What’s the Difference Between a Range, Oven, Cooktop and Stove?
Confusion often arises when referring to an oven, range, cooktop or stove. What do each of them actually mean and have we been referring to them properly? Two of these can basically be used interchangeably, however, the other two are simply components of the other two. Below we break down a range, oven, cooktop and stove down by their definition.
A range is a cooking stove that has an oven and a flat top with burners or heating elements.
An oven is a chamber used for baking, heating, or drying.
A cooktop is the flat top of a range.
A stove is a portable or fixed apparatus that burns fuel or uses electricity to provide heat (as for cooking or heating).
Below is a diagram to better illustrate:
Many of us confuse the words stove and range when in actuality, they are one in the same. They both contain a cooktop and oven, but an oven can’t have a cooktop and a cooktop can’t have an oven. Make sense?
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