Appliance 101: The Range-Cooktops-Rangetops-Ovens

Knowing what appliances work best for you is a vital part of the kitchen planning process. Here is a simple breakdown so you can see some of the options available. Stay tuned for more Appliance 101.

The Range: 

Ranges have burners: Gas or Electric

Standard Size is 30"  but may be as large as 48" depending on the style and brand you chooose



30" Freestanding Range: cost effective, functional, less attractive

     Allsouth Appliance-  

 General Electric GE Monogram┬« 30" All Gas Professional Range with 4 Burners 


30" Slide-In Range: has a more built-in look, countertop continues behind range so backsplash is obstructed and has something to sit on, controls are at the top or front, drawer below oven

Allsouth Appliance- 

Viking 30" Gas Self-Clean Range, Natural Gas, Chrome 


30" Drop-In Range: built in look of a slide in, but more integrated because the drawer is eliminated and toe-kick continuous

Allsouth Appliance-

General Electric GE Profile Series 30" Drop-In Electric Range



36" Range: more of a commercial look, typically gas but some electric burners, oven below

Allsouth Appliance-

 Viking 36" Custom Sealed Burner Range, Natural Gas


48" Range: typically two ovens below, one larger, one smaller, most costly

Allsouth Appliance- 

Viking 48" Custom Sealed Burner Range, Propane Gas, Brass Accent 


The Cooktop:

Cooking surface- either gas or electric which are cut into the countertop surrounding it front and back giving it a very integrated look

Typically 30" and 36" -Smaller and Larger Versions Available


 Allsouth Appliance-

 Miele Gas Cooktop (Natural Gas)

The Rangetop:

A range minus the oven

Typically gas


Allsouth Appliance:

 Wolf 48" Sealed Burner Rangetop - 6 burners, Charbroiler

The Oven:

If you have a chosen or cooktop or rangetop- you will also need to choose an oven

Typically electric, but can be gas

Combinations may include- a double oven- warming drawer and an oven- microwave and an oven


Allsouth Appliance:

 Thermador 30 inch Professional Series Triple Oven (oven, convection microwave and warming drawer)


Allsouth Appliance:

 Viking 27" Double Custom Electric Select Oven, No Brass Accent