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Tips for Purchasing Stoves

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by Eva Martinez
(Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA)

For those who are setting out to purchase stoves, kitchen appliances and other items for the kitchen, it’s important to take the time to understand a few things about what to look for before settling into making a purchase.

After all, stoves can be quite expensive, and no one can afford to spend a great deal of money on an item that they’ll inevitably be unhappy with. So long as you take the following tips into consideration, however, you can set out to find the stove that is right for you.

The first thing you’ll want to consider is whether you’d prefer a gas or electric stove. Each option comes along with its own set of pros and cons, with gas stoves tending to be easier to control than electric ranges, yet also more expensive to operate and maintain.

For those who grew up using an electric range, it’s best to stick with this option, as making the switch to gas isn’t always as easy as many people think.

Second, you should determine whether you want a stove that is free-standing or one that will be installed in/against the wall itself. Freestanding stoves tend to be less expensive than the alternative, although they are also usually a bit less secure. Many people purchase freestanding stoves when they already live in the homethat they’re installing appliances in, while those who are currently building their home tend to take the other option.

Finally, you should be sure to take your budget into consideration in order to avoid spending more than you can afford to. Always read online reviews of different stoves to get a good idea as to which offer the best quality in their price range, which will help you to get the most bang for your buck.

Updated: August 17, 2013 — 4:03 pm

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