If you're in the midst of a kitchen remodeling project, one way to upgrade your appliances is with a new range that fits your kitchen design and your cooking needs. But should you choose a freestanding or slide-in range? Each of these options offers benefits and drawbacks you need to consider before making your decision.
A freestanding range is designed to be a complete unit independent from the surrounding cabinetry. It has finished sides and a back guard that houses the stove and oven controls. One benefit of freestanding ranges is the wide selection available, ensuring you find a style that matches your kitchen remodeling plan. They're also less expensive than slide-in models. However, freestanding ranges can be more difficult to clean, and if your kitchen is designed for a slide-in range, you may have to remove a few inches of countertop at the back of the unit to make room for the back guard.
A slide in range is made to fit right into your countertop. It has unfinished sides meant to be hidden by cabinetry, and it features controls on the front and a slight lip on the upper edge for a built-in look. This also makes it easier to clean, as once it's installed, there is no crack between the stove and countertop for food and debris to fall into. Slide-in ranges have no back guard, so your kitchen wall or tile back guard will remain visible. However, they tend to be more expensive than similar freestanding models.
Whether you decide on looks or price as the determining factor, your local kitchen remodeling company will help you find the range that fits your needs. Kornerstone Kitchens in Rochester, NY, has over 40 years of experience in kitchen and bathroom remodeling. Their design advice and selection of products will help modernize your home and add a personal touch. For questions or to get an estimate on your project, call (585) 427-0280 or contact them online.