How to Choose Your New Gas Range
Adding new appliances in your rental property, such as a dishwasher or washer and dryer, can certainly add value. Likewise, updating your current appliances to higher-end models can ensure improved living experience for your tenants and allow you to charge more rent. Speaking of appliances, gas ranges are easily one of the most frequently used and most important appliances for a rental property.
If you are a rental property owner or manager looking for a gas range that will last without needing major repairs over the years and provide safe and efficient heating performance for your tenants, here is a complete guide.
Although there are many gas range models available in the market, all with different features and different price points, in this blog, we will discuss everything you need to know to make an informed decision.
Types of Range Styles
One of the major factors you need to consider is the type of gas range you will be investing in. Several range styles are available in the market, and determining the right type depends on your cabinet configuration and aesthetic preferences. The two most commonly used types include:
Free-Standing Gas Ranges
A free-standing gas range is usually 30" or 36" wide that comes with finished sides, and can fit into a standard opening. It is simple to install as there is no special installation, special configuration of the abutting countertop, or cabinetry is required. Also, because of its finished sides, it can also be installed without cabinets on both ends. This type of gas range is commonly found in homes, condominiums, and apartments.
Slide-In or "Front Control" Gas Ranges
Unlike free-standing gas ranges, slide-in gas ranges require a special opening for installation between cabinets. They give a built-in look as they sometimes overlap the countertop on the sides and sometimes in the rear. These ranges normally have all of the controls in the front and are loved by tenants because they provide a cleaner, more finished look.
Typical Dimensions - Stove Sizes
Another major factor that requires a lot of attention is the width of the gas range. Most gas ranges, except drop-in gas ranges, have the same height and depth of around 36" and 25", respectively. The reason for this is the fact that, unlike width, kitchen counter heights and kitchen cabinet depths are virtually universal.
The current industry standard is 30" wide as the majority of kitchens in the US are constructed to accommodate this size which also accommodates a matching 30" standard ventilation hood or over-the-range microwave above.
But, if you are exploring through an entry-level professional gas range, you will find units with 36" width. These gas ranges have larger ovens and more cooking surface on top. Anything larger than this falls into the 'true professional' category and these gas ranges come with 48" width.
The best gas range in terms of size will be the one that suits your available space.
Features - Options to Consider
After narrowing down the style and width of the gas range you need, you need to consider different features and options that your tenants may like. Here are a couple of examples:
These ranges combine the best of both cooking fuels by operating with electricity in the oven and gas for the top burners.
These special ranges come with a cooking surface that doesn't get hot. Rather they use the magnetic power to heat the cookware. These ranges are faster and more efficient but don't work with all cookware materials, such as aluminum.
Most gas ranges now come with sealed burners that eliminate the need to clean under the top surface as the burners are sealed into the top of the range.
Burner Sizes & Configurations
While choosing the best gas range, burner size, power (in BTUs or watts), and configuration are often some of the most important factors. Most standard 30" gas ranges come with four burners, while larger units offer five burners or separate warming areas. The larger the unit, the more burners and different layouts would be offered.
Self Cleaning Option
Self-cleaning ranges come with ovens that use the heat of about 900 degrees for 2-3 hours to reduce any food debris and drips to ashes. This allows users to easily remove any particulars with a damp cloth.
We hope you found this buying guide helpful in choosing a new gas range for your rental space a little easier. If you are looking to compare different brands and models, head to our online store and find the best gas range for your property!
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