11 Best Dual Fuel Ranges for Your Kitchen 2021
If you’re in the market for a gas range but want to incorporate an electric oven beneath the burners, your best bet is to look at a dual fuel range.
As the name suggests, a dual fuel range is a range or stove that features a gas flame cooktop and an electric oven.
In other words, it uses different fuel types in one appliance.
A dual fuel range is for serious home cooks, cooking enthusiasts, foodies, and professional chefs.
Best Dual Fuel Kitchen Ranges 2021
The Top Dual Fuel Ranges by Category
The cooktop on a dual fuel range offers immediate heat and excellent temperature control.
The second you change a gas setting, the cooktop will change its temperature, making it the most efficient fuel source.
You can sear a top round roast on the range in no time and at the right consistency.
That’s why professional cooks or chefs rely on gas ranges because of how uniform the heat output is.
And the electric oven produces even and consistent heat distribution. For bakers, only an electric oven will do. It’s great for baking desserts like chocolate chip cookies because they come out both even and moist, and smooth all around.
Homeowners and cooking enthusiasts also consider a dual fuel range because it’s known for three important factors: ease of use, speediness and cooking and baking abilities.
But how do you know which dual fuel range is best suited to your needs? We've got you covered.
We've compiled a list of eleven dual fuel ranges that are best in their categories, such as the best budget-friendly range to the best performance range.
Best Slide-in Dual Fuel Range: Café C2S95OP2MS1
Smart Slide-In Double Oven Dual-Fuel Range with Self-Clean Convection
This Café dual fuel range resembles a professional range but at half the cost.
Unlike a freestanding range, which is unattached to any walls or cabinetry a slide-in range blends seamlessly with either side of the countertops due to the lip of the range that overlaps them.
In other words, the range sits flush with the counters, which gives off a built-in look.
This slide-in also eliminates the bulky background. The controls are on the front panel, which eliminates the need for the back panel. Now you won’t have to reach over a hot pot to adjust the burner or the oven temperature.
The benefit of the overlap on a slide-in is that cleaning is a cinch, as you don’t have to stretch down to either side of the range to clean up food particles and spills. A freestanding model will have gaps on either side.
Although the Café ranks best for slide-ins, it still has the high-end features you’d come to expect from this price range, including six individual burners, an edge-to-edge cooktop that can accommodate pots and pans in different sizes, an integrated cast-iron griddle, and Wi-Fi capability.
Oven Capacity: 7.0 Cu. Ft.
|Double oven||You can’t have a slide-in like this if you don’t have cabinets on either side since the side panels are not finished.|
|Best for entertaining for large groups as the slide-in fits cookware in all sizes.|
|Multiple finishes, including stainless steel, matte black and matte white.|
Best Dual Fuel Range for Baking: Monogram ZDP366NTSS
36" Smart Range with Sealed Burners , True European Convection, and WiFi-Monitoring
This Monogram dual-fuel range comes in two widths: 36 and 48 inches.
According to the Good Housekeeping Institute, when the convection is turned on, the range became one of a few that could bake three sheets of chocolate chip cookies to identical “doneness” all at the same time.
But it’s not just cookies. Baking cakes are evenly cooked all around, and there are no hot or cold spots with the convection fan.
There are three racks to bake cookies or other baked goods and they pull out smoothly out of the oven on ball bearings.
The oven, however, is slow to preheat, but that might be because of the sliding racks, which have heft and are substantial.
Still, many reviewers agreed that this range is the best when it comes to baking, and cookies came out close to perfection.
Besides the Monogram’s 5.7 cubic-foot oven cavity, there are many bake and roast settings, self-cleaning, griddle and multi-part black range top grates.
GE dropped its name from the Monogram label, but its cost—around $10,000—may be too high and will make buyers turn to more prestigious brands like Wolf and Miele, which have similar price ranges.
