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Can you replace a slide-in range with a freestanding range in the same location?

Danny Nguyen  |  October 24, 2017  |  3 Min. Read

Slide-In Ranges  |  Freestanding Ranges  |  Cooking

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Changing a freestanding range with a backsplash to a slide-in or a range without a backsplash can tremendously improve the look of your kitchen. The slide-in range will not obstruct your view of your backsplash.

So your kitchen may transform from this:

To this:

That said, you can replace a slide-in range with a freestanding range in the same location. However, to change a slide-in range to a freestanding range is not as straightforward as it seems. In this article, we will insure you take all the right steps to prevent any surprise costs.

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Slide-In Ranges vs. Freestanding Ranges

 
 
 
 
 
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A Traditional Slide-In Range

There are two types of slide-in ranges - a traditional slide-in and a freestanding (hybrid) front control range. Unfortunately, they look pretty similar, so be careful before you buy one. 

A traditional slide-in range has a width of 31 inches. The overhanging lip rests on the countertop which prevents food dropping to the sides. The slide-in range style leaves a gap in the back, which is usually filled with a 1-2-inch countertop strip (or filler) to complete the custom look.

Most stove fillers are sold separately, but some are offered as complementary with your purchase of the stove. The stove must be raised before sliding the stove in.

In some cases, the filler is made from a countertop material such as granite, quartz, or corian. A professional may be needed to cut and remove the material. Keep in mind, a quote is needed before hiring any professional.

Freestanding (Hybrid) Front Control Range 

Whirlpool, who owns Jenn-Air and KitchenAid, and General Electric (GE) created freestanding front control ranges. These ranges are exactly 30 inches in width with a full body depth.

This doesn’t require any backfiller, nor any countertop filler. There is no overhanging lip to the edge. This is by the far the easier replacement to a freestanding stove because it matches the measurement completely.

There is no need for extra installation here. A cord needs to be plugged into an outlet, or a plumber needs to connect the gas line, and a quick adjustment needs to be made on the legs to fit the countertop. Then you’re ready to use the stove.

Traditional Slide-In Range

Front Control

Freestanding Range

Samsung NX58H9950WS - $1,699 

KitchenAid KSGG700ESS -$1,699 

Features:

  • 5 Sealed Burners
  • 8 cu. ft. True Convection Oven
  • 19,000 BTU True Dual Power Burner
  • Gliding Rack
  • Reversible Griddle/Grill
  • Temperature Probe
  • Sabbath Mode
  • Star-K Certified
  • Warming Drawer
  • Self-Cleaning Mode

Features:

  • Even-Heat (TM) True Convection
  • Steam Rack
  • 8 Cu Ft. Oven Capacity
  • 5 Burners (5k, 8k, 9.2k, 15k, and 17k)
  • EasyConvect(TM) Conversion
  • FIT Guarantee
  • Aqualift(R)
  • Storage Drawer
  • Glass Touch Controls
  • Continuous Interlocking Grates
  • Side Trim Accessory Kit

Here is What You Do

Buy the front control freestanding range. It is designed to fit in the place of a freestanding without any cabinet modification.

However, buy the slide-in for new construction or if you can modify the cabinets. It will prevent spills from dripping into the seam between the cabinet and range.

Remember they look the same, so measure the cooktop surface in the store. 31 inches is a slide-in range while a front control freestanding range is 30 inches.

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Danny Nguyen

Danny Nguyen is an Appliance Sales Consultant at Yale Appliance + Lighting. Danny has completed 2 half marathons and enjoys spending time travelling and snowboarding.

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