additional Range Features: Convection Ovens
Fagor Side-Opening Oven
With a left or right side-opening door and telescopic gliding racks, this 24-inch convection wall oven from Fagor America provides maximum access to the interior even in a small space. The Celeris preheat booster function raises the oven's temperature to 400 degrees in less than five minutes, helping to reduce overall cooking time. Fagor America
Additional Range Features: Griddles
Griddles are a flat cooking surface typically made from steel or cast iron. Items like eggs, pancakes or sandwiches are placed directly on the griddle, as the flat surface allows them to be easily lifted with a spatula. Griddles look similar to French tops, but the main difference is that griddles provide a constant heat over the entire surface, while French tops are the hottest at the center and provide less heat on the sides.
Seasoning & cleaning: Much like a cast iron frying pan, griddles need to be seasoned with cooking oils before use. Seasoning your griddle keeps food from sticking on it, helps give food extra flavor, and most importantly, fights corrosion and rust. Your range manufacturer should have instructions for the best way to season the griddle.
Griddles can usually be cleaned with warm water after each use (you might want to add a little more cooking oil after each cleaning). When you do want to do a complete clean and remove old seasoning, use white vinegar or club soda. For best results, follow the instructions from your range manufacturer.
Miele Independence Series Refrigerator
Control this integrated/built-in refrigerator's four separate cooling zones with the MasterCool system, which monitors temperature and humidity by food type. Should you forget to shut the door after, a built-in alarm lets you know. Even smarter-if your refrigerator malfunctions while you're away, a remote wireless sytem inside the fridge e-mails Miele's support staff, who can call to inform you of the problem and even go to your home and fix it for you. Available as all-refrigerator or bottom-freezer refrigerator models, in 30 or 36-inch widths. Miele
Additional Range Features: Steam Ovens
For recipes that call for baking with hot, moist air, steam ovens make it easier to generate humidity (as opposed to putting a few ice cubes in your oven). Typically ranges with a steam feature have electric ovens that use radiant heating elements. Without a steam feature, electric ovens produce a dry heat that can cause some baked foods to dry out.
Freestanding, Slide-In and Drop-In Ranges
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This 48-inch Wolf gas range offers two ovens, six burners and a griddle. Kitchen designed by Northeast Cabinet Design, Ridgefield, Conn.
A range combines an oven and a cooktop in one appliance. Most often, both the oven and the cooktop use the same heat source, whether gas or electric. Dual-fuel ranges, however, offer the advantage of gas burners and an electric convection oven. The same pros and cons of oven and cooktop features apply to ranges as well.
Freestanding ranges sit in between cabinets. They typically have a bottom storage drawer and controls placed on the back of the unit. They are the least expensive option, but juice and crumbs can fall into the cracks between the range and the cabinets.
Slide-ins close the gaps between the range and the countertop and have their controls in the front.
Drop-ins hang on the countertop and look like built-ins. They require additional paneling and cabinet support underneath them.
Price: About $425 to $650 for an electric coil range; $650 to $1,400 for an electric smoothtop range; $550 to $2,000 for a gas burner range; and $4,000 on up to $12,000 for a pro-style model.
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Types of Range Heat
There is a certain satisfaction one gets from cooking with a real flame, and a certain satisfaction one gets seeing actual heat as opposed to watching a circle turn really red. For those that crave the flame, a gas range will satiate your appetite to cook with fire. Of course, you'll need a gas supply line to make this type of range function. Most gas ranges can use either natural gas or liquefied petroleum gas.
Still, electric and induction ranges can bring the heat in a hurry, and for more casual cooks, an electric or induction range's safety features, smooth looks or lower price might be too appealing to pass up.
Continue the slide show to learn more about gas, electric and induction ranges.
Whirlpool ResourceSaver Refrigerator
The refrigerator is usually the most energy-sucking appliance in your kitchen, but this utility bill-friendly side-by-side fridge only uses the energy needed to power a 60-watt light bulb. The Whirlpool Resource Saver's 6th Sense technology knows when warm leftovers hit the shelf and adjusts to chill its contents quickly. An in-door icemaker and dispenser saves extra shelf space for storing frozen pizzas and more. Whirlpool
American Range Hybrid Range
Not only does this hybrid range blend induction and gas cooking in one cooktop, it also features a convection oven and a two-level burner configuration. This split-top or "step-up" design allows chefs to monitor and access all burners easily, with the elevated gas burners intended for simmering and the large induction burners in front designed for sautéing. Available in 24, 30 and 36 inches. American Range