Oven Capacity: 5.75 Cu. Ft.
|Four sealed burners and a central griddle offer up to 18,000 BTUs of cooking power.||Burners take around 10 minutes to boil water—twice as long as some of the other ranges in its price range.|
|An included cutting board fits between the griddle and its cover.||This is a GE brand and its mass-market reputation fails to appeal to label-conscious buyers.|
|Manages to include all kinds of cooking options without sacrificing a professional look.|
Best Range for Superior Power and Performance: Thermador Pro Harmony PRD304WHU
30-Inch Pro-Style Dual-Fuel Range with Convection, ExtraLow Simmer Burners, Self-Cleaning Mode
Thermador’s Pro Harmony 30-inch dual fuel range boasts the best features around, but then again you’d expect that from this iconic restaurant-style cooking powerhouse.
All Thermadors, including this one, come with burners designed in the company’s signature star shape, which allows for superior coverage for quick heating and even cooking.
And even when you want to maintain extremely low temperatures, the range’s two ExtraLow burners can reach 100F, perfect for simmering or delicately melting items such as butter or chocolate.
However, the oven isn’t what you’d expect at this price point. Baking chocolate chip cookies are not even, although cakes are more done uniformly.
Because of its output, Thermador strongly suggests that a professional hood should be installed.
Oven capacity: 4.4 Cu. Ft.
|This pro range has a look that’s clearly inspired by commercial ranges found in restaurant kitchens.||Variation in doneness across the surface of a cake.|
|Restaurant style metal knobs.||Uneven baking for chocolate chip cookies.|
|The Thermador brand name sells itself.||Unlike other ranges, you should not use downdraft ventilation instead of a hood.|
|Blends well with cabinets due to its counter depth design.||Also, in place of a hood, you should not install a microwave above the cooktop as it does not have proper ventilation.|
|Extended Bake Oven Mode ideal for slow cooking or Sabbath use.||The 2-hour self-cleaning mode is not the fastest in the industry, as Thermador claims.|
The Best Mid-Range Dual Fuel Range: Thor Kitchen HRD3088U
30 in. Freestanding Dual Fuel Range
Just like comparable mid-range ranges, this Thor has sealed burners that allow for effortless surface cleaning.
It has a 15,000 BTU, a 650 BTU simmer function, and a single burner with 18,000 BTU. Plus there are two sealed single burners with 12,000 BTUs.
This freestanding range also has LED lights that illuminate whenever the burner is on as a safety reminder.
The oven can’t be beat. The commercial convection fan circulates heat evenly. You can make chocolate chip cookies that come out even throughout, and cakes also benefit due to the even distribution of heat.
For versatility, the range has two oven racks and five rack positions.
A flurry of customer reviews agree that this mid-range duel-fuel range performs just as good as higher-priced models but at a fraction of the cost.
|Affordable for its price range||There are no digital features. The Thor range comes without a timer or clock because heat and electronics don’t mix.|
|Modern feel and good looks||Lacks a pre-heating notification. Without any digital sensors you will never get an update or warning when the oven has been fully heated.|
|Black porcelain drip pan to provide easy surface cleaning||No self-cleaning mode. You’ve got hard labor coming to you!|
|Blue porcelain oven interior with broiler pan|
The Best Self Cleaning Dual Fuel Range: Kitchen Aid KSDB900ESS
Slide-In Dual Fuel Range With AquaLift Self-Cleaning True Convection Oven
We’ve picked this range with a 7.1 cu. ft. oven capacity because it has the very best self-cleaning option, which is great for those who use their oven religiously.
Kitchen Aid clearly made this range with a show-stopper oven. The most important function is the powerful self-cleaning cycle. Called AquaLift, this technology cleans your oven in less than an hour (typically 40 minutes) at a temperature below 200°F. The innovative cleaning system combines low heat with water to release baked-on spills.
The oven also has true convection, as well as a large size that can handle food like a big turkey.
Also, the oven has a dedicated baking drawer in a separate compartment. This allows you three cooking options: keep warm, slow cook or bake at a different temperature. The drawer also keeps dishes warm.
There’s even a steam rack for steam baking. The rack helps enhance cooking results with added moisture.
