How to Find the Right Cooking Range for Your Small Kitchen
While range style is mostly a matter of personal taste, finding the right range, especially for a smaller kitchen, is extremely important to your space’s balance and aesthetic. A range can be the focal point of a kitchen or blend seamlessly into the rest of the space’s overall style, depending on the look you’re going for. These decisions beg the overall question: Which style do you choose? Don’t worry—we’ve selected our top picks for small kitchen ranges, from cool and modern to traditional and approachable.
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The largest selection of ranges falls under the “freestanding” category, and for good reason. Freestanding ranges are beautiful and interesting, adding dimension and distinguished style to even the smallest kitchen nook. Because this style “floats” and is separate from the countertop, it can be manufactured in a variety of sizes, like 30-, 36- or 40-inch models. Freestanding ranges come in several colors, like stainless steel, black and white, and with a variety of bells and whistles, too. What you won’t get from this range, though, is commercial-style power. A standard freestanding range offers just enough wattage for family dinners and holiday feasts, but probably not enough to fuel restaurant-style cooking.
In big cities, small spaces often come equipped with Mid-century or vintage-style details like moldings, antique hardware, and interesting kitchen equipment. If you have a sweet spot for vintage style, consider looking into retro ranges. Reproduction models of vintage ranges offer a touch of authenticity and charm to a space, and are just as mighty as other freestanding residential options. As a bonus, vintage ovens tend to be on the small side, meaning you will still have room to spare after you’ve installed a Julia Child-inspired range in your kitchenette.
If you’re in a tightly packed space but still looking for some serious stove power, consider a restaurant-quality commercial range. They traditionally come in two-, three-, and four-oven arrangements, with a 24-inch companion cooker option that’s both unique and awfully nice to have. Commercial-style ranges also offer fun electronic controls that enhance your cooking, like griddle and grill add-ons. While European high-powered commercial styles are quite special, they can also be quite expensive, making them best suited to homeowners who are avid chefs or bakers.
Before you make your choice, do a little bit of homework at your local kitchen appliance stores. While something may look beautiful online, it is always best to “test drive” your options by clicking buttons, swiveling dials, and opening doors to make sure it fits your needs.
Have you found any small ranges that complement your cozy kitchen space? Which styles do you feel are best for this environment?
California interior designer Kerrie Kelly has many clients that she advises on kitchen design and appliances. Kerrie heads up the design team at Kerrie Kelly Design Lab and is the author of Home Decor: A Sunset Design Guide. Kerrie writes for The Home Depot, where you can research a wide array of cooking ranges online.
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