Purchasing a new range can be an exciting venture. When shopping for a new range, you’ll need to decide whether you will go with a slide-in range or a freestanding range. From outward appearances, these two configurations seem very similar, and some models may have the same features. You may even see both placed between cabinetry. So, what is the difference between slide-in ranges and freestanding ranges? We’re about to find out.
The first main difference between these two configurations is how they are installed. Slide-in ranges are appropriately named because they literally slide into surrounding cabinetry. They are technically built into the cabinets and rest on a cabinet platform. Slide-in ranges have unfinished sides and are not suited for standalone installation. They must be hardwired which may require additional installation costs.
Freestanding ranges can also be installed between cabinets but stand on their own. They have finished sides, can plug into an outlet for easier installation, and can be placed at the end of cabinets, making them a flexible option for kitchens.
Another difference is the location of the control. Slide-in ranges feature a front-control and cooktop surface knobs that allow the range to offer an unobstructed view behind it. Having the controls in the front actually makes it easier to access the controls without having to reach over a hot surface. Freestanding ranges typically have a backguard with oven controls and cooktop surface knobs. This can protect the wall behind it but can also hinder a view to the dining room or cover up beautiful backsplash.
Since slide-in ranges are technically built-in, they slightly overlap the countertop which prevents liquids from spilling down the side of the range. Freestanding ranges are not built-in and typically have a slight gap between the cooktop where liquids can leak over into. Otherwise, each appliances’ cleanability will rely more heavily on the finish and cooktop style.
Slide-in and freestanding ranges can have very similar appearances, but slide-in ranges do have a more built-in look than freestanding ranges. Many homeowners prefer the unobstructed view and streamline look a slide-in range provides since it is similar to a professional built-in appliance.
When trying to decide between a slide-in range or a freestanding range, it’s important to consider the above differences, from the installation and control location to the cleanability and overall look.
Finding the right appliance for you comes down to your own kitchen’s layout and your personal lifestyle. Shop our large selection of slide-in ranges and freestanding ranges online or visit your nearest Queen City to speak with an appliance expert today!