Oven Capacity: 7.1 Cu. Ft.
|Large oven capacity||Expensive. Costs in the middle to upper range|
|Steam rack||Many reviews point out that cookies came out a bit unevenly baked.|
|AquaLift self-clean technology||The oven takes longer than normal to preheat.|
The Best Budget-Friendly Commercial Dual Fuel Range: Cosmo COS-F965NF
Commercial-Style Single Oven Dual Fuel Range With 8 Function Convection Oven
We wanted a budget dual fuel range with remarkable value and which didn’t look as if it belonged in a 1950s kitchen.
Cosmo’s commercial-style range hit the spot. It has a sophisticated, stainless-steel build and a professional look with modern sensibilities.
Sure, at around $1600 we could’ve found something cheaper, but this range has more to offer than any of the $900=$1200 price point ranges we looked at.
The five burners are made of brushed stainless steel that are both durable and attractive. The burners range from a heat capacity of 18,000 BTUs to 5000 BTUs.
The oven bakes evenly and there are no cold spots inside of it.
Unlike other ranges that offer a 1-year manufacturer’s warranty on parts and labor, this range offers 2 years.
Oven Capacity 3.8 Cu. Ft.
|The design of the range blends seamlessly with other stainless-steel appliances in your kitchen.||Will not work with a standard 110/120V outlet. 220/240V power is required for this appliance to function.|
|Versatile functionality.||The oven fan makes loud noises.|
|Budget-friendly pick.||Manual instructions could be better.|
|Durable build quality.|
|Requires minimal maintenance.|
|Offers easy control and monitoring.|
The Best Statement Piece Dual Fuel Range: Smeg Portofino CPF36UGMX
Freestanding Professional Dual Fuel Range True European Triple Convection with Steam Clean
Smeg Portofino CPF36UGMX Pro-Style Dual Fuel Range
Smeg is known for its ‘50s retro-chic aesthetic. It builds colorful appliances and partners up with world-class architects and designers. For example, and most recently, Smeg teamed up with Dolce & Gabbana to create small and large appliances with colorful Sicily-inspired icons and images.
The Smeg Portofino comes in seven colors. You can choose all black, white, olive green or stainless steel for a more classic look. If you’re more adventurous, you can choose shocking red and orange, as well as bright yellow.
Getting a dual-fuel range in, say, orange, can add a dash of color to the often-used all-white kitchen or can stand out on its own as a statement piece just like a pink La Cornue range.
Made in Italy, the electric oven is what brings the heat on. It features 10 cooking modes, which are convection, bake, bottom heat only, convection bake, true European convection, convection broil, broil, pizza. rotisserie with broil and defrost.
The true European convection mode provides uniform heat throughout the oven for multi-layered cooking with superior browning on cakes and other desserts.
The rotisserie mode, rare to find even in the best multifunction dual-fuel ranges, works in combination with a broil element to brown food to perfection.
Oven Capacity: 4.5 Cu. Ft.
|Stainless steel storage compartment below oven||You may have buyer’s remorse if you choose a bright color and tire of it down the road. It’s best to stick with stainless-steel then.|
|There’s a matching chimney hood available (sold separately)|
|Surprisingly less expensive than comparable model competitors like Wolf and Thermador.|
The Best Trophy Dual Fuel Range: Wolf DF366LP
36 Inch Wide Free Standing Dual Fuel Range
Wolf is known for its high-end ranges that start at $10,000 and go up, even more, depending on what size you want.
The brand stands out as perhaps the most aesthetically appealing commercial-looking range meant for household use.
Customers buy Wolf for the name, but it’s not just eye-candy. Wolf has the strongest power burners in its class and is also able to drop down to the lowest temperatures.
The range has six dual-stacked, sealed burners.
It has a powerful 20,000 BTU burner for high-heat cooking, and all six burners go down to an astonishing very-low output of 300 BTU, which is great for simmering, melting chocolate without scorching or keeping food warm.
What’s great about high-end ranges like this is that they rarely need servicing.
The Wolf ranges were recently rated as one of the top ten least-serviced brands.
