A range is the anchor of the kitchen, especially during the baking and roasting frenzy of the holidays. “This is the busiest time of the year for using your range, as well as replacing and upgrading it,” says Melanie Cook, a manager at General Electric Appliances.
If you’re in the market for one, educate yourself. The passion for industrial-style, stainless-steel ranges continues. Popular options include induction technology that heats faster by the power of a magnetic field, convection baking and double ovens, which offer flexibility to cook a ham and a pie at the same time. According to Sharon Franke of the Good Housekeeping Research Institute, “If you haven’t bought a range in 20 years, you’re in for a bit of a surprise.”