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How to Shop for Freestanding Ranges with Front Controls

by Waverly Wilde

So, you want a freestanding range with front controls – but where do you start? With COVID-19 making trips to the store a less frequent event, you may be wondering if you should look in person or online. At Grand Appliance and TV, we sell all kinds of ranges, so our appliance experts have the knowledge and experience to assist you on this journey – no matter if you’re walking through our doors or perusing our website.

From the basics of what a free-standing range is to a few of our favorite product models, we’re giving you all the deets so when you’re ready to start shopping for a freestanding range with front controls, you’ll know exactly what to get and how to get it. 

What is a Freestanding Range? 

There are slide-in and freestanding ranges, but the most commonly used of the two cooking appliances is the freestanding. The cooktop and oven combo is made to be placed anywhere you need in your kitchen and does not require cabinetry work since the sides are already finished. Because of this feature, your range can stand alone in your kitchen or be placed in between cabinets – the option is yours! 

What’s So Great About Front Controls? 

Most freestanding ranges have backguards, A.K.A: The console that sticks out of the back of the range that houses all the non-burner controls. This piece helps block your wall from getting hit with spills and spatters – which surprisingly happens often – and keeps it clean from food marks. 

Well, when your freestanding range has front controls, there isn’t necessarily a need for a backguard. This means that your range has even more placement options than before. If you want to slide it into your kitchen island, there won’t be a panel popping out, giving your kitchen a seamless look. 

Our Favorites 

If you’ve been thinking about getting a freestanding range with front controls but haven’t decided on which one, we’ve gathered a few of our favorite features from some that might help you make a decision.

Double the Fun – One oven is really never enough if you have a big appetite for making delicious meals and sharing your treats with the whole family. Luckily, this KitchenAid slide-in gas range with separate baking compartment (Model# KSGB900ESS) will give you the opportunity to makes as much food as you want – all at the same time! If you feel like baking a batch of cookies while cooking up a casserole, there’s nothing stopping you, so go for it! 

Flexible with Fire – If you could use a little more control in your life, this Frigidaire freestanding gas range with a flexible five burner cooktop and top controls (Model# FFGH3054US) has an extra fire source to give you just the precision you’ve been looking for when cooking. You can boil water faster than your regular stove while letting another pot simmer all your delicate foods and sauces. 

Perform Like a Pro – A conventional oven can only go so far, but when you have a professional style in your kitchen, there is nothing you can't cook. With this Café freestanding range with front controls (Model# CGS700P2MS1), you’ll get six versatile burners in a traditional 30-inch cooking surface whereas most comparable models only have four or five. With its edge-to-edge cooking surface design there's still room to cook on all burners. It also has a removable griddle that is wider than most thanks again to the edge-to-edge design. 

How to Shop for a Freestanding Range

This year has been a strange one as far as shopping goes. You may be asking yourself, “Do I go to the store? Do I order online? Do I call and talk with someone about making a purchase?” At Grand you can do all of the above! But if you’re choosing to shop online, we have a few helpful tips for you while visiting our website: 

  1. Use the search bar at the top to type in “freestanding range” which will take you to our catalog  which is sorted by most popular. 
  2. On the left you’ll see a Filters panel which can help narrow down your search by brand, price, fuel type, color, and so much more. 
  3. You can also click directly on our appliances catalog page which will take you to a more specified list of appliances to help narrow down your search. 
  4. If you have questions, click the little chat icon in the bottom right-hand corner of your monitor or other device to speak with someone from the sales team. 

Freestanding ranges with front controls are perfect for any kitchen so if you’re in the market for one, you’ve come to the right place! And if you still have questions regarding ranges of any kind, our team at Grand is happy to answer them. Give us a call to contact our store or just stop in to visit the nearest location to you. We’re excited to help you find the best freestanding range with front controls for your home, in whatever way you need!