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Cooktop Vs. Range: Differences Explained

When choosing between ranges and cooktops, many factors should be considered. Our guide is designed to help you get started.

The Difference Between Ranges and Cooktops

Choosing the right appliances will help you start your kitchen renovation. There are a lot of options for cooking appliances, and a question homeowners often ask is: “What’s the difference between a range or cooktop, and what should I consider when deciding between the two?"

It's essential to consider the differences between each before selecting one.

You can use this article to learn the specific advantages and differences of these appliances to determine what is best for you.

Ranges - What Are They?

A stainless steel Maytag range A stainless steel Maytag range

A range or an oven includes a stovetop or cooktop and an oven that are combined into one. Ranges typically fit snugly between cabinets, but some offer finished sides enabling you to expose the sides if that works best in your kitchen design. Ranges are available in a variety of sizes, configurations, and fuel types.

Cooktops - What Are They?

A Maytag stainless steel cooktop A Maytag stainless steel cooktop

Cooktops are installed on the countertop and paired with a separate oven. Cooktops are also available in a range of sizes, configurations, and fuel types.

How Can I Tell Which Is The Best For My Size Kitchen?

The range is sometimes preferred over a wall oven and cooktop combination when cabinets and wall space are limited. If you would prefer built-in appliances, wall ovens and cooktops can still work in smaller spaces as many manufacturers offer appliances that are 24” in width designed specifically for small spaces.

Ranges are available in 24, 30, 36, and 48 inch options. They are typically 30 inches wide which means they typically fit into existing cabinet openings, making them a practical choice for many kitchens.

A Maytag stainless steel range surrounded by white cupboards A Maytag stainless steel range surrounded by white cupboards

Single wall ovens require about the same amount of space as a 30" range, whereas the double or combination wall ovens take up more vertical cabinet space.

Maytag single wall oven
Maytag wall oven
Maytag double wall oven

There is space under the cooktop that can be used for storage. Some brands of wall ovens can be installed directly underneath a cooktop. Always check the installation instructions before purchasing your appliances to be sure.

A Maytag cooktop A Maytag cooktop

Do I Need One or Two Ovens?

If you've been questioning, "Do I need one or two ovens?". The answer is: a lot depends on how you cook.

Think about these factors when deciding:

  • Is my kitchen large enough to accommodate 2 ovens?
  • Am I finding that one oven sometimes doesn’t provide enough capacity?
  • Do I often cook multiple dishes at once?

Those who love ranges will find that some brands offer double oven models. However, if you need two full-sized ovens, a wall oven may be a better choice for you than a range since the second oven in the range is usually smaller than a regular full size oven.

A Maytag double oven A Maytag double oven

Which One Is Best suited to My Cooking Habits?

Consider your individual cooking habits when choosing between a range and cooktop and wall oven combination.

Before you decide, consider the following:

  • You should consider the distance between the cooktop and the oven when prepping food on the stovetop and cooking it in the oven.
  • How important is flexibility in burner configurations to you? Cooktops can offer more options for style, size, and features.
  • A range oven can make lifting heavy pots difficult, so a wall oven may be a better ergonomic option, as you can install them at the height that works for you.
  • Is cooking something you spend a lot of time doing? The benefits of cooking solo are that solo cooks don't have to compete for appliances. When you have two or more chefs in your kitchen, it's wise to design your workspaces, so you don't get in each other's way. It is possible to have separate cooking and baking zones with a cooktop and wall oven.


We have summarized the benefits of range vs cooktop for your convenience.

Benefits of Ranges:

  • Standard ranges are often more affordable.
  • A standard range will usually fit into an existing cut out.
  • Small kitchens can benefit from space-saving solutions.
  • Easy to install.

Benefits of Cooktop/Wall Oven Combos:

  • You can choose from single, double, or combination wall ovens.
  • The efficiency of working with multiple chefs can be improved.
  • A cooktop/wall oven is ergonomically ideal. When installed at waist level, you will not have to bend down to handle cookware.
  • Separate cooking and baking zones provide adaptability to kitchen configurations.
  • You can choose from different oven and stovetop styles and types of fuel.

Get Started

Now that you have a stronger understanding of cooktops and ranges, you might be interested in purchasing one of these appliances for your home. Explore the Maytag collection of Wall Ovens, Cooktops, and Ranges.

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