Even more, the Wolf website states that all their models are designed to last for a minimum of 20 years.
So besides performance, you also get a solid workhouse that even comes with a full two-year warranty on parts and labor and a limited five-year warranty on parts. That’s more than other comparable models.
Oven Capacity: 5.4 Cu. Ft.
|Wolf dual-fuel ranges are available in 30-, 36-, 48-, and 60-inch widths, something for everybody.||The power burner at 20,000 BTU isn’t the most powerful burner you can get; other ranges in this class top out at a higher BTU.|
|A temperature probe alerts you when your dish has reached the desired temperature.||The only finish is stainless steel, so if you want something that stands out, you may have to look for other brands that come in different variations.|
|The easy-to-use control panel conveniently rotates out of sight when not in use for a streamlined look.||The oven can hold a large cookie sheet. But if you have caterers, the full-size sheet pan that they mostly use will not fit.|
|Assures predictably delicious results with a variety of modes including convection roast, dehydrate, Sabbath mode and more.||Expensive. This model starts close to $10,000.|
The Best Double Oven Dual Fuel Range: Cosmo DFR486G
48-inch Freestanding Dual Fuel Range | 6 Sealed Burner Rangetop, Double Convection Oven
Most of our reviews are based on a 36-inch range. The Cosmo DFR486G is bigger and longer at 48 inches to accommodate two double convection ovens.
And that’s why we picked the Cosmo, as it is all about its ovens.
The larger oven is 3.97 cubic feet and the smaller one is 1.87 cubic feet. The large one features True European convection, allowing food to cook more evenly and in less time and at a lower temperature than in a standard oven.
True European convection is superior to a standard electric oven because it has an extra heating element and a fan that allows for it to circulate the hot air so that food on different racks will bake through at the same rate.
Don’t mistake true convection for convection, as convection is notorious for not baking baked goods evenly throughout.
At 48 inches, you’ll need more space than a 36-inch range. You’ll also need a wider vent hood.
But the double oven feature makes up for it, as it eliminates wall space for a second oven that homeowners put in when their range only comes with one oven.
Now you can make two dishes at once at different temperatures.
Total Oven Capacity: 5.84 Cu. Ft.
|Affordable price for a range with double ovens||Takes up more space than the traditional 30-inch range.|
|Large oven has five functions: convection broil, turbo bake, convection bake, bake and broil.||Surprisingly, at this price point, the Cosmo lacks a self-cleaning function.|
|Removable backsplash allows this range stove to be used as both for freestanding or slide-in installation.||Will not work with a standard outlet. The plug in for this range needs to be 208-240 volts minimum 40 amps to operate. If you don’t have the right power, you may need to have an electrician install a new power line and plug.|
|Designed with safety in mind and features overheating protection and a cool-to-touch oven handle to prevent burns.||Does not have oven functions like low broil, pizza and defrost.|
The Best Smart Compact with Voice Control Dual Fuel Range: LG LSD4913ST
ProBake Smart Wi-Fi Enabled 30-in Convection Oven Slide-In Dual Fuel Range
We chose this LG for its smart capacity, the lowest in cost compared to other models with smart home technology. But it’s not a pro range. It’s a model that is inspired by the look and cooking features of a pro range.
This LG range comes with the LG SmartThinQ app, which allows you to control your smart oven from anywhere so you don’t have to get up to check how much time is remaining.
You can also start preheating and turning the oven on or off from your smartphone.
The LG Smart range works with Android and Apple HomeKit.
You can also use voice commands, as this model works not only with Amazon’s Alexa but also with Google Assistant.
The LG electric slide-in range, which offers a streamlined custom appearance that enhances every kitchen décor, has glass controls that look sleek and allows you to operate your range with just a touch of your finger.
The LG website lauds its self-cleaning oven as the fastest oven-cleaning range. It takes just ten minutes for your oven to get cleaned and sparkly.
Oven Capacity: 6.3 Cu. Ft.
|SmartThink Technology||This is LG’s first dual fuel range. As such, many looking for a smart range may pass over the LG for a more established and more tested model and brand.|
|Looks like a pro-range|
How We Decided
Dual fuel ranges are a great way to get the best of both worlds, and the models we've listed above are the top-rated in their category.
