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great range under $2k?

wowimadog Nov 24, 2007 11:48 AM

i have been reading all the discussions regarding ranges since i am in the market for one myself, but price is a concern. i'm looking for a standalone gas range, either 30" or 36", for under $2k (including shipping/installation). i bake a lot, so the oven is equally as important to me as the performance of the burners. would love to find a "scratch and dent" deal or refurb so i can afford a high-quality range, but i'm not sure where to look in the los angeles area (or online). any advice, including recommendations for online dealers, would be most appreciated.

wish list:
sealed burners
convection option
second oven/warming drawer
large capacity oven
high-output burners
five or six burners
fairly easy to clean/maintain
a color other than black or stainless

i'm considering:
bluestar (but can't find a local dealer to check one out in person)
ge profile

i've looked at and don't care for:

thank you!

  1. chowser Nov 25, 2007 08:25 AM

    We have the GE Profile stand alone electric oven. I love the size of the oven, especially since I love baking so that would be perfect for you. I didn't get the convection and regret it. They now have the double oven option w/ a smaller oven where the baking supplies drawer used to be which would fit your criteria. My biggest complaint about the stand alone is that the lip on the back, where the dial controls are, hang over the back burner. I can only use flat pans or very small pots back there but when I use the back burners, I need them for large pots of stew or water. If you look at them in a store, check it out and see if the pots you'd use back there would fit. For that reason alone I would not buy this model again. Essentially, only the front burners are usable. Since you don't want stainless steel, you'll pay a lot less for it and should be able to find one that fits your criteria, with your price.

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    1. re: chowser
      jnk Nov 26, 2007 11:02 AM

      GE now makes a model under the name "GE CAFE" http://www.lowes.com/lowes/lkn?action...
      that has everything you're looking for with the controls up front and out of the way. ggod luck

      1. re: jnk
        chowser Nov 26, 2007 11:33 AM

        The free standing ones don't have the problem, even with the Profile. It's the stand alone ones that have the controls in the back. I preferred the free standing but it cost more and since we were planning on moving soon, didn't want to spend the extra on it.

        I just looked for the free standing one and it's also in the front. Nice change (though over what the OP was thinking of spending)!


        1. re: chowser
          jnk Nov 26, 2007 12:25 PM

          Hi Chowser-
          sorry I must have misunderstood. Here's the website for GE, they have both the stand alone and slide in (I guess this is the one you're looking for). I'm not pushing them, but we just started looking at stoves (our profile is about 10 yrs old) and we saw the CAFE this past week. nice looking and has the dual fuel option and convection.

    2. johnb Nov 25, 2007 04:19 PM

      I thought the GE Profile gas range was made by DCS. Maybe it was the Monogram. Or maybe it all changed again. It's hard to keep up with this biz.

      For dealers in S. Cal., call the distributor, BKE, at (800) 998-8966

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        Boneshaker Nov 25, 2007 06:02 PM

        Check this sale deal:

        American Range 36in Commercial Restaurant Range 6 burners Gas Oven NSF AR-6

        Price: $1,180.00 plus shipping


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        1. re: Boneshaker
          wowimadog Nov 26, 2007 08:58 AM

          wow! that sounds great, but will i - uh - void my insurance policy by putting it our home since it's for commercial use? do i need any special hook-ups for the gas line?

          1. re: wowimadog
            jnk Nov 26, 2007 12:26 PM

            I don't know the insurance ramifications, but I know from 1st hand experience that there is an issue with commercial equipment not being insulated enough on the sides, so there's a danger of cabinets catching fire from the heat.

            1. re: wowimadog
              Boneshaker Nov 26, 2007 01:29 PM

              Sorry, I don't know the answers. Sister-in-law has a commercial gas range in her home kitchen and loves it. No problems with anything.

              1. re: wowimadog
                johnb Nov 26, 2007 07:02 PM

                Commercial equipment is expected to be installed in a way that it will not be cheek-by-jowl with any (low grade) walls, cabinets, etc., so it's not insulated. If you install it in a residential-grade area (e.g. a residence--duh), and up close to residential-grade cabinets (wood not metal) you will run the risk of scorching or even igniting things around the range, which might be a bit inconvenient. The main reason that residential adaptations of commercial equipment are more expensive than their commercial ancestors is the cost of the insulation to make them suitable for the home installation.

                1. re: johnb
                  wowimadog Nov 26, 2007 09:14 PM

                  i came across a good faq regarding commerical ranges in residences: http://tinyurl.com/2f53ok .

                  1. re: wowimadog
                    johnb Nov 27, 2007 04:32 AM

                    That's a good comprehensive discussion of the subject. Note that it appeared in the appliance forum at Garden Web. That forum is filled with info about kitchen appliances of all kinds, and the OP would be well advised to search it for answers to his/her questions. Generally, in my experience GW has many orders of magnitude more info about appliances than any other discussion forum I know of, including this one. IMO it's a must for anybody considering an appliance purchase.

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