Choosing Between A Freestanding Or Slide-In Range

If you’re browsing for a new range on the web, you may have wondered, “what is a slide-in range?” after reading some of the appliance descriptions. A slide-in range can be slide or dropped in to place between countertops in your kitchen. It fits flush with your countertops and has an additional ledge on the right and left sides.
The range will touch your countertop on both sides. It will not leave any empty space between the range and the counter, like a freestanding range. This design eliminates the chance that sauce or food will spill and run down the side of the unit where it can’t be cleaned.

Electrolux Slide-in Range
Slide-in ranges like this Electrolux model sit flush with surrounding cabinetry.

What are the differences between a freestanding versus slide-in range? You can place a freestanding range between kitchen countertops, but they’ll be a gap on either side of the range. A slide-in range has a lip on the right and left side of the stovetop. It fills in the gap between the range and the counter, giving your kitchen a uniform, aesthetically pleasing look. A freestanding range is the most common type of range, and you can find it from most manufacturers and in most showrooms and appliance stores. It fits flush against your kitchen’s back wall, while a slide-in range leaves a gap of a few inches. Freestanding ranges are easy to install and come in common sizes, most notably 30″ wide, so they can fit in just about any space in just about any kitchen. They’re affordable, and similar models (and replacement parts) are easy to find. Freestanding ranges commonly come with a backguard on the unit to protect the wall against spills.

Viking Freestanding Range
This Viking freestanding range has fully finished side panels, unlike a slide-in range.

When deciding between a freestanding vs slide-in range, consider your kitchen layout. If you prefer to use a kitchen island or decorate a range backsplash, a slide-in range will be just your style. It’s designed to be pushed in between two cabinets, and features an unfinished back and sides. The range top is a bit wider than the rest of the appliance so it can adjoin the countertop on both sides. The stove and oven controls on a slide-in range are located just above the oven door. Since there’s a gap between the back of the range top and the back wall, most range manufacturers will offer an optional filler piece that you can use at the back of the unit, typically made of stainless steel. You may also use decorative tile on the wall behind the range as a backsplash.

These are just a few things to consider when choosing between a freestanding or slide-in range. Talk to one of the sales reps at Designer Home Surplus about which range type is best for your kitchen, budget and lifestyle. We have freestanding and slide-in ranges
by Bosch, Electrolux and other manufacturers, and stylish freestanding ranges from Viking, Capital and Dacor, among others. Our inventory is constantly changing, so give us a call or visit us online for the rundown on our available discount ranges.

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