Where will you put your range? This is an important consideration in order to know the size and style of range that is best. Will it fit into an existing opening between countertops? Will it slide onto or into existing cabinetry? The most common range is a 30-inch freestanding range that fits between countertops or stands alone.
Measure your space. If you need or want anything other than a standard-size freestanding range it's important to measure the height, width and depth of your space to make sure your new range fits properly.
Check your hookups. If you plan on purchasing a gas or dual-fuel range, you'll need to make sure you have a gas line in your kitchen. Most homes are set up for an electric range.
Ranges, like just about everything else these days, are getting "smarter". Some high-end models already come with programs that allow users to store their favorite settings. Other models enable owners to communicate with their range via their smartphone. Although the features aren't too advanced -- they don't yet allow for much more than monitoring of oven temperatures and timers -- they will likely become more so as technology continues to advance.