Whether you choose one of these or pick another option not listed here, always do your due diligence and make sure you know what you’re actually buying.
We perused sites mentioning notable dual fuel ranges and made a note of the appliances that kept coming up and why.
Of the many sites we looked at, a few stand out: Consumer Reports, Appliance Connection, HGTV, Reviewed, Designer Appliances, Bestreviews.com, Good Housekeeping, The Spruce, The New York Times.
As always, customer reviews were a paramount factor in how we selected and whittled down the competition. We looked at products that consistently rated and ranked high among consumers and found out what people were saying about the ranges after purchase.
We also compiled our list by looking at the features offered on each appliance. These include everything to self-cleaning, to number of burners, BTU range, convection features, prices, and more.
We found a brand’s website and stores that sell online appliances useful as they included the information we needed, which included prices, descriptions of features, specifications and more.
Deciding the Right Dual Fuel Range for You
Even with our rankings, choosing the perfect dual range that matches your needs will still be complicated.
We can say right now that if you’re in the market for a dual fuel range, the first thing that you should consider is its cooking ability.
Your stove and oven must deliver precise and uniform cooking power and have responsive temperature controls for a more pleasant and professional cooking experience.
There are more factors, of course, and we’re here to help. We’ll tell you everything you need to know about buying the right dual fuel range.
Everything You Need to Know About the Dual Fuel Range Oven
The electric oven that comes with your gas stove must be able to provide even cooking results.
The temperature of the body of the oven should not have any hot or cool spots, making for uneven baking.
With an electric oven, you get more efficient baking or cooking because it allows for more precise and accurate temperature control.
Superior Temperature Control
An oven in a gas range usually experiences temperature fluctuations that make for uneven baking.
Electric is better than gas because it allows for uniform temperatures.
Often, the test for choosing the right electric oven is how well it bakes desserts like chocolate chip cookies and how well it broils a top round roast.
The best ovens in dual fuel ranges do precisely that. And since electric ovens have even heat distribution and is able to hit high temperatures, they are, in most cases, generally preferred to gas.
A gas oven is inefficient because it wastes energy. When setting a temperature, for example, the flame in the oven turns on and off continuously to maintain the heat, resulting in inconsistent cooking temperatures.
An electric oven will never lose heat.
It should be able to preheat in the fastest method possible. This way, if you have a busy schedule and don’t have the time to cook, you can still throw in a baking sheet of cookies that will end up baking quickly.
Convection vs. True Convention: What’s the Difference?
A true or European convention electric oven is an oven setting that uses a third heating element behind the fan to blow heated air on your food.
The fan circulates air around the food to ensure quick, precise, and even heating.
For bakers, a true convection oven is a must as it evenly bakes cookies and cakes.
You will only find a true convection feature on expensive models.
A convection oven, found in most mid-to-low end ranges, is less impressive as the temperature is not uniform.
It lacks an additional heating element, although it has a fan to circulate the hot air. The fan helps to cook or bake food more evenly, but not as evenly as a true convection.
Everything You Need to Know About a Gas Cooktop on a Dual Fuel Range
There’s a reason why chefs and other related professionals cook on gas stovetops.
It’s easier to control and maintain the heat that an electric range just can’t replicate.
And the flame comes on immediately with just the touch of a knob.
So when you turn the knob to high, both the pot or pan and the food in it will respond with an immediate change.
With a gas range, you should be able to reach impressively high heat for that perfect sear while also reaching low temperatures for delicate simmering and melting.
A gas burner is superior to an electric stovetop because it allows for consistent temperature accuracy.
And to check to see if your burner is on and working, the visible flame on a gas burner makes it easier to gauge.
The burners on electric stovetops, in contrast, are more often difficult to control precisely.
How Many Burners is Ideal For a Cooking Range?
The most common range is 36 inches and the standard range is 30 inches. But the 36-inch is more popular because it can accommodate more burners whereas a 30 inch can only hold four burners.
