great range under $2k?
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.
second oven/warming drawer
large capacity oven
five or six burners
fairly easy to clean/maintain
a color other than black or stainless
bluestar (but can't find a local dealer to check one out in person)
i've looked at and don't care for:
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.
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)!
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.
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
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.
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.