Are Cooktops Better Than Rangetops?
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Are Cooktops Better Than Rangetops?

Are you debating whether to buy a cooktop vs rangetop? A cooktop is a cooking unit that is installed in your countertop with the controls facing up. A rangetop is similar, but it has the controls facing out, as they would be if there was an oven underneath. Continue reading to learn more about the similarities and differences between cooktops and rangetops. Hopefully, by the end of the article, you will be able to determine which is best for your kitchen.

Cooktop vs. Rangetop: What They Have in Common

Cooktop vs Rangetop What They Have in Common
Cooktop vs Rangetop What They Have in Common

Both cooktops and rangetops are installed in your countertop, above your drawers or cabinets. Neither of them include an oven space. If your kitchen has a wall oven, and you need a place to use a saucepan or frying pan, then you should consider a cooktop or a rangetop. You can find cooktops and rangetops in gas or electric varieties.

Differences Between Cooktops and Rangetops

Control Location

Control Location
Control Location

As previously mentioned, one of the main differences between cooktops and rangetops is the location of the controls. Cooktops have their knobs and controls facing up, making it more difficult for small children to reach, while rangetops have their controls facing out. Controls on cooktops may be safer from small hands, but they also pose a greater risk for burning your hands since they are near the burners.

Installation of Unit

Installation of Unit
Installation of Unit

When it comes to installation, it is a little easier to install a cooktop. You have to cut out a piece of your countertop to fit the dimensions of the cooktop, and then the cooktop drops into the space. Potentially, you could have a cooktop that is smaller than your countertop, and so the countertop would surround it on all four sides. On the other hand, a rangetop requires an entire section of your countertop to be removed, so it can slide into place.

Features

Features
Features

A cooktop, such as this gas cooktop from Frigidaire's Professional Series, has great options for everyday cooking. The Frigidaire cooktop includes a PowerPlus™ Burner, which provides 18,200 BTU. You can simmer sauces on low heat, boil water quickly, saute veggies, and sear meat with no problems.

When you're cooking with a rangetop, you will likely have even more options available to you. For instance, this gas rangetop from Forte includes 6 burners, one of which fires up to 20,000 BTU. With that many burners, you can easily cook multiple dishes at one time.

Style

Style
Style

Think about what style of kitchen you want. If you prefer clean lines and functions for everyday cooking, then you may want to choose a cooktop, which offers quality cooking features and does not protrude out from your countertop. You get a streamlined kitchen style with a space-saving cooktop.

If you desire a commercial-style kitchen with heavy duty appliances, you will probably choose a rangetop. The rangetop from Forte has heavy duty stainless steel knobs, edge-to-edge grates, and Italian burners. Rangetops look professional and usually have professional cooking features to match.

Cooktop vs. Rangetop: It's Your Choice!

Cooktop vs Rangetop Its Your Choice

We can't tell you whether a cooktop or a rangetop is better. Both options have great features. The choice is up to you and your preferences. If you're still on the fence about whether you want a cooktop or rangetop, take some time to look at the units we sell on our website. Appliances Connection offers plenty of options in both categories.

Related Questions

Can you put an oven under a cooktop?

You can install a wall oven under a cooktop, if that is what you want. Another option is to have the cooktop in one area of your kitchen, and the wall oven installed in a different area. The flexibility of where you install the cooktop is a key advantage.

Can I replace a cooktop with a rangetop?

Since they require different installation methods (the cooktop is dropped into the countertop, and the rangetop slides into the countertop), it is not easy to replace one with the other.