Poached pears, steamed mussels, and broiled flounder find their way to your table via one important kitchen appliance—the range. With an oven and cooktop combined into one versatile appliance, a kitchen range is often at the center of your culinary explorations. But what kind of range is best for your kitchen setup? Read on to learn more about  the difference between a slide-in range and a freestanding range, and get help choosing the best type of stove for you.

What’s the Difference Between a Slide-In vs. Freestanding Range?

The primary difference between freestanding and slide-in ranges today is whether or not the appliance features a backguard and the location of the controls. Freestanding ranges feature a backguard that doubles as a control panel, with gas burner controls located on the front. Slide-in ranges do not have a backguard and all controls are located on the front. You can find both types of stoves in gas, electric and dual-fuel options with a wide selection of features and functions.

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What is a Slide-in Range?

Slide-in ranges are typically designed to slide between cabinets or other appliances to create a built-in look or provide seamless integration with custom cabinetry. Since slide-in ranges do not have backsplash panels, they are ideal for installation in kitchen islands or against a wall that features a continuous backsplash. However, since many of today’s slide-in ranges feature finished sides, you can now install one virtually anywhere in your kitchen.

Here are some advantages to choosing a slide-in range:

  • Integrated installation: The lack of backguard on slide-in stoves helps you achieve a built-in look when installed between cabinets or other appliances. If you have a decorative backsplash on the wall behind your installation location, there is no backguard to block this design feature.
  • Helps maintain an open layout: Slide-in ranges are ideal for kitchen islands because there is no backguard to protrude above your countertop surface. All controls are on the front of the appliance to keep settings at your fingertips and create a seamless flow from countertop to cooking surface.

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  • Downdraft ventilation: If a traditional range hood will get in the way of your creative flow, opt for a slide-in range with a downdraft ventilation system built right into the cooktop. A downdraft range eliminates the need for an additional ventilation appliance. If you want a streamlined look, this style range helps you cook, bake, and vent all at once.
  • FIT System Limited Guarantee: Some brands offer products featuring the FIT System to ensure your products will fit your space. For example, on select KitchenAid® slide-in ranges featuring the FIT System Limited Guarantee, KitchenAid promises to flawlessly fit your new slide-in model designed for an existing cutout of 30" width, countertop depth of 24"-25", cabinet depth of 23"-24" and countertop height of 36".

Explore KitchenAid® Slide-in Ranges

Find a slide-in range that enables your culinary explorations. Achieve your ideal cooking results with features on select models like Even-Heat™ True Convection, a steam rack or a baking drawer that lets you do even more with a single appliance.

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What is a Freestanding Range?

Freestanding ranges feature a built-in backsplash, making them versatile and easy to incorporate into a new or pre-existing kitchen layout. With this integrated backguard and finished sides, they can be installed standing alone, between cabinets, or at the edge of the counter with one side exposed.

Here are some advantages to choosing a freestanding range:

  • Integrated Backguard: If you need a built-in way to protect the wall behind the range from grease, smoke and splatters, many freestanding models are designed with a backguard that also houses the controls.
  • Flexible Installation: If your range will stand alone, or if you anticipate changing your kitchen layout over the lifetime of the range, a freestanding model can provide extra flexibility to make sure you always have a cohesive kitchen design. While you can also install a slide-in range standing on its own, a freestanding range eliminates the need for a separate backsplash. Note that while freestanding ranges have finished sides, the color may vary from the rest of the appliance. For example some stainless steel freestanding ranges feature sides with a black finish. 
  • Lower entry price-point: While the price of stoves varies widely based on features, materials, size and other considerations, freestanding ranges tend to offer a lower entry price-point for consumers on a budget. 

Explore KitchenAid® Freestanding Ranges

Find the flexibility you need with a premium lineup of gas, electric, or dual-fuel freestanding ranges from KitchenAid. Choose from select models featuring convection cooking for even heating, SatinGlide™ racks to easily remove dishes and 5 cooking elements or burners to do more on your range. Whatever your favorite dishes to cook or bake, KitchenAid® Freestanding Ranges help you prepare them with precision while experimenting with new recipes along the way.

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Turn it up a notch with commercial-style ranges

Commercial-style ranges can add premium features and high-end design to the mix for a restaurant-style experience at home. Commercial-style ranges usually feature front controls with a minimal backguard, similar to slide-in ranges. Many also feature finished sides for versatile installation options. While you can find commercial-style ranges in standard widths for residential kitchens, this style of stove may provide more options in larger capacities and widths up to around 60". Commercial-style ranges can also give you features like additional burners, built-in griddles, and double ovens.

If you’re looking for a professionally-inspired appliance at home, a commercial-style stove may better meet your demands:

  • Commercially-inspired design: Give your kitchen restaurant-style flair with the look of a commercial range which usually includes large front-control knobs, heavy-duty grates, and no or minimal backguard.
  • Larger Sizes: If you’re looking for more space to create, commercial-style stoves are often available in larger sizes with more burners. KitchenAid® commercial-style ranges are available in widths of  30" – 48" to fit a variety of kitchen layouts and capacity needs. Larger ranges from KitchenAid also mean you can find models with up to 6 burners, an integrated cooktop griddle, and double ovens to expand your menu.
  • Gas cooktops: Many commercial-style ranges feature gas burners to give you greater stovetop heating responsiveness. This also allows you to experiment with restaurant-level techniques like flambeing, charring, and roasting vegetables over an open flame.
  • Color Selection: If you’re looking for a truly personalized look, KitchenAid® commercial-style ranges come in 9 curated colors to take you far beyond the traditional. Put your passion on display with vibrant red, orange and yellow, or create a calm kitchen oasis with blue, green, and neutral hues. For a timeless look, get a premium take on black and stainless steel.

SHOP KITCHENAID® COMMERCIAL-STYLE RANGES

Commercial-style ranges from KitchenAid are available in three sizes. If you are replacing an existing residential stove, 30" width models will fit most standard sized stove cutouts. If you have more space, 36" stoves and 48" models can help you expand your cooking capacity and take advantage of features like a chrome electric griddle. All sizes feature premium touchpoints such as dual-concentric knobs for one-handed control over oven mode and temperature, three-level convertible grates with removable inserts to match the heat to your technique, and SatinGlide™ roll-out extension racks to simplify loading and unloading the oven.

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Find a Range that sparks creativity

From the sleek and contemporary look of a slide-in downdraft range, to the premium, feature-rich commercial-style lineup, KitchenAid has a range to fuel endless exploration. Create a kitchen that inspires discovery every time you step into it with ranges that express your style and capture your tastes.

 

 

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