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Whats the Difference between slide-in and free standing in kitchen stoves?

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March 25, 2011 8:58PM

slide-in the top sides sits on top of the counter and has no legs,free standing has legs on it

Oops, a slide-in range does have legs. The main difference is that the top of the range (deck) overhangs the sides and rests directly on the adjacent countertop. The tricky part is that the legs have to be adjusted so that the deck rests VERY lightly on the countertop. It takes a lot of trial and error to get it just right. A slide-in has a much more "finished" look to it. It looks like it is built-in but it's really not. The slide-in is also more expensive. It really shouldn't be because it doesn't have sides and is usually smaller than a freestanding. You are paying for the "built-in" look; which really is nicer in my opinion.

Correction here: a slide-in range does not rest on the countertop. That is a drop-in range. A slide-in is just like a free-standing with side panels and legs except that the control panel is on the front of the unit. The cooktop is flush with the countertop with no stand-up control panel at the back of the unit.