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4 Types of Ranges & Stoves for High-End Kitchens

While other appliances make an impact, few draw the attention of a room quite like a high-end range. A high-end, or luxury, range is designed to add dramatic detail and beauty to your space while also providing you with the power and performance of a professional kitchen. Countless features set a high-end range apart from a lower-end range, like cast-iron grates, premium knobs and advanced technology. Read on to learn more about high-end ranges.

A JennAir Range in a modern white kitchen. A JennAir Range in a modern white kitchen.

WHAT IS A HIGH-END KITCHEN RANGE?

First and foremost, it's important to know what sets a high-end range apart from a lower-end range. A high-end range is closer to ones you would find in a commercial kitchen in terms of look and feel but is designed for residential homes. High-end ranges feature sleek designs made from premier materials, powerful heating systems that wrap heat around food on each rack, and smart features like auto-burner reignition and self-cleaning technology.

Different Types of Stoves & Ranges by Configuration

There are many high-end ranges to choose from, with each type installed differently in your home. Learn more about the styles of ranges to figure out which one will be best for your kitchen.

An icon of a freestanding range.

1. Freestanding Range

You'll find that a freestanding range is the most common type of range available. However, luxury freestanding ranges have prominent legs and finished sides that allow them to stand independently or fit into your space between cabinets without custom cabinetry work.

An icon of a slide-in range.

2. Slide-In Range

A slide in range flushes with the countertop, giving you the sleek, built-in look of a luxury kitchen. Some ranges may not come with finished sides, as they are meant to slide in with cabinets on an island or along the wall.

An icon of a drop in range.

3. Drop-In Range

Drop in ranges are designed to fit in with custom cabinetry. It gives owners the most seamless look for their kitchen without compromising control or power. A drop in range does not have a base or legs below the oven door as it is set in your kitchen. This type of range is typically the most expensive and hardest to install.

An icon of a downdraft range.

4. Downdraft Range

A downdraft range eliminates the need for a hood or extra ventilation system in your kitchen because it already has one integrated with the appliance. These ranges help you to reduce any smoke and odor from the food you cook at the source, helping to protect your cabinetry and appliances from residual grease, steam or smoke. The built-in ventilation system is also quiet, so you can enjoy your cooking experience or entertain your guests without distraction.

WHAT KIND OF STOVE DO I HAVE?

To determine which type of stove you have, reference the configuration and fuel type. If your stove can stand independently, then you have a freestanding model. If your range is flush with your countertops you have a slide-in or drop-in style. If your range has a built-in hood then you have a downdraft model.

If you have a JennAir range, you can find the specific product you have by registering it online.

A collage of a JennAir gas, electric and induction range. A collage of a JennAir gas, electric and induction range.

KINDS OF RANGES BY FUEL TYPE

The biggest differentiator in the types of ranges on the market is the power source they use. The most common heating methods include gas, dual fuel, electric and induction. Explore the differences between the range types below based on their specific heating source.

GAS Ranges

A gas range provides you precise control over your flame level and allows you to rapidly change the temperature of your range while cooking. Gas ranges also allow you to grill and char foods directly on the burners, giving you more versatile cooking options in the kitchen.

The cast-iron grates on a JennAir Range. The cast-iron grates on a JennAir Range.

Features of Gas Ranges

  • Remote Access

  • Cast Iron Grates

  • JennAir® Culinary Center

  • Dual-Fan True Convection

  • Dual-Stacked Power Burners

  • Connected Temperature Probe

Electric Ranges

A high-end electric range uses convection power to heat the oven. These ranges offer precise control in the kitchen, which can be an added benefit for bakers. Electric ranges are also easy to install and operate and are a less expensive range compared to others.

Cookware on an electric element. Cookware on an electric element.

Features of Electric Ranges

  • Telescoping Glide Rack

  • Dual Zone Element 

  • True Convection

  • Self-Cleaning Technology

Dual-Fuel Ranges

Dual-fuel ranges combine the best of both power sources. A high-end dual-fuel range will give you more control in the kitchen, with a gas cooking surface for precise simmering and a convection oven for expert baking. These appliances provide the owner with the most flexibility in their space.

A lit gas burner. A lit gas burner.

Features of Dual-Fuel Ranges

  • Glide Racks

  • Convection Oven

  • Dual-Stacked Burners

  • Soft Close Door

  • Electronic Ignition and Reignition

Induction Ranges

High-end induction ranges combine the power of a convection oven with the efficiency, control, and cooking power of an induction range. When using an induction range, the cookware directly absorbs heat instead of the surface of your appliance. A common feature of induction ranges is heat sensors and automatic shut-off - meaning the cooking surface will automatically turn off if the temperature goes higher than usual.

Fresh ingredients being cooked on an induction cooktop on a range. Fresh ingredients being cooked on an induction cooktop on a range.

Features of Induction Ranges

  • Induction Technology

  • Baking Drawer

  • Sensor Boil

  • Melt Function

Benefits of High-End Stoves & Ranges

When considering an upgrade from your current range to a high-end range, it's essential to know about the different features that define a luxury range. Many ranges are inspired by professional ranges found in restaurants or commercial kitchens. The inherent design of the ranges highlights the various features, like the different cooking surfaces and premium materials. 

Dual Stacked Burners

Fulfill everyday cooking needs with burners that reach a high maximum power level but turn down to meet daily cooking needs.

Smart Technology

Control your appliance from your smartphone with remote access and connect them to smart assistants like Alexa devices or Google Assistant.*

Precision Knob Controls

Cook different ingredients to your liking with knobs that allow you to control the different temperatures to the levels you want.

Specialty Cooking Surface Options

Curate your range with various cooking options, including gas grills, electric griddles or multiple burners.

Premier Convection

Allow steady heat waves to surround the food as it cooks.

Glide Racks

Smoothly glide the flat tine racks in and out of the oven without loud clatter, with fine lines for an upscale look.

*Appliance must be set to remote enable. WiFi & App required. Features subject to change. For details and privacy info, visit jennair.com/connect.

A JennAir Range in the RISE™ Design Expression in a bright white kitchen. A JennAir Range in the RISE™ Design Expression in a bright white kitchen.

What Is the Best Type of Range or Stove for My Kitchen?

The best type of range for you depends on your preferences and needs. If you’re looking for more precise rapid heat control, consider a gas range. If you prefer a combination of gas and convection cooking options, opt for a dual-fuel range. Ultimately, it’s up to your cooking style and kitchen layout.

High-End Range FAQS

Are High-End Ranges Worth the Cost?

High-end ranges add beauty and power to your kitchen, but they also make your kitchen stand out among others and can up the resale value of your home. While complementing other luxury appliances, a high-end range can also be the kitchen's focal point. Not to mention, many features make cooking more efficient and can help improve your culinary skills.

What Is The Price Range of High-End Ranges?

You can expect to spend from $2,500 to $15,000 on a high-end range.

Are High-End Gas Ranges Worth It?

Absolutely. A high-end gas range takes your cooking to the next level. A dual-fuel range has both a gas stove and an electric oven, providing the owner optimal control of their cooking with high power from both heating sources.

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