Just the Facts: Pro-Style Ranges
A professional range is a beautiful addition to a kitchen. It creates a dramatic focal point for the kitchen and makes cooking a delight - all in addition to adding value to your house. There are styles that match just about every design aesthetic - from modern industrial to antique enameled (with some lines offering 100’s of color configurations!). If you are in the market for a new, pro-style range, here are a few facts to get you started.
1. Gas On Top - The burners are always gas, but the oven can be gas or electric. The gas version oven can be a bit more expensive, but many cooks prefer the moist heat it creates.
2. Just How Big? - The standard widths range from 30 to 60 inches, the larger widths allowing for more burners/griddles/grills and a larger or dual oven. Just make sure that if you pick the 60 inch option you can fit it through the front door!
3. Ventilation - A ventilation hood is a must due to the amount of heat, carbon monoxide, and smoke that can be produced. Most ranges have a coordinating vent option.
4. Options On Top - Pro-style ranges come with a minimum of 4 burners with at least one with low Btus that can provide a slow simmer and at least one boiler burner with high Btus that can boil, sear, or sauté. Larger ranges can accomodate additional burners or options such as a grill over an open flame, a nonstick griddle, or a French top which is a flat cooking surface over a burner that allows multiple pots to cook side by side.
I have seen some pretty amazing pro-style ranges in the houses I have viewed along the SF Peninsula. I’d be happy to show you some of the cook’s kitchens in houses that are on the market today!
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