When buying a range, you might want to consider several features besides continuous cleaning or self-cleaning ovens that can simplify cleanup. The Soap and Detergent Association recommends looking for range tops and doors that are coated with a special heat- and stain-resistant porcelain. Or, get a stainless steel range top that is equally durable and easy to clean.

A raised edge around the range top will prevent spills from running down the sides of the oven. Control knobs should be removable for quick washing. A removable oven door will make it easier to reach those hard-to-get-at spaces.On gas ranges, look for a lift-up or lift-off cooktop and burner cavities that are coated with porcelain enamel. Painted burner cavities will rust after a few years. A removable oven bottom makes cleaning simpler.

On electric ranges, additional features to look for include chrome reflector bowls, a porcelain enamel cavity under the cooktop, a tilting bake element and a porcelain broiler pan and insert. A broiler pan reflector plate will protect the top of the oven from spatters.