I will soon be moving to a new house and become house poor again. But the kitchen is being renovated so I will have brand new appliances.
So far, my choices include the Bosch 3-cycle dishwasher and the Amana 3-door bottom mount freezer/double door up top fridge. For whatever reason these seem to be the models with the best quality at lowest price value.
I've always wanted a gas stove, and I'm looking at the Wolf/Viking/JennAir neighborhood but supposedly it's good to have a 'dual-fuel' stove.
Can anyone kindly provide experience and/or wisdom on these purchases?
Kenmore also makes a dual fuel stove. I bought a 36" one with 5 burners (gas), a small side oven (elec) and a "regular" sized oven (elec + convection). I really like having the second small oven. The storage drawer below also acts as a warming drawer if the main oven is on. Just to give you some options, as Wolf/Vikin/etc are pretty expensive.
I'm guessing you're looking for a stove larger than the typical 30"? Because I think a variety of manufacturers produce dual-fuel ranges these days.
The kitchen is small so the stove should be kept to the 30". Is there a reason to go to the 36"? Or a reason not to do the smaller size?
You like the quality of Kenmore?
This could be a 'dream kitchen' as I am starting from scratch. Never thought I would but I have to because of the house I bought. That's why I am open to the idea of a professional grade appliance like the Viking.
The reason I wanted the larger range was because I wanted 2 ovens. There are 30" models that have 2 ovens, but the larger oven is shorter than a standard size oven. There are also models with a regular oven and a "warming" oven that keeps food hot but you can't really bake in it. I like the small side oven because I can do sides of veggies, just 6 cookies (instead of a sheet full!), a loaf of bread, etc and it's easier than having to heat up the larger oven space for small dishes. That, and I can cook things at two different temperatures using two ovens.
I love having gas burners because they respond so nicely turning the heat up or down. But, I also wanted an electric oven for consistency in baking temperatures - hence the dual-fuel style.
I found out that my Kenmore range is exactly the same as a Frigidaire model, just labeled with the Kenmore tag. A lot of their refrigerators are like that, too (like how Costco rebrands Whirlpool washers and such). My fridge is a Kenmore and I haven't had any problems with it so far (it's only a few years old). I'm not really sure what advantages you get with "professional" appliances - reputation, sturdiness?
I had a 30" dual-fuel Thermador where I used to live that I miss. I loved it. Sealed burners with an extra-low setting on two that is definitely needed. Very expensive, but a quantum leap in quality.
Since you have blank slate, can you use a wall oven and a cooktop? This keeps the heat of the oven away from where you're working at the stove.
My 20 year old convection oven had to be replaced but the separate gas cooktop is in perfect shape because nothing ever really goes wrong with them. Got a new GE Profile convection oven that I love for about $1500.
Look at prices for separate gas cooktops. Compare two separate appliances to a dual fuel range.