For home cooking, a standard four-burner stovetop is the norm and is ideal for quicker cleanup.
Usually, you won’t be using all four burners at the same time unless you’re hosting a gathering.
However, some double-oven dual fuel ranges have as many as six burners. And other models have five burners with a central oval for larger cookware.
Expect a standard model to have one burner that’s more powerful than the rest for quickly heating up food.
And some dual fuel ranges even have multiple high-intensity burners.
Others have a dedicated simmer burner for low-temperature cooking.
Understanding BTU's on a Gas Cooktop
There’s a unit you should know, which is a BTU.
BTU stands for “British Thermal Unit,” and is used to measure how much heat a burner or heating element can produce.
The best cooktops are capable of approaching 20,000 BTU for powerfully hot searing.
But the most popular output on a dual-range is 15,000 BTU. For low simmering, there’s often a 650 BTU simmer function, although more expensive ranges go even lower.
An 18,000 BTU and a 12,000 BTU are also found on ranges, although most models offer a maximum output of 20,000 BTUs.
However, if you’re looking at high-priced ranges or pro-style ranges, 20.000 BTUs isn’t the most powerful burner you can get.
There are other ranges in this class that top out at a higher BTU.
In general, the higher the BTU capacity of a gas burner, the hotter the burner can get.
Eight Considerations When Shopping for a Cooking Range
Here are some important things to think about when looking for the cooking range that's going to be perfect for your kitchen as well as your cooking needs.
What Size Should Your Kitchen Range Be?
You should make sure to choose your new range that has a size that will fit in your kitchen.
When installing a range, it should easily pop right in.
A range should never cause you to move or destroy your kitchen or have it renovated when you had no plans for it just because it does not fit.
A dual fuel range is available in 30" and 36" widths and can go lower for a compact kitchen or a one-room studio.
For double ovens, the widths come in at 48” and 60."
The standard size range that fits most kitchen spaces is 30 inches wide. But if you plan on remodeling anyway, we suggest the 36-inch model.
It’s the most popular model and it doesn’t take up that much space. Yet it’s large enough to fit at least five pots and pans with room to spare and has enough oven space to prep for a dinner party.
The easiest way to measure the right size for your new or replacement range in your kitchen is to measure your old range or the one you are giving up.
Depth and Height Are Also Important
The range should have the same depth and height as your cabinets. If you pull it off, you’ll get more of a custom, integrated look.
If you fail to measure the depth and height, the range will stick out or sit too low or far back.
Consider which of the Three Standard Models is Right For you
Knowing the three styles of models of kitchen ranges is going to be key to how it'll look in your kitchen. The real main models or styles are drop-in, slide-in, and freestanding.
Which Range Model Offers a Fully Integrated Look For Your Kitchen?
A drop-in range is dropped into a specific cabinet cut out with a cabinet or wood panel at the bottom instead of a storage or warming drawer.
The finished look is fully integrated, with the cabinetry essentially "hugging" the range from side and bottom.
This model works well with a range-integrated kitchen island as well as regular base cabinets.
Which Style Showcases the Whole Cooking Range?
A freestanding range can sit anywhere in your kitchen as the sides are finished and it doesn't require cabinet work.
You can either have it standing alone, or place it between your base cabinets. However, some people do not like the gaps that can be obvious from the sides.
Moreover, most model
How Does a Slide-In Range Look in the Kitchen?
Slide-in cooking ranges offer a compromise between the drop-in and the freestanding models.
It offers an integrated look by its sides seamlessly fitting with your base cabinets while including the extra storage of the bottom drawer.
Plus, it offers the same convenience of a drop-in--the controls are right on top near the front.
However, slide-in models tend to be more expensive than freestanding models.
|Drop-In Models||Fully-integrated look||Less Storage|
|Custom cabinetry required/difficult installation|
|Freestanding Models||Can stand alone or at the end of a row.||Gaps on the sides might not look as neat when placed between cabinets.|
|Easy installation||Controls are always facing front.|
|Slide-In Models||Seamless look with kitchen cabinets.||Can be more costly than freestanding|
|Controls are on the top front.||Like drop-ins must be placed between two cabinets.|
Reliability is Critical in a Kitchen Range
A dual fuel range may be the most expensive purchase you’ll ever make for your home. So you expect that it will work for years to come.
