What to Consider Before Buying a New RV Cooking Appliance

Outfitting your RV kitchen with the right appliances is essential for success while on the road. When it comes to cooking in your rig, you have several options - a cooking stove/range, oven, or cooktop. So which one should you choose for your vehicle's kitchen? 

This blog will discuss the differences between these appliances and help you decide which one is best for your needs. Remember that when selecting your appliance, you must consider additional factors like kitchen space, cooking capacity, power method, and more.

Here are the different appliances, and selection factors to consider, when outfitting your RV kitchen with cooking appliances. 

RV Cooking Appliance Types

As we have already discussed,  there are three main types of RV cooking appliances - a cooking stove/range, oven, or cooktop. Let's take a closer look at each option. 

RV Stove/Range

A stove/range is a unit that contains both a cooktop and an oven in one appliance. 

Ranges are excellent if you have space in your RV kitchen as it provides more cooking options. However, keep in mind that a stove/range generally uses more power than a cooktop or oven because it is two appliances in one.


A cooktop contains one or more burners for cooking food on a stovetop and is available in both electric and propane models. 

Cooktops are perfect for boiling water and frying foods but will lack baking cooking capability. If you choose an electric cooktop, you will need to have access to an RV park hookup or another power solution like generator power. Propane cooktops do not require an electrical connection and can be used in more off-grid and boondocking applications. 

Cooktops are a great solution for smaller RV kitchen outfits and will take up less space than a range. 


An oven is a unit that is used for baking food. You can bake, roast, and broil your meals but will not have a stovetop for boiling soup or frying eggs. Like the other RV cooking appliances, ovens are available in electric and propane models. Ovens generally have a smaller capacity than a stove/range, so keep in mind when selecting.

Now that you know the available appliances, here are some factors to consider when selecting your next RV cooking appliance. 

What to Consider When Selecting the Right RV Cooking Appliance

Kitchen Space

One of the first things you need to consider is the space available in your RV's kitchen. Measure the width, depth, and height of the area where you plan to install your cooking appliance. Knowing your dimensions will help you narrow down the choices that will fit in the space allotted. 

Some models, like the residential style slide-in ranges from Greystone, will require almost as much space as your at-home range model. Other smaller offerings will meet the needs of any size RV kitchen. 

Cooking Capacity

Another vital factor to consider is your cooking capacity. How many people do you cook for? Do you need to cook large meals or smaller meals? Answer these questions will help determine the size of the appliance.

A cooking range, for example, is perfect for larger camping families. It can provide as many as three or four stove burners as well as the capacity of an oven for faster, multiple cooking functionality. 

Power Method

As mentioned earlier, RV cooking appliances are available in electric and propane models. Electric devices require an RV park hookup or additional power source (generator or solar), while propane appliances can be used even when boondocking. Choose the power method that best suits your needs. 

Want to get off the grid and boondock? Make sure your cooking appliances are best suited for that camping lifestyle and have a usable power method that will all for off-grid use. 


Another factor to consider, is the capability to cook outside of your actual RV or in an outdoor kitchen.

Portable cooking options are available, and options like griddles and grills are excellent options for those RVers who want an additional level of flexibility from their cooking appliance. 

Additional Factors to Consider

There are a few other factors you need to keep in mind when selecting your RV cooking appliance. These include:

  • Ease of installation
  • Ease of use
  • Cost
  • Weight
  • Warranties and service agreements

Keep all of these factors in mind when making your final selection. With so many options available, you will indeed find the perfect RV cooking appliance for your needs. 

Now that you know the different types of appliances available and the factors to consider when selecting, it's time to make a decision. Consider what kind of cooking you want, how much space you have in your RV kitchen and your power source options. Once you've narrowed it down to a few appliance choices, consider the additional factors we've discussed. With all this information in mind, you will surely find the perfect RV cooking appliance for your needs. 

Are you ready to shop the residential-style RV cooking ranges and cooktops Greystone has to offer? Check them out and let Way help take your home on the road!

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