KITCHEN GAS RANGES: need recommendations
- mark grossman Apr 21, 2005 09:10 AM
am starting to shop as part of a kitchen remodel. have room for a 30 inch 4 burner gas range. have you bought a particular brand/model in the past 3 years that you are VERY happy with. does your range include a self cleaning convection oven??
I got a GE Profile gas range about a month ago. LOVE IT. No convection oven though. It has a simmer burner and a fast boil burner, plus it's pretty - gray grates instead of black. Interesting grate design - two grates cover two burners each, with a grate in the middle so it's a nice even surface. You can see it on the GE Web site, Model #JGB900. By the way, I got the floor model at Best Buy and saved $400. The list price is around $1,000. This replaced my 1972 Harvest Gold model which I've been using for 17 years. What a difference.
I bought a new range about 9 months ago. Did lots of research and shopping and ended up getting a Kenmore Ultra Bake-Triple Task 30 in. gas range. Yes Kenmore- I too wasn't sure about that, but it isn't made by Sears and is also one of the few ranges still made in America. It's stainless and black, a real beauty but even better, it cooks like a dream. I really love it. It has 2 very high output gas burners and 1 true simmer burner. Another great feature is that it has a 2nd. electric oven--which can be used as an extra oven or also as a warming drawer. It has really come in handy during the Holidays and big family gatherings. I cook a lot and use it many times a day. Self-cleaning yes, but not convection--I didn't want that. Having both a gas and electric oven I feel gives me the best of 2 worlds for baking. Cost was about $1100, but had a $100. dollar rebate and another hundred for opening a Sears charge. Look into it, I think you'll be pleasantly surprised at all the high-end features you get for a modest price. Please report back and let us know what you end up with.
This website is fantastic and should answer any questions you have about ranges. You can read the postings or contribute your own. From reading these postings I have decided on either getting a Bluestar or a DCS, but both these ranges are much more expensive then eithre a Sears or GE.
i got the ge profile dual fuel in black and love it! i hadn't had a gas range before. i was replacing a thermador electric range with convection oven and wanted to stay with convection. i'm very happy with the ge dual fuel. the range top is easy to clean,and to keep clean. the grates are very sturdy (i looked at the kenmore, the grates looked flimsy to me, and the oven was small) it has the power burner and the simmer burner too.
good luck with your purchase!
I strongly recommend buying a commercial range. There are some safety issues you need to be aware of, but I've been using one in my home for four years and have loved it. My recommendation is to buy the Wolf COMMERCIAL range. They look great and are not expensive. The BTU you get out of it is at least 2X even the "pro style" Viking range. The oven is enormous and they are built like tanks.
A few things to note-
you will probably need a 3/4" gas line
there's minimal insulation n the oven door, so it gets hot, but I dont think it's a hazard
the sides of the range are not insulated - need to leave some space or have fireproof surfaces beside it
oven has no broiler, but commercial salamander on top blows away any broiler.
Various safety zealots will tell you that you will burn your house down and kill all children within a 1/2 mile radius by installing such a range, or that you will void your insurance. It's a pack of lies propagated by people who have never had such a range in their home.