Choosing Between a Cooktop and Wall Oven or Range

It’s the appliance dilemma of the ages: “Should I get a cooktop and wall oven pair, or a range for my kitchen?”

The question has plagued homeowners for decades, and there’s no single, simple answer. Ultimately, either option will get the job done, and if you’re getting appliances from a quality brand like Thor or Zline, they’ll get the job done well.

However, you’ll want to take a few things into consideration when deciding which option will work best for your space and your needs. Here are five things you should be thinking about when you’re choosing between a range or wall oven-cooktop combo from.

  1. Price 

If you’re shopping on a budget, a range should probably be the first option you look at. Buying a single range will be much cheaper than buying both a cooktop and a wall oven, and the price only goes up if you opt in for all the latest features, like induction cooking and warming drawers.

With a Zline range, you can save some money without sacrificing quality. Zline offers range options from four to eight burners, plus built-in grill pans and multiple cooking compartments. That’s a lot of cooking power for less!

2. Flexibility

If it’s features, you’re interested in, the cooktop/wall oven combo is unbeatable in its flexibility. Getting two separate appliances lets you mix and match, so you can find exactly the features you want without compromise. Looking for a self-cleaning oven and a cooktop with a heat indicator? We have you covered. Hoping for all the latest cooking functions plus a cooktop that heats up in a snap? No problem!

Fisher & Paykel also offers gas, induction, and electric cooktops, so you can pick the cooking style that works best for you. They even have a handy guide to help you pick which cooktop suits all your cooking needs. By mixing and matching appliances, you can get exactly the features you want, nothing more, nothing less. 

3. Cooking Space

With a cooktop and wall oven, your options for customizing your cooking space are endless. If you’re a big-time baker but rarely have use for a cooktop, you can go all out on your oven space – double ovens, extra wide ovens, and even a warming drawer – while keeping your counter clear with a simple four-burner cooktop. Or, you can go low-key on the oven and trick out your counters with an eight-burner cooktop! With a cooktop-oven combo, you can give yourself room to spread out where you need it and save space where you don’t.

  1. Kitchen Space

On the flip side, if you opt for a cooktop and wall oven combo, you’ll need to make sure you have the space to use it. Zline stand-alone ranges are easy to install, they can be placed anywhere you want, and you don’t need to do any major remodeling to add one in. A range also keeps all your cooking needs confined to a single area, for more intuitive food preparation. If you get a wall oven, you’ll need to either have or make the wall space for it, which can require some more major renovations.

Unless your kitchen is especially spacious, the effect of multiple cooking zones can feel cluttered if you’re not careful. Ranges are more compact – relying on a range for your daily cooking can simplify the whole process and make for a less chaotic kitchen.

  1. Style

When deciding between a wall oven and cooktop or a range, both options are equally stylish. Zline ranges have a stunning, classic design with finish options that range from brightly colorful to elegantly traditional. They make for a great focal point in any kitchen and add a professional flair to your cooking space.

Cooktops and wall ovens, on the other hand, add a sleek, modern touch. Induction and electric smoothtops blend right into the counters, and built-in ovens make for a totally integrated, high-tech kitchen. Either option can make itself right at home in your kitchen, and it’s all up to your personal tastes to decide which style is the one for you.

When you’re creating a kitchen by Zline, you really can’t go wrong. Whether you pick out a range, or a cooktop and wall oven combo, you’re going to be bringing home powerful appliances that get your cooking done in efficiency and style. If you’re still having trouble deciding which appliance will work best for you, contact us! We’re happy to help you pick out the perfect appliances and decide how to make your kitchen suit your needs best!