Rangetop vs. Cooktop: Which one should I Buy?

A lot of people think that range tops and cooktops are the same but in fact there are many differences. While you can get your cooking done on either, they have a few differences that make them unique to their name. In this article we will talk about the similarities, the differences, and which is the right fit for your needs.

First let's take a look at the similarities. 

There aren’t any ovens. A range is a kitchen appliance that combines a stovetop and an oven. However, a range top and a cooktop do not include an oven. As the name implies, they are only the top of a range.

Counter installation. Cooktops and range tops are both installed above drawers or storage cabinets. They are installed right into the counter.

Both are powered by gas. While an electric range top or cooktop is possible, it is not very common. They are typically designed to work with natural gas, but they also have the ability to convert to liquid propane.

The Differences Between a Rangetop and a Cooktop

Controls. Depending on whether you have a range top or a cooktop, the controls are located in different areas. A cooktop, for example, has controls on the top surface, whereas a range top has controls on the front of the unit.

Distinctions in installation. Before installing a range top, a piece of the countertop must be removed. Range tops slide into the countertop space. A cooktop also necessitates the removal of a piece of the countertop before the unit can be installed.

A free griddle. Cooktops, regardless of size, will always be cooktops. While this is not always the case, most range tops over 36 inches often include a griddle or grill in addition to the burners.

Every stove has a power burner. However, the number of power burners will vary. Cooktops, for example, typically have one power burner and the rest are secondary burners. A range top, on the other hand, includes all power burners as standard.

As you can see, the majority of the differences are due to the design and installation of the unit. Both do a great job cooking your food; the only difference is in how they are installed and used. The best option for you will be determined by your cooking habits and available space.

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