The Ultimate Kitchen Dilemma: Range vs. Oven and Cooktop Combo in NYC Apartments

Perry Hiiman
December 13, 2023
The Ultimate Kitchen Dilemma: Range vs. Oven and Cooktop Combo in NYC Apartments

In the hustle and bustle of New York City life, where space is a premium commodity, choosing the right kitchen appliances becomes a critical decision. Among the many choices homeowners face, the debate between a range and an oven with a separate cooktop often takes center stage. In this blog post, we’ll explore the pros and cons of each option and help you make an informed decision that suits your NYC lifestyle.

The Range Advantage:

1.      Space Efficiency:

In smaller NYC apartments, every square inch matters. A range combines the oven and cooktop into a single unit, optimizing kitchen space without sacrificing functionality.

2.      Unified Design:

A range offers a seamless and cohesive design, giving your kitchen a streamlined and modern appearance. This can be particularly beneficial in open-concept living spaces where the kitchen is part of the larger entertainment area.

3.      Easy Installation:

Ranges are typically easier to install compared to separate ovens and cooktops. This is advantageous in apartments where renovations might be limited or where you want a quick and hassle-free setup.

The Oven and Cooktop Combo Advantage:

1.      Customization:

Opting for a separate oven and cooktop allows you to customize your kitchen layout. This can be especially advantageous in NYC apartments where kitchen spaces come in various shapes and sizes. You can place the oven at eye level for easy access, and the cooktop can be installed on an island or countertop to suit your workflow.

2.      Flexibility:

Separate units provide more flexibility in terms of brand and model choices. If you have specific preferences for an oven with advanced features or a high-powered cooktop, you can mix and match to create your ideal kitchen setup.

3.      Upgradability:

Upgrading your kitchen appliances over time becomes more straightforward with a separate oven and cooktop. If a new technology or design trend emerges, you can replace one unit without the need for a complete overhaul.

Considerations for NYC Living:

1.      Size Matters:

Before making a decision, carefully measure your kitchen space. If you have a compact kitchen, a range might be the more practical option. However, if you have ample space and desire a customized layout, an oven and cooktop combo could be a better fit.

2.      Ventilation:

In NYC apartments, ventilation can be a challenge. Consider the ventilation options for both ranges and cooktops to ensure your kitchen stays fresh and odor-free.

3.      Resale Value:

Keep in mind the potential impact on resale value. A sleek and modern range might appeal to a broader audience, while a customized oven and cooktop combo could attract buyers with specific preferences.


Choosing between a range and an oven with a separate cooktop ultimately depends on your specific needs, kitchen space, and personal preferences. Consider the advantages of each option in the context of your NYC lifestyle, and consult with experts at New York Kitchen and Bath (NYKB) to find the perfect solution for your home. Whether you prioritize space efficiency or customization, NYKB will help you select over a wide range of kitchen appliances to suit the unique demands of city living.

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Perry Hiiman

Perry Hiiman was born and raised in Tel Aviv, Israel. He planted his roots in Manhattan, New York in 1992. A few years later, Perry met his wife and had three lovely daughters. Perry has always been excited about home improvement and design. He has been in the service industry for over 25 years. Perry and his partner founded New York Kitchen and Bath in 2001. They pioneered the One Stop Shop concept of home improvement and design firms. In addition, Perry is a New York State licensed contractor, OSHA certified, and a New York State licensed mold assessor. He specializes in custom design and is genuinely passionate about what he does—bringing people’s dream projects to life.

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