What is the difference between a built-in and a freestanding range ?
A built-in range is designed to slide in and fit flush with your countertop. This is ideal for an island and can also be used in a regular setting to showcase a decorative backsplash. With a built-in range (also called a slide-in range), the cooktop and oven controls are at the front of the appliance.
A freestanding range is used in traditional installations (against the kitchen wall), and typically has controls at the back of the cooktop.