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hi, i am beginning to research what applicances i want for my new kitchen. i have heard that subzero and wolf are bad, etc. can people tell me what their experiences have been like with stoves, hoods, washer/dryer and dishwashers?
i would greatly appreciate it. we are willing to spend more money, but it seems higher price and name doen't always eqaul quality and value.


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  1. Hi-

    Please repost your query on the Home Cooking board where we discuss all manner of large and small kitchen appliances.


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    1. GET A MIELE or anything but a Wolf or Sub Zero. We bought both. The sub-zero so far has needed parts from the day it was installed. The Wolf double wall oven didn't work at all and needed parts. The fans make more noise than a construction site and the answers from the company indicate that there is a problem with overheating in the electronic panels, so the two cooling fans have to run at high speed all the time. When we bought the oven we didn't know there was a problem and of course, even now they say there is no problem. GUESS WHAT> THERE IS A BIG ENGINEERING PROBLEM and I can't wait to get rid of it.

      1. hello, im not sure if this is the right place (new to the chow), but i am also hoping for advice on appliances...

        i am interested in purchasing a bosch gas range and over the range micorwave and wanted to know if anyone had heard about the pros and cons of this brand. any advice is greatly appreciated! thank you

        1. You may also want to read up on kitchen renovations on gardenweb's home renovation forum. There is much more content there for this subject. I found it to be very helpful for my own kitchen renovation, whereas I look to chowhound mostly for food-related discussion.

          1. Consumer Reports just had a review of ranges. I spent hours reading the Gardenweb forums and found that most Wolf owners seemed happy with their purchase. Viking and Thermador seemed to have a lot of disgruntled customers. I ended up purchasing a Wolf and hope I didn't make a mistake. I usually like to purchase American made products.

            1. Just to clarify that was for a Wolf Cooktop not oven. People seemed to like the cooktop but not the Wolf oven. When I replace my wall oven I will go high end with the TurboChef Combination oven. Hopefully prices will drop on those soon.

              1. I'm very happy with my Wolf dual-fuel range. The burners kick butt, the trivets are substantial and flat (a good thing) and I so loo-o-o-o-ve the perfectly smooth-riding oven racks and the pretty blue oven interior. My only complaint is that the electric broiler is not as effective as the bottom drawer of my old crappy gas oven which was hot as Hades. I think that's a limitation of the electric oven, though, not Wolf.

                I would have chosen all-gas instead of adding to my already too-high electricity bill, but it seemed the oven door for the all-gas model did not seem to have well-balanced door hinges....I hope Wolf fixes this in the future.

                1. DON'T BUY WOLF--We paid a premium price to get what we thought were the best appliances. Our Wolf microwave blew out--shorted to and burned the cover right off the magneton tube. Reluctantly replaced since it was right at two years--had to pay big bucks for labor and 2 trips out to our home. Our $8500 double oven went on the fritz since the touch panel quit working --couldn't even set the timer or use half of the numbers or any mode other than BAKE. The pizza burner broke off tabs and the recpticle became cracked. Wolf adopted a don't give a damn attitude when questioned about quality and replacement issues --referred me to my local repair man who was eager to charge $95 just to come out and verify the problems.

                  1. I have a Dacor dual fuel range and am quite happy with it.

                    As far as hoods go I have a recommendation. I just put in a Sirius hood last summer and love it. It does not have the panache associated with it like a Miele but for the cost and the features you get I would highly recommend taking a look. Super easy to install as well.