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How Much Does a Stove Cost

Several statistical trends and data have supported the controversial idea that ‘home cooking is slowly a dying practice.’ Reports like the 2013 study published in the Nutritional Journal estimates a sharp 16 to 30 percent drop in terms of all meals prepared at home at a national scale between 1965 and 2007. However, the idea of ordinary American families not having residential stoves (cooktops or ranges) in their own kitchen is still somewhat unthinkable.

Apart from particular individuals who cook for leisure, many Americans prepare their meals at home for a pursuit of a healthier lifestyle. In 2005, a study published in The Lancet (medical journal) about the effects of fast food consumption reveals its undeniable correlation to obesity and diabetes. The participants who ate fast food more than twice a week generally experienced higher insulin resistance in their blood and gained over 4.5 kg of body weight.

A solid argument can be made in favor of cooking at home regardless of whether or not it is their hobby. Interestingly, a visible percentage of culinary experts attribute the effects of well-prepared meals to the quality and performance of their stove. So what’s the first step to a successful home cooking lifestyle? It’s replacing old stoves with good ones.

Stove cost

Overall Cost Estimates

When it comes to the true value of a good stove, a smart consumer must keep in mind the balance between quality and cost. But how much does a stove cost? The answer to this question largely depends on what the customer is looking for. As it happens, the overall cost is not only limited to the retail price of the domestic device.

Among the things to consider for assessing a good investment include the price of gas stove installation, the ideal source of energy, and the overall cost of needed supplies for setting up the machine in the kitchen. One can calculate the overall budget based on these four factors. For a more detailed estimate, please check this table:

BudgetStove qualityStove price rangeLabor type / settingsLabor price rangeTools cost
Level 1Discount or Closeout $661 to $1,448Do-it-yourself
• No change position
• Minor re-position
• Major re-position
• FREE
• FREE
• FREE
$22
Level 2Basic - Contractor Grade$777 to $1,703Unlicensed Handyman
• No change in position
• Minor re-position
• Major re-position
• $94 to $156
• $105 to $181
• $141 to $243
$25
Level 3Competitive Product$1,241 to $2,719 Vendor Service Staff
• No change in position
• Minor re-position
• Major re-position
• $111 to $185
• $125 to $215
• $167 to $288
$40
Level 4Superior Quality$2,296 to $5,031Licensed & Bonded
• No change in position
• Minor re-position
• Major re-position
• $136 to $226
• $152 to $262
• $204 to $351
$74
Level 5Designer - Luxury Grade $3,228 to $7,073Sourced by Builder or Designer
• No change in position
• Minor re-position
• Major re-position
• $158 to $264
• $177 to $305
• $237 to $409
$104

Note: The gas stove installation cost may vary depending on the particular location. However, this article features the professional fees of handymen and contractors in Charleston (South Carolina) to portray calculable information.

All About the Gas

Just like an automobile, traditional stoves need gas for fuel. While strong arguments can be made for the electric-powered appliance in terms of style and user-friendliness, gas stoves still prove a superior choice when it comes to economical upkeep cost and energy reliability. After all, there are many electric stoves that are inoperable even when using generators. As featured in the previous table, consumers can save up to $400 or more if they assemble this kitchen unit by themselves. Family Handyman features a six-step guide on how to hook up a gas stove.

But apart from knowing how to hook up a gas stove, it also pays to know that one can choose between propane and natural gas for cooking fuel. Again, the core idea behind choosing among these two sources is to find out how much one will be spending for upkeep. One can also determine the value apart from its monetary definition (e.g. safety, environmental advantage, et al). For a more detailed analysis, please check the table below:

Comparison FactorsNatural GasPropane
Energy ContentDisadvantage (1,030 BTUs per cubic foot)Advantage (2,516 BTUs per cubic foot)
Maintenance CostAdvantage ($15 is equivalent to 11.2 gallons of propane)Disadvantage ($2.50 per gallon)
Upfront SpendingDisadvantage (additional fee for installation)Advantage (installation cost is negligible)
Flexibility / MobilityDisadvantage (fixed to the gas line)Advantage (tanks are portable)
Combustion SafetyAdvantage (0.5537 to 1 gas density)Disadvantage (1.5219 to 1 gas density)
Supply VolumeAdvantage (unlimited access)Disadvantage (supply relative to tank size)
Eco-friendlinessAdvantage (45% less carbon dioxide)Disadvantage (environmentally unsafe at -44 Fahrenheit)