The best models last around 15 years.
The higher-priced a model is, the more it will continue to perform throughout the years as if it was brand new
That’s why a Wolf range, for example, lasts for a minimum of 20 years.
In that price point category, you’ll get even more assurance as the brand will offer extended warranties to cover parts and any malfunctions.
Range Features That Will Make Your Life Easier
When you start looking for a dual fuel range, always compare and contrast.
That’s because many have special features you may want.
And many also may have features you may not want either because you have no use for them or else because you are trying to keep your budget down.
Features may range from the essential to the frivolous.
|Controls||Easy-control knobs or Touch-button|
|Smart Technology||Wifi-enabled phone app, Sabbath-mode, delayed cooking|
|Cooking Options||Multiple oven function knob setting or touch programming|
|Burner type||Open Burners or Sealed Burners|
|Drawer||Warming Drawer and/or storage|
|Oven racks||Telescopic racks and/or solid racks, multiple positions|
|Cooktop grates||Cast iron|
How Your Range is Going to Look in Your Kitchen
The look of your dual fuel range matters.
The design of your range should blend in and match with the rest of your kitchen appliances and cabinets, as well as surfaces.
Many love a range made from stainless steel because most appliances come in that alloy.
But you don’t have to be so matchy-matchy or unified.
If you want something less ubiquitous, you still have options.
For example, the highly-coveted Lacanche range comes in 27 porcelain enamel colors and four trim options. High-end buyers love that because it makes their kitchen look bespoke.
And since looks matter, you should love to look at it from an aesthetics standpoint.
You Might Require Ventilation for Your Range
Since the output of a dual fuel range—as well as a gas range—is so high, you will need good ventilation.
It’s not required by law, but it will keep your open-concept living space from smelling like fish after making tuna tartare.
The most popular venting is installing a hood above the range that vents to the outdoors.
If there is no existing ductwork, you need that installed.
You can also install a microwave over your range that has a built-in ventilation mechanism underneath.
Or you can choose a dual fuel range that has a built-in downdraft ventilation to confine smoke and food odors to only the areas around your range.
Just like there are trophy dual fuel ranges, there are also trophy vent hoods. No longer a type of utilitarian function, the range hood has evolved from that thing on the wall to the most stylish piece in your kitchen.
Today, kitchen vent hoods are available in all shapes, sizes, and materials to enhance your surroundings, as well as match or contrast with your range.
Consider Types of Controls and Hookups
Different Types of Controls
In cheaper ranges—and by that, we mean less than $2,500—the controls are in the back or the rear, most times on a panel strip.
This means you have to lean over a pot of boiling water to adjust the stove’s temperature.
Controls are better in front of the range because they are easier to reach.
You’ll see that in all professional and high-cost models and sometimes in mid-price ones.
Even if the controls are large knobs in the front, you should still go to a showroom to check a model out to see if you are comfortable using the outputs.
Hookups and Power
A dual fuel range requires a gas line and an electrical outlet.
If your kitchen doesn’t have both of these connections, you will need to have them professionally installed.
Be sure to share the specs and power source requirements with your licensed electrician and plumber.
How Much Does a Dual Fuel Range Cost?
A dual fuel range can cost somewhere between $1,800 and $8,000 with pro-models going up to $11,000 and even more.
In general, a larger range will cost more. Despite the cost, and if you love cooking or entertaining, you’ll get five or more burners.
A dual fuel range with a double oven starts at around $3,000.
Add up the features you want as noted above and the price will skyrocket.
If you’re looking for a reason not to buy a dual fuel range, then it will probably be based on affordability.
But if you can afford it, and if powerful cooking functions, precision oven controls and phenomenal style are your top priorities, then purchasing one will definitely suit your needs and cooking style.