Recs needed for inexpensive 30" gas range
Husband and I gave up our marvelous kitchen when we purchased another house last fall. The present kitchen appliances are abysmal -- very cheap and not very functional for two serious cooks. Unfortunately, cash flow won't allow us to do the major kitchen renovation for another eighteen months. At that time, we plan on getting a BlueStar 48" range with 6 burners and a griddle.
But, for now, I'm stuck with a dreadful GE Profile glass top electric range. The stove top has two temperatures -- barely on and scorching. Two of the four burners don't get above barely on. (Clearly the prior owner didn't cook. Rumor has it that she was the queen of microwaving and take out.) We've ruined more food than I care to discuss and are now so frustrated that we dread cooking. So we've decided to rip out the present range and get a temprary 30" gas range in its place. Consumer Reports selected a $500 HotPoint as one of their top picks. Do any fellow hounds have any expereince with this unit? Or are there recommendations for other inexpensive gas ranges? I'm not looking for the ultimate (that's my BlueStar) -- just good temperature control and decent power on the burners.
The only caveat is that we have to use propane as there is no gas on our street.
Thanks in advance for any suggestions. We're desperate to get rid of this GE piece of junk within the next month.
In circumstances similar to yours, I installed this ceramic cooktop until I could get around to doing the granite countertops: http://tinyurl.com/qap43 I did put in the new counterops and replaced it with a cooktop with "under the glass" electronic controls for a seamless look. If the Whirlpool didn't have those darned knobs sticking up, I'd still be cooking on it. It was the cheapest cooktop I could find and it did an amazing job for me. Two hundred bucks cheaper than the HotPoint.
But... When you bought your house, did you buy (or the seller buy for you) a homeowners warranty? Mine has a fee of $55.00 for any and all service calls, including parts and/or replacement (as determined by the repairman). It sounds to me as if your GE unit has a serous internal problem that can be cleared up with some new parts that will be covered in the price of a home owner's warranty service call.
If you don't have a homeowner's warranty, mine runs me around four or five hundred bucks a year and covers everything except my sprinkler system. You may be much better off buying a home owner's warranty, since it will cover your entire house, and then having the GE cooktop repaired until you get around to the kitchen remodel. This is my third year of renewing my homeowner's warranty, and I'm still waiting for to the first year it doesn't pay for itself in spades!
I agree with the others. You should be able to pick up a used range pretty cheap.
That said we have the Hotoint that is probable the model that came out a few years before the top CR one. Sealed burners, self cleaning. 1 16K btu burner, 2 12k and a simmer that drops down to 600. The oven is about 22 1/2 inches wide to accommodate a 16" roasting pan. Oven heats quickly and keeps pretty even heat. The oven window is a bit small. Just looked at a new one for my mother in law and it was $440 delivered
Thank you for the sugestions thus far. I agree that it's a shame to buy a new stove just for the short term. However, if we can get happy with an intermediate gas stove, we may push off the major kitchen redo for several years and devote the cash to other much needed renovations. When we do renovate the kitchen, we want to donate the gas stove to a local shelter that sets up new homes for battered women. At least some good will come out of it.
Also glad to hear the positive rec on the Hotpoint. Thanks for the input!
I think renov8r's suggestion of trying to find a working range that someone is getting rid of right now is a good one. You might also try craigslist.com? Another possibility - are there any appliance stores near you that sell discounted dinged/dented units? You might be able to find a perfectly fine unit for very little money that will hold you over until you can do your remodel.
In your situation the Consumer's Report pick may be THE way to go, though I hate the idea of getting a brand new range if you really are committed to remodeling in 18 months. In such a situation I'd really be looking for a "temporary" stove from someone who is starting a remodel right now -- sometimes you can find such a situation in the local paper -- all it takes is a pickup truck to get the old stove off their hands NOW.
You MIGHT try and call around to local appliance shops, as they routinely haul away old stoves and end up junking stoves that are in working order, though fewer and fewer places want to deal with the hassle of "giving away" something to someone who might also want delivery/hookup or some such "free service".
Sorry to hear that your GE is malfunctioning. I have learned to live with mine and it works. I don't like the fact that it remains hotter than I want when I turn it down and the low on the prime burner is not low enough without changing the coil size. However, with our kitchen set up we have limited room. I envy your chance to get a more versatile unit. My wife purchased the GE because it fit and we "didn't" have gas. As the installer pulled out the old and was about to put in the new he noted, that unknown to us, there was a gas connection. Sob. Maybe next time.