What's the difference between a range, stove and cooktop?
The terms "range" and "stove" are often used interchangeably by many individuals. Both range and stove refer to appliances that combine a stovetop/cooktop (electric or gas) with an oven, which can be either slid in or built into a designated space between countertops. Sometimes, people call a “range” and “stove” with the name ‘stove and oven combo’ or ‘hob and oven combo’.
The term "cooktop" or “hob” specifically refers to the surface where cooking takes place, either over an open flame or an electric burner, allowing for activities like searing, frying, and boiling. It’s also common for people to use the term “cooktop” when referring to the top of a stove rather than the standalone appliance, but that can be called a “stovetop” as well.
What you need to consider when buying a stove
Types of Stoves Based on Fuel Source: Gas or electric?
Freestanding ovens and stoves can be gas-fueled, electricity-fueled or a dual-fuel combination.
Gas stoves are typically slightly more expensive to purchase, but cost less in energy bills over time, while electric options are cheaper and have more options with design considerations given the possibility for a sleek, glass finish on the cooktop.
Note that the electric functions such as thermic fan would not work during standard loadshedding situations, but these features can easily be accommodated on solar or inverter power installations.
Size is a consideration when choosing a freestanding stove as the more popular 90cm models tend to take up more room traditional 60cm built-in ovens and hobs. It’s notably important when you choose a cooker hood. For example, AEG offers models that are either 60cm or 90cm wide, and we recommend choosing the same width cooker hood so as to streamline cabinetry options on either side of the stove.
60 cm wide freestanding stove:
These units are widely used in kitchens and are of a standard size. Usually, they come with four cooking zones or burners, although only three out of four pots can fit comfortably due to the limited surface area. Some burners may have restricted access due to their smaller size. Additionally, they are equipped with either a gas or electric oven, which offers a range of function settings, from basic to comprehensive multi-function capabilities.
90 cm wide freestanding stove:
These options have gained considerable popularity due to their stylish and commercially appealing stainless-steel appearance and are often installed as a feature or anchor appliance in the kitchen. They often come with 5 burners and 116L oven, which are perfect for large families, passionate home cooks or those who entertain a lot.
What features should i look for in a freestanding stove?
Discover AEG Catalytic stove CKB901A4BM and AEG Catalytic stove 10369MN-MN
Catalytic cleaning in ovens works by porous, rough interior walls that absorb cooking grease. Through oxidation at temperatures above 200°C, the catalysis eliminates fat splatters. The advantages are clever and quick cleaning. Simply switch on the oven at maximum temperature for 10 to 15 minutes after each use. Catalytic ovens are also more economical compared to pyrolytic ovens. AEG’s freestanding stove is equipped with this smart cleaning function for oven.
The pyrolytic cleaning feature means baked-on stains and splatters are a thing of the past. The function heats the oven to a point where grease and food residue is reduced to ash, making cleanup a breeze.
Explore the best AEG freestanding stoves
- Large capacity convection
- Oven functions 6
- Catalytic Oven Cleaning
Ongoing care and use of your freestanding stove
How to clean an oven depends largely on the model you have purchased. For example, our catalytic cleaning feature will help you remove the grease easily and quickly. It’s the easiest way to maintain your oven’s cleanliness.
For other models, maintenance includes removing and wiping drawers and racks and regularly wiping down the inner walls and glass of the door to prevent splatter buildup. Ensure you check the gaskets and elements periodically to preserve optimal function.
FAQs about freestanding stove
How do I choose a stove?
Here's a checklist to follow when purchasing a new range:
- Establish a budget.
- Decide on the fuel type you want: gas and electric stove or full gas stove. This choice should be influenced by your current and future energy backup system configuration.
- Take precise measurements of the available space in your kitchen.
- Select the desired type of range (e.g., freestanding, slide-in).
- Choose a finish.
- Consider the type of burners (e.g., gas, electric, induction).
- Explore additional features that meet your cooking needs.
- Visit stores or browse online sites to gather options.
What are the 4 basic types of cooktops/stovetops?
- Gas Cooktops
- Induction cooktops
- Downdraft Cooktops
- Commercial-Style Cooktops
Which is better: electric or gas stove?
When comparing gas and electric stoves, the better choice depends on individual cooking preferences. Gas stoves provide superior heat control, making them ideal for tasks like searing meats or stir-frying vegetables. On the other hand, electric range ovens with their dry and consistent heat may be more suitable for specific baked goods.
Is it possible to do baking in a full gas stove?
A lot of bakers believe that gas ovens aren’t adequate for baking, and while there are some considerations, you can still have great results if you get to know your oven.
To bake successfully in a gas oven, ensure that you preheat your oven adequately, make use of an oven thermometer for accuracy, avoid frequent door opening, placing pans in the center for even heat, and choosing appropriate bakeware.