How Should You Choose a New Range For Your Kitchen?

The range you have in your kitchen has an impact on your overall lifestyle. Your kitchen range is arguably one of the most important appliances you choose. It’s functional and depending on how often you cook, it may be something you use every day or even several times a day.

A range is also part of your décor. Nothing makes a kitchen look quite as great as a sleek, high-end range serving as the focal point.

So, if it’s time to replace yours, you might be wondering with all the available choices, how do you pick the right one?

Different Types

Before starting your search, you should know at least the basics of the various kinds of ranges. For example, you may have to have an electric range because you don’t have gas, however, if you do have an available gas line to your kitchen, many people prefer this option because it offers constant heat. There are also dual fuel options, which combine elements of both gas and electric heating.

Another more specific option is the induction range, which is designed to make cooking and boiling times faster.

Freestanding or Slide-In?

Another significant categorical distinction to keep in mind as you’re shopping for kitchen appliances including a kitchen range is whether or not you require something slides in or is freestanding. A freestanding range will have sides that are finished in most cases, and the knobs and controls are located in a backsplash-like setting.

A slide-in range won’t typically have finished sides, although a lot of contractors, designers, and homeowners prefer this option because they have a wider top that goes over kitchen countertops, which gives them a built-in, custom look. Also, these options don’t have a backsplash, which can be good if you want a seamless backsplash throughout your kitchen.

Capacity

While you want your new range to look great, you also want it to work for your lifestyle, and a big consideration here is the capacity. If you only typically cook small meals for yourself or your immediate family, capacity isn’t likely to be a huge concern, and you can go with something a little smaller that’s also likely to be somewhat less expensive.

On the other hand, if you frequently entertain, you might need something with more cubic feet, and the largest options on the market are almost four cubic feet in most cases.

Special Features

Once you’ve decided on the basics, it starts to get fun. Ranges have so many bells and whistles that are available these days, or if you’re budget-conscious, you can still get a great model at a low cost.

If you want something more, you can consider additional features such as dehydration settings for making things like jerky and dried fruits and vegetables, warming drawers, and automatic shut-off features to avoid burning.

What you choose here is really up to your preferences and your needs.

Shopping for a range can be a costly endeavor, but if you do your research ahead of time and know what you need as well as you don’t, it will make for a more seamless buying experience.

 

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Cotton Canvas Messenger Bag by SKORCH #SKORCHMessengerBag

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This post is brought to you by SKORCH and Our Little Haven.

My sister recently gave me a brand new laptop to use “for as long as I need it”! I know, she’s so amazing like that, always thinking about others! All three of my sisters are like that and no, you cannot have any of them! She knows my desktop computer is in my bedroom, while our home-school room, sewing room and kitchen at at the other end of the house and those three rooms are where I spend most of my time. It has certainly helped out having a laptop for easy access during home-school and I can even work on my blog while cooking dinner!

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The only thing I needed was a laptop bag so I could carry my laptop with me while on-the-go. The one I got? SKORCH slim messenger/shoulder bag…..it’s just perfect for work, school, college or commuting. What I love about this bag is that it is made from high quality canvas with a nice broad strap. I love the strap, because it does not slip off my shoulder when I wear it as a shoulder bag. It would look fantastic in any environment, casual or professional. I also love that I can wear it as a shoulder bag or as a front, side or rear cross-body bag! It is roomy enough to carry your laptop, tablet, notebook, papers and more!

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This messenger bag measures 16 inches wide by 12 inches tall and the depth is 4 inches at the bottom. There are two easy access pockets on the front side that I use to store my phone, keys and wallet and one large outside zippered pocket. Inside there are 2 smaller pockets and one larger zippered pocket. These hold my mouse and laptop wall charger. The zippered pocket is actually large enough to hold your camera, but I usually use my phone camera when I’m out and about. The inside compartment will zip closed and also has a flap that velcros at the bottom. This is a very durable and well constructed bag. The canvas is thick and easy to wipe off should you get anything on the outside.

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This messenger bag would really make a great gift for any student in school or college, or for anyone who commutes. You can find the SCORCH messenger/shoulder bag on Amazon with free Prime shipping.

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Cool Joe Blue Sunglasses #cool-joe-sunglasses

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I recently received this super cool pair of blue sunglasses from Joe Cool and before I could finish taking them out of the box, my daughter had already claimed them as her own! The glasses are a cool shade of blue with gold trim accent and blue lens. The lenses have a mirror finish and are polarized which is most effective for blocking glare or excessive brightness. Although they are unisex glasses, I have to say they definitely look better on the females in our home, especially on my daughter cause she’s so much cooler than I am!

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We both tested the glasses out and agree on several things…they are very lightweight and do not hurt above the ear like so many other pairs I have tried. I also tried these out over the past weekend when we took the pontoon boat out for a fishing trip and they worked very well at blocking the glare of the sun and the reflection of it off the water. I could actually stand to look at the water which is normally hard to do with the reflection from the sun.

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These glasses do not come with a case, but we always keep our sunglasses in the sun-glass compartment in my car, so no big deal for me there. I love how modern and stylish these glasses are. They look fantastic in photos too! If you are looking for a gift idea for that super cool person, then look no further than these Cool Joe Blue Sunglasses!

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