Slide-in vs. freestanding range

mdispensaMarch 24, 2012

Does anyone have any feedback on slide-in vs free-standing ranges.

I have room for a standard 30" range and on the left side there is only a 12" base between the fridge and the stove. Slide-ins seem to be a lot more expensive as compared to a comparable standard range. I appreciate any input.

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It's mainly a question of budget and looks....both will get the job done. I think the slide-ins give a more custom look to the space, but they also require a filler piece of some sort in the back, usually the same material as the counter.

    Bookmark   March 24, 2012 at 11:53PM
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are they more difficult to clean?

    Bookmark   March 24, 2012 at 11:54PM
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I ended up going with a free standing range. I looked at both for a few months giving myself a headache. I really wanted a slide in because of how they look. I found that I could get a lot more features on the free standing range and still save a few hundred. There is a filler piece you can buy if you already have counters. The extra piece to fill the gap was kind of expensive. I believe Sears wanted something like 50 dollars!

    Bookmark   March 25, 2012 at 12:14AM
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with a wall behind, I'd get a regular free standing unit-what are you doing above? exhaust fan or microwave with vent? these items will complete your look,so don't feel it's a downgrade to have a free standing unit....but don't go entry level model either.the fans with nite lites with hi/low settings can be a great thing for evenings-just needing a small illumination-and show off your backsplash.

    Bookmark   March 25, 2012 at 10:07AM
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Thanks. I can't vent to the outside, so I'm going to put a microwave with a circulating fan. I don't want to go low end but I don't see a reason to spend $1600 on a range. Seems like free standing can still look good. If anyone has any suggestions in the $1000 range, let me know.

Here is a link that might be useful: kitchen view

    Bookmark   March 25, 2012 at 10:33AM
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IMHO, slide in ranges give a more custom look. You don't mention if you need gas or electric. Stainless steel, black or white? Lots of slide in options in your price range at AJ Madison.

The frigidaire gets almost 5 stars from 10 reviews. Frigidaire Gallery FGES3045K

Another Frigidaire gets solid 4 stars with 8 reviews. Frigidaire FFGS3025L

Link below to the search I used.

I have an electric slide in range at my vacation condo which replaced a freestanding unit. It looks more built in than the previous range did. The filler strip was about $60. It is no harder to clean than the previous range - both glass top.

Good luck with your search.

Here is a link that might be useful: AJ Madison SLide In Range Search

    Bookmark   March 25, 2012 at 12:27PM
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Also check out My GE Profile SS slide in gas range was $1387...$600 less than local stores. Great service, everything arrived on time and was packed problems. Also got OTR MW and DW from them.

    Bookmark   March 25, 2012 at 2:32PM
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Just wanted to add a bit about slide-ins. The GE I just purchased goes back flush against the wall, so no filler or countertop piece is needed behind it. Also, great deals at

    Bookmark   March 25, 2012 at 8:42PM
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This Thursday my countertops and GE slide in will be installed. This GE too, as rocketmomkd's, is a slide in (induction). Its vent out the back and slightly deeper depth is making it function like a freestanding. This means no back bar - just pushed up against the pony wall in order to avoid excessive protruding.

I would have still purchased this oven but I wish I would have searched on the appliance forum first so I could have had a heads up. Didn't learn till template day that we needed to adjust / be flexible with how we will finish it off. We'll see in a few days.

    Bookmark   March 25, 2012 at 10:26PM
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Anna- I'm looking forward to seeing pics of how your slide in fits with the counters. I've heard there are sometimes adjustments to be made. But, as you, I love my range and I would still have chosen it. I had to have a slide in since it's on a 42" pony wall. But mine doesn't have a back vent. It will have an island mount hood.

    Bookmark   March 26, 2012 at 7:29AM
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I bought a Kenmore in January on sale, so after delivery and install it was $1000. I am very happy with it, even though it is not a pro range. I love that it's power burners are actually power burners. The downfall is that the broiler is not great.
I would have loved to get a Kenmore Elite. If you wait for a sale, I think you could get one for around $1200.

Here is a link that might be useful: Kenmore 72903

    Bookmark   March 26, 2012 at 9:10AM
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I bought a Frigidaire gallery stove. I really love it. My favorite feature is the bottom rack attaches to the door so every time you open the door, the bottom rack slides out at the same time. It has a confection type setting and over all I am pleased with its performance. The drawback is that although Frigidaire has awesome stoves, the rest of the appliances are subpar. So if you are looking to match your SS well (assuming you are going with SS) frigidaire is hard to match other brands. Their SS is slightly darker due to the non fingerprint finish. Also their handles are made differently than other brands. It is a bow type handle but has a slight strip of shininess that almost looks like chrome in direct lighting. I have owned many Frigidaire appliances and did not realize their dishwashers and fridges get lots of complaints for failure. In a way I wish I would have researched this better because now I am in the need of a dishwasher and fridge. I have looked at many appliances and most don't seem to come close in SS finish.

    Bookmark   March 27, 2012 at 8:08AM
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Yes, rocketmomkd, I'll post a picture, probably in a new thread to not hijack this one. But I will have an island hood too. We'll see...just hours away now.

    Bookmark   March 27, 2012 at 9:56AM
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Thanks for the feedback. I should mention that the range will be gas and SS. I think I'll go with free standing with an over the range MW. Most showrooms had very few slide ins that I could actually look at.
My top pick is the LG LRG3093St, even though I'm not a fan of the 5th burner.

    Bookmark   April 6, 2012 at 12:02AM
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