Buying a New Oven? A Price Range

During this week of Kitchen & Bath Month we've been talking ovens! Now let's get down to brass tacks: If you need (or want) to buy a new oven, there is a range of prices for this major kitchen purchase. Just like any other major kitchen appliance, you can go high, or go low. Here's a look at what's available at both ends of the price spectrum.

We took a look through offerings at Sears, just to have one price base to compare things. Here's a look at a few ovens from the top of the line, and the bottom. We also looked at full, stand-alone models with stovetop included, and wall models.

TOP ROW - Freestanding cooktop & oven models
1. Kenmore PRO Red 36 in. Dual Fuel Freestanding Range - $5040. The very top freestanding range/oven combos come with an electric oven and gas range — a dual fuel setup that is great for getting the best of both the gas range and electric oven. This is a gorgeous unit, with a price tag to match.

2. KitchenAid Stainless Steel 30 in. Dual Fuel Pro-Style® Range - $3879. KitchenAid gets good reviews and high marks in the high-end oven/range department. This is another dual fuel unit, but a little narrower (6 inches) than the one above, and much less expensive.

3. Kenmore Elite Stainless Steel 30 in. Freestanding Gas Range - $1495. Moving down the price range considerably, this Kenmore model offers a gas range and a gas oven. But the convection feature promises to keep a steady heat. There is also a warming drawer, which looks convenient!

4. Frigidaire Silver Mist 30 in. Electric Freestanding Range - $477. One of the cheapest stainless-steel range we saw at Sears. All electric.

5. Estate White 30 in. Gas Freestanding Range - $350. Super-budget! A simple gas stove and oven, with no frills.

BOTTOM ROW - Wall oven models
6. KitchenAid Stainless Steel Architect® Series 36 in. Single Wall Oven w/ True Convection - $3510. Fancy! Extra-wide oven, with convection and a serious price tag.

7. Maytag Stainless Steel w/Black 24 in. Gas Single Standard Clean Wall Oven with Electronic Controls - $945. A single upper oven with a lower broiler compartment. A 24" oven is definitely smaller than your standard 30" freestanding stove, but this one is still large enough to bake full sheet pans.

8. Kenmore Stainless Steel 24 in. Self-Cleaning Wall Oven - $840. Another somewhat expensive 24" model.

9. GE Appliances Black 30 in. Built-In Wall Oven - $756. The least expensive full 30-inch model we could find.

10. White 24 in. Manual Clean Wall Oven - $520. A simple budget option.

Have you ever bought a new oven — either under-stove or in-wall? What were your major price considerations? What was important to you?

Related: What Is a Convection Oven, and How Does It Work?

(Images: Oven manufacturers)

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Faith is the executive editor of The Kitchn and the author of three cookbooks. They include Bakeless Sweets (Spring 2013) as well as The Kitchn's first cookbook, which will be published in Fall 2014. She lives in Columbus, Ohio with her husband Mike.