DCS Range Buying GuideWhat to look for when purchasing a new DCS range
DCS Ranges are the premier residential cooking appliance on the market today. Unlike other indoor ranges, DCS started as a commercial company, supplying indoor ranges and other kitchen appliances for some of the top restaurants. When DCS decided to tackle the residential market, they continued to use that same technology but added better insulation to meet stringent residential appliance guidelines.
DCS ranges are a combination cooktop and oven in one convenient unit. When asked about the most important features for any cooking appliance, professional chefs named the ability to get and maintain high heat and low heat as well as ease of cleanup as their top three requirements. DCS ranges accomplish all three with their gas and dual fuel ranges - offering great features such as Dual-Flow burners which provide the widest heat range available along with sealed burners and self cleaning technology.
Sizing Your Range
When purchasing a new DCS range most people will go with the same size of range they already own, which is usually the industry standard 30 inches. DCS Ranges are also available in 36 inch and 48 inch models which offer a wider range of cooktop features and configurations as well as larger and even double ovens for the ultimate cooking experience:
- Available Space - Measure the available space where you will want the range to go. Make sure to get the dimensions for the Height, Width and Depth.
- Oven Size - One aspect of the indoor range that many don't consider is the actual size of the oven unit. Depending on the size of your family, you will want to have enough room to cook adequate meals, especially as the holidays come around.
- Overhead Cabinets - Overhead cabinetry should be taken into account when purchasing a new DCS range. You will want to ensure there is enough space to protect cabinetry from burner heat.
- Ventilation - Another consideration you need to take into account when purchasing a range is the type of ventilation you will use. DCS ranges require and overhead hood. If this is the case, you will need to plan for the vent hood's installation as well.
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Another option to consider when purchasing a kitchen range is combining a wall oven and cooktop instead of the traditional all-in-one range unit. Many homeowners like the wall oven/cooktop combination because it allows for more freedom with the installation and can provide a much cleaner, modern look for your home. It is important to remember, however, that installing the wall oven/cooktop combination will require more carpentry and possibly plumbing skill than traditional freestanding or slide in ranges.
When you purchase an indoor range, you are essentially purchasing two appliances in one unit which include the burners on top of the unit and the oven below. The type of range you buy will depend mostly on the available fuel sources in your home. DCS ranges are available as both gas and dual fuel models. Both gas and dual fuel DCS ranges are available with natural gas and propane connections so be sure to know which type of fuel source you will be using before purchasing a new range.
- Gas Ranges - While electric range burners allow you to maintain lower levels of heat, gas burners provide more more precise temperature control, letting you adjust your cooking temperature almost instantly. While gas ranges can be more expensive initially, gas is less expensive than electricity, which can make the purchase of a gas range a better investment in the long run. Indoor gas ranges are available with to fuel options: natural gas and propane.
- Dual Fuel Ranges - DCS dual fuel ranges combines the best that gas and electric cooking appliances have to offer. With the accuracy of gas cooktops and even heating only an electric oven can provide, DCS dual fuel ranges are available for propane and natural gas connections but you must also have access to an electrical outlet for the oven.
BTUs Vs Temperature
Unlike electric rangetops, where the power is measured in an industry-standard watts, gas rangetops are often measure in either BTUs(British Thermal Units/hour) and temperature interchangeably. Both measurements provide an assessment of the rangetops performance but can be confusing for consumers.
Basically, a BTU is the amount of heat required to raise the temperature of one pound of liquid from 60 degrees Fahrenheit to 61 degrees Fahrenheit when the atmospheric pressure is constant. If all burners were the exact shape and size, BTUs would be an accurate measurement of the burners performance. There are several other factors, however, that contribute to a rangetop burners performance, including the size of burner and the distance from the burner to the cooking vessel. This means that depending on the burner configuration, a 1200 BTU burner can achieve a lower cooking temperature than an 800 BTU or even 300 BTU burner.
Depending on the design of your kitchen, there are a few different styles of indoor ranges available. Normally, people will choose a range that is the same style as their current model unless they are planning on doing a little kitchen remodeling.
DCS Ranges offer the versatility of having stainless steel sides which make the indoor range perfect for freestanding and slide in configurations.
DCS ranges are available with a wide array of features depending on the model you choose that make meal preparation and clean-up easier than ever. It is important to note that depending on the features you want, the overall cost of your indoor range will rise accordingly. Some of the more common features found on DCS ranges include:
- Self Cleaning - Self cleaning ovens have become increasingly popular. Removing the need for toxic chemicals and scrubbing, self cleaning ovens utilize high heat (up to 900 degrees Fahrenheit) to burn off leftover spills. For safety, self cleaning ovens also feature a locking mechanism to keep the door locked during and after the self cleaning cycle.
- Sealed Burners - Sealed burners take the hassle out of cleaning by providing a removable drip tray which can be washed in the sink.
- Simmer Burners - The Dual-Flow from DCS provide more precise, lower temperatures (as low as 140 degrees) that make it easier to prepare delicate soups, sauces and even chocolate on your gas range top.
- High-Heat Burners - High-heat burners offer the other end of cooking, allowing you to boil or sear foods quickly, offering heat output reaching an amazing 17,500 BTU/hr.
- Multiple Cooking Functions -DCS ranges with full features include five cooking modes as well as self cleaning and defrost.
- Grease Management System - Available on DCS ranges with grills and griddles, the Grease Management System channels grease away from the flame to reduce the chance of flare-ups while cooking.
- Infrared Broilers - Available on all gas DCS ranges, Infrared Broilers allow you to sear steaks perfectly every time, similar to the tender cuts of meat you would get from your favorite steakhouse.
- Warming Drawers - Warming drawers are a great option on indoor ranges, especially for holiday cooking,and allow you to keep food warm while you prepare the rest of the meal.
- Cooktop Configurations - To help make food preparation even easier, several ranges are available with customized cooktop configurations, including wok rings, griddles and grills which allow you to prepare delicious steaks, stir-fries, pancakes and a variety of other foods.
- Cooling System - DCS ovens have a cooling system which minimizes the transfer of heat to help protect your cabinetry.
The warranty you get for your indoor range is very important. DCS warranties are one of the best in the industry, covering parts and labor if the range breaks down due to manufacturer defects for a full 2 years. To help protect your DCS range further, DCSRanges.com offers an industry exclusive 5 Year Extended Warranty absolutely free on selected residential appliances over $1500.00. This extended warranty is also available at exceptionally low prices for home appliances under $1500.00, allowing you to rest assured that your indoor range will remain protected for many years.
DCS offers some of the most attractive and usable ranges available today. And while choosing which range is right for your home and family, we hope this buying guide has helped you find the DCS Range you have always wanted. And if you would like additional assistance in choosing your range, call one of helpful and knowledgeable customer service representatives toll-free at 877-743-2269.