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Cooktops and Rangetops, what is the difference?
Unlike ranges, cooktops and rangetops are standalone stovetops and come in an endless array of designs and styles. Because both stovetops contain many similar features, the terms cooktop and rangetop are often used interchangeably. So what is the difference? The cooktop has a refined, more casual look while the rangetop has a heavier, more commercial look. Cooktops are a drop-in appliance, they are set into countertops and are surrounded and supported on all four sides by the countertop. Rangetops are a slide-in appliance and are flanked on the sides and sometimes the back by the countertop. Rangetops are supported by the cabinet, not countertop. The front of the rangetop extends to the front of the cabinetry much like a range would. Controls on a cooktop rest on top of the appliance making them more visible and keeping them out of the reach of young children. Controls on a rangetop are in the front of the appliance to providing the convenience of not having to reach over pots and pans in order to adjust the controls. Placing the control knobs on the front of the appliance has the added benefit of freeing up space and maximizing cooking surface available for cooking. This, along with its higher BTU output, make the rangetop the preferred stovetop for serious cooks.
What types of cooking surfaces are there?
Electric Radiant coils utilize a coil element that heats up quickly and cools down in a reasonable time. This technology is used mostly on low end appliances. Radiant coils are inexpensive but the coils can be difficult to clean.
Electric solid hotplates utilize a solid metal disk that heats up slowly and cool down even more slowly. Hotplates are the least controllable cooking option on the market. Hotplates do not turn red when hot therefore increasing the risk of a burn. This technology is no longer widely available but can still be found.
Ceramic Glass Tops utilize radiant coil heating elements and covers them by a ceramic glass. This type of cooktop heats up reasonably fast but cools down slowly rendering it slow to respond to changes in temperature settings. Its smooth surface makes for a clean, polished look. Clean up spills right away as they can become baked onto the ceramic surface.
Induction units heats up cookware via magnetic induction rather than thermal conduction. Magnetic field technology is used to transfer heat to a pan while the cooking surface itself remains relatively cool; essentially turning the base of a ferrous cookware into the heating element. Induction is the most controllable cooking method of all the electric types and boasts quick response to temperature changes normally associated with gas cooking.
Gas units allow for instant heat control and provide visual feedback on how much heat is being applied. They are also more economical to use. Make sure to check whether you have natural gas or propane gas in your home before purchasing a gas cooktop. Some but not all cooktops can be converted from natural gas to propane gas. The cast iron trivets can be tough to clean but the ease of cooking far outweighs the disadvantages of cleaning.
Cooktop & Rangetop Installation Exchange
Standard 30" Cooktop exchange: $130.00. Includes free haul away of old cooktop.
Standard 36" or 42" Cooktop exchange: $185.00. Includes free haul away of old cooktop.
Standard rangetop exchange: $185.00. Includes free haul away of old rangetop.
Call us to discuss prices for a new installation (no previous cooktop or rangetop).
"STANDARD" and " EXCHANGE" DEFINED
The above prices are for a standard cooktop and rangetop exchange performed in one trip. Standard means an installation that does not require modification or parts. Exchange means to disconnect an existing cooktop or rangetop and replace it with a new one.
A standard cooktop or rangetop exchange is one in which the old appliance can be taken out from the countertop or cabinets without having to cut it or without having to pry it because the previous unit had been silicone in place. In addition, once the old cooktop or rangetop is out, a standard installation means that cabinet, countertop, as and/or electrical modifications are not necessary in order to install the new unit.
MODIFICATIONS, ALTERATIONS, UPGRADES & PARTS = NOT STANDARD
In our efforts to provide the best possible installation our technicians must sometime replaced old, worn electrical cables and/or upgrade existing gas connections, cut countertops and or modify cabinetry. Common modifications and alterations include, but are not limited to, the following: cut out old appliances; cut Formica, tile or granite countertops; convert natural gas settings to LP; re-route gas pipelines; run grounding wires; add gas shut off valves; build support bases for rangetops and more. Whereas modifications are generally optional, some must be performed to prevent personal or property damage and some are even mandated by local codes: "any additions, alterations, renovations or repairs to existing appliances shall meet the provisions for, and conform to the level of quality designed for, new construction". Although we are glad to perform any additional service to bring the appliance installation up to code, we cannot do so at standard exchange prices. Parts, as well as gas electrical, plumbing, cabinet and countertop modification are not included in a standard exchange. Modifications, alterations, upgrades and parts will be provided for an additional cost.
WHAT ARE CUTOUT AND OVERALL DIMENSIONS?
A cooktop or rangetop cutout dimension delineate minimum and maximum opening size requirements; it is the empty countertop and/or cabinet cavity housing the cooktop/rangetop. The overall dimension is the cooktop's or rangetop's measurement from side to side and front to back. When the cutout is larger than the overall, the cooktop will fall into the countertop opening and when the cutout is smaller than the overall then the cooktop will not fit into the countertop opening.
There many cooktop sizes that there is no "standard". Refer to the manufacturer's actual specs. It is of paramount importance to measure your existing countertop and cabinet openings to ensure your new appliance will fit. If you do not have the necessary clearance, please contact your local retailer or us to discuss options.
A service call will be assessed if an appliance cannot be installed due to insufficient clearance. Please measure your countertop and cabinet opening before our technician is dispatched to your home. Thank you!