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Is a Professional Range Top Ideal for Your Kitchen?

A gourmet chef’s kitchen is at the top of almost every new home buyer’s search list. Those of us who are already in our ideal residence have begun rethinking the idea of remodeling our kitchen. For many, a simple paint job and swap of tile isn’t enough to capture the vision in their head. That’s when brand new appliances start to come into question.

A professional grade range is like a dream come true. Not only is it capable of meeting your needs, it’s a true beauty. Still, you’ll need to think about whether or not the high-firepower of a professional stove is really the way you want to go.

The Good Side

You’ll be simmering and searing within seconds. Professional ranges multiply the normal BTUs of an average residential stove. The heavy duty design comes with a standard 20+ years of expected use. They are available in a variety of standard sizes, making it easy to match up with your kitchen remodel design. These gorgeous appliances are made from high quality stainless steel ranging from 24-60 inches in width.

The Bad Side

You’ll need to upgrade the size of your duct in order to accommodate a professional range. Jumping from the standard 7 inches, now you’ll need a 10-inch high power hood to handle the heat. These monstrosities can tip scales at more than 900 lbs. Your contractor will have to reinforce your floors to avoid damage. Speaking of service its size, it’s possible for it to extend over 4 inches beyond the usual depth of your counter. That’s something for your contractor to consider as well.

You’ll shell out $5,000-$10,000 to purchase a new professional range. It also costs more to have someone come out and maintenance them. Parts carry a hefty price tag as well.

If your budget can handle the hit and your kitchen has the space to accommodate it, then a professional range may be one of the best design decisions you’ve made.

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