One can tell the difference between antique and reproduction stoves by comparing their price values, functionality and appearance, as well as by comparing their dates of manufacture. Additionally, it is important to distinguish between companies that manufacture reproduction stoves and those that refurbish antique stoves.
When comparing an antique stove to a reproduction stove, it is helpful to know which year each brand was manufactured. Some common antique stove brands include Wedgewood, Hotpoint, Frigidaire and Chambers. A reproduction stove brand such as Northstar is manufactured in the present day.
Refurbishing an antique stove is very expensive, with the price of a fully refurbished stove often reaching as high as $3,000. Antique stoves that are unrestored may cost very little, although they may also be scratched and scuffed from years of use. Antique stoves do not have the same modern convenience functions that reproduction stoves have, such as a self-cleaning ability, convection or electronic controls. Reproduction stoves may also feature a cooktop that has electric disk elements in solid cast iron, radiant under-glass and sealed gas burners. Reproduction stoves may also feature colors and style variations that are not typical of past eras.
To tell the difference between antique and reproduction stoves, it is also helpful to distinguish between companies that professionally restore antique stoves and those that specialize in manufacturing reproduction stoves.