Ranges and stoves are an important part of any kitchen, and Sam’s Club® is home to a wide variety of options. The difference between a range and a stove is that they offer different benefits. Stoves, or cooktops, are standalone cooking units without an oven, which makes them ideal for countertop installations. Ranges, on the other hand, combine a stove and oven into one convenient unit.
Free-Standing vs. Slide-In vs. Drop-In Ranges
Ranges fall into three broad categories based on their design: free-standing ranges, slide-in ranges and drop-in ranges. Free-standing ranges are the easiest option if you’re looking for a quick installation. They come with finished sides and a flat back, which makes them easy to fit between cabinetry or at the edges.
Slide-in ranges are designed to fit into an available slot between the cabinetry. You can install them alone or complement them with an over-the-range microwave. Drop-in ranges are similar to slide-in ranges, but instead of resting on the floor they are installed on top of a custom-built cabinet baseboard.
Electric or Gas?
Once you’ve decided on your preferred design, you’ll need to pick a fuel source: electric or gas. Electric ranges offer several perks. They’re easier to clean, generally less expensive and provide a more stable cooking base. You can easily turn them on and off by simply twisting the knob. If your kitchen is already wired for an electric range, they’re a good choice.
Gas ranges offer an appealing alternative. They are a popular choice with many cooking enthusiasts because they heat up in seconds and allow for more precision when cooking meals. You can set the flame just how you want it. They are also less expensive to operate in the long run.
Whether you want a compact free-standing gas range or a sleek over-the-range microwave for your kitchen, you’ll find what you need at Sam’s Club. We have a wide variety of options, including stainless gas stoves and stainless microwave ovens. You’ll also find a nice selection of appliances and cooking bundles to get your new kitchen off to a sleek start.