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Old 01-04-2011, 11:58 PM   #1
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Drop in range versus self standing for narrow area


A couple of questions:

Why are drop-in ranges more expensive than free-standing ranges, when it seems as if it would be the other way around because the sides are not finished?

I am told that a drop-in range might be the only kind narrow enough to fit the cut-out area in my new house. I just found out the hard way that a standard 30 inch free-standing range, which is actually slightly less than 30 inches wide, will not fit the space. I'm going to return it to the retailer. Meanwhile, I've been comparing the specs I find online and have yet to find anything, including a drop in range, that is significantly narrower than the one I ordered.

I know there used to be a range in this kitchen, because I first saw the house before the appliances were sold. I just have no idea how to go about finding one to fit. The cutout area is almost exactly thirty inches wide, slightly narrower at the top because the granite countertops overlap the cabinets by a small amount.

The space was obviously intended to accommodate a 30 inch range, not the 24 inch apartment range. My neighbor's home was purchased from the same builder and has the many of the same finishes, although her kitchen is configured differently. Her range is a dropin, so the top of it seems to rest on top of the countertop a bit like a dropin sink. I could look for one like hers, but I don't want to order another range based on a rough measurement of the 30 inch cutout and wind up having to pay a return and restocking fee. AGAIN.

If I shop for a dropin range, where and how should I be measuring the space I have to accommodate what is listed as the 'cutout' width? Why do the specs for dropin ranges show TWO different measurements for width?

Okay, make it three questions:

Can a range be hooked up by an amateur? I thought it could just be plugged into the appropriate outlet like a refrigerator, but now I learn that the 4-prong cord comes separately and has to be connected to the stove.

In summary: HEEEEEELP

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There are two measurements that matter. The space between the cabinets, and the size of the cutout in the countertop. If you have 30" between the cabinets, a slide in should fit. The opening may not be parallel...something you have to check.

The opening for the top (on a drop in) should be approximately 1/4" - 3/8" smaller than the outer rim of the cooktop. The corners matter. If it was a new installation, the template for the cooktop would have a certain radius for the corners. If the cutout is existing from a previoius installation the corners could be a different radius, and either may need to be cut to fit, or could be too large and not covering the hole.

Your electrical cord is likely for 220V and there should be a schematic showing what colors go on which connections.





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Thanks, Cabinetman.
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sbrink, I have what you refer to a "slide in range" where the top flange sits on the counter top, and it still requires a 30-1/4" opening.

It would be helpful if you measured the opening width and depth and include this in a post. Sounds a bit peculiar as I would think that these dimensions would be standard.

If you don't want to bring the range back, you could always recut the counter top, if there isn't a cabinet in the way.

Any of the big box stores will carry the plug and the connection to the stove is not to difficult, you'll need a screw driver and a nut driver.
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Thanks, I am returning the stand-alone range and looking at slide-ins like yours. Since my countertop is granite, shaving the edges looks to be a pretty expensive proposition.

Unfortunately, the slide-in ranges are a lot more expensive than the stand-alone ranges and i'm not sure why that should be the case. With the same features and in the same brands, the starting price for a slide-in is typically a couple hundred dollars more than for a stand-alone range.

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What is the openning size on your counter?

With a slide in you will need, I believe like, 3" to 4" behind the unit for the rear flange to sit on, do you have this?

Like I said, the "Slide-in" needs 30-1/4"
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Thanks, I am returning the stand-alone range and looking at slide-ins like yours. Since my countertop is granite, shaving the edges looks to be a pretty expensive proposition.

Unfortunately, the slide-in ranges are a lot more expensive than the stand-alone ranges and i'm not sure why that should be the case. With the same features and in the same brands, the starting price for a slide-in is typically a couple hundred dollars more than for a stand-alone range.

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You need to bring the exact maeasurements, side to side and front to back of both the counter and the cabinets, to an appliance store and they will find you the correct appliance for your situation.
I'd bring a picture of the set up you have so they can look at it and determine if any modification can be done.
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