Range Cookers

A) Types of range cookers

B) Types of cookers
C) Features

A) Types of range cookers 

Type Description Product Image

Freestanding

  • Finished on front and sides
  • Can be placed almost anywhere in the kitchen
  • Burner and oven controls are usually located on a backlash panel in the back
  • Depending on the model, space below oven can be storage drawer, warming drawer, broiler, or second oven

Slide-in Ranges

  • Provide built-in look designed to fit into a space in kitchen cabinetry 
  • Usually unfinished on the sides
  • Burner and oven controls are usually at the front
  • Depending on the model, space below oven can be storage drawer, warming drawer, broiler or second oven

         

B) Types of Cookers

Type Description Image
Gas
  • Chef's preferred choice
  • Precise and immediate temperature control
  • Ideal for high temperature cooking such as stir-frying or searing because high heat can be reached quickly and cooking stops almost immediately when burner is switched off
Electric Induction
  • Heats cookware and not the cooking surface
  • Cooktop stays cool and is incredibly safe
  • Boils water fast, responsive like gas and can adjust and control the heat precisely
  • More energy efficient than gas or electric cooktops
  • Only works with cast iron or steel cookware.  You can do a test with your cooking ware by holding a magnet to the bottom of the pot or pan.  If the magnet stick, the cookware will work

         

C) Features

  • Bridge element
    - Extra heating element between 2 main ones

    - Creates extra-large heating surface for a griddle

  • Dual element
    - Accommodates large and small cookware

    - You can turn on only the inner heating element for smaller pans and only the outer element for larger pans
    - Some models allow you to fire both elements at once for a more intense heat

  • Simmer burner
    - Delivers low and gradual heat for simmering soups, sauces and other foods


  • Hot-surface indicator
    - Allows you to know if a surface is still hot, even after the burner is turned off


  • Electric ignition
    - Saves energy and reduces risk of fire with gas cooktops because a pilot flame isn’t needed to light the burners


  • Sealed gas burners
    - Protective cap on each burner and metal drip pan sealed around the base

    - Produces indirect flame and not as efficient as open gas burners but is much easier to clean