Choosing the Right Stove

As discussed earlier, one can choose either gas or electricity as the source of energy for powering the stove’s burners. Knowing the pros and cons between the two is a crucial step in finding out what type of stove really appeals to the specific preference of the customer. There are up to 5 varieties of stove one can choose from. For a more detailed analysis, please check the table below:

Stove VarietyFuel SourceAdvantagesDisadvantages
Open BurnerGas• Excellent energy efficiency
• Easy temperature control
• Less expensive installation
• Difficult to clean
• Unsafe: hot surface and open fumes
• Burners are prone to permanent damage
Sealed BurnerGas• Visually appealing
• Easier to clean
• Relatively safe: less air exposure
• Lesser heat output
• Less efficient energy
• More expensive than open burners
InductionElectricity• Good energy efficiency
• Easier temperature control
• Safe: zero flames or fumes
• Highly expensive
• Requires magnetic cookware
• Short surface lifespan (durability)
Ceramic GlassElectricity• Safe: faster surface cool down
• Inexpensive purchase and setup
• Aesthetic and very easy to clean
• Prefers flat heavy cookware
• Slow temperature buildup
• Vulnerable surface material
Steel Coil BurnerElectricity• Fast temperature buildup
• Less expensive than other electric stoves
• Highly durable surface material
• Difficult to clean
• Unsafe: exposed flammable burners
• Prone to sparks and malfunctions

What to Look for in Ranges

Considering the question how much does a stove cost, it pays to acknowledge the fact that one can choose between a cooktop and a range. The easiest difference demarcating these two types of stoves is the size and additional features. For one thing, cooktops are smaller and their only purpose is to heat the bottom of the cookware. Ranges, on the other hand, combines a cooktop stove, an oven, and a broiler. Homeowners who are more inclined to multitask cooking and baking could use a good range.

As for the retail price, it is interesting to take note that the difference is not as stark as it ought to be. It may be expected for ranges to cost more than the average gas ($700 to $900) or electric ($500 to $1,000) cooktop. However, Consumer Reports noted that it is possible to pay lower than $1,000 for a decent combination of stove and oven. Spending around $2,000 can enable consumers to get their hands on excellent units with special user-friendly features. One can check out the following specs and their impressive (even life-saving) functions:

Control lockout

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) reports an estimated average of 358,300 residential fires every year from 2010 to 2014. Quite surprisingly, 46% of these occurrences stem from misuse of cooking equipment. In relation to this, there is nothing more hazardous to a resident than forgetting to switch off the burner. Control lockouts can rescue houses from ‘incendiary forgetfulness’ by cutting off the fuel supply powering the burner.

Timer automation

More on the issue of forgetfulness, multitasking also increases the chances of someone ruining their food long before it is served. Fortunately, the timer system allows a person to successfully prepare meals without looking at the minutes – getting away with (arguably) the most grievous taboo in any culinary task.

Bridge element

To a meticulous cook, the mismatched size and shape of a cookware bottom right under the fixed bridge burner can be a special source of irritation. But for those who have chosen the technologically-sharp electric stove, they can deal with this nuance by tweaking with the bridge element settings. This feature enables the stove to properly distribute heat under any odd-shaped cookware base.

Hot surface warning

Considering the previous table comparing all types of stove, safety (from burns) often lies in knowing whether or not burner has already cooled down. The one key advantage of some advanced ceramic glass stoves is that their burners light up (and continue to do so even after cooking) while it is hot. Take note: not all these types of stove have this sleek visual warning so it pays to mention this particular feature for future inquiry.

Oven Convection

While all ranges have ovens, not all of them have convection fans that fully circulate hot air in the interiors. Convections not only enable faster cooking time, it also allows a more balanced baking performance (no overcooked and undercooked areas).

Double Ovens

Two ovens are always better than one and for a number of good reasons. One of the most obvious advantages is the ability to double the volume of food being cooked at once. Grilling a turkey and baking a pumpkin pie at the same time makes this feature a huge seller among culinary enthusiasts.

Adjustable broil

If the range’s top burners have time adjustments, the same ought to be expected with its oven settings. Sophisticated ranges may have additional settings that configure the duration as well as the interior pressure prior to heating up the prepared meal.

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Luke Yancey -

I didn’t know it was so cheap to install a gas stove! My friend has one at his house and I was surprised at how fast it was able to heat food! I may even say that it is a better option than an electric stove.

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