A range can form the centrepiece of your kitchen. When you’re looking to remodel, it might also be a good time to update or upgrade the old machine. Of course, this adds an interesting new pickle to the situation. How do you pick a new range to replace the old one?

Here are the things you need to keep in mind. In the end, there are three primary considerations, along with many smaller ones.

The primary concern is cost. How much can you afford to spend on your range?

Given that you’re spending money on the renovation already, you may not have a big budget to throw at this cooktop. The particular model you choose is going to affect the price. For example, an entry-level electric coil range will not eat as much of your money as a stainless, dual-fuel one that self-cleans.

Measure the space of your kitchen. Do you have enough space for the new range? While there are standard widths around, you’ll want to have exact measurements on hand anyway. You might have a kitchen that’s slightly smaller than average, and that difference can be a huge deal.

Consider the fuel type.

Some people want gas-powered ranges because that’s what is hooked up in their kitchen. Others are looking for electric because they don’t have a reliable gas line or don’t have an existing one. Dual-fuel is a choice for some, providing the precision of gas and consistency of electric – and the price of both.

Do you want it manual or self-clean?

If you choose manual, you’ll probably need to shell out money annually for a full cleaning. Depending on your budget now and your future projections, that may or may not be an investment you want to make.

Remember that the cheaper the range, the harder they are to clean. Electric coil burners, in particular, can be very difficult to clean, even for professionals. Buying something that’s a little pricier but easier to clean could spare you financial headaches later on. Go for something smooth and ceramic.

Finally, consider how much power you want the range to have.

Power and precision go hand in hand for range burners. The higher the price, the more of both you have on your machine. Depending on the model, the layout may vary. A mid-range design has five burners, with the fifth usually being a low warm-and-hold design between the two main ones.